John Pennypacker has a background in fine art and has been developing accessible web sites for more than ten years. At Brown, he builds web applications that help the University communicate its mission. John's web interests lie in usability, accessibility, and devising crafty solutions that lie outside of current policy. He is determined to improve user experience at Brown and make data more readily available for Brown developers.
Q: How did you get into web work?
A: I wanted my own domain so I didn't have to change my email address every time I moved to a new ISP. Once I had the domain, I just had to put up a website. It was terrible, so I started learning how to make it better. Finally, I started being a "web guy" full-time.
Q: Do you still do art?
A: I still dabble from time to time. Where I really find value in my arts training is observation. I see small details in design and watch how users react to them. It's been very helpful.
Q: What kind of name is Pennypacker, anyway?