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Triangle Drupal Users' Group Message Board › The Drupal Site "Look"

The Drupal Site "Look"

Sheena
user 3009957
Clayton, NC
Post #: 4
So, I'm thinking more and more about the comment that Clint and others made about how Drupal sites always look like Drupal sites. Since I am a Graphic Designer, I am *very* concerned with this issue. I would like to flesh out this discussion a bit and see if we can come up with some good solutions to the "Drupal Look" problem.

I would love if people would post examples of sites they think look like obvious Drupal sites, and see if we can highlight the similarities between these sites to come up with a list of attributes that make a site look specifically and uniquely "Drupally".

Then, if we also get some suggestions for sites that DO NOT look "Drupally" (and which may or may not be Drupal), and figure out the attributes of those sites that make them so distinct from the Drupal sites.

A few resources for really great Web Site Graphic Design:

http://www.cssmania.c...­
http://www.cssvault.c...­
http://www.faveup.com...­ (click on "css websites")
Julia
jkullama
Durham, NC
Post #: 6
Here are a few sites that looks like Drupal sites, but also look professional

http://www.ise-oxford...­
http://drupalsn.com/...­

And here are some resources for having non-Drupal looking sites

CMS Showcase had a nice article with 31 non-Drupal looking sites
http://sixrevisions.c...­

There's also a new gallery for Drupal sites:
http://drupalbased.co...­

I also really like the DrupalCon site:
http://dc2009.drupalc...­

Thanks for getting this discussion started!
Julia
A former member
Post #: 52
Here's one I like which appears simple enough:

Chicago Drupal Meetup Group (CDMUG) - http://cdmug.org/...­

It still has the drupal logo, but the city skyline is a nice touch. During the day, the skyline is light, and goes dark at night. I also like the two columns on the right, and the way the forum and chat are set up.

Of the twenty or so installations of drupal, glorilla, mylittleforum, that I've done, I don't have any to brag about yet. I have a joomla install that is superb in meeting the needs of one of my sites. I believe my drupal sites will have greater flexibility as a front end portal to more customized mysql and php sites.

Eventually, I want to integrate a dozen sub-domain installations around one common domain, with the possibility of setting up privileged users (but only privileged users) with access to all sites on the domain via one login. If anyone has an example of a site that has done this, I'd love to take a look at it.
BAM
user 6412394
Apex, NC
Post #: 16
I really like this one: http://www.liptongree...­

I'm going to try and do something like that today! Hope I can figure it out. My best approach I think is to make a new home page and then use blocks as links to deeper content?
Kyle S.
screenack
Apex, NC
Post #: 3
My guess: Drupal is complex framework that is intimidating to the uninitiated. Consequently, there are many "first attempt" Drupal-hosted web sites that are using uncustomized common themes "garland" and the like -- including the drop-shaped drupal icon on the home page. This leads to the perception that by using Drupal you pigeon-hole your look. I never believed this to be true but I surely understand why the perception exists. There is an additional parameter that database-based publishing fosters but, like any medium, you can exploit that to dramatic effect, too.

Is the following question a fair way to turn this around? Is it a bad thing when a watercolor painting looks too much like a watercolor painting? That is NOT to advocate that relying on unchanged "garland" is good enough -- quite the opposite -- its the difference between apprentice and mastery of the medium.

Speaking of excellent web sites; nettuts.com is an excellent resource for both production and design.
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