Design, Theme + UX

Prototypes and Drupal: from designing in-browser to implementing custom templates

In recent years, the practice of designing websites in HTML prototypes has become increasingly prevalent. And with good reason – designing "in-browser" has many mertis over static mock-ups. But how do we ensure a good process, when we move from design to development, and it is time to implement the prototype in Drupal?   

People First

It’s a strange and exciting time to be building things for the web. Our industry is changing quickly and the days of siloed roles, waterfall processes, and feature-first development are going, going, gone. From the smallest startup to the largest enterprise, the worlds of design and development are merging and are being re-centered around the user.

The Drupal 8 Admin Toolbar Sucks, Here's an Alternative

My opinion of course, but I honestly do not think it is a horrible menu. However, given what other platforms currently have available the Drupal 8 menu all ready feels antiquated; and D8 has yet to be even released (well, not when I submitted the session at least). I'll review how I went about pulling in the WordPress top and left menus as well as review the differences between the Drupal 7, Drupal 8 and Backdrop CMS versions of the module.

Should Everything Be Editable? The Admin Interface vs. Template Question

To hard code or not hard code? That is the question faced by a Drupal developer when constructing a site for a client. For some clients, they want access to all content, menus, headers, footers, buttons, forms, etc. through the Drupal admin interface. For other clients, they simply want to cut and paste text onto simple pages and need only the most minimalist admin interface.

Responsive Images in Drupal

Images have always been an especially tricky item in responsive designs. They need to look good in a variety of screen sizes, screen resolutions and minimally impact performance. HTML5 has solved that problem with the new <picture> element, but how do we use that in Drupal? Even trickier, how do we still maintain the level of control and consistency both clients and designers expect from Drupal.

Site Building with the End User in Mind

Building a successful Drupal website or platform often involves a lot of configuration & modeling on the needs of the folks who will be using the site & how the content they are producing is exposed. 

Who are these ‘end users’ we refer to? They are generally just good people who want to easily get work done & we’ve been those people - in Drupal 5, Drupal 6 & Drupal 7. 

This session will focus on strategies & tips drawn from what ‘end users’ need & then explore some Drupal Examples of how to configure Drupal to be more end user focused: 

The Building Blocks of Drupal 8

Drupal 8 provides us as developers and desginers with a unique opportunity to change the landscape of content on the web.  We have the ability to manage the configuration from the user interface to the actual template and variables that output the HTML, CSS and JavaScript.  These building blocks of Drupal 8 have changed from its predecessor so we will take a look at dissecting a theme by exploring the following:

Drupal 8 for Designers - Overcoming Octophobia

Drupal 8 is right around the corner and unless you have either been involved in Code Sprints or even know what a Code Sprint is then this session is for you.  I will take us on a journey of all the scary things that Non-Developers fear and bring us out into the world of Developers lingo, thinking and strategies.  After this session you will be able to overcome your Octophobia and walk and talk Drupal 8 with the best of them.

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Awesomeizing your site content: best practices for content and imagery

In the end, a site is only as good as its content!

You can have the flashiest, prettiest slideshows and neatest hover effects, but in the end, people are coming to your site to get something done. They want to find a specific piece of information.

Stop by this session to hear about research that has been conducted in how people consume content on the web and learn best practices for writing copy and choosing images for your website. 


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