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Re: [cleveland-drupal] Drupal Theming / Front-end Development

From: Richard S.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7:35 PM

It seems that flywheel may be able to be of assistance.  Evan, who we have had on board for about 5 months now, is a very well versed developer in general with a deep knowledge of both frontend and application/backend development.  He has  e.  He has become increasingly familiar with the drupal 7 theming system as of late and has been working with me on some pretty major theming projects.  While I have been deeply involved in many drupal themeing projects, I am quite busy with both frontend development and business development.  Evan, on the otherhand, is in the middle of a break between projects and would be great to have collaborating with you guys.\

Conversely, we are in need of someone with a good amount of nonprofit marketing experience.  We are assembling a team to work with a CDC in Youngstown with a very fascinating history, who is involved in some amazing local food projects.  We are working with them to both provide collaboration infrastructure and some powerful backend functionality, but additionally an entire marketing, publicity and design package.  One person on the team, who was going to head up on marketing and publicity, is also one of the core organizers of brite winter festival and may not have time to fill his initial role.  We would love to see about working with you guys on this, if you would have time in the near future.

Talk to you soon,

Richard Schulte
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Flywheel Tech Collective

On 11/02/[masked]:54 PM, Stephen Piscura wrote:
Our company recently hired a front-end development company to theme  
the Drupal site we built-out for our client. Long story short: it  
seems pretty clear to me that they don't really know Drupal (and might  
not even like it!), nor do they understand its nuances, best  
practices, template/theming system, etc. We thought we'd be using  
these guys for all our projects but now it seems more and more that we  
may need to change direction.

Furthermore, we're not sure we can outsource this critical part of the  
process to anyone, really. The steady communication and close  
collaboration it takes to execute a theme appropriately (from PSDs/un- 
themed Drupal site to a fully themed/functional Drupal site) seems to  
merit an in-the-same-city/often-in-the-same-room working relationship.

So basically right now we're reevaluating our options, trying to  
determine the best way forward. We might:

A. look for a new front-end development group that truly and actually  
specializes in Drupal
B. call-up one of our developer friend who's very knowledgeable, pay  
him to familiarize himself with Drupal, and pay him to handle our  
theming needs
C. seek to contract a front-end Drupal specialist via the Meetup

Once again for clarity's sake: we're not looking to hire a designer.  
Our art director is fantastic at that. What we need is someone to take  
care of translating her designs to functional themes for the sites  
that we build-out.

If anyone has any thoughts on a way forward, or is interested in  
option C, please let me know!

Many thanks...

// stephen Piscura

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