Friday, November 22, 2013 - 2:55pm
Drupal is a very powerful content management system that can be used to accomplish a wide varity of business goals. It can be used to build simple or very complex websites. It is important before you start your design project to understand what is possible so you can avoid costly implementation mistakes. It is equally important to have a plan and understand how to construct a workable plan to accomplish your goals.
In this presentation, given at Drupalcamp Atlanta this past October, I discuss techniques and best practices when creating a plan to build and designing a drupal website.
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 9:23am
Ever stop to think about how much of an impact trees have on everyday life? Since the beginning of time, trees have provided humankind with two very obvious benefits - food and oxygen. As life has evolved, so has the importance of trees. We have found their utility to be ever increasing as they purify soil, clean air, control noise pollution, shade and cool homes, and increase property value along with many other advantages.
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 8:00am
The commonly discussed phrase "form follows function" is a principle of modern design. Many interactive designers follow this approach when creating a user experience because it keeps design intimately tied to the purpose of a system. Whether that system is a product dispenser, like a vending machine, or a banking software application, the interface is typically most successful when it satisfies the functions it's intended to serve.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 9:02am
During my trip to Drupalcon Porltand this year I discovered a new grid system/framework called Singularity Grid System or Singularity GS for short. Since then, I have taken some time to work with this framework and I have to say it's pretty awesome. It took me some time to get my mind around this novel way of creating grids and layouts, but after I created a few, things started to click.
Monday, April 22, 2013 - 9:04am
The AdaptiveTheme for Drupal 7 is a great HTML5 base theme that makes it easy to build out a responsive website quickly. It comes with a plethora of built-in extensions and polyfills to combat differences in browsers, devices and operating systems. It also expands on the basic idea of "smartphones" and "tablets" to include portrait and landscape versions of each.
If you are accustomed to editing the Drupal template files to control the layout of your theme, you can do what you've always done. The difference is that AdaptiveTheme has some built-in options to rearrange sidebar and content regions on mobile devices.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 10:15am
I want to continue the conversation on wireframing that came up in a recent Mediacurrent blog "Rational Redesigns - Visual Planning." Jeff mentioned that at Mediacurrent we do not start design with mockups or comps but instead create a visual plan using high fidelity wireframes. Wireframing, in my opinion, is integral to creating a successful design. This is one step you don't want to skip.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:56pm
In a recent Mediacurrent meeting, we opened the discussion up to what books everyone is reading these days. To break down the crowd, we have about 60% developers, 15% Project managers and another 15% designers. I am in the 10 percent left over, and I am always impressed by the smart people I get to work with. Here are some of their book choices:
Friday, February 8, 2013 - 10:31am
Last night I was working on a project where the mockups called for some assymetrical button shapes that were all different sizes. Rather than creating a half a dozen background images for each button length, I wondered if I might just use an SVG or Scalable Vector Graphic file as the background which I could then stretch as needed. As you know, there's no penalty of pixelation when stretching SVGs because they are not based on pixels. This would also save a lot of load time on the site, as I can load one vector image instead of half a dozen pixel-based images.
Monday, January 21, 2013 - 10:46am
In this webinar Dustin Cooper, Drupal Designer at Mediacurrent, discusses user experience—specifically the backend editors experience. Learn how you can help out your backend editors/administrators by adjusting Drupal out of the box with some simple configurations and awesome contrib modules.
Dustin covers admin themes, permissions, WYSIWYG editors and a plethora of handy modules that will help streamline work for your editors and administrators.
Monday, September 10, 2012 - 10:02am
The Omega Drupal 7 Base Theme is a highly configurable HTML5/960 grid base theme that uses built-in media queries to make the site responsive. Each zone (group of regions) can be configured for content-first layouts, that resize and rearrange themselves depending on the screen size of the user's device.
The presentation will walk-through the theory behind Omega's mobile-first approach, how to use the many configuration options on the theme settings page, and pitfalls to avoid.
Experience level: Intermediate