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Guillermo Esteves

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 an engineering manager at Vox Media, Inc., where I’m leading the SaaS team to help bring Chorus to newsrooms across the country. Previously at Vox, I’ve also led the Revenue Platforms team, helping build better advertising tools & products for our networks; led the Performance team, to help make our sites as fast as possible; and worked as 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.

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.

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.

Code

  1. gesteves/everglades

    Source code for this website you’re looking at right now.

  2. gesteves/denali

    A simple, fast photoblogging CMS built in Ruby on Rails which features responsive, high-resolution images.

  3. gesteves/snarkov

    A 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.

  6. gesteves/trebekbot

    An addictive Jeopardy! bot for Slack.

  7. gesteves/slackbots

    A collection of useful Slack apps I’ve built.

  8. voxmedia/verge-50

    A Middleman-powered editorial app I helped build for The Verge.

Work Highlights

  1. 2018–2019 · Vox Media, Inc.

    Engineering Manager, Chorus SaaS

  2. 2016–2018 · Vox Media, Inc.

    Engineering Manager, Ad Platforms

  3. 2016–2017 · Vox Media, Inc.

    Engineering Manager, Performance

  4. 2014–2016 · Vox Media, Inc.

    Senior Front-End Engineer, Chorus for Advertisers

  5. 2013–2014 · Vox Media, Inc.

    Senior Front-End Engineer, The Verge

  6. 2012–2013 · Vox Media, Inc.

    Front-End Engineer, DWI

  7. 2011 · Piictu, Inc.

    Front-End Engineer

  8. 2009–2011 · DailyMe, Inc.

    Developer

  9. 2000–2008 · Self-employed

    Web developer

Recent Photographs

  1. A bull moose’s butt, facing the camera.
  2. A bull moose resting in the brush of Antelope Flats, in Grand Teton National Park.
  3. The shore of Jackson Lake, with Mount Moran in the background, at sunset.
  4. The landscape near the Elk Ranch, with the Teton range in the background, at sunset.

Reading

  1. Cover of the book “The Raven Tower”, by Ann Leckie.

    The Raven Tower

    Ann Leckie · 2019

  2. Cover of the book “A People's Future of the United States: Thirty Visionary Stories”, by Victor LaValle.
  3. Cover of the book “Red Moon”, by Kim Stanley Robinson.

    Red Moon

    Kim Stanley Robinson · 2018

  4. Cover of the book “The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency, #2)”, by John Scalzi.
  5. Cover of the book “The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut, #2)”, by Mary Robinette Kowal.

    The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut, #2)

    Mary Robinette Kowal · 2018

Listening

  1. Cover of the album “Above”, by Mad Season.

    Above

    Mad Season · 1995

  2. Cover of the album “Quadrophenia”, by The Who.
  3. Cover of the album “Ten”, by Pearl Jam.

    Ten

    Pearl Jam · 1991

  4. Cover of the album “Mirror Ball”, by Neil Young.
  5. Cover of the album “So Far”, by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Responsibly Drinking

  1. Label for the beer “Sour Rosé”.
  2. Label for the beer “Coffee Baltic Porter”.
  3. Label for the beer “Sweet Creams Are Made of This”.

    Sweet Creams Are Made of This

    Sour - Berliner Weisse · Crooked Run

  4. Label for the beer “First Fruits”.

    First Fruits

    Saison / Farmhouse Ale · Oxbow Brewing Company

  5. Label for the beer “Devil's Teeth”.

    Devil's Teeth

    Stout - Imperial / Double · Modern Times Beer

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 experiments on CodePen, add me to your professional network (ugh) on LinkedIn, or email me at contact@gesteves.com.