Archive for Tag ‘Drupal‘

What can the WordPress community learn from the State of Drupal?

This week, the Drupal community gathered in Austin for DrupalCon 2014, including the annual “State of Drupal” address from Dries Buytaert. It’s the first North American Drupalcon I’ve missed since Boston in 2008, though thankfully all the presentations at DrupalCon are recorded and made available online. Embedded below are the video and slides for Dries’ State of Drupal address. While I know most folks in the Drupal community will have already watched it, I’d suggest there’s good value in watching it from the perspective of the WordPress community as well.

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State of Drupal keynote, DrupalCon Austin from Dries Buytaert

What can the WordPress community learn from the talk?

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Truly Responsive Design

A few weekends ago, I spoke at Design 4 Drupal Boston 2013. It was a great opportunity to update and give a talk I had been scheduled to give at WordCamp Providence (but was unable to deliver), on the topic of “Truly Responsive Design.”

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It’s too easy to allow the focus in the responsive design discussion to narrow to devices, and how we render different content differently based on the requesting device. But users aren’t devices, and a truly responsive design must take into account the needs and goals of real users. The challenge isn’t shifting the pixels around on the screen, it’s creating a process whereby user needs and goals can be consistently defended against the onslaught of things the business wants to do.

Now the video is up on MIT Tech TV. See embedded video and slide deck below:


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WordPress talks at CMS Expo

Last year I spoke at CMS Expo in Chicago about Busting Web Experience Management Myths. But while covering the event for the CMS Myth, I noticed that WordPress was visibly absent from the Showcase.

In part this led me to give a talk at WordCamp Boston on Why the @##!@ isn’t WordPress a CMS?.

This year, the fine folks at CMS Expo have added WordPress to the CMS Showcase, and will have a full track of WordPress-related talks.

The WordPress track includes:
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Western Mass DrupalCamp

With the arrival of the new year, it’s time again for DrupalCamp Western MA.

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This year it will be held January 19th, with (I believe – doesn’t say on the site anymore) the 26th as a potential if it gets snowed out.

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DrupalCampCT

Very excited to announce I’ll be giving the keynote talk at DrupalCampCT later this month (August 18th, 2012)!

I attended DrupalCampCT last year, but missed the deadline for submitting a talk. It will be held this year again in Luce Hall on the Yale campus in New Haven.

Last year’s keynote was John Zavocki, who was compelling and inspiring (and funny) and set a very high bar I hope I can live up to.

Hope to see you in New Haven in a few weeks.