Drupal for Designers: The Context You Need Without the Jargon You Don't

Drupal for Designers: The Context You Need Without the Jargon You Don't

by Dani Nordin

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Are you a solo web designer or part of a small team itching to build interesting projects with Drupal? This hands-on book provides the tools and techniques to get you going. Award-winning designer Dani Nordin guides you through site planning, teaches you how to create solid, user-centered design for the Drupal framework, and shows you tricks for using real, honest-to-goodness, developer Ninja Magick.

This book is a compilation of three short guides—Planning Drupal Projects, Design and Prototyping for Drupal, and Drupal Development Tricks for Designers—plus exclusive "director’s material." If you’re familiar with HTML and CSS, but struggling with Drupal’s learning curve, this is the book you’ve been looking for.

  • Get extra material, including an expanded Grids chapter, more recommended modules, and a Short Form Project plan
  • Learn how to work user-centered design practices into Drupal projects
  • Choose the right modules for your project, and discover several go-to modules
  • Use strategies for sketching, wireframing, and designing effective layouts
  • Manage Drupal’s markup, including code generated by the powerful Views module
  • Learn how to work with Drupal on the command line
  • Set up your development environment and collaborate with other designers and developers
  • Learn the basics of Git, the free open source version control system

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449325329
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/11/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 21 MB
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About the Author

Dani Nordin is the founder of the zen kitchen, an independent user experience design and research practice focused on helping forward-thinking organizations and development shops create great things in Drupal. Her background runs the gamut from print design and branding to layout, site planning and user experience for the web, with a specialty in interaction design for content-heavy Drupal implementations. She has been an active member of Boston's Drupal community since 2008.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Some Things to Remember About Working with Drupal

Discovery and User Experience

Chapter 2: Setting the Stage—Discovery and User Experience

Chapter 3: User Experience—Techniques for Drupal

Chapter 4: Putting It in Practice—A Short-Form Project Brief

Sketching, Visual Design, and Layout

Chapter 5: Sketch Many, Show One

Chapter 6: Working with Layout Grids

Chapter 7: Putting It in Practice—Setting Up Fireworks Templates for Drupal

Setting Up a Local Development Environment

Chapter 8: The Drupal Designer’s Coding Toolkit

Chapter 9: Installing Drush

Chapter 10: Getting Started with Git

Chapter 11: Putting It in Practice—Setting Up a Local Development Environment and Installing Drupal

Prototyping in Drupal

Chapter 12: Prototyping in Drupal

Chapter 13: Choosing Modules

Chapter 14: Making Views Sing—Using Views to Enhance a Layout

Chapter 15: Making Views Sing—Controlling Views Markup

Chapter 16: Getting Started with Drupal Theming: Base and Child Themes

Chapter 17: Making CSS Easier with LESS

Making It Easier to Start Projects

Chapter 18: Using Features

Chapter 19: Working with Drush Make and Installation Profiles

Working with Clients

Chapter 20: Proposing and Estimating Projects

Chapter 21: Getting Clients to Love You, Even When You Have to Tell Them “No”

Chapter 22: After the Handoff—The Project Retrospective

Sample Documents

Project Brief

Work Agreement (with Professional Relationship Clause)

Project Proposal


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