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Design to Theme: a taste of what's to come

In about two hours I will be giving my Design to Theme (in five simple steps) presentation at CMSExpo in Chicago. This one-hour presentation covers the basics of how to convert a design file into a Drupal theme. I use GIMP but the lessons work for Photoshop (and Inkscape and Illustrator and and and) too.

If you're interested in learning more there's also an ebook and an online class starting May 11.

Getting The Work Done

Several weeks ago I decided it was time to delegate some of my work. I needed a set of notes from one of the classes I taught converted into an eBook. I knew that I wanted to be able to edit the material myself and that I wanted everything to be done in an open source tool. "Easy," I thought. "I'll just hire a F/LOSS person to do this for me." It turns out: not so easy after all. I asked my network of people if they knew any graphic designers who did book layout and worked in open source tools. What came back was the sound of crickets. Inconceivable! How could there be no one who did this sort of thing?

A colleague of mine told me that he often uses online "freelance" networks to job out some of his tasks. He recommended both Elance and oDesk. I decided to give them a try. My job description was short:

Promotion ended, results are in

Yesterday I gave out over 300 copies of my new eBook: Theming Drupal: A first timer's guide. What a great response! Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway! I'm looking forward to hearing about the new successes you have because of the ebook. And a special thank you to those who emailed me personally, tweeted and commented to thank me for this free gift.

I was a little bit shocked, however, some of the incredibly negative emails I got from people who felt I was being "unreasonable" for ending the promotion before they had downloaded their free ebook. Everyone who emailed after the end of the promotion and nicely asked for their copy was given a coupon for the shop (hint: there was more than one). And everyone who subscribed to the list after the end of the deadline, and is still on the mailing list, will be entered into a draw to receive a free copy of the eBook on the next mailing.

Git for Teams

Git For Teams

Best selling title from O'Reilly media. Covers essential skills needed to use Git in a team environment.

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Collaborating with Git

Collaborating with Git

Practical how-to videos to get you, and your team, up and running with Git. A complementary video series for the book, Git for Teams.

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Drupal User's Guide

Drupal User's Guide

Site building for Drupal 7. Includes in-depth information on Drupal's most popular site building modules, SEO and accessibility. Two complete case studies are included in the book along with the tools you'll need to build (almost) any Web site with Drupal.

Available from Amazon.com.

Front End Drupal

Front End Drupal

The industry go-to for learning theming in Drupal 6. A great companion to Lullabot's book, Using Drupal.

Available from Amazon.com.