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Physics Simulation at Luminary Cloud

I joined Luminary Cloud as the second designer (~employee 30) at Series A (~150M funding). 

Senior Product Designer + PM
Luminary Cloud
2021 - 2024


With a mission to accelerate industrial R&D, Luminary Cloud provides a physics simulation platform for companies to analyze the performance of their industrial products digitally. Leveraging high performance computing on the cloud, the time to simulate and analyze a product feature is ~10 times shorter than traditional on-premise software.

User Segments

Target Users

Design Tenets 

  1. Duality: There are two modes that we adhere to in interactions: a. Automatic - Luminary drives b. Manual - User drives.
  2. Consider the Journey: Remember the overall perspective of a flow. Nothing should be designed in isolation but should consider what happens before and after.
  3. Context: Put related things next to each other. Give feedback in the moment (errors). This could include things like application specific choices (aero, internal flow, auto, etc.)
  4. Focus: Focus on task a user is trying to accomplish at that moment. Remove choices and allow users to go deeper (ex. Progressive disclosure).
  5. Less is More: We do not want to add unnecessary functionality. A user should be asked to give an input if it meets the following criteria: a. Only the user knows b. Common use case c. Cannot be automated.
  6. Just Enough: We aim to give users just enough control to do what they need to do and automate the rest.

UX Improvement

File Import & Geometry Error Report

The entire file import process is a blackbox besides being slow. User encounters file import failures without knowing reasons.

Problems include:
  1. Performance and latency issues
2. UI provides no time/phase estimate to the user.
3. UI provides no indication that users can safely move to other work.


New Feature

Mesh Generation

New Feature
Motion setup

Design System

UI components, including section message, form validation, toast, and banner, have 4 alert states.

There are three levels of in-app message display.
  1. Platform level: display across platform on every pages
  2. Project level: display across pages within a project
  3. Page level: display contextually on a page

UI Components
Notification center | Platform-level

Banner | Platform-level
Toast | Project-level & platform-level

Section message | Page-level

Form validation | Page-level

Design System

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