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Jaku Creative

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Welcome to my online portfolio. To provide a robust picture of my skill set, my deck features both commercial and passion projects. I devote the vast majority of my free time to the study and practice of my trade, always looking for areas to grow and improve.

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My passions lie in UI, UX and digital art. As Jobs famously discussed in a far gone keynote, Apple lives at the intersect between humanity and technology; I too live there.

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Being an assiduous efficiency expert, I am continually noodling to make things simpler, cleaner and better.

A degree in psychology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University centred on human factors provides the bedrock to understanding people and their cognitive and perceptual systems. Professionally designing interfaces and rich digital imagery for over ten years affords the raw skill in bringing products to launch.

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I am a vehement problem solver (this trait led me to pursue a minor in philosophy) and tech nerd, and generally love complexity; the more intricate and detailed of a project the better.

I specialize in the following standards or tools: Adobe Photoshop, Pixelmator Pro, Sketch, Invision, HTML and CSS (and many more at various capacities).

Product Design

Twitch

This was a passion project not affiliated with Twitch

Twitch is a global community of millions who come together each day to create their own entertainment: unique, live, unpredictable, never-to-be repeated experiences created by the magical interactions of the many.

twitch main view
twitch icons

Iconography inspired by Glitch and the decades of rich gaming culture’s most influential and memorable titles.

twitch main view

Vibrant, clean, modern design, with a sprinkle of skeuomorphism.

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This re-design of the Twitch app focuses on readability, clarity, structure and above all, a uniform experience on all Apple-based devices, adhering to their design language and overall aesthetic.

twitch cover art

While the digital age is steadily replacing traditional media, there was no greater joy as a child than tearing open the polyvinyl chloride wrapping on a new game. The smell, the feel of the glossy paper under your fingertips as one would peel back the flap on the box ordained with art from the respective title, revealing the cartridge or disc carefully housed inside.

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Both the process and object carried with it a sense of ownership, physical, tangible weight—a visceral treat for the senses above and beyond what the game itself would deliver. Most avid readers would draw parallel to sitting down with a paperback vs a digital device like an iPad or a Kindle.

Translucency and gaussian blur envelopes rich media to punctuate content and showcase the stunning game art created for today’s titles (both small and large).

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Much like the flagship Apple App Store, this re-design brings the cornucopia of artwork under its well deserved spotlight.

twitch game view nightmode

New popovers drive engagement, communicate details about the stream or game and provide possibilities for partnerships and added monetization through third parties.

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Leveraging the power of iOS, Twitch can help channels grow, games reach new and larger audiences as well as connect viewers with the games and content they love.

twitch submenu
twitch main view

Scalable and consistent across all of Apple's devices, the new UI adapts to the myriad of screen sizes seamlessly thanks to its modular framework.

twitch game view nightmode

Weather Up

Weather Up is a commercial project contracted by David Barnard of Contrast.

weather up onboarding

Weather Up is your window into current weather conditions.

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See layers of weather info right on the map, with forecast data available at a glance.

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The list lets you quickly check the weather in all your favourite locations.

weather up upsell

Weather Up's philosophy is to provide a highly customizable experience alongside its pocket meteorologist. Included is a myriad of Weather Themes, App Icons and full support for Light and Dark Modes.

weather up app icons
weather up app icons
weather up app icons
weather up app icons
weather up app icons
weather up app icons

Over 6 robust Weather Themes were developed, styled across modernism, skeuomorphism and even the 8bit console games of the early 90's.

weather up listview

Map-centric weather forecasts.

weather up 10 day forecast

A myriad of alternate app icons.

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alternate app icons
alternate app icons
alternate app icons
alternate app icons
alternate app icons
alternate app icons
alternate app icons

Zerenity

Zerenity was a small personal, passion project.

zerenity splash screen

Zerenity helps you relax and focus your mind

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The modern world—a constant state of hyper-connectivity—seems to breed stress and anxiety.

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Find time to relax and cultivate mental health.

zerenity main ui
zerenity ocean

Designed with the utmost simplicity in mind.

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Mix and match sounds, flick away the controls to reveal a serene, gently animated landscape.

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Whether day or night, Zerenity can help calm your mind and body.

zerenity soundboard

Apollo - A Reddit Client

A re-design of the famous Apollo for Reddit app (and a small passion project).

apollo main view

Modernizing the relatively stock feel of the existing app was at the driver's seat.

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The imposed constraint was to keep changes sane and as "stock" as possible, limiting much of the iconography to freely available elements provided by Apple's SF Symbols rather than a custom set.

apollo compact view, condensed
apollo post view

The main post view to the left and the account screen to the right.

apollo account view, condensed

Digital Design

Image Design

Image design, from production to passion projects.

casette

Apassion project birthed from my love of retro tech and the inspiration to push the limits of Sketch outside standard UI design, where this piece was wholly designed.

nextcube

Anotherpassion project dedicated to the late Steve Jobs and again birthed by my passion for vintage technology. Wholly designed in Sketch to push its capabilities as an alternative to Adobe Illustrator.

iphone 2g

Yet another passion project and vintage piece of technology designed wholly in Sketch and another to show my respect and admiration for Apple products, both young and old.

braun fs80

Designed wholly using Sketch and likely the most challenging, but nothing easy is worth doing. This piece pays homage to Ive's own inspirations and of course one of the biggest figures to exemplify Bauhaus, Dieter Rams. Anotherpassion project.

TapForms icon

Official TapForms app icon, ready for macOS Big Sur (commercial project).

Caldis replacement icon

Replacement Caldis app icon, ready for macOS Big Sur (passion project).

TapForms icon

Replacement Fission app icon, ready for macOS Big Sur (passion project).

Photoshop replacement icon

Replacement Photoshop app icon, ready for macOS Big Sur (passion project).

SublimeText replacement icon

Replacement SublimeText app icon, ready for macOS Big Sur (passion project).

Typeface replacement icon

Replacement Typeface app icon, ready for macOS Big Sur (passion project).

openemu

OpenEmu icon for Big Sur (passion project).

burger

A good ol'-fashioned cheeseburger. (passion project).

sip icon

Replacement Sip 1.0 icon available in both light and dark variations (passion project).

AppCleaner icon

Replacement AppCleaner app icon (passion project).

Web Design

NeXT

In a parallel universe, Apple fell with Sculley in the '90s, while NeXT skyrocketed to dominance. In 2019, NeXT would release their long awaited pro-consumer cube.
(Apassion project, lovingly dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs.)

nextcube

The new nextcube is undeniably the most power computer sold to consumers with a full range of customization and a performance ceiling that left its rivals in the dust.

Vintage Design

Design from a long lost time, where skeuomorphism was the only way. Where each iteration of macOS saw new folders, new icons, a new Dock. Where MacThemes existed. Where faux leather and vinyl was it. Lest we forget.

Jaku

Born from the love of intricacy and precision, the Jaku icon theme (for jailbroken iOS devices) was fuelled by my passion to not only create a uniform Home Screen, but to also craft an icon set brimming with depth and detail.

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It was officially released to the Cydia Store in 2010, to immense critical acclaim.

jaku icon theme
jaku icon theme
jaku icon theme
jaku icon theme
jaku icon theme
jaku icon theme

Jaku began as a theme exclusively for the iPhone, making use of its revolutionary Retina display. To keep tight control over quality (and pixel perfection), it was never officially ported to any other device (which would have destroyed the 1:1 pixel ratio).

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As Apple updated its iPad product line with equally stunning displays, work began on an iPad version which would expand on the original version thanks to the increased real estate provided by the tablet. To create a product worthy of Apple's magical devices, every icon was redrawn for the larger canvass and in most cases, packed with even more detail.

At its pinnacle, Jaku had amassed more than 300 unique icons for the iPhone version alone.

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Officially retired in 2017, Jaku lives on in the hearts of the theming community.

jaku icon theme
jaku icon theme
jaku icon theme

mame4ios

Interface design for mame4ios on the Apple iPad.

mame4ios ui

The control panel mimics that of old-school gaming boards, while the d-pad pays homage to the SEGA Genesis.