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The evolution of the toolbar; Drupal 7 to Drupal 8

on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 18:20

Blog series: #1 of 5.

As we saw in Dries’ keynote in Portland there’s a new toolbar in Drupal 8 that looks—and works—quite different to the one in Drupal 7. This series will give some history on how the new toolbar came to be as well as some of the design thinking behind it and how it can be used and extended by content authors, site builders, themers, and module developers.

Why did we need to change the toolbar?

The Drupal 7 toolbar was a big improvement over what we had in Drupal 6 but just in the short few years since it’s introduction the whole landscape of front-end design has changed

A responsive toolbar for Drupal 8

on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 13:31

A little history

The Spark team’s main goal is making the experience of Drupal content creators both effortless and flexible, regardless of whether they’re on a desktop or a smartphone or something else entirely. The key to this is responsive design, and right now, the core Drupal toolbar is not responsive:



Any effort in Drupal 8 to create a responsive administration experience must address the design of the core Toolbar.

For more than a year many members of the Drupal community, notably Lewis Nyman and Roy Scholten, worked steadily toward a design of a responsive toolbar and even prototyped

Starting at the middle

on Fri, 09/07/2012 - 13:05

Working on the design for Spark and Drupal 8 has involved a lot of thought and research on site building in Drupal which has led me to a few interesting conclusions, one of which I want to illustrate here.

In WCM platforms there are basically two different approaches to site building; bottom up and top down. Bottom-up means basically build-it-from-scratch. That's essentially where Drupal 7 core is right now. The user must download, install, configure, choose modules and a theme, create content types, layouts, views etc.

Two proposals for simplifying the Drupal 7 admin

on Mon, 09/27/2010 - 18:28

"One of the thing that engineers get excited about is shaving seconds off of load times, and improving performance, but what about shaving seconds off of the time it takes for a page to load into the users brain?

The tyranny of small decisions

One of the problems with the Drupal 7 user experience is what has been called "the tyranny of small decisions" (TTSD). When the user is presented with a page full of choices they have a tendency to get overwhelmed and freeze up.

Adobe partners with Typekit

on Wed, 09/01/2010 - 14:59

To add to the tidal wave of fonts hitting the web these days Adobe has just added 24 families (122 individual fonts) to Typekit. This is a small number of the thousands of fonts Adobe owns but there are a few big ones in here that will get immediate use, notably Minion, Adobe Garamond Pro, Trajan Pro and Myriad pro (which happens to be the Acquia corporate font and will soon be seen on our site acquia.com). Anyone who has already used @font-face to deploy them will know that Adobe fonts are extremely well hinted for screen display and will look great on just about any system (except maybe Win

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