Come discuss, create and plan great Drupal UX design in here!
Monday 22nd October 2007 @ 1800 UTC (time conversions) in IRC #drupal-themes
Last week I stumbled on a meeting in IRC, discussing Drupal usability. It was a productive session and a nice way of getting like minded people together. We agreed to meet up next week too, but the only reference to the time is buried deep in another post. If you take a look at http://groups.drupal.org/node/6516#comment-18934, you will see some brief minutes from that last meeting.Read more
Confirmed Projects for Upcoming Round:
Firefox, Thunderbird, Bugzilla, and more great software!
Networking site for people interested in NGOs.
Chandler (From the designer of Lotus 1-2-3 Mitch Kapor!!)
Personal information manager designed for small group collaboration
Social Source Commons
Allows organizations to share software tools.
We had lots of good ideas at Drupalcon, and even more good ideas here. Obviously a lot of people see the need of improving Drupals Usability. Als probably always in open Source Development, the problem is to organize and actually use the energy to yield results.
So how about collecting the areas to work on here and actually set up teams to work on it. I'll try to name the ones that were already mentioned and add a few.
ive just posted a wishlist for the image in core, that walkah were talking bout at the drupalcon barcelona.
i thought it would be a good idea to share this - so we can figure out what we want in this "imageincoreoneandforall" :)
link to the original post at my blog: http://morten.dk/node/174
flickr screens: http://flickr.com/photos/mortendk/tags/drupalimagesincorewishlist/
its still a working draft so spelling errors missing stuff etc ... ;)
Dear Walkah - the wishlist for images in core
original post http://morten.dk/node/174/
So this Wiki page should be the right content type to collaborate on the survey. I'm willing to go to the bitter end... ;) Comments and explications here and there could be good, I suggested formatting you'll seeRead more
Well... I was inspired by Dries' speech to lend some of my thinking and time to improving the user interfaces and usability of Drupal for the next release. A very basic idea I had was improving access to help pages in a Drupal site.Read more
Hi. I'd like to document some links to Views2 UI mockups here. Links to the files have been bouncing around in IRC, maybe this can be a place for further thoughts on how Views2 could best present it's functionality to the user. I'll be updating any new screens here.
These all concern the “create new view” part of the UI, looking for ways to present all the available settings in a more compact layout.
The new Digg menu is highly usable.
Take a look at http://digg.com/news/technology. Try to click on the down arrows to the right of each menu item on the top strip and you will see a menu folding down, with sub menus folding down as well. Also, all the contents of the menu are displayed in the second horizontal strip.
Improving the drupal core menu navigation to create a digg-like menu would be fantastic - it's very high usability.
What do you think would be the requirements for such a task?
Do you know of a drupal menu which is currently doing something similar?Read more
In his State of Drupal presentation at DrupalCon Barcelona Dries mentioned usability as one of the key factors in improving Drupal.
One of his practical advises was to do user testing.
So let's act upon that. Pick a friend, relative, colleague. Show them Drupal, let them try it out, and watch and listen them doing it. See what works, what they are struggling with, what their frustrations are. And write it down. Here in this group.
It doesn't have to be scientific research. Any feedback will help.
To structure this a bit: I believe 4 user roles can be defined.Read more
General Usability Issues and the admin section in special
Course of the talk
Most people agreed, that the user interface in drupal is not very good. We did not discuss much what improve it, but rather thinking about how in terms of organiztion it could be done. We concentrated on mending the admin Interface.
Luckily Neill Drumm was present, who is the current Maintainer of Drupal 5 Core. He gave us the core developers Perspective and gave recommendations on how to do it best and how to communicate with Developers.
So we agreed on some points:
Hiya! I've been reading up on this group today, and I've noticed most of the activity is aimed toward improving the administration. That's great, because even after working for two or three months with Drupal, it often still takes me two or three guesses and clicks before I'm finally at the page where I wanted to be - among other small frustrations.Read more
Some comments about the survey design
Understanding the users
1) Identify sector, what is your job, what computing knowledge do you have
These are all good questions that provide an understanding of the users.
2) How long have you used Joomla
-Here they miss the opportunity to discover usage patterns, which are important considerations in user centered design. Designing for all day usage versus quick update usage.Read more
Hello Usability group!
I'm happy to announce that the MiniMenus module is now available. This module has been in use on CivicSpace sites for some time, and I recently got permission to open source it and begin maintaining the module in my free time for the community.
It's been tweaked since last fall with feedback from CivicSpace users, and I've personally grown to depend on it.
Until recently, I hadn't noticed how similar Drupal is to Wordpress. Aside from being a PHP/MySQL application, Wordpress and Drupal share similar paths to theme and extend the application. While it seems that Wordpress is a much more mature product, Drupal ultimately seems to be more extensible from the non-developers perspective.Read more
We are beginning the process of re-designing Drupal.org. As part of that process, I conducted 10 interviews over email and IRC to help build a survey that will be posted on the Drupal.org homepage. Here is a summary of the Drupal.org interview responses that will be worked into a survey.
Question 1. Describe yourself as a Drupal.org user?Read more
just to let you know about the track host module for drupal 4.7 I've just released.
The basic idea is to know the sequence and time-for-reading of users navigation on large content drupal sites (in my case http://roma.cercachetrovi.it)
Project home page: http://drupal.org/project/track_host
Feedbak is very welcome!
In the Drupal administration survey of 2000 administrators we learned that theming different sections and structures in a site was very important and one of the most difficult parts of administering Drupal.
Earl Miles has put together an important patch, and Dries is rallying folks to review it. Please download head, install this patch and try it out. http://drupal.org/node/130987
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2) Can any one recommend any good developers?