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Help make my Drupal Gardens site look great!

Thank goodness I only have black socks in my drawer. Otherwise I’d walk around with black and blue mixed and never notice! To say that design isn’t my forté would be missing the point. I can sum up most of what I know about CSS in one line: border: solid red 1px; It's called "The Rob", and it's what you do to an element to see if you've selected it correctly. Given these limitations, I usually leave designing websites to those who can. Whenever in need, I usually ask someone I know to help out.

As it happens, I'm presently in need. I made myself a Drupal Gardens website to promote a new music project, and while it already looks better than any "raw" site I've built before, it lacks branding and vision. My specific ideas for what it should look like amount to "better than it does right now" and "maybe with a picture of Bach. Or a logo. Or a logo and a picture of Bach." In other words, I need help.

As Drupal Gardens moves steadily towards a 1.0 release, the market for Gardens-specific design and theme services is growing - just take a look at the Design and site building forum. The advantages to designers are clear; in-browser designing, markup that is consistent from site to site, several nice starter themes, the “save” function which lets you make many versions of your theme, and the “advanced” custom CSS editor which lets you tweak anything on the site. With Drupal Gardens you end up spending a lot more time designing and being creative, and less time wrangling markup and overriding theme functions. In short, it's a better life.

In the spirit of encouraging this burgeoning theme market, and in the spirit of making my site look nice, I'm accepting offers to design and implement a theme. You can use the site's contact form, or respond on my forum post to get in touch. Get yourself a Drupal Gardens account (if you don't already have one), and I'll give you access to the site with permissions to use the Theme Builder. Then you can just work on it until we're both happy. Seems pretty uncomplicated compared to the naked Drupal workflow, where I'd have to give you server-level access, or make you use a revision control tool like Git, or give you a copy of my site so that you can develop locally.

UPDATE: Thank you for all of the offers to help out! The project is now under way and the site will soon have a new theme and design, so I'm not accepting any more offers. Thanks!

Super Extra Bonus: on top of whatever arrangements we negotiate for your work, you'll also get a digital score and studio recording of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, both licensed with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, making this possibly the most exciting web design gig ever!

Comments

Posted on by ddorian (not verified).

please dont use the planet for job posting
check the rules

Posted on by Robert Douglass.

Hi Dorian,

My intent with this blog is to highlight a general trend and new business opportunity that comes into play as hosted site builder services like Drupal Gardens come into existence. As such I don't feel that the post violates any rules. While I always try to make my writing substantive and entertaining, I might not always succeed. Sorry if you feel this piece fell short of my usual mark.

Robert Douglass
Senior Drupal Advisor, Acquia

Posted on by Robert Douglass.

Dorian,

see this webmaster issue requesting a separate Drupal Planet feed for job postings: http://drupal.org/node/993060

Robert Douglass
Senior Drupal Advisor, Acquia

Posted on by ddorian (not verified).

It would be cool if themers could sell themes for gardens. Maybe open a store and a base framework?

Posted on by Robert Douglass.

Yeah, I agree. I think any feedback you have about how it might work would be really appreciated. I know it's something that's being thought about.

Robert Douglass
Senior Drupal Advisor, Acquia

Posted on by tgeller (not verified).

I agree that one of the greatest things about DG's theme design is also its simplest: unified markup. What a boon! It's also an opportunity, as you point out, for individuals to get good at it.

I predict that DG's block names and such will become standards among theme designers, whether de facto or by Dries' fiat.

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Tom Geller * Oberlin, OH * http://www.tomgeller.com