I'm an awesome little person.
You can stop reading now. Really, that's all there is to it: I'm a person, quite a little one, and pretty darn awesome.
Want to know more huh? Well, I was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico the Country. Prior to the Bay I spent 6 years in Philadelphia, studying in a college called UPenn (affectionately known as not Penn State). But we all know true learning happens outside the classroom, so I wisely skipped class to befriend the squirrels.
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning I roll out of bed at 7am and walk half a block to my yoga class with Jody. On weekends when I'm not exhausted, I grab my chalk bag and go rock climbing for a bit. I've taught myself to play the drums through many years of Rockband.
Usually I can be found curled up on the couch with my stuffed animals (the landlord still won't let us have a puppy) addictively watching some amazing TV series that got cancelled during the writer's strike. I can't juggle, dribble, or sing, which eliminates a few career choices for me. I feel most at home at a beach or near a body of water. And I always strive to color-coordinate my wardrobe.
I believe that almost-anything can be interesting, if you look hard enough. That's why I keep an almost-daily photoblog at bookmousey.com.
If you're still interested in getting in touch, it's best to email me.
Head of Awesomeness. What's that, you ask? It means I'll do anything it takes to make Whitetruffle as awesome as possible.
After merely a month, I've already redesigned our internal matching tool, initiated user research planning, upgraded the site to the latest version of Bootstrap, created an in-depth product assessment, and have raised the awesomeness level by at least 78% just by wearing brightly colored shirts every day.
PS: If you're reading this, chances are you would benefit from Whitetruffle. You should check it out!
My official title is UI Designer, but that's not entirely descriptive of what I do. My first task every morning is an ongoing scavenger hunt to find decent coffee, and perhaps breakfast. After checking my email, you could find me engaging in a variety of daily geekery, such as:
Alas, a designer's work is never done. Thankfully there is a team of widely creative people with which I exchange bits of knowledge and continue to grow my repertoire as a contributor of the web.
For such a small person, I had very big tasks at Expensify. First things first, redesign the entire app. This lengthy process involved:
Finally prettified on the outside, it was time to do the same with the codebase. So I put on my engineering hat, shoes, and belt buckle, and implemented a Javascrtipt MVC architecture from scratch.
There's not much more to it than that. As proof, here are some screenshots.
Did I mention we had our own giant billboard on I-80?
Not only did Mint put lots of faith in me to learn Ruby on Rails from scratch, but they offered the amazing opportunity of attending 2 yearly conferences. The collective energy of thousands of passionate people in the same room is truly inspiring. Since then, I'm a conference junkie, though I don't get the chance to fuel my addiction as often as I'd like. Plus, I have them to thank for my impeccable mastery of object oriented CSS.
Work in NYC, live in PHL. Yeah, it was a long commute.
Nowadays it seems so far off, but I am still really proud of this achievement. During a hot and humid Philadelphia summer I decided to take it upon myself to finish a class project. With the help of my partner, we cranked out a full-fledged Course Review site.
What is most notable of this endeavor is the success with which it launched. Through minimal guerrilla advertising, we managed to sign up a large chunk of the undergraduate community. Due to unfortunate pestering by the university's administration (yes, even 8 years later) I've decided to shut down the abandoned project in order to spare me the hassle. Though perhaps there will be a rebirth sometime in the future...
One could say I am a classically trained Computer Scientist. Or Mathematician. Or Designer. I'm even a Psychologist. Truthfully, I feel I'm not trained to do anything in particular, but rather everything in general.
I'd best describe myself as a learner. I can and would like to learn everything (with a few exceptions...). Behind this ability is a strong foundation in thinking, a skill which is perhaps closest to that phenomenon dubbed "being smart," just not in the human-calculator sense.
Creativity juices are sometimes hard to squeeze, but there is always a steady stream of quirky playfulness bouncing around in my head. Moreover, my passion for eigenspaces and linear algebra is tangible in overanalyzed abstractions, which would in theory provide a living were it more useful. Indeed, the two are never apart, as evidenced in my fanciful wordplay which usually nobody gets, and my overly neat notetaking abilities.
Thus, the process of problem solving is always at work. A challenge becomes enjoyable when it involves a unique puzzle in which none of the pieces are identifiable shapes. Sometimes it is a simple matter of stepping through established patterns, not bothering to reinvent the wheel for the sake of getting it done. Occasionally inspiration will hit, the most common occasion being walking down the street. Or when cleverly joking around a fun group of people.
Why? Why indeed...
Why do I do what I do? Why do we do anything, really? Ultimately, it's to be happy. And if that's not your answer, you probably need to rethink your life strategy. So it really comes down to, this is what makes me happy. This: working on ideas, building products, creating usefulness, playful practicality, learning something new every day, and ultimately having fun doing it all.