Preview video of Power Automate Desktop featuring my designs and flows :-)
When I first joined the company, it was called Softomotive and the product's name was WinAutomation. Almost a year after that, the company was acquired by Microsoft.
Up until that point, I was part of an agile team with 4 developers (2 front-end and 2 back), 1 Q.A. agent and 1 scrum master. I was the only designer in the team but part of a larger design team.
My main duty was to modernise the design and bring it closer to the latest design guidelines.The design roadmap was based on the feedback I had from our team but also from our customers: IBM, JP Morgan and EY to name a few.
WinAutomation is a software that has been around for a long time. It has helped millions of users save valueable time from repetitive tasks and has enabled them to focus on things that only humans can do.
My job was to take that tradition and respectfully take it to the next level. Meaning that I had to look carefully and keep the things that worked and improve the things that could be better.
That's what I did with the "web recorder" action below. An action that many many people use to train the computer to do certain tasks via the browser.
The control desk
Along with WinAutomation, Softomotive was offering an enterprise version of the product called "ProcessRobot".
"Control desk" was part of the ProcessRobot app and it was an admin view of users, processes and resources.
While building that, we thought it'd a good idea to experiment a bit on a dark theme too. Check out the results below →
Microsoft Power Automate Desktop
Following Softomotive's acquisition from Microsoft, it was clear to us that we'd have to change our branding once more. A tedious process which we had undergone once before not too long ago.
When the guidelines came from Microsoft, it was unclear to us as to what extent we'll have to change things to reflect a uniformality inside Power Apps platform.
With quite a few months of back and forth, we finally managed to convert it into something that passes all the requirements. Both aesthetically and accessibility-wise.
The new guidelines
A sample of the work we delivered to the developers in order to be consistent across the product.
A meticulous process that paid off.
Long before anything was announced, all the design team worked really hard to define the specifications and finally come to an agreement with the managers about the style we'd follow.
We experimented quite a bit and saw a few way to get the job done.
As a designer and as a human being I care deeply about working with teammates who have a strong sense of humanity. The choices I make both personally and as a designer, are guided by the wellbeing of people, communities and the environment.
In alignment with this philosophy, I strive the products I design or code such as this portfolio page, to be accessible and usable by everyone regardless of their physical, cognitive and emotional abilities.
In that same spirit Microsoft emphasizes accessibility.
To find out more about this, download the inclusive design manual.
To sum up
Overall this is a very demanding project with a lot of depth. It's no wonder that Power Automate Desktop could be included in Windows very soon. RPA (Robotic Process Automation) has come a long way and people rely on it on a daily basis.
The vision behind this piece of software is to have an open environment for people to thrive in. That's exactly why everything is based on the open source language Robin, also built by Softomotive.