Jan Früchtl is a Product Designer at Shopify, working on the future of international commerce.

My natural habitat is at the intersection of design and engineering. With over seven years of experience in product design, this is where I feel most effective to support the teams I collaborate with.

I'm a systems thinker who enjoys building scalable solutions while asking numerous questions, trying to understand the context of the given problem space as much as possible. I love elegant user experiences and care deeply about inclusive design and accessible solutions that are built for all people.

When I'm not working, I co-host the Sprachnachrichten podcast, which is focused on productivity and self-improvement in the digital age. Besides that, I also work on different side projects like CouchTimes.

If you're interested in getting in touch, you can find me on Twitter, or on GitHub where I work on my side projects in the open, or you are welcome to email me.

Work Experience

  • 2022 - Now

    Staff Product Designer at Shopify

    Remote

    Working on the future of international commerce by making it easier for merchants to sell to anyone on the internet from a single store.

  • 2020 - 2022

    Design Systems Lead at BRYTER

    Remote

    Focus on establishing our internal design system and building a team and structures to support it. Improve the accessibility, design, usage guidelines and documentation of new and existing components.

  • 2019 - 2020

    Product Designer at BRYTER

    Remote

    Design exploration and first concepts for new “Services” feature. Led design in various teams to solve early customer needs inside the editor (e.g. version history) and admin console (e.g. user management). Started design system initiative early on.

  • 2019 - 2019

    Product Designer at Clark

    Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    Support design work for white-label product. Research potential approaches to move Clark into the Austrian insurance market.

  • 2018 - 2019

    Product Designer at FastBill

    Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    Lead design of new “advance VAT return” feature. Improve onboarding experience and support reframing of the company vision with workshops, concepts, and early prototypes.

  • 2015 - 2018

    Product Designer at REICHHART

    Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    Research, concepts, visual design, and prototyping across Web and Android applications. Lead development of internal design system (Web and Android).