Hello. My name is David. I’m a product manager, designer, and web developer for Adobe Typekit. My responsibilities include organizing projects, going to meetings, and making lots (and lots and lots) of presentations in Keynote.
I live in Chicago with my wife Jody Weinmann, where I work remotely out of a spare bedroom in our apartment. When people ask if I have an office, I can say: “yes, it’s 20 feet from my bed.” Or: “yes, it’s in San Francisco.” Or even: “yes, it’s really close to a great coffee place called ‘My Kitchen’.” I have it pretty good.
You can reach me via email at email@example.com.
Writing & Speaking
Over the last couple of years I’ve had the honor and pleasure of sharing some of my knowledge about web design and development at events around the world. This year I’ve spoken at TYPO Berlin, Web Directions South, and WindyCityRails, and before that I presented at Refresh Chicago, Chicago Cocoaheads, and the very first RailsConf. You can find videos and slides from several of my presentations in the Talks section.
More about work
Prior to joining the Typekit team in 2011, I was a lead/senior engineer for Metromix, a local listings and entertainment joint venture from Tribune and Gannett. Metromix used to be a big deal here in Chicago; it dates back to roughly the same time that Citysearch and other local listings sites first launched, and most of my time there was spent scrambling to find some relevance in a world of Yelps and Groupons. We didn’t manage to find any.
Before that I was a freelancer for three years, working on projects for some surprisingly great clients. I built the T-26 website for Carlos Segura, and led or worked on projects for MTV Networks, DirecTV, BeenVerified.com, and many others.
Finally, before that I was the senior/principal web developer at a tiny creative agency called Killswitch Collective. I take a certain amount of pride in the fact that I was their first Ruby on Rails developer — I, in fact, got us into the Rails business — and since leaving have met at least four other Chicago-based devs who ended up work for this Rails shop I sort of founded.
I take pictures; sometimes people tell me they look good. I hope to start picking some photos to appear on this web site in the near future. In the meantime, the best places to see my nicer vacation, candid, and portrait shots is on my Flickr photostream. If pictures of food and bad typography are more your speed, check out my Instagram.
For the last few years I’ve relied on a Nikon D90 for all my nice-camera needs, usually fitted with a 35mm or 50mm f/1.8 lens. Right now, however, I’m in the process of switching to a Sony NEX-6 mirrorless camera, which is smaller and lighter enough compared to my D90 that I might actually carry it around and use it more often.
In 2010 I released an iPhone app called GiftBox to help my wife and I plan our holiday gift shopping. You can buy it from the App Store for $1.99. It hasn’t been updated in over a year, which means it currently doesn’t support the taller screen on the iPhone 5/5C/5S, and it hasn’t been updated for iOS 7. One day it will be worked on again, but today is not that day.
Food and drink
I have a weakness for fancy food and cocktails. (It’s an easy weakness to have when you live in Chicago and travel often to San Francisco.) And being one who’s been described as “fastidious”, “thorough”, and “very thorough”, I have an elaborate system set up to keep track of the bars and restaurants I’ve either recommended or haven’t been to yet but want to try.