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Drupal's Admin UI is Getting a Facelift

In a past life, I worked as an editor for a couple of B2B websites. The first one ran on Drupal 7, while the second, launched several years after the first, was built out on Drupal 8. When this D8 site was ready for action, I was eager to dive in and test out all of the bells and whistles. While I appreciated much of the streamlining and improved functionalities between the two versions, I couldn’t help but notice that the user interface (UI) for Drupal 8 wasn’t much different from Drupal 7.

As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one who saw the resemblance.

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Now is the Time for a Drupal 8 Upgrade

There’s no getting around it: Website redesigns are expensive, arduous processes. From project management to quality testing, the challenges involved in undergoing such a design overhaul are legion. Given the costs involved and the extent of labor needed to update any given site, delaying or putting off a major design overhaul is an understandable stance from business owners.  

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3 Trends in the Drupal Editing Experience

As we step into 2019, it’s a good time to stop and take a look at what’s been happening with the Drupal editing experience. 2018 seemed to be the “year of the editor” for not only Drupal, but the entire open source CMS world.

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The Art of Sketchboarding

I’ve spent the past 14 years as a designer. I got my degree in graphic design, and I’ve done everything front print design to product packaging to user experience (UX) design. Today I am a senior designer who specializes in user interfaces — what users see and interact with when they use a web product.

I’ve been asked before what makes a good user interface, and the answer really depends on the client. What are their goals? What do they want their user to do? Inherently, the follow up questions I hear are: Well, what if they don’t know what their goals are? How do you help them figure it out? My answer is “Sketchboarding.”

Topics: Design Services
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Flexible Drupal Design for Nontechnical Designers

What’s your roadmap?

That’s the question I ask any potential client I speak with. What’s your plan for creating content on your website? What path are you going to take to migrate from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8?

Knowing those answers helps me understand how Duo can best help them with their website needs. Inevitably, though, if they are looking for a redesign or a rebuild, they are going to hear me talk about Flex pages.

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Accessibility Testing - Humans Still Needed

Like so many things today, the world of website accessibility testing is becoming automated. There are tools and internet browser extensions now available that make it possible to perform tests in minutes instead of the hours — if not days — that used to be required for completion.

Topics: Strategy Design
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Changing Drupal’s (Material) Admin Experience

There are so many good things that we’ve heard about Drupal from clients over the years, and we truly think it is the most powerful content management system (CMS) available today. With all of that being said, though, there has always been one consistent complaint.

The back-end user experience is not as good as it could be.

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Using Drupal and JavaScript for Accessibility

JavaScript and screen readers have an interesting relationship. For years, there has been a perceived conflict between the programming language and the tools used to make websites more accessible.

That perceived conflict is just that — perceived. In reality, there’s no reason why the two can’t work together to make a more powerful product for users to engage with.

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4 Things to do before starting a Drupal Project

Duo recently started working with an up-and-coming startup to determine a set of requirements for the company’s new mobile app. Based off of phone calls with the startup team, there were a lot of elements that they considered to be important to the project, but due to time and scope limitations, the team wanted us to determine what the minimum viable product was.

Topics: Design Strategy
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