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Drupal for Designers by Dani Nordin

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Chapter 14. Making Views Sing—Using Views to Enhance a Layout

Thus far we’ve had a chance to look at sketching and wireframing designs, creating style tiles and layouts to explore design directions, and different options for prototyping and iterating on those designs. So what happens when you’re dealing with a design that’s already been created and you’re getting ready to put it into Drupal? Understanding how Drupal stitches pages together can help you find the holes in implementation, and even help you improve the original layout. As an example, let’s take the single event page shown in Figure 14-1, created by Tricia Okin of Papercut (http://papercutny.com) for the Brooklyn Urban Homesteaders Unite site.

Original design comp for an individual event page on Urban Homesteaders Unite.

Figure 14-1. Original design comp for an individual event page on Urban Homesteaders Unite.

The original layout for this page, created before the project was going to be built in Drupal, was inspired by the way that Eventbrite.com displays events. At first glance this page would be pretty easy to build in Drupal.

But what if we could make it even better?

To do that, we need to consider a couple of things based on the overall vision for the site (a way to get urban homesteaders together for different events), and the way that Drupal will be organizing the site’s content:

  • Each event is created by a user of the site who is serving as the host of the event.

  • Each user will have a profile, with ...

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