tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comTAMING THE BEAST: STRATEGICUX FOR LARGE DRUPALPROJECTSDani Nordin...
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comDaniNordin• UX designer, writerand teacher• Specialize in UX andI...
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comUX DESIGN IS DIFFERENT WHENBUILDING LARGER SITES
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comSmaller Project UX• Fairly predictable• Can do in small teams or ...
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comLarger project UX• Generally unpredictable—or predictable in real...
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comMAKING IT WORK
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comHAVE A VISION AND A PROCESS.
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comDISCOVERY IS EVERYTHING.
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comSKETCH. OFTEN.
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comPROTOTYPE OUTSIDE OF DRUPAL.(WITHVERYFEWEXCEPTIONS).
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comCONTENT STRATEGY: NO, REALLY,IT’S A THING.
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comCONTENT CREATORS ARE USERS,TOO.
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comAND THEN…
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comTHERE WILL BE BAD DAYS.
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comTHERE WILL ALWAYS BE A NEWSTAKEHOLDER.
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comPICK YOUR BATTLES.
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comKEY DELIVERABLES
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comPROTOTYPES
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comDESIGN AND ARCHITECTUREWORKSHOPS
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comSPECIFICATION DOCUMENTS
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comARCHITECTURE DOCUMENTS
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comROUTINE SANITY CHECKS
tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comYOU AREN’T CURING CANCER,YOU’RE BUILDING A WEBSITE.
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Taming the Beast: UX for Large Drupal Projects

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Session given at Design 4 Drupal Camp, 2013. Discusses the difference between UX for smaller projects and larger projects, and outlines some ways to make it work.

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  • Talk about saving time:Stakeholder discussionsDiscuss before you developSave trouble with database clogging, feature reverting, etc.Exceptions:When you have complex content relationships or many fieldsWhen you have something that requires interacting with lots of content in real time to see how Drupal handles it. Examples: Major GridsExamples: Batch Uploads
  • Many of your stakeholders won’t understand Drupal.Teach about structured content, beyond “pages.”
  • In a larger site, there will likely be a multitude of content creators. Part of your job as a UX Designer is to figure out what content they need to create, and to identify the best way for them to enter that content.Make use of fieldsets, custom fields. Teach them about how things fit togetherThink of content in “chunks”
  • Set boundaries and expectations up frontPick Your Battles
  • Your least favorite stakeholder will often be a key player in the project’s success.
  • Find ways to speak your mind without being a jerk.
  • Things will not always be that bad. Try to stay upbeat. Encourage the team.
  • Taming the Beast: UX for Large Drupal Projects

    1. 1. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comTAMING THE BEAST: STRATEGICUX FOR LARGE DRUPALPROJECTSDani Nordin, the zen kitchen
    2. 2. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comDaniNordin• UX designer, writerand teacher• Specialize in UX andInteraction Design forDrupal teams• Founder, the zenkitchen• Author, Drupal forDesigners series• Mother of thisadorable little diva tomy right ->
    3. 3. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comUX DESIGN IS DIFFERENT WHENBUILDING LARGER SITES
    4. 4. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comSmaller Project UX• Fairly predictable• Can do in small teams or solo• Easy to see patterns in functionality/content• Blog• News Page• Events, etc.• Often dealing with 1-3 stakeholders• Sites are often promotional, with limited functionality
    5. 5. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comLarger project UX• Generally unpredictable—or predictable in reallyannoying ways• Team dynamics are important, but messy• Patterns constantly shift• Decisionmakers, stakeholders and client contactsconstantly shift• Sites involve increasingly complex functionality andcontent
    6. 6. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comMAKING IT WORK
    7. 7. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comHAVE A VISION AND A PROCESS.
    8. 8. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comDISCOVERY IS EVERYTHING.
    9. 9. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comSKETCH. OFTEN.
    10. 10. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comPROTOTYPE OUTSIDE OF DRUPAL.(WITHVERYFEWEXCEPTIONS).
    11. 11. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comCONTENT STRATEGY: NO, REALLY,IT’S A THING.
    12. 12. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comCONTENT CREATORS ARE USERS,TOO.
    13. 13. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comAND THEN…
    14. 14. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comTHERE WILL BE BAD DAYS.
    15. 15. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comTHERE WILL ALWAYS BE A NEWSTAKEHOLDER.
    16. 16. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comPICK YOUR BATTLES.
    17. 17. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comKEY DELIVERABLES
    18. 18. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comPROTOTYPES
    19. 19. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comDESIGN AND ARCHITECTUREWORKSHOPS
    20. 20. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comSPECIFICATION DOCUMENTS
    21. 21. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comARCHITECTURE DOCUMENTS
    22. 22. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comROUTINE SANITY CHECKS
    23. 23. tzk-design.com • Twitter: @danigrrl • dani@tzk-design.comYOU AREN’T CURING CANCER,YOU’RE BUILDING A WEBSITE.

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