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Product Designer, builder of things & adventurer

Husband. Photographer. Senior UX Design Manager Twitch. Adventurer. I love working on complex design problems and building products that have real impact.

Wanderlust also struck me at a young age and I've been trying to experience as many cultures as I can with my wife since. My camera is always with me on my travels to do my best at documenting them.

Get in touch, drop me an email contact@jarqu.es

Experience

Design Manager, Twitch

2015 - Present

As a design manager at Twitch, I split my time between setting design vision for the team, working with product leads on our roadmaps and helping with stakeholder alignment across multiple teams.

For the past two years I worked closely with Product Managers, Engineering and my team to shape multiple products ranging from Chat, Channel Points and our Sitewide Safety. For Channel Points, I pushed for qualitative and quantitative data to help drive direction and release candidates for best user experience and to meet our business goals.


Product Designer, Twitch

2013 - 2015

My time at Twitch as an individual contributor gave me experience in designing for a wide array of devices and screen sizes. From building new features on our Xbox One app to giving our Android app a huge refresh.

Most of the features I worked on were related to our social communities. A lot of chat features like the original group chat, friends and whispers, and helped shape our strategy with a Product Manager on how we bring our TV experience to more devices.


Designer & Developer, Academia.edu

2008 - 2013

Academia.edu was my first venture into the startup life. Being the only designer on the very small team, my responsibilities ranged from promotional design (t-shirts, banners, business cards) to designing the UX for how academics connect and share their work.

Being a small team and having some technical skills, I was put on the rotating list of on-call engineers. So if the server went at 3am in the morning and I happened to be on call, I'd have to ensure to get some things back up.

During my time at Academia, I helped grow the community from a few thousand academics to well over 1 million. Also helped work on a job board where we help prospective academics find work within their respective fields.


Bachelor of Sciences in Interactive Media, AICSF

2006 - 2009

Recent Work @ Twitch

Mod View

Community Safety is a big focus for my team, we built a tool specifically to help moderators do an efficient job of creating a safe community on Twitch.

Channel Points

Worked with product, engineering and my team to set a design vision for our Channel Points product. Launch timeline and beta testing schedule, as well as a large rework for Chat Input to support the new feature.

Updated navigation

Helped work with stakeholders across the company to help improve our site navigation and give our users access to their followed channels and friends no matter where they are.

We saw a huge increase in users visiting the channels they follow, as well as interact with their friends.

Bunch of updates to our Xbox One app

Worked with Product Managers and Engineers to bring a host of new features to our Xbox One app, including a new personalized homepage and better sorting and filtering options on directories.

Twitch on Android v3

One of my first large projects at Twitch back in 2013/14, I was tasked to give our Android app an overhaul.

Product Development Process

In Q1 of 2018 I spent many hours with our product managers, technical project managers and engineering managers to help put in place a consistent product development process.

This document helps teams understand certain milestones that will ensure that we are including the appropriate stakeholders at each step, but is also there to ensure that we are building impactful products.

I'm happy to discuss at a high level of how this works, so feel free to reach out.

Other Personal Projects

BLM Resources

A collection of resources to help people wanting to be involved or show their support for the BlackLivesmatter movement.

Cozy

Built a small tool for my wife and I to help us keep track of what we liked and didn't like during our home buying adventure. As of writing it's still in development but if you're interested in seeing it, let me know.

37North

This food, wine and travel blog is brought to you by the curious minds of Tina Yu and Jarques Pretorius. We met and fell in love with each other in beautiful San Francisco, CA, and that is how we came to name our blog 37North.

A photobook of Japan

Made a photobook of our trip to Japan a few years ago. First photobook I've ever done, and follows our journey from Tokyo to Kyoto over two weeks.

Interested in picking one up? You can find it over at Blurb.

HackerNews+

If you enjoy reading HackerNews, I made a Chrome extension to give it a bit of a more readable update.

Movies with Siri

Back when Siri was first launched, it had very limited support. With the use of Backdoor Siri, I created a plugin so you can easily check movie ratings.

jass, css diagnostics tool

jass is a simple javascript based CSS diagnostics tool. It tells you how many CSS rules you have, duplicates and how well IE6-8 will handle the file with their limitations.

Writing

12hrs in Paris

How you can have a productive 12hr layover in Paris.

How we travel

After a recent trip to Japan with two close friends, my wife and I realized that we travel somewhat differently. Not that either of us did something better, nor is there a right and wrong here, but it was different.

Be curious, learn new things

Like seasons, my interest in things changes every now and then. One month I'll be obsessed with everything bread, the next I want to know all there is to know about coffee.

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