Drupal Design Camp LA 2012 and Twig Code Sprint is This Weekend at Droplabs!

  • Posted on: 12 October 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Join us this weekend at Droplabs for Drupal Design Camp LA 2012! This message is intended to put everything you need to enjoy the camp in one place. If you still have questions after reading this, please let us know via the contact from on the DDCLA website at http://www.ddcla.org/2012/contact

The design camp is this Friday, Saturday & Sunday on October 12, 13 & 14th, and is at Droplabs (http://www.droplabs.net), a collaborative coworking and hackerspace near Downtown Los Angeles. This event is free to attend, but registration at http://www.ddcla.org/2012 is required due to limited space at our venue. We'll be closing registrations and starting a waitlist if we reach capacity.

So What's a DrupalCamp?
Drupal Design Camp LA is based on the BarCamp "unconference" model, which Wikipedia describes at https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Barcamp as "an international network of user-generated conferences (or unconferences). They are open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants."

This means you're not only invited to attend sessions, you're invited to give them, too. If you want to add or suggest a session, please have a look at http://www.ddcla.org/2012/sessions and click on the "Add a session" tab.

It also means that the Saturday schedule will be designed by the camp attendees as a whole, and won't be decided until Saturday morning. And what are those sessions about? They're about ...

Design for Drupal
Translating a design into a Drupal "theme" is often a high barrier, and it has been difficult and costly for many designers to have a "design-driven approach" to Drupal. Design for Drupal (http://groups.drupal.org/d4d) is a movement in the Drupal community to help make Drupal more friendly and approachable to designers, information architects and usability engineers, and in general anyone who is interested in customizing Drupal's output to the web page. At its core, Design for Drupal is about inviting the larger design community together to be a part of the Drupal community, and working toward making Drupal easier to use and making Drupal sites beautiful.

   651 Clover St.
   Los Angeles, CA 90031
   View map: http://goo.gl/maps/XWUB3

Droplabs is near Downtown Los Angeles at Big Art Labs (http://www.bigartlabs.com). It's located on the corner of Clover Street and N. Main Street, just a mile up Main Street from Union Station.

Transportation and Parking
Droplabs is a brief walk from the N. Main St. / Lamar St. stop on the the Metro Local 76 bus line. This is also the Lincoln Heights / Chinatown DASH stop.

Out of consideration to our neighbors, we ask that you park on Clover Street or Main Street and not in the parking lot. Parking on these two streets is free and unrestricted. After parking on the street, follow the yellow signs that point to Droplabs.

There will be free WiFi. Please feel free to bring your laptop or tablet (and power cord!). Snacks and liquid refreshment will be provided. There will be a lunch period Saturday. There's a list of nearby restaurants in the Appendix.

Friday: Mentored Training & Pre-Camp Party
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Mentored Training
Do you need help with Drupal? Do you know enough about Drupal to help somebody else? Then this is for you.

Starting at Sundown: Pre-Camp Party
In the evening, starting at sundown, we'll be having our pre-camp party at Droplabs. At the barbecue and bonfire outside of Droplabs will be dozens of artists, musicians, engineers, sculptors and metal workers from the local Big Art Labs and Burning Man communities. For more information, see http://www.ddcla.org/2012/pre-camp-party

Saturday: Design Camp, Presentations & Breakout Sessions
Saturday, October 13th, starting at 10 am, is our design camp proper. Panels, presentations and breakout sessions will go on all day, with a break for lunch. In barcamp tradition, we'll put together the schedule Saturday morning, so arrive a little early between 9-10am and help setup and arrange the schedule. Do you have a presentation you'd like to give? Is there one you'd like to see given? Submit your session!

Here's a list of some of the session topics we'll be covering:

  • A New Theme Layer for Drupal 8: We will be introducing Twig into Drupal 8, meaning that for someone who needs to adjust markup, the only one way to do it will be to override a template file.
  • Content vs. configuration: Hear about the challenges encountered when updating Drupal 8 to use HTML5, and see some of today's solutions for making the markup for this CMS a little smarter.
  • Pixel Perfect Web Sites - Myth or Manageable?: Is it possible to match a PSD comp pixel for pixel on HTML/CSS websites?
  • Tools Beyond Drupal: This overview will outline some tools outside of Drupal that can be used to enhance your web design process.
  • Your Photoshop Workflow Sucks: Mockups don't tell a story, nuff said!
  • Frontend Performance and Scalability: This session will cover strategies, tips, and tricks to boost the frontend performance of your Drupal website.
  • Panels Walkthrough: Have a look inside the Panels suite of modules. It can be intimidating, so let's walk through it together.

After the day is over, we'll be going to our local pub and restaurant, Barbara's at the Brewery. See http://ddcla.org/2012/drupalcamp-after-dark for more information.

Sunday: Sprints, Hackathon and Barn Raising
We're organizing a code sprint to help get Twig into core. Jen Lampton will be joining us to help provide direction and the Twig team will try to flag some novice issues for us to focus on. More information at: http://ddcla.org/2012/twig-code-sprint

We're also doing a barn raising for Surf Corps, a 501c3 non-profit with an online social network of surfers who stand for social and environmental change. This is a teach-and-learn opportunity where we build a website from scratch in one day using groups, profiles, activity feeds, etc. for a member of our local community. More information at: http://ddcla.org/2012/barn-raising

We're looking forward to seeing you this weekend. Thanks!

  - Droplabs and the DDCLA 2012 Team