When I first started working with Chartio I sat with the Engineering team. Leadership felt if design was to be applied anywhere first, it was the product itself. I had never worked with a query language like SQL, so it took some talking and listening to understand what this software allowed and what people where trying to do with it. It turned out, Chartio customers were doing all kinds of things with data.
One of the first things I did was help to create a home screen for the application. Before this users would be dropped on their most recently viewed dashboard after logging in, and could only navigate to other dashboards.
Soon enough, I was in the thick of it. I helped the team completely redesign the data exploration interface to include what we called the “data pipeline”, which showed sequential transformation steps you could apply to your data table. It also could show you the data table going into and out of each step, so it was clear what each one did.
I helped to replace “arrange mode” on the dashboards with a much more intuitive system for dragging charts at any time, and worked with engineering to align the contents of charts to the same grid the charts themselves sat on.
Though I later moved to the Marketing team, I would continue to regularly meet with new product designers and work together on things like new user onboard flows in what we called the "Funnel Team".
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