J.R. Ignacio 👨‍💻

Creative technologist, product engineer

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hello. I’m J.R. Ignacio, a creative technologist. I’m currently leading growth and technology for an agency under 917 Ventures.

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?

With the blurring between work and home, I’ve decided to use different devices to have a semblance of separation.

For work, I’m using a MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1) hooked on to a Keychron K2 mechanical keyboard with brown switches, an original Magic Trackpad, and a BenQ GW2283 external monitor. I use a Jabra Evolve 65 now for most of my work calls so I can mute my mic without clicking on a button. I also have a Samsung A42 5G paired with SOUNDPEATS TrueAir2+.

For personal stuff I use an iPhone 13 mini paired with an Apple Watch. I wanted the smallest iPhone that supports 5G. With the still ongoing pandemic, the watch has been very useful in keeping track of my health, like my blood oxygen. Bonus points that I can unlock my phone when wearing a mask. I use an iPad Air paired with an Apple Pencil when I need a bigger screen. But when I need to use a computer, I use a 2018 MacBook Air (with the infamous butterfly keyboard).

For listening to music, podcasts, and watching video, I use AirPods Max at home and AirPods Pro on the go. What I love about both of them is it’s so easy to switch between  devices and I get to quickly shut off the world when it gets too loud from time to time. When traveling, I bring along a Sony WH-1000XM4.

I still write a lot of my notes on a physical notebook with a LAMY safari fountain pen fitted with a medium nib, filled with LAMY blue black ink.

And what software?

A typical day at work will have me shuffling around Slack, Google Workspace, Zoom, Launchbar, Things, Figma, Keynote, and Safari. For code, 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, Fastmail for email. I’m currently using Notion for notes. Ocassionally, I use the Notes app on iPad (with the Apple Pencil). I tweet using Tweetbot.

For music, I use Apple Music, and sometimes Spotify, while for video streaming, we’re mostly using Netflix, and Apple TV+.

On the iPhone, my most used apps are Messages for messaging, Camera/Halide/Spectre 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 repository hosting and Netlify for deployment.

What would be your dream setup?

I’d probably get an iPad Pro with the Magic Keyboard as a daily driver. Then a souped up M1 Mac mini with 16GB of RAM for development hooked to a 21:6 display.


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Last updated: 2022-01-02