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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 thrive off props from brainchild to launch.

what I do

I'm a design technologist with a background in interactive media design. In the early 2000s I won a few awards as a Flash designer and I worked my way up from a Flash Customer Support Specialist (at a startup) to client-side development as I reworked our front-ends from Flex and Flash to CSS and JavaScript during the iPhone reveal. It was a crazy time. I not only witnessed several people leave the career field entirely, but I also watched my colleagues and leadership embroil themselves in the lawsuits that unfolded between start-up and corporation. The things that you never anticipate when you're just trying to make things that people will love to use.

During the last fifteen years 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 while consulting in The Bay Area, New York, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Nashville, and Seattle.

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

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

how I arrived

I was previously at Facebook where I sedulously 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 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. While I did indeed leave Appalachia behind for *greener* pastures... I most certainly have realized that the grass it truly greener... where you water it.

where you'll find me

You can find me online using 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 foreseeably training for an ultra, swimming open-water, sending it off cliffs (or high dives), and climbing. Rarely you'll find me inside a climbing gym, but you're more than likely to find me on roller skates, showing yall how we grapevine from the Dirty South to the Durrty South.


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 Caffe Vita.

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recent experience

January 2020 - Present
Microsoft

Visual Designer

April 2018 - May 2019
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

March 2014 - March 2015
Facebook

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.

contact

me@davidpuerto.com

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