Drupal for UX professionals

20 May 2013 - 10:17am
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sherihy
2008

I am starting an engagement doing the UI for a large-scale Drupal implementation. I have no Drupal experience. Does anyone have ideas for me (videos, books, message boards, etc) to get up to speed? I see that there are a plethora of resources out there, but most that I have found are either geared toward developers, or they are small scale, like setting up your own blog. I am looking for resources that will help me learn about structure, nomenclature, and workflow for an enterprise-level Drupal CMS.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Sheri

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21 May 2013 - 11:19am
Sharon Clapp
2010

There are so many! I'd start with some of the free ones available on Drupalize.Me (which also has a subscription fee-based larger set of videos), such as those introducing Drupal, taxonomy, and now entities (in Drupal 7+). The worst part is just beginning to understand the drupal-speak. (e.g., what is a node / entity?)

The version of Drupal that the enterprise is using, as well as which modules & themes it's using will have a deep impact on the user experience, so I'd find that out first. (At the very least, are we talking Drupal6 or 7 or are they aiming for the not-yet-ready Drupal 8?)
In fact, to get a feel for where Drupal's headed (much of it related to improving a choppy user experience & a themeing system that has a significant learning curve), you'll want to listen to many of the DrupalCon sessions, such as this afternoon's keynote for DrupalCon Portland with Dries Buytaert, Drupal's original creator and project lead. - http://portland2013.drupal.org/live at 11:30 Pacific.
Good luck! Also, I'd recommend that you setup an account at groups.drupal.org and join/follow some groups that are related to your needs - e.g., http://groups.drupal.org/usability 

21 May 2013 - 11:20am
Sharon Clapp
2010

Also, of course, you've probably seen it, but there continues to be a lot of work done on documentation at drupal.org, such as the "Understanding Drupal" section, which may be of help:

http://drupal.org/documentation/understand

 

 

21 May 2013 - 2:42pm
Vicky Teinaki
2008

If you keep an eye out for DrupalCons or DrupalCamps (the latter are smaller community meetups), there is often a business day beforehand which is inexpensive to go to (certainly this is the case here in the UK). 

22 May 2013 - 8:17am
Sharon Clapp
2010

And also, we need more UX pros helping out with the community project that is Drupal. The community has been trying to improve UX in recent years, having made some strides in D7, and hoping to make even more in D8. There's great talks available in online videos from prior DrupalCons. Some are in the Internet Archives. Also, a few of my favorite intros to the project & the concepts that support it (from your perspective, I'm guessing taxonomy and entities (formerly known as nodes of content), the creation of content types for the information architecture side of things and understanding the platform well enough to see how to improve the end users' experience - whether your end-user is a content creator, editor, or a visitor to the site (who may also be a content creator, of course!))...

DrupalCon - videos of sessions available almost immediately thereafter
Also that was an excellent point about the local meetups, DrupalCamps, and the like. Free ways to get a lot of good education and feedback from Drupal users. There are regularly held global training days, as well, and one of them may have an event in your area - http://drupal.org/learn-drupal - June 14th is the next one!

23 May 2013 - 7:57am
sherihy
2008

Thank you, Sharon and Vicky!

(I tried to thank you privately and the link to user profiles appears to be broken at the moment!)

Sheri

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