Derek Larsen

Lead ui/ux

DESIGNER

Currently Designing at Twitch

I'm a San Francisco based designer currently crafting tools and experiences for creators and viewers in the livestream space.

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About me


I am Derek Larsen.
Designer, Bay Area native living and working in San Francisco, CA. I currently lead design in Twitch's Community Org tackling complex problems and distilling them into delightful experiences. I ship multi-platform products that help our users and add value to our business.

With over 💼
16 years experience I have led design at companies of various stages, from small startups with big dreams to large companies with lofty ambitions.

On weekends I’m usually
training 🦮 "Frankie", my weenie dog,  feeling nostalgic to 🎹 retrosynth jams, 📸 snapping photos with my mirrorless camera, 🍵 drinking green tea in my apartment, or 🚃 MUNI surfing around SF. If you’re interested in working with me, please ✉️ drop me a line about your idea. I would like to know about you and your projects.

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Skillset

Brainstorming
Branding
Creative Direction
Design Leadership
Design Strategy
GV Design Sprint 2.0
Journey Mapping
Mobile Design
Product Strategy
Scalable Design
Systems Design

Recognition

Engadget
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Prediction feature article

The Verge
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Twitch app redesign article

Apple iTunes
Twitch (Best App)
Tech Today (Best News app)
CNET (Best New app & Best News app)

Watchaware
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CNET Watch App (Best Apple Watch News app)

Web design portfolio nomination

experience

Twitch
Lead UI/UX Designer: 2022 - Present
Senior UI/UX Designer: 2019 - 2022
UI/UX Designer: 2016 - 2019

Larsen Productions (Freelance)
Owner/Designer: 2007 - 2016

ViacomCBS/Paramount (CBS Interactive)
Senior UI/UX Designer: 2014 - 2016
UI/UX Designer: 2011 - 2013

SendMe Inc.
Lead Designer: 2007 - 2010

Informatica Corp.
Graphic/Web Designer: 2005 - 2007

Controversies

🎶 80s > 90s
🍵 Tea > Coffee
🏋️ Deadlifts > Cardio
🍕 Deep dish > NY style
🍔 In N’ Out > Shake Shack
🐕 Barks > Meows
😶 "GIF" > "JIF"
‍📸 Mirrorless > DSLR
🚗 Fast & Furious > Star Wars
🎮 Console > PC
🔠 Comic Sans > Papyrus
📐 Skeuomorphic > Flat