I joined the Redgate design team shortly after moving to the UK. Redgate is widely considered 'The Place' to work for UX designers in Cambridge. I started off as a UX designer working on their website and shortly after transferred to work on a brand new product, SQL Clone.
SQL Clone is a database provisioning tool that lets you make tiny copies – or clones – of production databases. It frees the database administrator (DBAs) from provisioning requests and empowers developers to work with isolated, up-to-date versions of production data. The product went on to make $200k in the first month it went to market and has since become one of Redgate's most successful products.
- Communicating with and translating user needs from a highly technical team and user base
- Working within a hybrid desktop/web app tech stack and UI limitations
- Laid foundation for visual design which would influence design system (Honeycomb) for all of Redgate's web-based products.
- Conducting initial & ongoing research with potential users
- Identifying patterns & key learnings
- Making learnings visible & relevant to the team, as well as the company.
- Advocating for the user when prioritizing work
- Organizing and leading ongoing testing sessions with our users
- Building & communicating regularly with a small community of power users
- Mapping out end-to-end user flows for new features
- Technical writing & comms within the product
- Visual design from scratch (Sketch)
- UI Prototyping (InVision) & front-end dev (HTML/CSS/Git)
- Communicating and documenting design decisions with the wider design team.
- Working closely with marketing on our go-to-market strategy
Before diving in, I talked to tons of users and created job stories for database provisioning. We used them as a team to brainstorm solutions and prioritize work to be done on our MVP. I also worked with other UX designers to map out potential user flows.
I worked closely with marketing, sales, & our dev team to find the best way for potential customers to experience the bread & butter of the product (creating clones) without the overhead of having to set everything up on their machine.
Documenting and sharing reasoning behind design decisions was instrumental in collaborating with other designers.
An example was why we chose to go with cards as the UI component for the various jobs inside of SQL Clone UI.
Other Redgate work
In addition to working on Product, I was also heavily involved with marketing and the website. I also led the design guild and led my design chops to the "Feel Good Fund", who put on events for the company.