Design Camp Berlin
Dries wasn't kidding when he talked about the Drupal8 Design initiative. The initiative to change the look of Drupal Forever is gonna take of in Berlin in about 3 weeks. That is just one of the really good reason that if youre a "Frontend" Developer & even the slightest interested in Drupals future you should drop by Berlin the weekend of 25+26 June.
The 2nd European Drupal Design Camp in Berlin gonna be the weekend of 25 & 26 june
Just so thats clear & the first comment isnt "when & where is the camp"
The tickets are on sale now 20€ / 50€
If you cant be in Europe, in one of the most amazing citys i might add, theres no ground to panic, shed a little tear though cause you are gonna miss out what I think will be a milestone in Drupals history (yeah I have a way of getting excited)
The good americans are having the 3. D4D in boston at the same weekend. So if you call Football for Soccer, check out the event in Boston.
The program for DDC in Berlin is gonna be split up into 3 major sections:
1. Training & beginners
One of the natural starting places for those that dont know drupal is at the theming layer - which can sometimes be hard to figure out whats actually going on - what newbees needs is a good introduction to the wonders of Drupal theming.
In Berlin theres gonna be a 3 hour training session, to warm the newbees up & make sure they get a chance to look as cool as the rest of the attendees, and talk bout tippelphiphs & browserhell.
Armed with that knowledge it shold be easy to follow along lota of the sessions during the weekend, some will maybe be to hardcore on the technical level (cause theming can be very technical) where others will be spot on easy to follow.
The sessions on #DDCEU Berlin will be a Tour de Markup from the php, pre_process & rendering into the inner workings of one of the hottest modules out there Display suite & Theme Key, not to mention how a frontend dev can work with the epic nerdy Ægir, without getting hurt! and even from pure PHP heroism & understanding of what is really going on to the configuration hell & how to survive Drupal Theming.
When thats all over theres gonna be an good old fashioned cage style match between the 2 compiles CSS alternatives: SASS vs. LESS
Coming all the way through skype its John "if you dont use SASS you doing it wrong" Albin and the young upcoming viking warrior Jesper "Less smell's of perl" Wøeldich. guess where my money is at we still havent set the odds for this fight, but no worries the @ddceu twitter feed will be keeping you all updated.
Its not all hardcore theming & markup extravaganza. Theres UX on the map with all time great Roy Shoulten & @Lisa is speaking about the prairie initiative, which im pretty pretty excited to about.
If you dont belive me look at the program - that mofo kicks some ass, we know we kinda missed out some of all the hot buss around #drupal8html5css3, but we try to focus on getting people up to speed so we can actually change the markup & elements in the frontend, so in the future we have skilled frontend devs that can make it fully bussword combatible.
3. Design of Drupal 8
The lack of designers in Drupal have been pretty obvious the last couple of years (or rather always) so when Dries announce the D8 Design initiative some of us saw it as our duty for the DDCEU to step up & help out, and make this initiative could fly from day 1.
So to make a long story short Im wery honered that Jeff Burnz whos the lead for the D8 design initiative is gonna be in Berlin to kickstart the design process. The rest of the team thats right now working hard to make rules & infrastructure & stuff are gonne be there to, so we have unique oppertunity to push the design oppertunities in Drupal.
At the camp we are gonna have intensive design workshops - The workshops purpose is to define & build the basic bricks for new designs in Drupal, hell someone might even fire up a graphics program & start doing comps. oooh my my...
I am hoping that the D4D in Boston wanna play ball with us & the design initiative, so we can send em all the stuff we have done by the end of the day & while were out looking at Berlin (maybe even getting a drink) the american camp set up a couple of workshops to work with this so we can get it back the next morning & continue the work & discussions (did i just pushed a 4 hours working session over to the states ?)
Tickets & amazing Sponsors!
We have been offering 2 different tickets. the basic Ticket & the Personal sponsorship. right now im very pleased to report that after selling the first 33% of the tickets 50% of them are sold as personal sponsorships. which I must admit im very very very (very) pleased with!
Its really awesome to see so many wanna chip extra in -thats what makes this a community!
Its not only the attendees that are pretty cool. A huuuge thanx goes to Wunderkraut, Omega8, fidibiko, 300+ & Atomic kitten
Its so good to know that we have companies in the Drupal hemisphere that cares about supporting the design initiatives that is going on in Drupal, with a little luck we might even get coffe at the event - so sponsors dont hold back! ;)
the secret people behind it all
The camp is arranged by the secret european drupal society & support by the Drupal association - well its not a so secret organisation, its the same people that are begind the Drupal Dev. Days & Business days, practically its just a mailing list where we try to coordinate 3 events each yeah that we hope can bring the European Drupalistas closer together. Basically its one person from each european country. so guess were not that secret afterall ;)
If you wanna help out please come forward :)
Right now the main muscles to get this boat floating have been marek twitterlove -> @sotak & me, with some help from isabell & the DA + Berlins Finest Ninja & mr. Christian Kloewer. Its a ton of work, but you know what its hopefully all worth it. I mean we got rid of blue marine ;)
The tickets for the DDCEU is on sale now and you can get em from DrupalDesignCamp.net
Im looking forward to Design Camp, this is a truly chance for us who work in the Fronted of Drupal to help out with the system that many of us "just have been using" for a lot of years
Hey Ho lets go!
If you are a Designer and wanna help out with Drupal you know you need to be in Berlin. its simple as that!
It is called a Drupal Design Camp, not "frontend nerds with the hots for drupal camp" - so we wont bite if you really dont wanna code & just wanna make good looking websites, then bring you notebook (as the one you use with a pencil) & start Rocking the Drupal Design.