Drupal Web Design.
Custom Web Design for Drupal
While it might seem as though the design component of a website project is the most platform-agnostic piece of the overall process, nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, being able to map design elements to actual Drupal constructs, right from the beginning of the design phase, ensures that the project will run smoothly from start to finish.
Projects where you start with an arbitrary design handed to you are almost inevitably going to run into major structural challenges. This is because, without properly understanding the technology underlying the development process, designers don’t necessarily structure their work in the clean, repeatable, reusable components that we can easily assemble in Drupal.
Designing specifically for Drupal
To get the most out of any CMS, it is vital to understand the way the CMS implements its structures. Drupal has all sorts of built in components, such as Blocks, Taxonomies, Nodes, Menus, Entities, Paragraphs and more. If your designer does not intrinsically understand what design element will map to which component, then there’s every chance the design will either require significant alteration during the development phase, or it will require jumping through all sorts of convoluted hoops in order to actually implement it.
How do we solve this issue?
The problem with everything we’ve said so far is that designers are not programmers, and they honestly have very little idea of how a design gets turned into code. So what can we do to help them?
The answer lies in our Wireframing process. Before a designer so much as sets pen to paper, we have drawn up a complete set of wireframes that outline the components the designer needs to design, in accordance with how Drupal needs to see them. This means the designer only needs to apply his design work to the “blueprints” we’ve given them, essentially putting a coat of paint on them, and the end result is guaranteed to work within Drupal.
This sort of efficiency is one of the reasons we can offer the sorts of custom-designed web development services we do for small business customers. Our entire pipeline, from design through to development, hosting and maintenance, all work in conjunction with each other, instead of as isolated silos. If you’d like to find out more, feel free to contact us below!