At Ymbra we’ve always been a champion of giving back as much as possible to the community and that’s why we’ve always been involved in it: participating in the Catalan and Spanish Drupal associations, organizing and sponsoring events, contributing code and giving sessions... But it’s time go one step further: Ymbra is giving me the opportunity to invest most of my time during the coming months into the initiative to redesign the new Drupal administration.
This initiative is really strategic because its main goal is to compete with the new solutions emerging in the market, such as that offered by Gutenberg from WordPress, creating a new and completely redefined content editing experience. To make it happen it’ll require real dedication to have it as soon as possible to be sure Drupal keeps being competitive. In consequence some people dedicating a few volunteer hours per week is not enough.
What will be done
The initiative has four main areas so far:
- The user research and testing is going to have several steps. For now an online survey has been prepared to answer some key questions and gather participants interested in helping in future phases, like a card sorting to work on the Admin interface Information Architecture (we’ll work together on that with ifrik and rachel_norfolk).
- On the design side the goal is to define a new Design System that will serve as the ground work for any technology used to create a UI for Drupal’s administration. For now it’ll be used for the Seven restyling and the new UI built with React.
Who will be doing it and how to get involved
To get here we've been working and planning for a few months with Roy Scholten. On the Design System, for example, we’re working with Roy, Archita Arora, Lewis Nyman and Antonella Severo using Figma as the main tool to ease the collaboration and centralize the work and Trello to coordinate it.
For the user research part we’re working with a group of experts with whom we intend to define and test the improvements we’re going to introduce in the new Admin UI. We're also working with Roy and Antonella, Michelle Jackson, Sarah Lowe and Suzanne Dergacheva.