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Mark Conroy - Lead Frontend Developer & Content Strategist

5 Reasons to Stop Using Static Design Tools and Start Designing in the Browser

I'll be presenting at DrupalCon Vienna next week as part of my evangelising against static design tools like Photoshop, InVision, and Sketch. The talk will cover items such as "What's the problem we are trying to solve?", "Why do static tools not solve the problem?", and "Why is working with component design and design in the browser the most sustainable solution?".

I got a request today from a former colleague:

Mark Conroy - Lead Frontend Developer & Content Strategist

How to allow an Editor Choose the View Mode of an Entity Reference Field in Drupal 8

Say you are building a website which has a 'Related Content' feature. Then say your client says something like "This is great, but all the related content looks like the teaser on the listing page. Can't we choose ourselves how we want it to look?" What's your response? You say yes, and you go install Display Suite or Panels or some other heavy duty module? Or, say yes and follow these neat little instructions. No one says no to clients, do they?

Here's what you need to do:

Alan Burke - Annertech Senior Consultant

We did it again! 5 Annertech sessions accepted for DrupalCon Vienna

On Friday, all the accepted sessions for DrupalCon Vienna were announced, and we are delighted to report that, once again, 5 of our 8 session proposals were accepted! With Acquia and Pantheon being the only companies receiving more acceptances, we are extremely proud of our achievement. It also means that given our size, Annertech has more speakers, per staff member, than any other agency in the world.

Mark Conroy - Lead Frontend Developer & Content Strategist

Allowing Editors to Choose the Image Style in Drupal 8 Image Fields

While building a site recently, we had a requirement for teaser images to be in a landscape or portrait orientation. We could have created two image fields and told the client to just fill in one - but that would mean editors would be responsible for cropping the image which would add extra effort to their work. Instead what we did was used one image field and one select list to choose if they image should be 'landscape' or 'portrait' in teasers.

Stella Power - Drupal rockstar and managing director of Annertech

Mapping in Drupal 8 with GeoLocation Field

Adding a map to a website in Drupal 7 is fairly easy - the only difficulty being which of the many mapping modules to use. In Drupal 8 many of the modules are not available yet, or only have dev or beta versions available. One of the ones that seems fairly stable and has a good set of features without being overly complex is the Geolocation Field module. We've used it on a site recently with great success, and in this blog post we will cover the fundamentals of how to use this module.

Ricardo Flores-Galan: UX Designer

UX Ireland Conference Takeaways

The recent UX Ireland conference featured a great line-up of keynoters and speakers such as Jon Kolko (author of acclaimed books including “Well-Designed” or “Exposing the Magic of Design”) and Brenda Laurel. As usual with a conference of this nature, Annertech attended in force, with about 50% of our frontend/design team attending one or both days. I got a lot of takeaways from the talks and workshops: here's a synopsis of them.
Mark Conroy - Lead Frontend Developer & Content Strategist

No Surprises - Using PatternLab to Build the Design Your Client Signed Off

I bet this opening sounds familiar to you.

Clients sign off on designs. You build a website for them based on these designs. It looks quite like the designs, but not exactly like them. It's not your fault. It's not the client's fault. But wouldn't it be nice if you could build what the client signed off?

Why are the websites we build not exactly like what the client signs off and why is it nobody’s fault? Here’s three (good) reasons:

Ricardo Flores-Galan: UX Designer

Retrospective: My First Time at DrupalCon

It is hard to describe my excitement at DrupalCon Dublin, my first DrupalCon indeed. After a year of preparations by the local Irish community it was hard to believe that it was actually happening.

I think I was pretty well prepared and knew what to expect. A couple of blogs from fellow Annertechies had helped to plan it, especially Mark's Get the Most out of DrupalCon Dublin.

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