Come discuss, create and plan great Drupal UX design in here!
Its been a while and we have missed you. We have had 4 rather cosy meetings so far this year, and with the winter coming on we thought that a little more body heat would be good. Soooo, come and join us!!
This meeting format will take the form of a presentation and then a workshop in which we take a look at two sites which Marco will select, one good, and one bad.
Please take a look at the Eventbrite page here http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6730000613 to find out more about the meeting and also to book a seat :).
Primary Object: anything the user begins editing directly from a menu or list page.
Secondary Object: anything the user begins editing from within the task flow of editing a primary object.
The question the experienced Drupalist is already asking is “well, in some contexts an entity is a primary object and in others same entity is a secondary object, won’t this confuse the user?”. Possibly, but I suspect it will clarify rather than confuse because it keeps the user anchored on the primary task.Read more
Over the past months as we worked to improve the user experience for content authors in D8 by simplifying the way users perform the most basic tasks in Drupal an issue that has repeatedly arisen is the overlay module. There has always been some debate about it’s value—and given that changes are already necessary to integrate with new core functionality—this is a good time to drill in and re-assess how overlay is working and see if we can improve it. To set the context here are a few of our observations:
After much work, study and research and testing, the Spark team has arrived at the latest iteration on edit-in-place. We think is a big improvement on the interaction pattern, but we want feedback from the usability group before we push it to the issue.
The prototype is currently in Invision and can be viewed here: http://invis.io/FVB89STC *
Frontend United, formerly known as Drupal Design Camp, is a yearly European conference that moves from country to country. Its aim is to bring front-end developers, designers and Drupal themers from all kinds of backgrounds closer together and share knowledge, experiences and ideas face-to-face.
Taoti needs another Drupal developer. $80-100K (plus bagels and boat rides)Read more
Hope this is the right place to post some thoughts on UX/I in Drupal 8.
If not, please point me in the right direction. Thanks.
(Not a huge issue for us who understand views, but might help some newbies):
UX hours 4 March 2013
Back to bi-weekly
We moved to a weekly meetup during feature-complete frenzy. With momentum in the queues a good bit slower now we're in feature freeze, we're moving back to a bi-weekly schedule. Next UX open hours: March 18.
Make blocks shippable
Blocks UI needs some serious work. Meta issue: http://drupal.org/node/1875252
Kevin will post an updated prototype soon. Lisarex suggested to sprint on this during global sprint day. It's certainly an interesting piece to work on and really try and get in a better shape than it is now.
Novice UX tasksRead more
We had our weekly UX happy hour on Feb 25, 2013 from 4 pm to 5 pm (EST) on #drupal-usability
The meeting was attended by: bojhan, dcmistry, koleary, jbeach, tvn, yoroy
Points of discussion:
- How can the contributors contribute to the UX project?
o Bojhan and Dcmistry to work on documentation
o Koleary to kick-off discussion on adding contributions to the profile page for non-tech guys: designers/ ux researchers/ project managers/marketing, etc.
- Make the block plugin UI shippable
Hey guys i'm being bold here. But i couldn't figure out where to add D8 feature request so i thought i gave it a shot here.
I was wondering if what the pro's and con's are of making forms more entity'ish..
Why not make "all" the forms based on this form.entity type. Adding field (and thus widgets) would be a breeze (from a UI perspective). In core there are a few "fixed" forms like:
- the login form
- the contact form
- the password forget form
- the comments form
- the modules forms (like rating of add to cart)
Motivation and Principles
At this point in the Drupal 8 development cycle many additions and changes have been made to Drupal’s administrative user interface, and more will be required as new features are completed. The existing changes have been completed in relative isolation from each other. Although each change and addition has been a step in the right direction, the result is a UI that lacks consistency.
This is largely for lack of a guidebook for Drupal’s admin UI. Even though great, coherent UX work was done for Drupal 7, and we have functional UI standards, there remains no central guide for the visual conventions used in Drupal’s core admin theme, Seven. We need something to help us maintain visual consistency when changing and extending the UI. We need a style guide for Drupal’s default admin theme.Read more
This discussion seeks to expand on existing discussions and activities to define guidelines for the Human Interface of Drupal 8.x
The genesis of this discussion is an observation that the current User Interface Standards don't provide any guidance on this subject.
It appears there are a couple of new use cases for icons within the Drupal UI related to the following;
- Dialog Boxes
- Toolbar Module
I believe we can expand on the existing documentation and provide core developers and UI designers with important standards.Read more
- Spark release alpha7 this week with unified editing patch. Removes overlay but for contextual links. http://drupal.org/project/spark
- WYSIWYG patch scope is agreed on, needs review: http://drupal.org/node/1890502
Content creation page, Swentel updates
Progressing nicely. Expecting some more commits in the right direction this week
- http://drupal.org/node/1510544, needs final reviews
- Working on http://drupal.org/node/1838156
- Also lots of progress on real live preview functionality: http://drupal.org/node/1510544
“As a content author I want to make a quick change to a block on a page I am editing without having to wade through many levels of navigation or a sea of options.”Read more
Focus of the study
To understand the following:
- Current Pain Points with Drupal
- Feedback on Spark
- End to end process of content creation process
- Applications used in conjunction with Drupal
UX open hours, 10 december 2012
Small meeting this time.
Content creation page
http://drupal.org/node/1838156 and http://drupal.org/node/1838114 need help. Everybody wants to see this new interface make it into Drupal 8. Now's the time to make it so! Background and more related issues to push forward in http://drupal.org/node/1510532#comment-6757500
Edit-in-place (all the things)
Kevin has been working on a prototyping on a unified approach for edit in place: http://invis.io/7H9SAI8N . Not in the issue queue yet, but a very promising concept, have a look!Read more
One of the key things I wanted to do in the Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative after the December 1st feature freeze hits is to go and do lots of user testing of the functionalities we built and adapt the user interfaces and flows to make it easier to build multilingual sites (and then test it again). Not many people believed this would actually happen (when you say in an issue you'll follow up with more user testing, and so on, it can be seen as just a way out to move on). However I've got outstanding help from Bojhan Somers, Dharmesh Mistry and Lisa Rex on best practices for user testing. I not only got help on the tools to use, but also building out a concrete test plan with Dharmesh and Bojhan actively involved. To say the test was well prepared is an understatement.Read more