J.R. Ignacio

Creative technologist, product engineer

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hello. I’m J.R. Ignacio, a creative technologist — a computer programmer working in a creative agency. I lead a small team of engineers, designers, and product managers in designing, developing, and deploying solutions that delight.

I live in the Philippines with my lovely wife and daughter. I am constantly amazed at being able to carry a computer in my pocket. When not tinkering with computers, I enjoy reading, drumming, listening to music, and answering my daughter’s never-ending questions.

What hardware do you use?

At work, I use an ever-reliable 13-inch Early 2015 MacBook Pro, the last one with an SD card slot, which I use with a Magic Mouse and an external Dell display hooked on to it. I also just got myself a K2 mechanical keyboard with brown switches.

At home, I use a 2018 MacBook Air. I love that it’s space gray and that it has Touch ID.

In my pocket, I have an iPhone 11 Pro paired with an Apple Watch (Series 1). I wanted a phone with the telephoto lens but as small as possible. I wish they could put all that tech onto something as compact as an iPhone SE, which I still have. I also have a Redmi Go for when I want to dip into the average Android experience.

For listening to music, podcasts, and video, I usually have AirPods on. What I love about them is it’s so easy to switch between  devices. I am thinking if I want to get the AirPods Pro, though. For more downtime listening or when I need to shut the world out, I put on ATH-M50x headphones with a FIIO BTA10 to make it wireless.

I’m currently contemplating if I should get an iPad since I have a growing list of apps I want to try on a bigger touch screen and iPadOS.

And what software?

A typical day at work will have me shuffling around Launchbar, Things, Basecamp, Figma, Sketch, Keynote, Safari, Google Docs, Office 365, Viber (very very reluctantly 🥺), Terminal and coding apps. I use a mix of VSCode, Xcode and sometimes TextMate.

My password manager of choice is 1Password. I use Paw for debugging APIs, Xscope when working with graphics, Soulver for quick calculations, Dropbox for syncing and sharing files, Fastmail for email. I’m currently alternating between Bear and Notion for notes. I tweet using Tweetbot.

For music, I’m still alternating between Apple Music and Spotify, Breaker for podcasts, while for video streaming, we’re mostly using Netflix and trying Apple TV+ for a year.

On the iPhone, my most used apps are Messages for messaging, Camera/Halide for taking photos, Darkroom for processing, Instagram, and Flickr for posting.

For this website, I’m using Jekyll for static site generation, Github for code hosting and Netlify for deployment.


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Last updated: 2020-03-01