Hello, my name is Alex Carpenter and I am a front-end web developer & designer based out of Grand Rapids, MI.

If you are interested in hearing more about how I got started in the web development industry, you can hear me talk with Ruben Inger on the How To Hold A Pencil Podcast about being self taught and working on my own side projects.

This site is a place for me to share thoughts beyond 140 characters. You can expect to see posts about front-end development, cycling, coffee and who knows maybe even chickens. It is my little corner of the internet and I intend to make it my own.

Projects

Here are a few projects I have designed and built over the past few years. Some are still alive and well and some have been in hibernation for the time being.

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“A great resource for those interested in specialty coffee, and in a medium that is approachable, enjoyable and engaging. Brew a cup and tune in.”

– Brian Beyke, abandoncoffee.com

GR Field Guide 2013 – 2014

GR Field Guide was an experiment I created to help others find great places to eat or drink in Grand Rapids, MI. I find apps like Foursquare and Yelp to be overwhelming and cumbersome. The Field Guide stripped away a lot of information and listed only what you needed to know to find a great beer or burger in town.

Front-end Dev Newsletter 2014 – 2015

I created the Front-end Development Newsletter to help share interesting and relavant articles about front-end technologies. The list grew to over 150 plus developers and I am hoping to start the list up again in the near future. I learned just as much from forching myself to seek new information.

Recent Articles


  • Show Me Your Mic »

    I was fortunate enough to join Chris Enns on his podcast Show Me Your Mic to talk about how I got started in podcasting and the I Brew My Own Coffee Podcast. We talked about how we use Instagram to help grow our show and a little bit about coffee to. Give it a listen.
  • How To Hold a Pencil »

    Reuben Inger was gracious enough to invite me onto his podcast show How to Hold a Pencil to talk about how I got started in the web development industry. We talked about my work at Masuga Design, Lamplighter, GR Field Guide and also some of the most influential and helpful people in the industry.
  • Interview: Ryan Irelan of Mijingo

    Jack of All Trades, Master of None. I have a lot of hobbies. Ever since I was a little kid. I get bored quickly, so having a bunch of different hobbies keeps me going.
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