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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 technical lead 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

1,585 Commits

169 Pull requests opened

453 Pull requests reviewed

11 Repos contributed to

Featured Repos

  1. gesteves/everglades

    Source code for this website you’re looking at right now. 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 grizzly bear cub sitting behind some sage brush.
  2. A grizzly sow digging in the ground, with her four cubs next to her. One is visible under her belly, and another is standing on its hind legs behind her.
  3. A grizzly sow digging in the ground, with her four cubs standing next to her.
  4. A grizzly sow digging in the ground, with her four cubs huddled next to her.
  5. Four grizzly cubs in an open field. The two to the left are walking, the third one is digging i the ground, and the last one is standing on its hind legs.
  6. Four grizzly cubs, huddled in an open field.
  7. Four grizzly cubs in an open field. The one on the right is standing on its hind legs.
  8. Four grizzly cubs, just sitting on the ground.
  9. A grizzly sow digging in the ground, followed by four cubs.
  10. A grizzly sow, with two cubs in tow. One of them is standing on its hind legs.
  11. A grizzly bear lying down in the pavement in front of a parked car.
  12. A grizzly bear walking on a log on the side of the road.

Reading

  1. Cover of the book “How to Be an Antiracist”, by Ibram X. Kendi.

    How to Be an Antiracist

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

    The Future of Another Timeline

  3. Cover of the book “Driving the Deep (Finder Chronicles, #2)”, by Suzanne Palmer.
  4. Cover of the book “Shorefall (Founders, #2)”, by Robert Jackson Bennett.

    Shorefall (Founders, #2)

  5. Cover of the book “The Last Emperox (The Interdependency, #3)”, by John Scalzi.

Listening

  1. Cover of the album “Into The Wild”, by Eddie Vedder.

    Into The Wild

  2. Cover of the album “American III: Solitary Man”, by Johnny Cash.

    American III: Solitary Man

  3. Cover of the album “Vault 9: Live in Seattle 12/8/93”, by Pearl Jam.
  4. Cover of the album “Led Zeppelin III”, by Led Zeppelin.

    Led Zeppelin III

  5. Cover of the album “Led Zeppelin IV”, by Led Zeppelin.

    Led Zeppelin IV

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.