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

From: Michael S.
Sent on: Thursday, November 3, 2011 1:26 AM
I am interested in option C!

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Sent: Wednesday, November 02,[masked]:54 PM
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Subject: [cleveland-drupal] Drupal Theming / Front-end Development

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

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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