Present and future of Drupal’s Administrative Interface

Session Category Theming, Design, & Usability Room Auditorium Audience All Attendees Time Slot Sat 1:00pm to 1:45pm (2/19/22)

Drupal has been changing over more than 20 years Drupal and has been able to stay up to date in a lot of areas. But the world out there has been evolving fast and user interfaces have taken a central role in a world where we expend a big part of our lives in front of screens, while Drupal has kept its administrative interface similar over the last years.

What changes do we need to implement to live up to what a user expects today? For example, is the node form powerful enough or are the workflows too complicated? Does information architecture makes sense to anyone who will end up using it? Do site builders have enough tools to get the most of the administrative interface?

I’ll give a deep dive into the plans and goals for improving Drupal’s admin UI in several ways and for various users: from cosmetic redesigns to major changes that might change how we interact with Drupal. I’ll present several layout and form change proposals, improvements in accessibility, usability or information architecture, in what stage are each of them and which blockers we have. You’ll get an overview of what’s already here, where we’re headed and where you can help.

Youtube Video
Slides PDF format: AdminUIDrupalCampFlorida.pdf (6.3 MB)

About the Speaker

Cristina Chumillas

Senior Front-end developer at Lullabot


Cristina is a Front-end Developer and Designer, or what some people call Front-end Designer or UX engineer. She is Drupal core provisional Front-end framework manager, Claro and core Usability maintainer, and OOTB Initiative coordinator. Cristina is also front-end track chair for DrupalCon Europe and is involved in her local community organizing Drupal and other tech-related events.

Cristina spent several years in the graphic design industry. Her development career began when she went freelance and had to make her own designs a reality. She learned to code while learning Drupal and found her place in the local community by helping to organize a Barcelona Drupal event in 2012. She has been involved in the community ever since and credits this involvement to helping her land a job at a Barcelona Drupal agency building websites for big NGOs and Lullabot after that.

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