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who I am

Born in '84 & raised across the United States, 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 specialty and I thriveoff props from brainchild to launch.

David Puerto wearing a suit

what I do

I design digitally. That means I work nimbly across the modern JavaScript toolchain prototyping prospective implementations. My speciality: committing front-end skullduggery and scalable CSS architecture. That doesn't mean I don't still rock it on the whiteboard, graffiti up satisfaction and lay it down in Sketch, Figma, Photoshop, Illustrator, AfterEffects Framer, and yes, even Flash. I explore outcomes from initial scribble through varying degrees of prototypical fidelity. My preferred tools are CodePen and GitHub.

I strive to purposefully distill complex problems into elegant web-based workflows. I ask a lot of questions and employ "design thinking" and leverage UI Design expertise to deliver thoughtful implementation to appease even the most discriminating of palettes.

I've manage design systems, implemented user interface designs in React.js/TypeScript, and I have presented my work at design meetups and code schools and have consulted in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Nashville, and Seattle between 2011-Present.

In 2015 my team SpaceLabForever was featured on the front page of GeekWire for participating in [and ultimately winning] Seattle's largest hackathon to date judged by the US Census Bureau, HUD, Data.gov and several other organizations.

#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 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 501c3 federal organization assisting non-profits in rural Kentucky carry out their missions and impacting the lives of the Appalachian people I care deeply about. "From Kentucky well-water to whale-watchin' off my back porch." -CunninLynguists

where you'll find me

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. Outside I'm usually at my urban farm in SODO. During Covid19 we took our hobby microgreens and mycology out of the kitchen and upgraded to a proper warehouse space with a lab. More on this coming soon as we establish our business! Cheers to open-water swimming, climbing gyms, and the pools reopening!

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.



January 2020 - Present

Visual Designer

April 2018 - May 2019

UX Engineer

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

Senior UX Design Engineer

Oct 2015-July 2016

Senior Product Designer

Feb 2015
Zillow #hackhousing Win

Thought leader for the Footclan / Front-end Developer

March 2014 - March 2015

UX/UI Consultant

special thanks

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



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