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Design and Prototyping for Drupal


Itching to build interesting projects with Drupal, but confused by the way it handles design challenges? This concise guide helps small teams and solo website designers understand how Drupal works by demonstrating the ways it outputs content. You’ll learn how to manage Drupal’s output, design around it, and then turn your design into a theme.

In the second of three volumes on Drupal design, award-winning designer Dani Nordin takes you beyond basic site planning and teaches you key strategies for working with themes, layouts, and wireframes. Discover how to use Drupal to make your vision a reality, instead of getting distracted by the system’s project and code management details.

  • Learn strategies for sketching, wireframing, and designing effective layouts
  • Break down a Drupal layout to understand its basic components
  • Understand Drupal’s theme layer, and what to look for in a base theme
  • Work with the 960 grid system to facilitate efficient wireframing and theming
  • Manage Drupal markup, including the code generated by the powerful Views module
  • Use LessCSS to organize CSS and help you theme your site more efficiently

Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started: Some Stuff to Consider
Chapter 1. Design for Drupal: Basic Concepts
Chapter 2. The Drupal Designer’s Toolkit

Part II: Design and Layout
Chapter 3. Sketch Many, Show One
Chapter 4. Using Style Tiles to Explore Design Ideas
Chapter 5. Design Layout: Covering All Your Bases
Chapter 6. Working with Layout Grids
Chapter 7. Setting up Fireworks Templates for Drupal

Part III: Prototyping, Theming, and Managing your Markup
Chapter 8. Paper Prototyping
Chapter 9. Breaking Down a Layout for Drupal Implementation
Chapter 10. Working with Base Themes
Chapter 11. Prototyping in the Browser
Chapter 12. Practical Example #1: Using Views to Enhance a Layout
Chapter 13. Practical Example #2: Controlling Views Markup
Chapter 14. Managing Your Code: Some Modules that Can Help
Chapter 15. Working with LessCSS

Book Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media (December 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449305504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449305505
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