MAKING DRUPAL DANCE!
DESIGN
4DRUPAL



          TECHNIQUES FOR BEAUTIFUL, CORE-WORTHY DESIGNS
PARIS                      ...
Drupal 6 Core Themes

 Themes
That Suck




               Garland
Drupal 7 Core Themes
Designers vs. Developers
Designers and Developers




( This fighting is just a phase. )
New Community
Member Experiences




   http://webchick.net/node/9
Bad Assumptions
“In most discussions, developers assume that
 design proposals are ill-informed … about the
 complications...
Solutions
• There is no “Us and Them”.
• Instead of thinking that something is the
  product of ill-informed decisions, AS...
MAKING DRUPAL DANCE!
DESIGN
4DRUPAL



          TECHNIQUES FOR BEAUTIFUL, CORE-WORTHY DESIGNS
PARIS                      ...
Collaboration Techniques
For making core-worthy themes


• Understand what Designers want
• Find a partner
• Communicating...
Understanding Desire
• Designers want to work on interesting design
  problems
   • Content shapes
• Developers want to wo...
The Design Review Tango
• Communicate!
• Email isbest! Skype is better! Desktop sharing
  works
           okay.




Deali...
After the Dance
• Proposing it for inclusion in D7
   • Write-upnew issue
     create a
                the motivation and...
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The “Designer vs. Developer divide” and “Making Drupal Dance: Techniques for Beautiful, Core-worthy Designs”

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Given the state of the miscommunication between Designers and Developers just before Drupalcon Paris, I’ve re-written the first half of my presentation to talk about the improperly-named “Designer vs. Developer” divide.

Second half of presentation: For too long the Drupal community has lamented the lack of high-quality themes that are freely available. But the solution to this problem is much simpler than we’ve ever thought. We need learn how to communicate with the Design community and make Drupal dance!

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The “Designer vs. Developer divide” and “Making Drupal Dance: Techniques for Beautiful, Core-worthy Designs”

  1. 1. MAKING DRUPAL DANCE! DESIGN 4DRUPAL TECHNIQUES FOR BEAUTIFUL, CORE-WORTHY DESIGNS PARIS PRESENTOR SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 JOHN ALBIN WILKINS ( JOHNALBIN )
  2. 2. Drupal 6 Core Themes Themes That Suck Garland
  3. 3. Drupal 7 Core Themes
  4. 4. Designers vs. Developers
  5. 5. Designers and Developers ( This fighting is just a phase. )
  6. 6. New Community Member Experiences http://webchick.net/node/9
  7. 7. Bad Assumptions “In most discussions, developers assume that design proposals are ill-informed … about the complications for the user.” — Bojhan Somers “And designers, in most discussions, assume that developers are visually illiterate and uneducated about UX matters. It’s a double-edged sword.” — Jeff Eaton
  8. 8. Solutions • There is no “Us and Them”. • Instead of thinking that something is the product of ill-informed decisions, ASK what those decisions were. • Be patient. • Be welcoming. • Improve the usability of the issue queue: http://groups.drupal.org/node/26016
  9. 9. MAKING DRUPAL DANCE! DESIGN 4DRUPAL TECHNIQUES FOR BEAUTIFUL, CORE-WORTHY DESIGNS PARIS PRESENTOR SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 JOHN ALBIN WILKINS ( JOHNALBIN )
  10. 10. Collaboration Techniques For making core-worthy themes • Understand what Designers want • Find a partner • Communicating your desires • The back and forth of the design review tango • Dealing with missed cues and mis-steps • After the dance
  11. 11. Understanding Desire • Designers want to work on interesting design problems • Content shapes • Developers want to work on interesting technical problems Finding a Partner • groups.drupal.org/d4d
  12. 12. The Design Review Tango • Communicate! • Email isbest! Skype is better! Desktop sharing works okay. Dealing with Missed Cues and Mis-steps • Apologize!
  13. 13. After the Dance • Proposing it for inclusion in D7 • Write-upnew issue create a the motivation and • Add a link to it from here: “New default theme for D7” http://drupal.org/node/293540 • If it doesn’t go into core, Make it a kick-ass contrib theme! • And remember… groups.drupal.org/d4d

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