10:00 (about 15 mins): Discussion on the goings-on at DrupalCon
10:15 - 11:00: Presentation by David Vance: Deploying and running our web applications (in Docker) on AWS
11:00 - 11:30: Presentation by Zhenya Gallon and Simmi Sinha about the rollout of the brand standards for the organization
Cindy Halley Gotway, Lara Ziady, Zhenya Gallon, Simmi Sinha, Don Kolinski, Tania Sizer, Stephen Geinosky, Dennis Ogg, Kay Sandoval, Ryan Johnson, B.J. Smith, Carl Drews, Jennifer Phillips, David Vance, Peggy Stevens
DrupalCon 2019 – WAG members who attended DrupalCon (April, 2019) talked about what they learned.
Pantheon will be coming out with a local dev tool for Drupal that is similar to Acquia Dev Desktop
People under the age of 25 don't know what FAQ means
The update from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 will be painless – this is what Drupal is promising
Cindy Halley Gotway's Favorite Sessions
Recommended Layout Builder
Putting non-technical users, in control of the site.
Easy User Interface (UI) for marketing, empower marketing
Less reliance on developers
A Modern Designer's Workflow
New tools that allow us to craft beautiful & engaging work that moves as if it were the web
Measuring visual design
Visual Design is essential in shaping how users interact and feel about NCAR
Ux/ui (User Experience) design is focus
We judge a book by its cover for survival
Consistent feedback loop. Early and often
Interviews and cognitive walkthroughs
Personas: Who are we designing for?
How do similar sites do it
How do you feel from website?
Has to be for the people, human experience
Accessibility is essential
User testing, google anaylitics
Be an advocate for the user, asking questions
DrupalCon Seattle 2019 | Key Takeaways/Favorite Sessions
1. Migration training
- Local development set-up using Virtual Box, Vagrant and Drupal VM
- bit.ly/migrations-by-example (Drupal 8 Migrations by Example)
- presentation notes include sample files and custom module for practicing migration
- Drupal modules used: Address, Entity reference revisions, Migrate plus, Migrate source csv, Migrate tools, and Paragraphs
- Extract - source plugin (e.g., csv, json)
- Transform - process plugin - migration process
- Load - destination plugin (e.g. nodes, paragraphs, taxonomy terms)
- Drupal channel on Slack is #migration
2. Content Architecture
- Component-driven content strategy/Atomic Design Principals; lean, mean content model (book: Atomic Design by Brad Frost)
- Presentations: Get with the Pattern: A better path to content architecture + Component-driven Content Strategy for doctorswithoutborders.org + It's a Match: Project Mgmt + Design Systems #swiperight + Architecting government websites: migrating Portland.gov to Drupal 8
- You might have a bad content architecture if...
- You have dozens of content types or vocabularies
- You have dozens of fields on any given content type
- You have a bunch of different entity types (Block, Paragraphs, ECK)
- You have poorly named fields and content types that confuse your users
- better to emphasize content patterns - using Paragraphs to implement; create a component library
- Tools for leveraging this type of methodology, Pattern Lab or BOLT Design System (#swiperight talk)
- Presentation: https://events.drupal.org/seattle2019/sessions/upgrading-vs-upcycling-how-stay-ahead-curve
- incremental approach allows you to refresh parts of the existing website and make it ready for a later transition or into an existing website infrastructure
4. Improving the UI for Content Editors
- Presentations: The Admin UX Study - What do Content Editors Want? + Building an Intuitive Admin: Usability for the Forgotten End-User + Drupal Admin UI
- Admin UI and JS modernization initiative (improvements to AdminUI ; an admin theme called Claro); goal is to ship the refreshed design system as a new experimental theme in Drupal 8.8.0.)
Update on UCAR/CISL Web hosting – by David Vance and Stephen Geinosky
All sites hosted by CISL will have to be moved off by October 1, 2019. This is a decision that was made the week of April 15, 2019. The Drupal sites can be moved to Pantheon. If Labs/Programs need help, please contact David or Stephen.
Pantheon training will probably be provided. The cost of hosting your Lab/Program websites is TBD.
Presentation by David Vance: "Deploying and running our web applications (in Docker) on AWS"
Presentation on "Brand Standards" by Zhenya Gallon and Simmi Sinha
WAG Brand Preview - April 18, 2019
Thanks for inviting us to give you a preview of the new organization-wide brand standards. We shared a link to the new brand website on Tuesday - https://news.ucar.edu/brand - hope you’ll take a look soon if you haven’t already.
This is the soft rollout phase: We expect an official all-staff message announcing the standards fairly soon.
We’re not asking you to change anything on your websites right now, except to be sure all NCAR sites are compliant with NSF’s branding and disclaimer requirements
NSF’s instructions are in the NSF section in the Brand Standards guidebook (the PDF) or see the link in the right-hand nav on the brand webpage
Comms is continuing to advocate for the next phases of the Web Modernization Project, but the status of that is above Simmi’s, Peggy’s, and my pay grade. (Feel free to lobby your director about it.)
For now, if you’d like your webpages to be more brand compliant, feel free to reference the guide, and let us know if you get stuck.
We know many of you are asked to help with presentations and print materials, and the brand standards will help you bring your group’s materials into compliance.
The PDF includes examples of how the brand standards can look in practice for things like presentations, one-pagers, and scientific posters.
We’ve also set up a template library on Team Drive where you can download ready-to-use temlates for PowerPoint or Google Sheets, for example, and other applications you use.
There’s a link to the template library from the website and within the PDF (which is also on the website).
We’re not asking anyone to toss out existing materials until their content needs updating. But please start using these standards as soon as the all-staff announcement goes out.
Around the same time as the announcement, we will roll out the dates for some in-depth info sessions on the new brand standards, where we will take lots of questions.
There will also be at least two hands-on workshops:
One for people who work mostly with PowerPoint and Word
One for more-experienced designers who work with Adobe