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who I am

Born in '84 & raised across the United States, I am inspired by those who've gone before me, am drawn to different cultures, and I promote minimalist idealism as I work towards addressing ways for us to work together producing a meaningful aesthetic. I live by the mantra "Be good to those around you," "I am my brothers' keeper," and I practice "Leave it better than you found it." Bespoke work is my speciality and I thrive off props from brainchild to launch.

what I do

As UX Engineer I graffiti up whiteboards, work nimbly across the modern JavaScript toolchain prototyping towards implementation, and I specialize in scalable CSS architecture. I strive to purposefully distill complex problems into elegant web-based solutions, producing beautifully engaging experiences. I take wireframes from initial scribble and explore design through varying degrees of prototypical fidelity. I manage design systems, implement user interfaces, and commit front-end skullduggery. I have presented my work at design meetups and code schools and have routinely consulted in New York, Atlanta, and Seattle between 2011-Present. In 2015 I was featured on the front page of GeekWire for participating in [and ultimately winning] Seattle's largest hackathon to date alongside my brilliant team of crucibled leaders: SpaceLabForever; cue the hand signals.

#hackHousing winners David Puerto, SpaceLabForever. Make the SmartMove at Zillow Seattle.

I was previously at Facebook where I worked on FBIDE codenamed Lyric: the zero-install, cloud-based IDE that was well-loved and impacted a significant number of Facebook engineers between 2013-2017. I would love to work as a UX Designer for Codepen and Github (esp Atom/VS Code) and SpaceX. Over the last decade, I've joined design and engineering teams and contributed to the outcome of a plethora of internal and customer facing tools. While I love being a remote consultant, I am especially happy to serve on staff at major brands as I continue to grow in this discipline. I dedicated my early career to a federal organization assisting non-profits in rural Kentucky carry out their missions and impacting the lives of people who I care deeply about. "From Kentucky well-water to whale-watchin off my back porch." -CunninLynguists

where you'll find me

When I'm not geeking out, I'm training for life. I love endurance athletics, weight training, and extreme sports. Running and swimming long, hard, and fast are my jam. They provide me the solace to perform introspection, forgive myself and others for our transgressions, seek peace from material things, and healing: accepting my past, and letting go of things that I have clung to for far too long. I spend those hours being thankful for my humanity, my life, and those around me and those I seek to plot my next escapes with. In 2018 I spent January and Feburary in Japan (Japanuary) with some of the friends I've held onto throughout my lifetime. My brothers. My spirit. People from which I feel I'm cut from the same cloth and can recognize and shape and grow with one another. I am grateful we are fortunate enough to enjoy these moments still. Catch me at the downtown library or thrifting for zombie bashing supplies online and in a second-hand stores. Survival skills baby. Discourses on purpose and the greater good? You bet. Finding ways to save rather than spend? Check. Roller rinks, skateparks, secret beaches, scrambling summits and getting technical sending it in the mountains (Uh-huh), jumping out of airplanes without anyone's genitals creepings up behind me, how else do you exit a perfectly good airplane?

You can find me on social media such as: CodePen and GitHub, cookin' it up on MapMyRun, competing on Stava, gettin' high on PeakBagger, goin' places with GaiaGPS, handlin' it on ChessWithFriends, and placing tiles of coquesttish fantasy upon WordsWithFriends. Oh, I'll snapchat occasionally too. What'sapp!


For work inquiries, hackathon-related information, speaking engagements, or to help publish my novel, please send me a dedicated email. I'm a sucker for a green tea matcha latte at Cherry Street Public House.

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experience

April 2018 - Present
Nordstrom

UX Engineer

Oct 2017 - April 2018
WebMD (Seattle office closed in acquisition by KKR)

Senior UX Design Engineer

Oct 2015-July 2016
Starbucks

Senior Product Designer

Feb 2015
Zillow #hackhousing Win

Thought leader for the Footclan / Front-end Developer

Nov 2011 - Feb 2013
Facebook

UX/UI Consultant

Nov 2011 - Feb 2013
SonoSite

UX Prototyper

Dec 2009 - Nov 2011
Microsoft

UX Prototyper

special thanks

It has been an honor to work alongside awesome people at the offices of: Facebook, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Microsoft, WebMD & more.

Thanks to the contributions and affordance to work at the aforementioned I've been able to support myself financially and help others take care of themselves, their kids, and their families. I was able to own a home from 2008-onward, relocate numerous times, attend undergrad and graduate school, continuing education courses, conferences, travel for leisure, eat and stay healthy, survive the times and indulge in my hobbies and interests, and meet people I would have never met otherwise. I am truly a hipster and a yuppie and I am the gentrification we used to always bash on and because of this I've been able to push and motivate and reach back and help others come up and come with me if they so desire. It is an unbelievable priviledge to exist on this plane in this moment in time. I am truly grateful. I am heavily influenced by the work of CSS-Tricks and CodePen (Chris Coyier), GitHub, Dribbble, Awwwards, Smashing Magazine, Codrops, Lea Verou, Nicole Sullivan's OOCSS, SMACSS, StackOverflow, Codyhouse & more. Thanks for all you've given of yourselves and done for me and all the other stragglers out there. I literally wouldn't have been anywhere without your gracious contributions to this community.

contact

me@davidpuerto.com

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