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We know that a content-first approach to design is a best practice, but knowing is only half the battle. We're accustomed to our legacy workflows--and so are our clients. For years, we've trained clients to expect designs first, prototypes later, and writing last of all.
Win clients over to your new workflow by showing them what's in it for them: not just a better user experience for their readers, but a better authoring experience for the content editors.
With a CMS that lets you modify the admin interface, you can make not only the design but the CMS itself fit the content. When coupled with a responsive design workflow, setting up the model first helps clients think more concretely about:
* modular content
* prioritizing chunks for mobile, search, and archived contexts
* user roles and access
* editorial UX
This content-first approach lets you design the CMS to fit the organization's content model and workflow. You can:
* dogfood throughout the prototyping and design processes
* spot areas of confusion early
* change the admin interface
* add inline help
* plan documentation to be a backup or a last resort