Since 2015 I’ve had the pleasure of working on some special open source software. Grafana is a data visualization and dashboard tool for building graphs of data tracked over time. This software is wildly popular and one of the top projects on Github.
One important driver of this popularity is the look and feel. It’s extremely beautiful, as well as powerful. When I joined the team we already had a very solid design base to work from, and I’ve truly enjoyed diving in making improvements to the design system as the project has grown. I love working with the engineers to polish the color palette (Grafana comes with a dark theme and a light theme), iconography, navigation, UI/UX and logo design. We’re never afraid to try new things and improve even the smallest of elements. We strongly believe there’s room for innovation everywhere, and not to be afraid to try something new.