TC Drupal January Meetup -- Theming for Sitebuilders

Barry Madore's picture
2014-01-22 19:00 - 21:00 America/Chicago
Event type: 
User group meeting

The New Year is here and the polar vortex is (hopefully) behind us so it’s time for all interested in Drupal to get together. Join us for the January 2014 TC Drupal meetup on Wednesday January 22nd from 7-9PM at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis. Our good friend David Needham has volunteered to present this month on the topic of Theming for Site Builders, a presentation he test-drove at this past Fall’s BadCamp. See details below. We’ll also preview the upcoming TC
Global Sprint Weekend sprint activities
scheduled for January 26th (and 25th?).

January 2014 topic

Theming for Site Builders: Getting Started the Drupal Way

Do you enjoy building your Drupal site but dread the long and tedious theming process? You will be happy to learn that there are some site building techniques that could shave DAYS off of theming your sites. The trick is to figure out which modules support theming synergy.

This session goes into depth explaining many of the tricks I've learned from working on existing sites, brand new sites and horror stories told in training sessions. I'll share some of my favorite problems, favorite site-building solutions to those problems, and best practices for working solo or on a team.

Keeping in the spirit of site building, we will not be writing code — everything you learn will be from within the Drupal interface.

Proposed topics to cover:

  • Views and slideshows
  • Menus and navigation
  • Improving field UI
  • Controlling layout
  • Images and captions

Community Lab Hours 5-7PM

Don't forget we're holding Community Lab Hours from 5-7PM right before the meetup in the same location. Come work on Drupal, get some help with your questions, share your ideas, get some stuff done!

Drupal eCommerce meetup 6-7PM

Look for an announcement from Maryann King for the skinny on the Drupal Commerce and Ubercart meetup scheduled at the same place just prior to the main meetup at 7. Maryann says she has a presentation ready about SEO and Commerce.

Don’t forget: Socializing, networking, food, beverages

Pizza? Yes, we’ll provide. You’re encouraged to bring a beverage to share. Eat, drink, talk, network...

Wednesday January 22nd 7-9PM
Advantage Labs @ Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408


I'm looking forward to it!

davidneedham's picture

I'm looking forward to it!

David Needham
Agency & Community Training Manager at Pantheon

Looking forward to this, too.

moonstruck's picture

Looking forward to this, too. Wondering if this presentation touches Drupal 8 theming layer at all?

Peter S

I will be there

maryannking's picture

Really looking forward to this presentation

Hi Peter,Nope! I won't be

davidneedham's picture

Hi Peter,

Nope! I won't be touching on Drupal 8. But since this is theming for site builders (no custom code) it's likely there will be some overlap, assuming the modules are able to be adapted into Drupal 8.

David Needham
Agency & Community Training Manager at Pantheon

Theming for Sitebuilders

Dawn Kasotia's picture

I'd love to attend the Theming for Sitebuilders presentation, but I just saw the info about it and I'm in Des Moines. Will the presentation be recorded?

Theming for Sitebuilders

David Radcliffe's picture

David Needham also gave this presentation at DrupalCon Portland 2013. The slides and video are available at

Thank you Mr Radcliffe!

davidneedham's picture

Thank you Mr Radcliffe!

David Needham
Agency & Community Training Manager at Pantheon

Twin Cities

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