I’ve been quiet on the blog (and my professional site, the zen kitchen) for the better part of four months now. There’s many reasons for that, mostly to do with being insanely busy, but also to do with a change in professional direction towards more of a UX research and design practice and less of a soup-to-nuts branding and design firm for smaller businesses.
To that end, a couple of changes have taken place:
- In January, I contributed several chapters on design and Drupal foundations for the Definitive Guide to Drupal 7, which is being released sometime in the imminent future (so I’m told) by Apress.
- I just wrapped up one of the most challenging projects of my career – working on a team doing UX and prototyping for a site redesign that will be launched later this year. The project (and my contributions to the Apress book) gave me a huge opportunity to get over some enormous learning curves with Drupal 7 (not to mention UX deliverables and working on multidisciplinary teams), and I can’t wait to do more of it.
Speaking of getting over Drupal 7 learning curves, I’m also in the process of writing a series of books for O’Reilly Media, tentatively titled Drupal for Designers. The series is intended to provide a designer-friendly guide to working with Drupal, estimating and planning projects, managing client relationships, and all the other knowledge I’ve collected over 6+ years of running my own design studio. It’ll be released online a bit later this year, with a print edition (hopefully) planned for 2012 sometime.
In the meantime, I’m still open to new opportunities. If you know of a great team looking for some UX love, drop me a line anytime.