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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 a full-stack engineer at Vox Media, where I work on the SaaS team to help bring Chorus to newsrooms across the country. Previously at Vox, I’ve led the aforementioned SaaS team as engineering manager; 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.

Github Activity in the Past Year

1,217

Commits

166

Pull requests opened

461

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. Five desert bighorn sheep eating from a shrub growing on a sandstone hillside.
  2. A desert bighorn sheep clambering down a jagged sandstone hillside.
  3. Eight desert bighorn sheep eating from a shrub growing on a sandstone hillside.
  4. Checkerboard Mesa, with its characteristic checkerboard pattern partially covered in snow.
  5. A long-exposure photograph of the Virgin River flowing on the canyon floor of Zion, with Angels Landing in the background.
  6. Pine trees in the fog, growing on rocky cliffs in the canyon wall of Zion.
  7. The side of the Great White Throne, seen from the Kayenta Trail, partially shrouded in fog.
  8. A rock wall in the Great White Throne, with some trees seen in the fog.
  9. The Great White Throne, seen from the Kayenta Trail, with some fog clinging to its wall.
  10. The Virgin River running over rocks at the Temple of Sinawava, with an eddy seen in the foreground.
  11. The Virgin River running over rocks at the Temple of Sinawava, with an eddy seen in the foreground. In the background, a small waterfall.
  12. Water from a waterfall in the Temple of Sinawava, running off of some rocks.

Reading

  1. Cover of the book “Ansel Adams: An Autobiography”, by Ansel Adams, Mary Street Alinder.

    Ansel Adams: An Autobiography

  2. Cover of the book “The Testaments (The Handmaid's Tale, #2)”, by Margaret Atwood.
  3. Cover of the book “Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)”, by Frank Herbert.

    Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)

  4. Cover of the book “Finder (Finder Chronicles, #1)”, by Suzanne Palmer.

    Finder (Finder Chronicles, #1)

  5. Cover of the book “Foundryside (Founders, #1)”, by Robert Jackson Bennett.

    Foundryside (Founders, #1)

Listening

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

    Into The Wild

  2. Cover of the album “Binaural”, by Pearl Jam.

    Binaural

  3. Cover of the album “The Fragile”, by Nine Inch Nails.

    The Fragile

  4. Cover of the album “Pearl Jam”, by Pearl Jam.

    Pearl Jam

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

    Riot Act

Elsewhere

View my photography at All-Encompassing Trip, view it again (but smaller) on Instagram & Tumblr, 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.