About Nick DeNardis

Nick is the Associate Director of Web Communications at Wayne State University. As host of the video blog, EDU Checkup, he reviews higher education websites from the point of view of a first time visitor, while critiquing the design, information architecture and code of the sites. He is a staff writer at .eduGuru, a higher education marketing and web development blog. He takes an active role in the higher education web community by sharing his thoughts and real world analysis in the Wayne State Web Communications Blog. He is also an officer for Refresh Detroit, a group of web professionals whose goal is to promote web standards, usability, and accessibility and to spread the knowledge of web design in the Detroit and Ann Arbor Michigan areas. He is also the technical director for TEDxDetroit, a once a year conference to spread positive ideas for the world from Detroit.

With a background in computer science, Nick has always been interested in user experience and accessibility. Part of his work at Wayne State includes reviewing and benchmarking other university web sites. His personal web philosophy is to keep things light, simple and agile, always striving for simple solutions to complex problems. Nick is currently pursuing his MLIS degree from Wayne State University.

His hobbies include aggressive skating, wakeboarding and snowboarding.


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Current projects

  • PHPSimpl – A lightweight down to business PHP framework

2 replies on “About Nick DeNardis”

Hi Nick,

I had attended a Refresh Detroit event last fall and love to point to your outreach work at Wayne State as an example of social media in action. Given your work, I’m wondering if you would be interested in coming to a talk next Monday? I’ve invited a family friend, David King, CEO of Lil Green Patch, to come speak in Ann Arbor. It’s a free event and I’ve invited other IT execs and nonprofits. Registration is filling up but I’d love to see you there along with other Refresh Detroit folks. Please feel free to visit Thank you!

Linh Song, MSW
npServ Director
Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW)

Hi Nick,
Hey, love your .edu video reviews!
Just wanted to drop you a line- Providence College is getting ready to do a complete redesign of their site. Might be an good opportunity for a before/after sort of thing…
Current site is absolutely terrible. So far, designs for the new are looking very promising. Drop me a line if you are interested or want any further info.
Dan Demmons
Web Developer (new site, not the old- just hired)
Providence College

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