has been a web developer and designer since 2001, a creative professional since 2004, and a Drupal developer since 2007. Across almost five years, in two stints between 2012 and 2019, Preston worked at Acquia, eventually rising to Director of Research and Innovation, where he led Acquia Labs, and new open-source and research initiatives. In 2019, Preston left Acquia for GatsbyJS.
Earlier in his career, Preston managed the Entertainment Weekly
website and led its development team at Time Inc. He also contributed to the Spark initiative in the Drupal project, co-founded the Southern Colorado Drupal User Group (est. 2008), and operated an award-winning freelance web and print design studio. While at university, Preston directed the most recent redesign of The Harvard Crimson
's online edition, producing the first student-designed responsive college newspaper website in the Ivy League.
Preston has presented keynotes at conferences on three continents in multiple languages and speaks around the world about diverse topics such as decoupled Drupal
, responsive design, front-end development, user experience, and open-source innovation.