Thanks for dropping by! My name's Aleksandr—and yes, that's spelled without an
e between the
d and the
r, pronounced just like Alexander. Don't worry about my last name, though; it's quite long, and most people butcher it anyway.
Speaking of last names, if mine hasn’t already betrayed me, I was originally born in Armenia, a beautiful country nestled between Europe, Asia, and a bunch of biblically old mountains. You can almost spot it on a world map if you squint hard enough.
Long story short, I moved to the U.S. when I was little and have lived in the states for most of my life. I currently reside in Edinburg, Texas.
I currently work as a front-end developer on the StoryMaps team at Esri, where I develop new user-facing features, improve core parts of the app, write documentation, advocate for accessibility, mentor developers, and share new things I’m learning with the team. I thrive in collaborative environments that encourage growth, offer varied learning opportunities, and cultivate my problem-solving skills and creative strengths.
These days, I mainly work on the web with React, TypeScript, and CSS, but I’m also comfortable working with other stacks (and in other domains) and can pick up new languages quickly as needed. Some of my professional interests include performance, typography, accessibility, and security.
While the majority of my work experience is in software development, I also worked as a freelance copy editor for about four years during my undergraduate studies. My clients ranged from digital marketing agencies to small business owners and companies. Freelancing was a great experience that taught me how to stand out in a fiercely competitive market, and it also helped me grow my professional network and earn a bit of money on the side while in school.
I won’t bore you too much with my work history, though; that’s what my LinkedIn is for.
I have experience with a few different stacks—I’ve done a bit of desktop, mobile, and game development, either on my own time or for class projects. I’ve also published a few npm packages. Below are select projects that I’m proud of:
Generate font size variables for a fluid type scale with CSS clamp.
Rich text editor developed with the Qt framework. Supports standard file operations, syntax highlighting, multiple tabs, undo/redo, find & replace, brace matching, and more.
A database-driven web app that allows you to visualize U.S. gun crime statistics and trends for the period of 2013–2018.
Embody is a dungeon crawler inspired by the Binding of Isaac that lets you possess dead enemies.
Want to see more of my work?
Explore my GitHub repos:
Outside of work, I enjoy learning new things and writing on my blog, where I publish software development tutorials and the occasional essay. My passion for writing motivated me to create this website in the first place—it’s my own little corner on the web where I’m free to write to my heart’s content. I’m also a big believer in learning by teaching, and my blog gives me a place where I can do that.
When I’m not writing, you’ll find me praising till I’m hollow. I’m a die-hard Soulsborne fan—I love the challenging gameplay, intricate lore, jolly co-operation, and community inside jokes that the series is so well known for. But I also like other video games: shooters, RPGs, roguelikes, card games, platformers, you name it. I was practically raised by a generation of browser Flash games—may they rest in peace—and an unhealthy amount of (Old School) Runescape, and these experiences with video games have shaped my interests and personality to this day. Some games have left such a lasting impression on me that I’ve written about them.
I also love music—mainly rock, folk, and indie. Some of my favorite artists include Lana Del Rey, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, GY!BE, and lots of others that I’d list here if I weren’t pressed for space. Check out my Spotify playlists for a sampling of my favorite songs.
At one point, I was obsessed with drawing (and pretty good at it, too!). But with time, I found myself preoccupied with so many other things that I simply couldn’t find the time to draw. Lately, my interest in art has resurfaced in the colorful world of front-end development—I love working with CSS to bring designs to life on the canvas that is the web. Sometimes, I’ll also create CSS art as a substitute for the real thing, either as a challenge or just for fun.
There’s more to my life than what I feel comfortable sharing here, but that’s about the gist of my background and interests. If you made it this far, cool! You’re still awake! Maybe we can chat sometime and get to know each other.
At the end of the day, I’m just a Real Human Bean who enjoys doing real human things. If that sounds like your cup of tea, get in touch—I’d love to hear from you!