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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.


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Just pretend the second "n" in "DeConinck" is silent, and put the emphasis on the second syllable: dee - CAH - nik.


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

  • maintaining campus WordPress environments;
  • building custom WordPress themes and plugins;
  • and advising academic and administrative units on design, content management, and more effectively using their web presence.


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 community. I regularly contribute to the OIT Design & Web Services blog and I am the co-chair of the UNC CAUSE WordPress Special Interest Group. 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.