Brian, smiling for the camera and sitting in a park

Brian DeConinck is a front-end designer and developer working in higher education, mainly with WordPress. He is committed to universal design practices emphasizing accessibility and user empathy.


Professional

I am part of the OIT Design & Web Services team, part of the Office of Information Technology at NC State University. My responsibilities include:

You can view my résumé for more.

Interests

Working at NC State, I've had the opportunity to learn a great deal about accessibility. I'm interested in better understanding how we apply inclusive design principles and universal design principles to what we build.

I also think about Eric Meyer and Sara Wachter-Boettcher's book Design for Real Life constantly. It's on all of us to build a better, safer, and more inclusive web.

Working Out Loud

When possible, I try to share what I'm working on and what I've learned, both with other developers on campus and with the broader web community. I write about the work we're doing and what I've learned whenever I get a chance on the OIT Design & Web Services blog.

Conference presentations from 2017 include:

I also host the WPCampus Podcast. WPCampus is a fantastic organization, and hosting the podcast gives me an opportunity to talk to and learn from interesting people doing interesting things with WordPress in higher education.

Personal

I live in Boston, Massachusetts with Dr. Emily Barnard.

Worthy Causes

If you're in the habit of giving money to organizations based on the recommendation of front-end web people on the internet, then you're in luck! I'm very happy to recommend several organizations that are worth your time and money.