Jesse Beach

Senior Front End Engineer
Acquia, Inc.

An erst-while linguist and aimless traveler, Jesse joined Acquia in March 2010 as a CSS and theming expert. She cut her teeth on WordPress (since version 1.5) and tinkering with PHP frameworks like CakePHP. Jesse has jumped into the Drupal world with guns blazing, hoping to make meaningful contributions to the D8 theming layer improvements.

Recent blog posts

Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:12
Gábor Hojtsy, Jesse Beach (jessebeach), and Jess (xjm) will lead a Drupal 8 module upgrade workshop during Drupal Developer Days in Szeged, Hungary. Now is the time to start upgrading contributed modules so that they're ready the day 8.0 is released More...
Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 - 11:51
[Gábor] Preface: I’d like to state that I’m extremely lucky in the Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative that I have such a broad scope of things to work on that can match a huge number of people and that I had the opportunity to collaborate on this with More...
Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 12:22
We are in the process of establishing an accessibility testing green board for Drupal. A green board will allow us to know when accessibility regressions are introduced to Drupal core as we approach the beta and release candidate stages of the More...
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 03:58
The Drupal community is looking inward. This introspection was in large part sparked by the BackDrop fork of Drupal. In short, Jen Lampton and Nathan Haug selected a specific commit of the Drupal repository and set off on a new project from that More...
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 17:21
You may have seen xjm's call for a Taxonomy module co-maintainer. This post is a call for a maintainer of the Toolbar module. It currently lacks an official maintainer. "But I know nothing about the module!", you say. Well, maintaining a module is More...
Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 15:14
Usability and accessibility testing On Friday, July 19th, 2013, two usability tests were conducted in the labs of the University of Minnesota. We set up the tests with the intent of establishing the usability of the content creation experience. Two More...
Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 11:19
In early 2011, Kevin O’Leary, one of Acquia’s UX Jedi, launched an effort to redesign the visual branding of Acquia. By May, the design work was far enough along to allow us to start developing a Drupal theme for a complete reboot of acquia.com. More...
Posted on Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 19:44
Let's just make one thing clear at the outset. Views is big. It's big like an aircraft carrier and it's big like Lebowski. If you use Drupal, you probably also use Views. Updating Views to D7 was no small task. Acquia, in an effort to update the UI More...
Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 22:02
Ethan Marcotte established the idea of responsive web design in his 2010 A List Apart article of the same title.  Succinctly, responsive web design is device-agnostic content presentation. A responsive design looks great on a desktop monitor, a More...
Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 - 23:49
Several people in the Drupal Gardens forums have asked how they can eliminate the vertical gaps between major sections of their themes.  Here's an illustration of these gaps. To get rid of these gaps, look for top margin and top More...
Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 11:18
The simple list is a staple of information presentation on the web. Commonly, items in a list are visually distinguished with separating lines - either horizontal borders or vertical borders. This post describes a simple technique for defining More...
Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010 - 10:11
SEO is a critical component of a succesful website.  It isn't a hack or a black art of the nefarious.  Instead, it's a vital business consideration. If your content is hard to find, no one is going to give it any notice. Today I read a post that More...
Posted on Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 04:02
There's a lot to say about the technical details of the Drupal Gardens themes.  But before I geek out I want to take a moment to discuss what the goals are that drive our themes' structures.  There are numerous approaches to generic themes in the More...
Posted on Monday, May 31, 2010 - 20:56
This post is the first in a series of deep technical dives into the Drupal Gardens themes. Check out this post if you're looking for a generalist discussion of DG themes. If you're the type of person who has Firebug open all the time "just because More...