Wavefront by VMware

Client

VMware (Palo Alto, CA)

Releases

Monthly releases from Jan 2018 to Mar 2020

Role

As the design lead for operations software at VMware, I oversaw many different products in the space, but the Wavefront product was special. Wavefront was acquired in mid-2017 and integrated with the core VMware business by the end of the year. Wavefront had never had a UX designer on staff, but that was one of the many things they were looking to change under the new VMware ownership. As I rolled off the Log Intelligence product, I was assigned as Wavefront's first designer and immediately tasked with a complete redesign of the core feature set: Dashboards.

Wavefront had initially been built on the FlightJS platform and they had rolled their own SVG charts which leveraged D3, but due to performance and scale issues, they had decided to migrate to a more modern React platfrom utilizing custom charts built on Canvas. The could've just done a straight port of their version 1 design, but instead I worked with the product and engineering teams to instead refactor and enhance the dashboarding framework, so they'd not only be able to compete in that space, but they'd also have a solid foundation that could be extended for years to come.

Over time, we expanded the design team and in addition to feature work, I also guided other designs for refactoring of alerting features as well as entirely new features for distributed tracing and Kubernetes support.

Notable Milestones

  • Complete redesign of dashboard framework
  • Redesigned all prior chart visualizations
  • Designed role-based access control and shared object model including users, groups, roles, & permissions
  • Multi-threshold alert creation
  • iF Design Award 2020
  • Set vision for full-stack application to infrastructure observability for Kubernetes environments

Screenshots of Wavefront