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Introduction

Nerdalize was a start-up company that builds a different cloud; they're placing their servers at peoples homes. This results in a sustainable solution, because the residual heat generated by the servers is reused to heat the water in their boiler while also saving costs and energy because there's no need for a datacenter. This enables the cloud compute user to scale up their computations without wasting CO2 and money. Besides the hardware there's also software, or tools, to enable the user to use these servers. These tools are a mix of existing tools within the field of other parties (Kubernetes, using Docker images, Rancher) that co-exist alongside the tools Nerdalize build themselves (Nerd CLI, Virtual Machine offering, and a multi-cloud dashboard). I mainly worked on the multi-cloud dashboard which enabled the user to manage their compute jobs, clusters, virtual machines, payment plans, projects and teams.

The challenge & result

The platform (multi-cloud dashboard) needed to be build from the ground up. I was hired to design the user experience and user interface and do some front-end development together with the front-end and back-end developers. This meant I had to dive into the world of compute, which was fairly new to me, to be able to know what I'm designing for. I did user interviews to get an idea of their type of compute use and according needs, did field research to get to know what competitors were doing, was involved with workshops given to early adopters and learn from them, and thus formed a better idea of what cloud computing now a days is about and what the future might behold.

We started creating a fairly simple dashboard to start of with and this evolved and changed over time as more functionalities and users needs were incorporated. Unfortunately Nerdalize filed for bankrupcy and our mission had to stop. At Nerdalize we worked as teams in a scrum and agile manner. We worked with sprints of 2 weeks, with backlogs, did sprint planning together and had sprint reviews. Milestones were used to plan on a larger scope. As a daily routine we started the day of with a stand-up.

My input

UX research concept development user experience design interface design icon design

Project duration

1,5 years (2017 - 2018).

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