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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.

Github Activity in the Past Year

1,987 Commits

190 Pull requests opened

422 Pull requests reviewed

14 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. Water flowing over a rock at Cascade Creek.
  2. Cascade Creek, in Grand Teton National Park.
  3. Hidden Falls, in Grand Teton National Park.
  4. Nez Perce Peak, shrouded in clouds and fog.
  5. Boulders and grass on the shore of Taggart Lake. In the background, Nez Perce Peak shrouded in clouds and fog.
  6. Nez Perce Peak reflected off the surface of Taggart Lake. In the foreground, rocks under the surface of the lake.
  7. Rocks and grasses on the shore of Taggart Lake. In the background, Nez Perce Peak and Teewinot Mountain poking out from the clouds.
  8. Rocks and grasses on the shore of Taggart Lake. In the background, Teewinot Mountain poking out from the clouds.
  9. Rocks and grasses on the shore of Taggart Lake.
  10. The summit of Nez Perce Peak shrouded in clouds.
  11. The summit of Teewinot Mountain seen among clouds.
  12. Reflections on Taggart Lake. In the background, Nez Perce Peak and Teewinot Mountain shrouded in clouds.

Reading

  1. Cover of the book “The Ministry for the Future: A Novel”, by Kim Stanley Robinson.
  2. Cover of the book “How to Be an Antiracist”, by Ibram X. Kendi.

    How to Be an Antiracist

  3. Cover of the book “The City in the Middle of the Night”, by Charlie Jane Anders.

    The City in the Middle of the Night

  4. Cover of the book “The Relentless Moon (Lady Astronaut, #3)”, by Mary Robinette Kowal.

    The Relentless Moon (Lady Astronaut, #3)

  5. Cover of the book “The Future of Another Timeline”, by Annalee Newitz.

    The Future of Another Timeline

Listening

  1. Cover of the album “Dig Me Out”, by Sleater-Kinney.

    Dig Me Out

  2. Cover of the album “GIMME SOME TRUTH.”, by John Lennon.

    GIMME SOME TRUTH.

  3. Cover of the album “No Code”, by Pearl Jam.

    No Code

  4. Cover of the album “Harvest Moon”, by Neil Young.

    Harvest Moon

  5. Cover of the album “Ten”, by Pearl Jam.

    Ten

Elsewhere

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