Designing for chaos: The design process behind Olivero

Olivero is a core initiative to create a new default theme for Drupal 9. Designing a core theme presents unique challenges as compared to designing traditional websites. This talk will tell the story of what it’s like to design a theme for an open source content management system (CMS) and will answer questions like:

What is Olivero, and why did we create it?
What are the challenges of designing for an open source community made up of thousands of stakeholders?
What compromises were made to make the design accessible?
What are the challenges of designing for a CMS that will be used for a wide variety of sites?
What approaches and methods did we use to do this successfully?
Throughout this session, we’ll walk through real-world methods and processes. We’ll discuss each stage, from the first conceptual “zoom mocks” to the various ideas along the way that never saw the light of day!

At the end of this session, you’ll be ready to identify challenges, architect solutions, and validate results when designing a new theme.

Jared Ponchot
Chief Creative Officer at Lullabot
Jared is Lullabot’s Chief Creative Officer and leads all our design efforts. He’s spent more than a decade designing for the web and interactive applications, and over the course of his career he has led design efforts and provided design and UX consulting for clients like MIT, Time Warner, NBC, Intel, AAA, Ogilvy PR and the GRAMMYs. A strong advocate for responsive design, Jared helped create the first fully responsive site for for their 54th annual awards show. Jared is also a sought-after speaker, and speaks frequently and passionately at conferences and industry events about design and the design process.

Jen Witkowski
Senior UX Designer at Lullabot
Jen Witkowski started her career as a graphic designer, but fell in love with web design after working on a small in-house website back in 2003. She’s now a Senior Interactive/UX designer with over ten years of experience. Jen loves creative problem solving and the creative research process. She always takes an opportunity to learn something new- from JavaScript at work to installing a new window at home.

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