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Plan your Chunks! 
Future-proofing your Site’s 
Information Architecture 
@adellefrank (adellefrank.com) 
2014 October 23 ...
2 
A bit about me & about Drupal 
Hi, I’m drupal 
I make websites … 
with and help YOU! 
from Adelle
3 
Who are Y’ALL?
4 
Outline 
*PRIZES for participation! 
1.Why Plan your Chunks? 
2.How to Plan? 
3.Which Chunks to Plan?
5 
Practice: What do we do?
6 
Why Plan? Zombie / Device Apocalypse 
Photo Credits: hello world by Windell Oskay 
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/oskay...
7 
Why Plan? Karen McGrane 2013 Keynote 
"It’s a war of blobs 
versus chunks: 
sloppy blobs of where 
there’s no distincti...
8 
My definition of Information Architecture 
Designing and building 
STRUCTURES 
that make it easier to 
FIND, USE, & MAN...
9 
What do we do?
10 
Why Plan? Change happens 
• Changes 
–Updates 
– Migrations 
–New web technologies 
– My organization
11 
YOUR examples: Web-ish Changes
12 
Why Plan? Change is HARD: be Kind 
• Easier to change in PLANNING than on LIVE 
site! (know system limitations & gotch...
13 
What do we do?
14 
How do YOU Plan sites?
15 
How to Plan? 
• Think BEFORE you click 
• Self-documenting, as you go 
• Use simple tools (like Checklists) 
– Drupal ...
16 
Which Chunks to Plan? Drupalese 101 
Drupalese 101: 
http://drupalcampatlanta.com/node/ 
154 
@annikagarbers is a bett...
17 
Which Chunks to Plan? Layout vs. Content
18 
Layout/Design Chunks: make it pretty 
• Theme = all the Design things 
• Page (vs. Web Page vs. Article) = Layout (& 
...
19 
Find the Layout Chunks
20 
Planning Content Chunks: Gooey Insides 
• Entities & Fields = orange with cloves (an Idea) 
• A specific Node = an ins...
21 
Find the Content Chunks
22 
Find the Content Chunks, redux
23 
The Content Chunks strike back
24 
Which Chunks to Plan? Mental Map 
http://druvision.com/content/drupal-information-architecture
25 
Which Chunks to Plan? Imitate Gurus 
• Larry Garfield, Developing Drupal sites: Plan or Perish (Build 
Spec)http://www...
26 
Questions?
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Plan your Chunks! Future-proofing Your Information Architecture with Drupal (Rock Eagle 2014)

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Master the tools in your Drupal site-building arsenal to future-proof your information design! See sloppy blobs battle discrete chunks - and lose! Learn basic concepts AND expert tips for organizing your website. Uncover secret strategies for making findable, usable content. Some of the topics covered include the importance of planning your names, entities versus content types, why NOT to share fields, always being multilingual, when and why to use taxonomy, connecting with entity reference, and more! No Drupal knowledge required, and a number of these insights will apply to ANY Web project you are planning.

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Plan your Chunks! Future-proofing Your Information Architecture with Drupal (Rock Eagle 2014)

  1. 1. Plan your Chunks! Future-proofing your Site’s Information Architecture @adellefrank (adellefrank.com) 2014 October 23 USG Rock Eagle #USGre14
  2. 2. 2 A bit about me & about Drupal Hi, I’m drupal I make websites … with and help YOU! from Adelle
  3. 3. 3 Who are Y’ALL?
  4. 4. 4 Outline *PRIZES for participation! 1.Why Plan your Chunks? 2.How to Plan? 3.Which Chunks to Plan?
  5. 5. 5 Practice: What do we do?
  6. 6. 6 Why Plan? Zombie / Device Apocalypse Photo Credits: hello world by Windell Oskay (https://www.flickr.com/photos/oskay/472097903); Samsung Galaxy Gear by Hi-tech@ Mail.Ru (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Samsung_Galaxy_Gear_Comparison.j pg); Flat Screen LCD television by Vector Fresh (http://vector4free.com/vector/flat-screen-lcd-television)
  7. 7. 7 Why Plan? Karen McGrane 2013 Keynote "It’s a war of blobs versus chunks: sloppy blobs of where there’s no distinction between content & form VS. clean, flexible, presentation-independent chunks.” http://karenmcgrane.com/2013/05/23/drupalcon-
  8. 8. 8 My definition of Information Architecture Designing and building STRUCTURES that make it easier to FIND, USE, & MANAGE shared information on any DEVICE.
  9. 9. 9 What do we do?
  10. 10. 10 Why Plan? Change happens • Changes –Updates – Migrations –New web technologies – My organization
  11. 11. 11 YOUR examples: Web-ish Changes
  12. 12. 12 Why Plan? Change is HARD: be Kind • Easier to change in PLANNING than on LIVE site! (know system limitations & gotchas) • Be nice to your future self, authors, & those who come after you.
  13. 13. 13 What do we do?
  14. 14. 14 How do YOU Plan sites?
  15. 15. 15 How to Plan? • Think BEFORE you click • Self-documenting, as you go • Use simple tools (like Checklists) – Drupal Groups, Content planning checklist for a Drupal site https://groups.drupal.org/node/144374 – John Walling, Drupal Project Check List https://checkvist.com/checklists/61331?simple= true • Think in CHUNKS
  16. 16. 16 Which Chunks to Plan? Drupalese 101 Drupalese 101: http://drupalcampatlanta.com/node/ 154 @annikagarbers is a better explainer than me, but I’ll try!
  17. 17. 17 Which Chunks to Plan? Layout vs. Content
  18. 18. 18 Layout/Design Chunks: make it pretty • Theme = all the Design things • Page (vs. Web Page vs. Article) = Layout (& sometimes “About”) • Regions = Sections/Areas/Parts (of a Page) • Blocks = content-having box, inside a Region • Views = lists or other ways to Show content
  19. 19. 19 Find the Layout Chunks
  20. 20. 20 Planning Content Chunks: Gooey Insides • Entities & Fields = orange with cloves (an Idea) • A specific Node = an instance = my dog Jasper • Even More Abstract stuff: – Content Types (I need more containers) – User accounts – Taxonomy terms (Linnaeus) – etc.
  21. 21. 21 Find the Content Chunks
  22. 22. 22 Find the Content Chunks, redux
  23. 23. 23 The Content Chunks strike back
  24. 24. 24 Which Chunks to Plan? Mental Map http://druvision.com/content/drupal-information-architecture
  25. 25. 25 Which Chunks to Plan? Imitate Gurus • Larry Garfield, Developing Drupal sites: Plan or Perish (Build Spec)http://www.palantir.net/blog/developing-drupal-sites-plan-or- perish • Jody Lynn, Semantic Site Architecture (Naming)https://austin2014.drupal.org/session/semantic-site-architecture • Kristen Pol, Hook 42 Presentations at Stanford Drupal Camp (Tune-up Checklists, Migrations, Features, and more!) http://www.hook42.com/blog/hook-42-presentations-stanford-drupal- camp • BadCamp & DrupalCon Amsterdam: some great sessions! https://2014.badcamp.net & https://amsterdam2014.drupal.org/
  26. 26. 26 Questions?

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