Front-end, User Experience and Design

This track covers delivering projects focused on the most important audience—the end user. Learn how to leverage Drupal to help you keep abreast of emerging trends in the mobile, componentized Web world. We’ll show you strategies for fostering collaboration between content creators, designers, strategists, and end-users.

Rebranding - An Interactive Case Study is the national advanced manufacturing portal originally recommended in 2012 by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee. The website was intended to serve as "a searchable database of manufacturing resources...a key mechanism to support access by small and medium-sized enterprises to enabling infrastructure."

"Visual/CSS Regression Testing -- Catching the "unintended consequences" of modifying your theme

Have you ever spent hours poring over a web application when making changes to the theme, looking for the consequences of CSS style rules that are too broad?  Ever made changes to a client's website, only to find out the theming for the newly designed front page totally screwed up the formatting on the product pricing page -- after you deployed the changes?

You are not alone.

Building a Lean, Mean Drupal Theme



How do you turn your flabby and out-of-shape website into a fit and robust machine? You can turn on CSS and JS file aggregation and throw some caching at it. Those changes will get you part way there, but in many ways you're just covering up the problem.

To make serious performance improvements you must whip your front-end into shape. There's no magic pill for this, and in many ways it's hard to know if you are making any serious gains.

Leveraging Personas To Enhance the Citizen Experience on Government Websites

In the world of Web 1.0, it was considered a perk for a government agency to have a workable, public-facing website where citizens could access information or even potentially complete various tasks. As members of the Web 2.0 world, however, we no longer view real-time access to information as a perk but, rather, as a necessity.

When Do You Need a UX’pert?

Today more people are aware of the role of a UX’pert, they conduct user tests, face-to-face interviews, field research, creating user personas, studying analytics, prototyping and layouts. So why is it still a low priority for some companies and particularly startups? What is the secret to a project’s success? Answer: The first person you should hire is a UX’pert. He or she will validate if your product concept is worth pursuing through research.

How user journeys/scenarios can inform decisions large and small

We’ve all had the experience of being lost in the weeds when developing and designing products. One way to combat this sidetracking is by establishing user scenarios  from the outset in the form of visual user journeys and scenarios diagrams. Scenarios can help us stay focused on the big picture vision, story and flow rather than getting bogged down in the minutia of screen interface design.


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