Scott Vandehey, Software Developer in Portland, OR, United States
Scott Vandehey

Software Developer in Portland, OR, United States

Member since September 12, 2018
Scott is a front-end architect and CSS specialist with over 15 years experience. He curates the Friday Front-End Twitter and newsletter, sharing front-end development tips and links every day. He is the author of “How to Find a Better Job in Tech.”
Scott is now available for hire




Portland, OR, United States



Preferred Environment

macOS, GitHub, Sublime Text

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on was a CMS platform with hundreds of users and millions of readers.


  • Senior UI Engineer

    2015 - 2018
    Say Media
    • Hired to completely refactor the CSS for the CMS app with an eye to making it more maintainable.
    • Defined a set of standards for working with modular CSS.
    • Added a dynamically updated pattern library.
    • Introduced CSS linting to enforce best practices.
    • Updated all layout logic to use more modern flex+grid methods.
    • Changed the app to use responsive images.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Senior UI Developer

    2014 - 2015
    • Joined a strong UI team converting a suite of healthcare applications from legacy JavaScript to Ember.
    • Shipped a new product allowing employers to offer their employees access to our Unified search app.
    • Worked on the creation of a visual pattern library that could be included in all apps to standardize our UI code.
    • Drove adoption of proper scrum methodology.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Senior Front-end Engineer

    2013 - 2014
    Puppet Labs, Inc.
    • Responsible for managing the marketing websites for and
    • Converted the sites from WordPress to Drupal, increasing the efficiency of multiple teams through custom workflows.
    • Worked with the UX team to overhaul site design with an emphasis on adaptive layouts, retina imagery.
    • Increased front-end maintainability using HTML5 and Sass.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Drupal
  • Senior Front-end Developer

    2011 - 2013
    Burnside Digital
    • Provided front-end production for clients including the Food Network.
    • Pushed client adoption of mobile support and CSS3 standards like media queries and webfonts.
    • Drove adoption of maintenance-focused best-practices and expansion of front-end as a discipline in the organization.
    • Revamped company blogging strategy and overhauled company branding.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Front-end Web Developer

    2010 - 2011
    Metal Toad Media
    • Created standards-compliant sites for clients including Limewire and the Emmys.
    • Mostly Drupal themes utilizing CSS3, XHTML/HTML5, and jQuery.
    • Helped to promote social media as a marketing tool, including Twitter, Facebook, and blogging.
    • Created a Drupal 7 base theme using HTML5.
    • Spoke at conferences about HTML5, Drupal theming, and web standards.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Drupal
  • Front-end Web Developer

    2005 - 2009
    Pop Art, Inc.
    • Produced large-scale websites with CSS and XHTML for clients including Freightliner Trucks and LP.
    • Collaborated with designers and programmers, advocating for web-standards to increase SEO and accessibility.
    • Worked to promote blogging as a communication and promotional tool.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript


  • Tempest CMS (Development)

    Starting in 2015, I signed on with Say Media to work on their CMS, Tempest. Over the next three years, I led a complete refactoring of the CSS codebase, resulting in dramatic file size savings. I applied modular CSS standards, based on SMACSS and BEM, and updated the UI to be mobile-first and fully responsive. I helped define the company's CSS code standards and added a linting tool to enforce them. I created a Bootstrap-style pattern library to help developers quickly add new features without having to write custom styles. I also led an effort to use responsive images throughout the app during a team-wide performance project.

  • Friday Front-End (Other amazing things)

    I started an email newsletter and twitter account in 2015 to share a curated list of CSS-oriented front-end links with my peers. I was already reading a broad selection of blogs and newsletter to stay up-to-date, and posting those to my own bookmark list. Every week, I post five links and a video to the Twitter account and then compile those links into the newsletter (sent on Friday, naturally). In 2018, I added a second twitter account, @cssbasics, specifically to share links aimed at beginners.

  • How to Find a Better Job in Tech (Other amazing things)

    In 2016, I self-published an e-book about finding a better job in the tech industry. The book grew out of a conversation with a friend over coffee, who asked for career advice. The advice seemed helpful and turned into the outline of a short book. The experience of taking my unorganized thoughts and converting them into a coherent narrative longer than a blog post or essay was interesting. I learned the value of editing, and how to make space for a large side project without sacrificing existing work and family commitments.

  • Book List (Development)

    I started this side project to work on my vanilla JS skills. It consumes a JSON list of books I want to read, displays those books, and allows me to filter and sort the list by various criteria, including whether I've purchased the books yet.


  • Languages

    HTML5, CSS3, Sass, HTML, CSS, ECMAScript (ES6), JavaScript
  • Frameworks

  • Paradigms

    Responsive Layout, OOCSS, SMACSS, BEM, Scrum
  • Other

    Cross-browser Compatibility, Web Standards, Software Development, Front-End Developer, Certified Scrum Master
  • Tools

    GitHub, Git, Sketch, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
  • Platforms, WordPress, Drupal
  • Libraries/APIs

    jQuery, React


  • Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design
    1996 - 2000
    Portland State University - Portland, OR


  • Certified Scrum Master
    DECEMBER 2011 - DECEMBER 2013

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