Todd Nienkerk's picture
United States
Current Role(s): 
Digital Strategist and Partner
Four Kitchens
IRC: 
toddross

Professional Info

Companies Worked For
That Other Paper, University of Texas at Austin
Industries Worked In: 
Writing, Editing, Publishing, Design, Web design, Web development

Personal Info

Gender: 
male
Languages spoken: 
English
German
Japanese
Bio: 

I am a Digital Strategist and Partner at Four Kitchens. I help organizations define and reach their goals using a combination of technology, creativity, and strategy.

My background in design, development, communication, and psychology provides me with unique insight into how people use technology: how we think, feel, interact, and form communities both off- and online. Recent awards for client projects include an Emmy, Stevie Award, Davey Award, AVA Award, and WebAward.

Since 1996, I have designed and built countless websites and written for, edited, and managed several online and print publications. In 2006, I co-founded Four Kitchens, a web design, development, and strategy consultancy. Four Kitchens’ mission is to change the world by setting knowledge free. We achieve this mission by working with open-source software and communities, choosing projects that advance human knowledge, and freely sharing our expertise with the world.

I have spoken at more than 45 conferences, including SXSW Interactive two years in a row. As an active member of the Drupal community, I regularly speak at and organize Drupal events all over the world. I have organized ten Drupal events, chaired seven DrupalCons, lead training sessions at four DrupalCons, and spoken at virtually every DrupalCon since they began in 2008. I have developed and contributed dozens of Drupal modules and themes, helped redesign Drupal.org, and served as the technical reviewer for two Drupal books published by O'Reilly. Most recently, I helped organize the Business Summits at DrupalCons Austin and Los Angeles.

The business leadership and progressive management philosophy I helped shape at Four Kitchens have garnered both local and national attention. Four Kitchens has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., BetaNews, Texas CEO, and Texas Tech Pulse to name a few. We were named one of the "Best places to work in Central Texas" by the Austin Business Journal in 2014, and I was a finalist for the Austin Under 40 Awards in 2015.

History

Member for
8 years 5 months
Documentation
Over 10 edits
Drupal Contributions: 

Sprints

  • Drupal documentation sprint: Toronto (March, 2009)
  • Drupal.org redesign sprint: Paris (February, 2009)
  • Drupal.org redesign sprint: San Francisco (April, 2009)
  • Drupal.org redesign sprint: Boston (June, 2009)
  • Drupal.org redesign sprint: Dallas (August, 2009)
  • Drupal.org redesign sprint: Paris (September, 2009)
  • Drupal.org redesign sprint: Copenhagen (August, 2010)

Events

I have helped organize the following Drupal events:

I have chaired the following DrupalCon tracks:

  • DrupalCon Copenhagen 2010: Providing Professional Drupal Services track co-chair
  • DrupalCon Chicago 2011: Design/UX track chair
  • DrupalCon Denver 2012: Mobile global track chair
  • DrupalCon Munich 2012: Frontend global track chair

I am currently the DrupalCon global chair for all Design, UX, and Mobile tracks.

I have spoken at the following DrupalCons and DrupalCamps:

  • DrupalCon Paris 2009
  • DrupalCon San Francisco 2010
  • DrupalCon Copenhagen 2010
  • DrupalCon Chicago 2011
  • DrupalCon London 2011
  • DrupalCon Denver 2012
  • DrupalCamp Copenhagen 2009
  • DrupalCamp Finland 2009
  • DrupalCamp Stockholm 2009
  • Drupal Design Camp Boston 2009
  • DrupalCamp Dallas 2009
  • DrupalCamp Austin 2009
  • Do It with Drupal 2009
  • Drupal Design Camp Boston 2010
  • DrupalCamp Austin 2010
  • Southwest Drupal Summit 2011
  • Drupal Design Camp Los Angeles 2011
  • DrupalCamp Stockholm 2011
  • Dallas Drupal Days 2011
  • DrupalCamp Los Angeles 2011
  • BADCamp 2011
  • Drupal Day Austin 2012

I also attended the following:

  • DrupalCon Boston 2008
  • DrupalCon Szeged 2008
  • DrupalCon DC 2009
  • DrupalCon Paris 2009
  • DrupalCon Munich 2012
  • SandCamp 2011
  • Drupal Design Camp Boston 2011
  • SchipulCon 2011

I have provided training at the following events:

  • BADCamp 2011 (Responsive web design in Drupal)
  • DrupalCamp Austin 2011 (Responsive web design in Drupal)
  • DrupalCon Denver 2012 (Responsive web design in Drupal)
  • DrupalCon Munich 2012 (Responsive Websites: Design and Build for All Devices)
Areas of Expertise: 
designer
Themer
Frontend developer
Developer
Information architect
Drupal Events: 
DrupalCon Boston 2008
DrupalCon Szeged, Hungary 2008
DrupalCon DC 2009
DrupalCon Paris 2009
DrupalCon San Francisco 2010
DrupalCon Copenhagen 2010
DrupalCon Chicago 2011
DrupalCon London 2011
DrupalCon Denver 2012
DrupalCon Munich 2012
DrupalCon Portland 2013
DrupalCon Austin 2014
DrupalCon Amsterdam 2014

Projects

Drupal Association Organization Member
Drupal Association Individual Member

Todd Nienkerk helps support and grow the Drupal community with the Drupal Association.

My mentors: 

4 people list Todd Nienkerk as a mentor

I contributed Drupal patches
I contributed Drupal modules
I contributed Drupal themes
I contributed to Drupal issue queues
I contributed Drupal documentation
I reviewed Project applications
I help in the Drupal support forums
I provide Drupal-related services
I give support on IRC