From Junkyard to Web Development

From junkyard to web development, Armando Flores lives the American dream. Armando’s roots are traced back to a Saginaw Michigan, where he first found a love for art and creation. By drawing with his older cousin, the young artist knew he wanted to be involved in the creative world. Even at school, Armando found himself in the back of the class sketching and doodling.

His desire to express his creativity led him into customizing cars with his brother.

He wanted to find new ways of breathing life into more ideas, so he left the automotive world and studied mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech. There, Armando began learning Photoshop, Illustrator, and HTML.

Flores knew he wanted to be involved in the tech industry. A friend pushed him to consider moving to San Francisco, but he wasn’t quite sure how to get out there. So on a whim, he applied as a volunteer at the HTML5 Developers Conference in SF. Once accepted, he was really excited to visit SF, and theStartupHouse was his friend’s initial recommendation. He was immediately drawn by its location, price, and community.

After the developer’s conference, he chose to stay in San Francisco and try and find work as a web developer. After a bit of searching and quite a few rejections, he began building his portfolio through small gigs and little design projects. Once people realized his design potential, members of StartupHouse started approaching him for larger projects: Lumin, Ziero, and Teamwork Online.

Armando has now been part of the StartupHouse community for two years. In his words, “StartupHouse has given me the opportunity to meet new friends and clients from extremely diverse backgrounds. Because of Startuphouse I’ve been able to experience some amazing things, from the people, to events, and conferences. Living in Startuphouse puts me really close to where the action is, in SF ”.

Armando is currently taking on new clients as a freelance UI Designer, he enjoys traveling for inspiration, and exploring new places.

Contact Armando Flores if you are looking for an experienced UI Designer and Web Developer.

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