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Guillermo Esteves

Introduction

Hello, there. I’m a Venezuelan-American web developer based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, right in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. I’ve been building websites for nearly 20 years, and I’m currently a lead engineer at Vox Media, where I work on the Chorus team to help bring it to newsrooms across the country. Previously at Vox, I’ve led multiple teams as engineering manager, including the Revenue Platforms team, helping build better advertising tools & products for our networks; and the Performance team, to help make our sites as fast as possible. I was also a senior front-end engineer at The Verge, helping build a sweet, responsive, better performing site, as well as cool editorial features like Fanboys and The Verge 50.

In my free time, I’m also a wildlife & landscape photographer, and you can see some of my work on my website, All-Encompassing Trip. This year one of my photographs, Close Encounter at Antelope Flats, was shortlisted in London’s Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year, People’s Choice Awards, which is open for votes until February 14th, 2021.

Github Activity in the Past Year

2,022 Commits

165 Pull requests opened

343 Pull requests reviewed

12 Repos contributed to

Featured Repos

  1. gesteves/everglades

    Source code for my website. It’s a Middleman-based static site hosted on Netlify, which pulls from various APIs and is refreshed periodically. Jamstack!

  2. gesteves/denali

    A simple, fast photoblogging CMS built in Ruby on Rails which features responsive, high-resolution images, a customizable posting schedule, social media management and syndication, a GraphQL API, and more.

  3. gesteves/snarkov

    A hilarious Sinatra-based Markov bot for Slack.

  4. gesteves/alexa-dark-sky

    An Alexa skill to get Dark Sky weather forecasts.

  5. gesteves/alexa-slack

    An Alexa skill to manage status and notifications in Slack. Alexa, tell Slack I'm out for lunch until 3:00 pm.

  6. gesteves/trebekbot

    An addictive Jeopardy! bot for Slack. Fun fact, after I added this to my work Slack I was told to limit it to a single channel because productivity ground to a halt. (Five years later, the #jeopardy channel is still going strong.)

  7. gesteves/tweleccion

    A tweet aggregator I built a few years ago with Python and Google App Engine, which provided live coverage via Twitter of the 2009 constitutional amendment referendum in Venezuela.

  8. voxmedia/verge-50

    An example of a Middleman-powered editorial app built by the Vox Media Product Team and published by The Verge.

Writing

  1. Performance Update #4: So much to do, so much to see

    A recap of the performance work my team at Vox has done in the past year.

  2. Intrinsic ratio elements with a max height

    A little CSS technique I wrote for making elements with a fixed ratio that can also be constrained to a maximum height.

  3. Building iOS-like transparency effects with CSS

    Here’s how you can use the new -webkit-backdrop-filter property, to build cool iOS-like transparency effects with CSS.

  4. Take a peek at the code that powered The Verge 50

    We’ve made the source code to The Verge 50 public so people can hopefully learn from it and use it to tell their own stories.

  5. Verge Favorites: Guillermo Esteves

    A few of my favorite things, on The Verge.

  6. Bigger, faster, leaner: The Verge 1.8 brings many improvements to its front page

    A quick summary of the improvements we made to The Verge with the release of version 1.8.

  7. Better infinite scrolling with the HTML5 History API

    A technique to improve infinite or endless scrolling using the HTML5 History API.

Podcasts

  1. O’Reilly Learn from the Experts: Being Performance-First

    In this interview, I talked to Ally MacDonald about how companies can make the shift to being “performance-first” at both a technical and organizational level.

  2. Responsive Web Design Podcast Episode 92: Vox Media Performance

    My coworker Dan Chilton and I spoke to Ethan Marcotte and Karen McGrane about how we helped build a culture of performance at Vox Media.

Recent Photographs

  1. A trumpeter swan flapping its wings at the Kelly Warm Spring, next to two others.
  2. Two trumpeter swan sitting on a misty warm spring.
  3. A trumpeter swan swimming on a misty warm spring.
  4. A raven sitting on a speed limit sign.
  5. A bull moose standing next to a tree in a snow-covered field.
  6. A bighorn ram resting comfortably in a field.
  7. A cow moose and a bull moose bedded down in the snow-covered sagebrush of Antelope Flats.
  8. Three stems of grass buried in snow.
  9. A young bighorn lamb, covered in snow and ice, looking towards its side.
  10. A bighorn ram standing on the side of a hill, looking towards his side.
  11. A bighorn ram standing on the side of a hill, with a blade of grass sticking out of his mouth.
  12. A portrait of a bighorn ram with a blade of grass sticking out of his mouth.

Elsewhere

View my photography at All-Encompassing Trip, view it again (but smaller) on Instagram, check out my repos on Github, add me to your professional network (ugh) on LinkedIn, or email me at contact@gesteves.com.