About Me

I'm Alex 👋🏼 It's nice you meet you

I'm a web designer and front-end developer building eye-catching websites in Orange County, California.

A picture of me typing on a Macbook laptop
A Macbook laptop sitting on a desk
A group photo of the Sirens kickball team standing on top of a bus
A picture of me sitting on a bench
A picture of a flourless chocolate torte
Code on a laptop screen

I am proficient in the following:

Affinity Photo logo Affinity Designer logo HTML logo CSS logo Javascript logo Sass logo Tailwind logo Webflow logo WordPress logo

Who I am

A bit about me

I’m a web designer and front-end developer from Orange County, California. I’m 29 years old, and I’ve been building websites for the past four years.

I’m a recovering perfectionist, dog lover, caffeine addict enthusiast, baker, athlete, world traveler, and a damn good web designer (if I do say so myself).

How it started …

I got started in web design in 2017, while I was in grad school trying to build a freelance copywriting business on the side.

Sadly, that business never took off because I couldn’t figure out how the f#%k to build a website (R.I.P.).

Instead of studying for my exams, I regularly stayed up until way past midnight watching YouTube videos and browsing Reddit threads learning how to customize a simple WordPress theme.

I had no idea what the hell I was doing, but I had a blast learning all of the ins and outs of building a website. So I kept learning … and learning … and I’ve never stopped.

How it’s going …

Since then, I’ve taught myself graphic design, web design, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in addition to other tools like WordPress and Webflow.

Although my focus is constantly changing, I’m currently learning all I can about the JAMstack and static-site generators like Hugo, Jekyll, and Gatsby––which together offer many of the features associated with full-fledged web applications minus the headache.

I also share a lot of what I’ve learned on my blog. And my writing has been featured in several online publications,––including Prototypr, UX Planet, and the Data-Driven Investor––where it has been shared among thousands of readers.

Everything I know about web design and development is self-taught. I’ve always loved to learn, and I’m extremely grateful to be working in a field in which constant learning is a plus.

Now I work with online business owners, helping them out so they don’t have to spend years learning how to build a website like I did.

A bit more

I was born and raised in beautiful southern California. And I lived in Washington, D.C. for four years while I was going to college. Now I live in Orange County, just 10 minutes from the ocean.

I have a few hobbies. I love to bake, and when I’m not sitting in front of the computer, you can usually find me in the kitchen either proofing bread dough or frosting a cake.

On the weekends, I play in a gay kickball league with my friends. My team is called The Sirens, and we are terrible. I play outfield.

An outdoor market in Kota Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia

Giving back

A business with a purpose

There's absolutely nothing wrong with making money. But a business should be about more than just money.

That's why I've committed to donating 10 percent of annual gross revenue to entrepreneurs in developing countries––especially those who have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These donations are made through Kiva, an international nonprofit organization that crowdfunds loans and issues capital to those who would otherwise be unable to access the financial services they need.

To date, Kiva has helped 3.8 million borrowers by funding more than $1.5 billion in loans. This money has allowed students to pay for their tuition, women to start businesses, farmers to invest in equipment, and families to afford medical care.