About

About This Website

This website is powered by WordPress. I use a child theme that makes some light changes to Nick Ciliak’s Slightly Theme. While my own custom theme is in a perpetual state of construction, Slightly is a solid and simple accessibility-ready theme that does what I need it to do right now.

I’ve extended some features of the website with a handful of custom plugins. Some day I’ll clean up them enough to put them in a public GitHub repo.

I occasionally post updates to this website, but I don’t have the dedication to maintain a regular blog. When I have something I want to say in public, I’ll post on Twitter.

About Me

Professional

You can read my conference biographies below, or view my résumé. The key takeaways are:

  • I work for North Carolina State University in the central IT office, where I get to work on interesting projects that have an immediate impact on a 50,000-person community. That’s pretty cool.
  • I think when we build things, we have an obligation to think about the consequences of how they might be used—and to try to ensure that they’re used to help others, and not to hurt, mislead, or take advantage of.

Personal

I live in Chicago, Illinois with my wife, Dr. Emily Barnard. We have two cats.

Beyond that, I never know exactly what to say about myself in public. Here are a few important points:

  • I grew up in a small town in southeast Michigan. I haven’t talked to most of the people I grew up with in years, with one or two exceptions. I think about many of them every day and wish I was brave enough to reconnect.
  • In school, I majored in mathematics. It turned out I wasn’t creative enough or dedicated enough to become a mathematician. But it’s a beautiful subject that can inform your thinking in unexpected ways, and I still encourage everyone to take more math classes.
  • In school, I also majored in Science in Human Culture, which was an interdisciplinary look at how science and technology impact our lives. I credit the SHC program for sparking what would become my interest in accessibility and inclusive design.
  • I think people should be kind, generous, and humane. I’m not always good at those things, but I try to be. And I’m fortunate enough to have people in my life who help push me in the right direction.

When I can, I support several organizations that I would encourage you to consider supporting as well.

Conference Biography (Short)

Brian DeConinck is a Boston-based front-end designer and developer with NC State University’s Office of Information Technology. In his work, he is committed to inclusive design principles and empathy for the users he supports. Brian is also host of the WPCampus Podcast, where he gets to talk to interesting people about the interesting things they’re doing with WordPress in higher ed.

Conference Biography (Long)

Brian DeConinck is a front-end designer and developer with NC State University’s Office of Information Technology. At NC State, he helps manage and maintain university WordPress environments, builds custom themes and plugins, and helps students, faculty, and staff use the web more effectively. He is the design and development lead for the central IT unit, the campus auxiliary services unit, and over a dozen other academic and administrative departments.

In his work, Brian is committed to inclusive design principles that serve the diverse community that uses his websites. He believes designers and developers should prioritize user empathy, and he works to empower content creators to make smart and informed decisions as they publish on the web.

Brian is also the host of the WPCampus Podcast, the irregularly-released podcast for people who use WordPress in higher education. In each episode, he gets to talk to interesting people about the interesting things they’re doing with WordPress in higher ed.

He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Dr. Emily Barnard.