About Me

I love typography, clean code and tattoos, and I create dope shit.

Meet Caleb

I am a web developer and graphic designer with a background in math, oil painting and illustration.

Design is my driving passion. Everything in my life is affected by it. Understanding how great design works – and showing others the importance of well thought out, beautiful design – is what I get the most joy from.

As for my last name, it’s pronounced Sid-low. The z is silent and the y is an i.

Let’s work together
Caleb Szydlo wireframing

I can be a perfectionist, but if something is worth doing then it’s worth doing right.

Sketch: This is for all the lonely people, thinking that life has passed them by, don't give up
Parise chases down a ball on a frozen lake at sunset
Art show
Parise, a pitbull mix

Meet the Doggos


Parise is a pitbull mix who was rescued by the great folks at Save-a-Bull Rescue.

Named after a member of the Minnesota Wild, Easy may look mean but he’s a sweatheart. He lives for tennis balls and car rides, and is adept at finding the softest spot in any room to nap on.


Baloo is a pitbull/english bulldog, also rescued from Save-a-Bull Rescue.

Still just a puppy, Baloo is not a fan of the rain or snow but we’re working on it. He’s also a bit of a leaper, we’re working that too.

Professional Experience

Work history

In December of 2013 I started a web internship with Neuger Communications Group, a communications and public relations firm based in Northfield, MN, and in March of 2014 I accepted a full-time position as a web and graphics specialist. In my time there I built wide variety of web projects as well as illustrations and designs for both print and web.

In May of 2015 I changed firms and began working as a front end developer with fjorge, before being promoted to a senior developer in April of 2017. As a developer I created interactive and engaging websites for clients with an emphasis on clean code and exceptional usability. In July of 2017 my role at fjorge expanded into project management and solutions architecture, leading a team of 6 front end developers.

Taking a break from agency life I did a year as a senior design technologist with Ameriprise Financial, starting in that role in May of 2018. As a design technologist I worked with engineers and designers to implement UI components across Ameriprise’s public websites and secure client applications, as well as develop and maintain Ameriprise’s component library.

Currently I am the Web and Creative Team Lead for Gruen Agency, a digital marketing firm located in the north loop of Minneapolis. I lead a team of designers and developers that works with a variety of clients to optimize their website’s SEO and conversion funnels.

My Skills

  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • Sass, Less & PostCSS
  • Javascript & jQuery
  • AJAX
  • JSON
  • PHP
  • Gulp & NPM
  • Git/Svn
  • User Experience
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
  • Craft
  • Shopify
  • Magento
  • Adobe Experience Manager
  • Woocommerce
  • HTML Emails

Captain by day, pirate at night.