Zak Erving

Zak Erving

Anchorage, AK

My 1st foray into human flight was when I was 6. I fell like a rock, but my head stayed in the clouds. I design all kinds of things all around the world, and I write about what I learn at sparkpunk.com.

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  • Job Title

    Product Designer

  • Looking for work

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277 Achievements

  • Welcome to Basic Math for Data Analysis
  • Reusable GraphQL
  • Making Changes with Mutations
  • Fetching Data with Queries
  • Getting Started with GraphQL
  • Character Builder
  • Flask Templates
  • Welcome to Flask
  • Creating a Memory Game
  • Emulating Built-ins
  • Welcome to OOP
  • Gettin' CRUD-y With It
  • Our Diary App
  • Meet Peewee
  • Building a Flashcard App
  • Sweeping Vues: Loops, Methods, Directives
  • What a Beautiful Vue!
  • Introducing Vue
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • React Component Patterns
  • Stateful Components and Lifecycle Methods
  • Managing State and Data Flow
  • Build Modular Interfaces with Components
  • Stateful Components
  • Introducing Props
  • Thinking in Components
  • First Steps in React
  • Timezones
  • Math Quiz App
  • Dates and Times
  • Buggy Logs
  • Cleaner Code
  • Dice Roller
  • Python: Advanced Objects
  • Dockerize a Web App
  • Managing Images and Containers
  • Building Images Using Dockerfiles
  • Fundamentals of Docker
  • Docker Use Cases
  • Python: Inheritance
  • Python: Instant Objects
  • Iterating and Packing with Dictionaries
  • Introducing Dictionaries
  • Sequence Operations
  • Sequence Iterations
  • Packing and Unpacking
  • Getting Info In and Out of Functions
  • Introduction to Functions
  • Getting to Know Tuples
  • Build an Application
  • Using Lists
  • Meet Lists
  • All Together Now
  • Functions and Looping
  • Writing a Classifier
  • Machine Learning Vocabulary
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Types and Branching
  • More TODO with the MEAN Stack
  • Creating and Editing Data in a MEAN App
  • Setting Up MongoDB
  • Going MEAN with Angular
  • Going MEAN with Express
  • Introduction to MEAN
  • Meet Python
  • Serving Static Files in Express
  • Applying Express Knowledge
  • Middleware
  • Deeper into Routing with Express
  • Using Templates with Express
  • Getting Started with Express
  • Go Data Structures Overview
  • Go Flow Control Overview
  • Go Syntax Overview
  • Improving Our Todo App
  • Services in Angular
  • Getting a Handle on the DOM
  • The Browser Environment
  • Using Angular's Built-in Directives
  • Controllers and Scope
  • Getting Started with Angular
  • Next Steps
  • Improving Our Tests
  • Behavior Driven Development with Mocha & Chai
  • Introducing Unit Testing
  • Go Further With Mongo
  • Working With Collections
  • Understanding MongoDB
  • Getting Started with MongoDB
  • Finding the Data You Want
  • Getting Data from a Database
  • Data, Databases and SQL
  • Doing More with Express
  • Serving Static Files in Express
  • Using Templates with Express
  • The Request and Response Objects in Express
  • Developing Express Apps Like a Boss
  • Getting Started with Express
  • Updating and Uninstalling Packages with npm
  • Installing Packages with npm
  • What is npm?
  • Quiz Practice Project
  • Prototypal Inheritance
  • Constructor Functions & Prototypes
  • Introduction to Methods
  • Using a jQuery Carousel
  • Add a Sticky Navigation Bar
  • Improving your Gulp Workflow
  • Compile Sass with Gulp
  • Gulp your JavaScript workflow!
  • Welcome to Gulp.js
  • Introducing jQuery Plugins
  • Combine and Minify Assets
  • Optimize Assets
  • Installing Programs
  • Environment and Redirection
  • HTTP Methods and Headers
  • Creating a Basic Template Engine in Node.js
  • Handling Routes in Node.js
  • Creating a Simple Server in Node.js
  • Measuring Performance
  • Planning for Performance
  • Interactive Visualizations
  • Styling and Scaling Data
  • Data Binding with D3
  • Selections with D3
  • Web Apps
  • Websites
  • Introduction
  • AJAX and APIs
  • jQuery and AJAX
  • Programming AJAX
  • Building a Command Line Application
  • Responsive Patterns
  • Media Queries
  • Responsive Theory
  • Custom Media Players
  • Captioning Video
  • Media Basics
  • Build a Website With Bootstrap
  • Workflows
  • Working With Remote Repositories
  • Merging
  • Branches
  • Introduction to SVG
  • Creating an SVG
  • JavaScript Objects
  • JavaScript Arrays
  • Ruby Strings (Ruby Basics)
  • How Ruby Works
  • JavaScript Loops
  • JavaScript Functions
  • JavaScript Conditional Statements
  • JavaScript Numbers
  • JavaScript Variables
  • Introducing JavaScript
  • Designing with the Latest Features
  • Fundamental Concepts
  • Basic Layout
  • The Box Model
  • Understanding Values and Units
  • Basic Selectors
  • Getting Started With Git
  • Getting Started with CSS
  • Introduction to Node.js
  • AJAX Concepts
  • Structuring Tables
  • Table Basics
  • Creating a Simple Drawing Application
  • Moving Forward with UX
  • How UXers Think
  • Tools UXers Use
  • Creating a Password Confirmation Form
  • Creating a Mobile Drop Down Menu
  • Console Processes
  • Why Version Control Matters
  • Traversing and Manipulating the DOM with JavaScript
  • Selecting Elements and Adding Events with JavaScript
  • JavaScript and the DOM
  • Console Users and Permission
  • Moving Around in the Console
  • Chrome DevTools Basics
  • What Do User Experience Designers Do?
  • Choosing Options
  • Organizing Forms
  • Form Basics
  • Start menu and App Icon
  • Sound Design
  • Animating and Saving Sprites
  • Designing Characters and a Scene
  • Introduction to Game Design
  • Spriting with Compass
  • Compass Helper Functions
  • Compass Layout and Typography
  • Getting Started with Compass
  • Creating a Simple Lightbox
  • Creating a Spoiler Revealer
  • Introduction to jQuery
  • JavaScript Objects
  • What is User Experience (UX)?
  • JavaScript Functions
  • Creating Home Page Assets
  • Applying Effects
  • How to Draw in Illustrator
  •  Adding Color and Type
  • Creating an Icon
  • Introduction to Illustrator
  • Responsive Web Design and Testing
  • Adding Pages to a Website
  • Styling Web Pages and Navigation
  • Customizing Colors and Fonts
  • Creating HTML Content
  • CSS: Cascading Style Sheets
  • Debugging HTML and CSS Problems
  • Sharing a Website
  • HTML First
  • Beginning HTML and CSS
  • Why Start a Business?
  • Moving Beyond the Blog
  • Finding Business
  • Creating Content
  • Introduction to Blogging
  • JavaScript Arrays
  • JavaScript Numbers
  • JavaScript Strings
  • Understanding Views and View Controllers
  • Getting Started (iOS7)
  • The Logo Sprint
  • Logo Design 101
  • Working with a Developer
  • Designing our App
  • Wireframing, Interaction Design and Planning
  • Introduction Variables
  • ADS Writing and Preparation
  • Introduction to UI Design
  • Functions
  • Objects and Arrays
  • Control Structures
  • Basics
  • Advanced Sass Concepts
  • Speeding up Workflow With Sass
  • Media Queries
  • CSS Animations
  • Gradients
  • Variables, Mixins, and Extending Selectors
  • Getting Started with Sass
  • Web Typography
  • Transitions and Transforms
  • Flexbox and Multi-Column Layout
  • Advanced Selectors
  • Backgrounds and Borders
  • Prototyping With Bootstrap
  • Introduction to Front-End Frameworks
  • Website Basics
  • CSS Box Model
  • Text, Fonts, and Lists
  • Selectors
  • Getting Started with CSS
  • Values and Units
  • Forms
  • Tables
  • Objects
  • Links
  • Lists
  • Text
  • Introduction
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Responsive Design
  • Adaptive Design
  • Fluid Foundation
  • Introduction to Responsive Web Design
  • Launching the Website
  • Styling Content
  • Creating a Website Structure
  • Text Editors and HTML
  • Website Basics
  • Newbie