Drupal Europe will be taking place soon – different organization, different structure, same great community. There are a few things you need to know about this year’s edition of Europe’s largest Drupal conference, so let me tell you about them. But before I start, your case studies, as always, are more than welcome!
As a non-technical person, attending Drupal events always feels a little daunting. You’d think I’d be used to this by now, given my history of organizing technical events. But there is still the ickyness of imposter syndrome, a small voice saying you don’t really belong among the nerds. What the heck am I doing here? Who am I gonna talk to? What’re we gonna talk about? Is there anything in the schedule for me?
At events like Midcamp, though, all of that changes when I open the conference doors.
While building a brand new Drupal site for Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies we discovered they had a large touchscreen display that wasn’t living up to its full potential. We realized we could create two different frontends, using both Drupal and React to make the most of their website and their touchscreen too. The project goals were to create a friendly, inviting, and intuitive interface that people would enjoy using. The touchscreen also needed to be easy to update for administrators, without any dev involvement.
The touchscreen was being used as a directory of sorts for the building and ran on a proprietary software they paid a monthly fee to maintain. That touchscreen could be navigated via clunky left and right navigation arrows and was very slow to load. In addition, updating content required developer time, and due to its very controls-heavy interface, was difficult for visitors to use. After experiencing the fresh, intuitive site we’d built for them, the team at Harte imagined a much friendlier experience for the touchscreen in their lobby.
Two hundred and fifty people from across Germany and its neighbouring countries gathered in Essen on 17 and 18 March for DrupalCamp Ruhr, an event full of fresh discussions, workshops and presentations.
I have a Texas Camp meeting in 20 minutes where I’ll onboard our new sponsor coordinator. Earlier today I was building out a spec plan for a new project we recently kicked off. Yesterday I ran payroll and worked through compliance reports for the state of Washington. All while leading back-to-back sprint-end client demo meetings.
UX, UI, and visual design are closely related and often intertwined. Like Escher's famous drawing of hands co-creating themselves on paper, to a new viewer, it can be difficult to know exactly where the pixels stop and where UX design begins.
A few days ago I was fortunate enough to attend ReactFest, a conference/festival organized by the React community in London. From an awesome and diverse speaker lineup to a well laid out venue, the end result made more than one happy attendee declare that it was the best conference they had ever been to.
We’re super excited! The new Kinderregion website has finally launched and brings their motto of Great parents need great tips for trips to life.
It showcases a wide variety of exciting activities for kids. Families living in Switzerland can now plan a fun day for the whole family by browsing the site. Built on the same framework as Zurich Tourism, Kinderregion showcases highly engaging content that is structured, helpful and of interest to the user.
Hello again. After my last post, we started looking into some additional inspiring design trends, but this time I've approached things a bit differently, by focusing more on User Experience. Yes, it’s awesome arriving at a website filled with animation, vibrant colour, bold typography and beautiful graphics; but what about functionality? After all, a website has to serve a purpose. Whether a brand wants a user to click a button, fill in a form or read an article, a good design can take them there, it has potential to engage the user, and can gently guide them to the ultimate conversion.
I attended DrupalCamp London this past weekend. This was the 6th consecutive year the event has been hosted, which is remarkable. My mission getting to the event turned out to be just as remarkable! Keep reading to find out more about both.