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.
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.
You can view my résumé for more.
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:
- WordCamp US 2017
- HighEdWeb 2017
- UNC CAUSE 2017
- WordCamp Boston 2017
- WPCampus 2017
- WordCamp Raleigh 2017
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.
I live in Boston, Massachusetts with Dr. Emily Barnard.
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.
- Greater Boston Food Bank serves communities across eastern Massachusetts, feeding more than 142,000 people every month.
- The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina has a special place in my heart. Emily and I volunteered there fairly regularly when we lived in Raleigh, and the folks who work there do an incredible job serving a large region.
- ShelterBox ensures that survivors of natural disasters and human conflict have basic necessities in the immediate aftermath, including and especially shelter from the elements.
- Carbonfund.org gives you an easy way to purchase carbon offsets, helping to fight climate change and mitigate your personal impact.
- Independent Animal Rescue is a Durham, NC-based animal rescue organization. They provide foster care and help adopt thousands of area cats and dogs—including our two cats.