Theme development

This is a special interest group dedicated to improving and expanding the Drupal theme system including theme functions and templates, CSS, markup, and how contrib modules add in their functions, CSS, and markup.

for example, we'll take stock of the location and number of CSS files and discuss if the architecture can be improved through emerging frameworks like Object Oriented CSS.

We will consider the questions "What do themers need from Core in terms of CSS? Module developers? SEO specialists?" and "What's new in CSS? What does Drupal support? What's the roadmap for CSS support?"

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Planet-SoC: Looking for a design!

Only local images are allowed.
Planet-SoC will be aggregating content from SoC contributers all over the world in a centralized location. Screencast demonstrations, articles, commits, you name it!

Are you a Drupal designer interested in getting some exposure?

Planet-SoC is looking for a unique theme to make Drupal stand out!

If you think you can help us with a design, please leave a comment or contact me or Alex UA!

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Wishlist for Theme/Design Contest

This is a proposal for a contest to promote Drupal theming and design.


  • Get more beautiful themes into Drupal
  • Get the designer and theming community involved
  • Showcase Drupal theming done right
  • Increase awareness of Drupal

What to call it:

The Drupal 2009...

  • Theming and Design Contributions
  • Theming and Design Initiative
  • Design Contest
  • Theming Contest
  • Design Challenge
  • Theming Challenge


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jlmeredith's picture

8-10 Drupal Themers | South Central Media

Employment type: 
Part time
Employment type: 

South Central Media is seeking 8-10 theme developers to work approximately 15-25 projects a month starting the first half of April. If you are an experienced themer or even just starting out as a themer and you are interested in doing low complexity theme implementations from fully comped PSD files, please contact me immediately!

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modulist's picture

Was the Design Issue Queue a pipe dream?

At Drupalcon 2009 in Washington, the Drupal design community were asked to become active participants in contributing feedback to the Drupal project.

mfer was kind enough to give members of the Design for Drupal (D4D) Group a tour of how we could provide feedback through the Issue Queue. As a matter of fact, we were shown a version of the issue queue in which any project could be flagged as "needs design review".

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momendo's picture

Theming Contest

We need a theme contest. It's been talked about many times over the past few years. I give you the previous attempts...,,,

I think these attempts have failed due to lack of funding, support and clear organization. I want to get the ball rolling on this. Please reply with your ideas and comments. Here are my ideas I'm tossing around.

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DrupalCamp Copenhagen may 2009

2009-05-22 (All day) - 2009-05-24 (All day) Europe/Copenhagen
Event type: 
User group meeting

DrupalCamp copenhagen in may is gonna be a blast!

Planned Higlights for the weekend:
* Friday night install party - so come by and get you laptop tuned up, and party with the geeks nerds & designers
* Code Development
* Nerdy presentations
* geeky presentations
* Frontend presentations
* Documentation & Drupal Understanding
* Noobs & übergeeks united!
* ----------------------
* Theming & design in drupal - will carry on the d4d momentum from DC/DC
* Why do front end html lovin geeks hate drupal?
* carry on the d7 discussion - how should drupal work

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kika's picture

CSS subystem design (was: CSS reset in core?)

I posted a preliminary patch over issue queue to stir a discussion whenever we need CSS reset in core and how core CSS setup -- file structure, rulesets etc -- should look like in D7. reset.css proposal is could be the first step in having decent CSS framework in core -- or if that is not gonna happen, just enforce some sensible CSS practices.

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D7: Future of color.module [Important]

We need your input here!

Do you think color.module should be apart of core? If so, should it be upgraded from its current state?

Do you find the color.module is tedious or complex? Do you find it beneficial to simple themes? To advanced ones?

Also, for D7, I'm proposing the idea of an open styling system in addition or replacement to color.module. This styling system would allow themers to create prerendered skins and also accept skins from the files layer (meaning it can use color.module schemes).

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reenaa's picture

Developer | SEOecom

Employment type: 
Full time
Employment type: 
Not allowed

Looking for a German speaking Drupal developer. The selected candidate will be required to travel onsite and train a group of people.

The developer will be supported by a team of other developers to create and build a website in V 6.x.

More details to the right candidate. Please ping me if interested and we can discuss more details.

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Advanced Drupal Views with Victor Kane & Chris Charlton

2009-03-15 10:00 - 13:30 America/Los_Angeles
Event type: 
Training (free or commercial)

Victor Kane & Chris Charlton teach Advanced Drupal Views in Venice, CA.

LA Drupal resident members get a special $50 off (email for bulk ticket pricing).

Learn all the new concepts in the Views 2 module for Drupal, inside and out, even some object oriented design details to take back to work.

Learn about the new architecture in Views 2, learn Relationships, the new user interface, and become a master of the new multiple Display configurations.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW. Hurry, tickets will go fast!

This workshop shows how you'll get the most out of display options like blocks and pages, plus how to theme your views with PHP templates. Take away masterful tips like how to embed views (meaning views within views), and some magical views that only a developer can love.

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What's the closest theme to this look?

Does anyone know if there is a drupal theme that can replicate the look in the intuit website:

I'm just talking about breadcrumbs up: the simple, unostentatious way primary and secondary menus are presented. Yet the color contrast between the two and the use of tabs to highlight the active menu improves usability.

Also a lot of stuff is packed into the header and yet content area starts from relatively high up -- again a plus for usability on small screen.

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david.finnerty's picture

Drupal Themer | Agent16

Employment type: 

Agent16 is looking for a Drupal Themer to work on site at Agent16 in New York City.

This is an immediate need.

The person should truly understand how to theme Drupal 6 and not just know CSS.

please email all resumes to

dfinnerty --at-- agnet16 --dot-- com

We ware looking to bring someone on board asap and it is a very public facing project.

We are a direct employer and are not looking for agencies.

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

Dave Finnerty
Director IT

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Looking for some feedback to what others fight most when developing a new site's theme. Do you spend a majority of time tweaking CSS or PHP with your new theme?

When we develop new sites, all of our theme is built via CSS. I know there are some that "theme" with PHP Hooks etc. My thoughts are there is a grey area to themeing. Meaning, some "theme the output/display of data/fields" and others affect the look and feel of the theme via css. Is there a wrong way or a right way?

Your feedback is welcome!

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Lazy Loading Theme Variables

When a page.tpl.php file is generated all of the variables are populated with content. This includes all the regions, the css and javascript, and everything. Some of these are never used in some themes (e.g., $mission) and some are often rebuilt later like $styles and $scripts.

I propose we lazy load the content in these variables when the variables are called the first time which will typically be in the template files. Since lazy loading is a feature of objects it will mean these variables will be attached to objects.

So, in drupal 6 you theme would have:
print $styles;

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DeeZone's picture

The mystery of the disappearing image...

Has anyone had the issue of an image appearing on one page node and not on another? I have a case where the image:

appears here: with:

Only local images are allowed.

but not any of the sub nodes such as here:
etc. with:

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david.finnerty's picture

Drupal Theme Developer | Agent16

Employment type: 
Full time
Not allowed

We are looking for a strong Drupal theme guru to work on the theme for a Drupal 6.x site. (Major University Site)

We need some one that can hit the ground running and can work on site in NYC (Downtown) with a great team.

If you are a Drupal theme expert and are interested please contact brady (at)


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Zenko's picture

feedback needed for new company...

I have starting a Drupal theme design company which I hope to launch this upcoming year but I wanted to get some feedback and possible your experiences with buying themes, theme support, quality and so fort. Here are some topics to get our discussion started.

-For professional top quality themes what is the average price you would pay? (per theme and custom theme)
By top quality themes I mean those designs that follow web design procedures (professionally)

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Senior Themer | Binserver

Employment type: 

We're looking for a very skilled themer to aid us in developing a large scale social networking website for academics. There's also an opportunity to build up a long term relationship to work on several other websites we're developing.
Candidates must be very proficient in theming and have at least an intermediate understanding of custom module development. Being an independant player who doesn't need much guidance is a very important asset we're looking for.

In short, these are the requirements:
* Perfect understanding of Drupal 5's theming layer

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Drupal User Interface Guide for Creative Agencies

Is anyone aware of a good guide for creative agencies with regard to creating user interfaces/web site designs that are easly implemented with drupal?

Read more's picture

Voting and Reviews in Theme Categorization

As a preface, this discussion goes along with this wiki page over at the Drupal Redesign Group: Improve Theme Categorization

I've been pondering a voting and a review system for the themes for a while now. For many reasons really, but here is my quick conclusion: it won't work the way most voting systems work. Here is why...

Simply put the reason a voting and review system won't work easily is because of change.

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