Drupal for Designers
The Context You Need Without the Jargon You Don't
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: July 2012
Pages: 328

Are you a solo web designer or part of a small team itching to build interesting projects with Drupal? This hands-on book provides the tools and techniques to get you going. Award-winning designer Dani Nordin guides you through site planning, teaches you how to create solid, user-centered design for the Drupal framework, and shows you tricks for using real, honest-to-goodness, developer Ninja Magick.

This book is a compilation of three short guides—Planning Drupal Projects, Design and Prototyping for Drupal, and Drupal Development Tricks for Designers—plus exclusive "director’s material." If you’re familiar with HTML and CSS, but struggling with Drupal’s learning curve, this is the book you’ve been looking for.

  • Get extra material, including an expanded Grids chapter, more recommended modules, and a Short Form Project plan
  • Learn how to work user-centered design practices into Drupal projects
  • Choose the right modules for your project, and discover several go-to modules
  • Use strategies for sketching, wireframing, and designing effective layouts
  • Manage Drupal’s markup, including code generated by the powerful Views module
  • Learn how to work with Drupal on the command line
  • Set up your development environment and collaborate with other designers and developers
  • Learn the basics of Git, the free open source version control system
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        4.0

        Great Drupal (and business) advice

        By Roy

        from Cary, NC

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        Comments about oreilly Drupal for Designers:

        If you have some web design experience but have yet to take on a larger project driven by a content management system (CMS), Drupal for Designers is a great place to start. Not only does Dani Nordin do an admirable job of introducing Drupal concepts to CMS beginners, she also provides a wealth of business advice that can be applied to any web project, regardless of the CMS one chooses.

        Drupal, being the open-source/full-service CMS distribution that it is, can be intimidating to approach for the first time. Thankfully, Nordin does a great job of sifting through all the documentation and relays just what you need to get up and running. For example, the introduction to the book has a handy table that demystifies the specific terminology used by the Drupal community. Later chapters describe how to get a Drupal installation working, in addition to explaining how pages are assembled by putting together content and views. There's even a brief section showing how to save time by quickly installing plugins and updating Drupal via the command line.

        However, the great part about this book is that it really doesn't talk about Drupal for the first few chapters. Before diving into the details of templates and configuration files, Nordin steps back and offers a wealth of advice on the design process itself from the perspective of a small design shop. I have to admit I am impressed by the breadth of discussion about the business side of things: Readers get an overview of each step involved in the design process, from initial client interviews to prototyping and post-launch documentation. Having this process outlined goes a long way toward understanding the relationship between a design shop and its clients, and the role a CMS like Drupal plays in it. There is also ample advice on how to talk with clients and how to integrate user experience (UX) principles into each step. The Appendix even has sample proposal forms.

        Overall, Drupal for Designers excels at fulfilling its mission of serving as a bridge between web development and design for people who have to fill both roles.

        Note: I received this book through the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program

         
        4.0

        Drupal development from 0 to 90%

        By Zalakain

        from Sarriguren, Nafarroa

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        • Easy to understand
        • Thorough
        • Well-written

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        • Misses A Complete Example
        • Sometimes Misleading

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        Comments about oreilly Drupal for Designers:

        The book helps anyone in their way to become an expert on Drupal, the OpenSource CMS that supports many web sites.
        The book covers Drupal 7, but some of the chapters can be applied to Drupal 6 if you are into the old version. I've found it a very enjoyable reading, I like Dani's writing since it seems personal and "real, not talking about things that seem "too niche". This might be just because we are talking here about a system that anyone can set up in their own desktop or laptop, even virtualized (there are many VMs around free to download to play with, for example: Quickstart or BitNami) or then download a proper DAMP (Acquia's or others) to avoid the virtualization blues. Dani covers the setup process with great detail on the book, anyway.
        On to the book then. I've found it very interesting, covering subjects that the reader will need to know about one moment or another. It is however a bit of a "mixed bag" of things, ranging from plain Drupal installation and setup tasks all the way through Project Proposal's recommendations. As such, it is a book I think I will keep close as reference since Dani's clear language helps understanding many different project's tasks. I missed a bit a complete step by step Drupal project description, however.
        Concepts such as Agile, Retrospective, Responsive Design, version control... tools like Drush, Less, Git... all "flavoured" with Drupal.

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        4.0

        check this other book review

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              Check this book review for some corrections:
              http://www.ross.ws/content/drupal-designers

               
              5.0

              very good read

              By tecu

              from Toronto

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                  Comments about oreilly Drupal for Designers:

                  I like the how the book is structured and the way they explain the user experience.

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