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Stop Decorating and Start Designing

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
303 Chapter Three

Presented by

Samantha Warren (Samantha)
Phase2 Technology
Design, Theme, and UsabilityDesign, Theme, and Usability
Style & substance: Learn about trends, techniques, and tools.

Designers often have the misconception that designing a site for Drupal means that there are limitations that will dictate the overall look and feel of the site. This misconception has given birth to a trend of decorating popular themes rather than designing for content, brand, and emotion. This presentation will be both practical and inspirational; exploring ways for you to get inspired, create a process, and get creative to produce unique and beautiful web designs using Drupal.

Experience: Beginner, Intermediate
Industry: education, entertainment, library, marketing, media, non-profit
Tags: art direction, branding, design, inspiration

Hi folks,

I created a google group based on our Designer BOF this Tuesday afternoon that Samantha participated in. I initially tried creating this group on but the spam filter kept bouncing me. I'll try again to create it on in a few days but this should be a good start. Here's the url:

Hey guys. We already started the designers group from the DCDC. Here it is. No reason for repitition :)

Samantha, what was the name of that beta service you mentioned where you can send your comps to get peer review?

I really enjoyed the talk, thank you for sharing.
I do feel a little more inspired from Samantha's thoughts about art direction and working with teams. So often I feel like I'm in alone in the concept design phase, but it really comes down to getting out of my shell and not being afraid.

And from Irakli's portion I really enjoyed looking at what developers should focus on in the design process. The question comparing Context and Panels was quite relevant as well. I've been using Panels mostly but after playing with Context more, I'm starting to wonder if that's the way of the future. Panels just seems so heavy at times.

Anyway, thanks again for your insightful presentation.