Nomad Designer

My Role:

Lead Designer, Research





My Role:

UX/UI Design, Research


Native iOS & Android



Project Scope:

Revitalize Designer to reflect modern usability patterns typical to IDE’s of this age. Make it easier for app devs to create accessible, good looking applications.


After the Nomad client was brought to web, it was time to follow the same process for Designer- the platform in which the applications run in the client are created.

Parts of this project were redesigned to match modern visuals/patterns, taking inspiration from common products. At other times, I aimed to understand the original problem certain solutions were implemented to solve, and designed a new solution for the underlying problem instead. This approach both improved usability and reduced complexity by removing ineffective features that were layered in over the years.

User Demographics

Nomad designer is intended for App Developers, either internal to a company or through an HCL business partner, contracted to build and maintain Domino Apps.

App devs are a dying breed, with most experienced professionals nearing retirement. These modernization efforts were in part to make the product more appealing to new comers.

Challenges based on user needs

Controls were inconsistent, often following different patterns as other boxes that manipulated the same property.

Infoboxes floated on top of Domino Designer in a separate window, and were easy to loose track of.

Infoboxes were very small and could not be resized, causing issues for the primarily older demographic of users.

Controls were extremely outdated and hard to understand. Many had no apparent effect on the canvas.

What I've learned + next steps

Since I was not able to speak to end users during the initial research phase for this project, I came to the following conclusions through conducting a heuristic analysis of the current app navigation. 

  • Designing for iOS and Android in tangent poses some technical limitations, but now I understand how to work with dp.

  • There have been some changes to app layout during the development process due to constraints from the base code, including what can be included in toolbars and shown in one layer.

2024 S Schaedler Design

2024 S Schaedler Design

2024 S Schaedler Design