The Aten team recently completed a redesign project for cironline.org. Our CEO, Justin Toupin, wrote about the launch a few months back. CIR, the Center for Investigative Reporting, is a nonprofit organization devoted to in-depth reporting, often covering issues of injustice and abuse of power taking place around the world.
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A couple years ago, I started thinking about better ways to provide documentation for our clients (Drupal administrators, etc). In the past I've provided training in a variety of formats, step-by-step written documentation, in-person training sessions, and phone calls. Step-by-step documentation was a pain to create and no one wanted to read that junk anyway. In-person training and phone calls ended up being information overload and had to be repeated when a new person needed to manage the site.
For the first time in my working life, my favorite part of the week is Monday morning. Really. I love ‘em. To me, the first few hours on a Monday morning have become like the calm, shallow end of an inviting pool—just the way to ease into an oncoming week.
This week, eight weeks after we completed Roosevelt Institute’s ND2.0 project, the redesigned blog is brimming with current posts and activity. ND2.0, or Next New Deal, is a blog fostered by supporters of the Roosevelt legacy and acts as a community think tank for progressive leaders and communicators endeavoring to restore America to economic and social balance.
I’ve been back on the Aten team for two months now, catching up on recent work and initiatives. To help with this, I started going through client projects we’ve completed in the last year. Several jumped out at me, but perhaps none more than site redesign ICTJ.org which launched last spring.
Our support and maintenance customers aren't always previously existing clients of ours. In some cases, we're brought onboard to extend, modify or maintain existing Drupal websites that were created and configured by a different vendor. We absolutely take pride in being a go-to resource in terms of Drupal maintenance and support, but jumping into a project mid-life can present a variety of, well, crises. One of those is file permissions.
After eight years of other work in other places, I have returned to Aten Design Group as the resident Studio Manager. I have a bit of a different role this time, and while there’s plenty of new responsibilities, there’s a lot of work I’ve been able to jump right back into, too. The team has gotten bigger, Denver is awesome, and I’m excited to be back.
At the closing session for DrupalCon Chicago the announcement was made that the next North American DrupalCon will be in Denver, Colorado. What awesome news for the Colorado Drupal community! In the days before Chicago, there were a number of materials that needed to be created to go along with the Denver announcement. I had the privilege of designing print materials, the slides for the presentation, and the announcement website. In the interest of keeping things as open as possible, I thought I would share the process used in creating those materials.
We spend significant time and effort in the information architecture phase of projects, during which our principle goal is to create an effective sitemap. As with other steps in the process, we pitch an initial recommendation, solicit feedback, host discussions, make some changes, rinse and repeat. Also similar to other parts of the process, it is critical to establish metrics that define a particular final product as successful. With sitemaps, this has proven particularly important.
We had another packed studio at the March Denver Drupal meetup! Thanks to all who attended in person and via the live TV broadcast and online stream.