The Olivero theme: Turning a wild idea into a core initiative
Starting out as a discussion in a lobby at DrupalCon Seattle, the Olivero theme is now an official Drupal core strategic initiative, and aims to become the new default front-end theme for Drupal 9!
How did this happen? What steps (and missteps) were taken along the way? In this presentation, we’ll walk through the genesis of the idea, and discuss the scheming planning needed to start this initiative. More importantly, we will talk about how you can use this knowledge to advocate for your own initiatives to Drupal core.
We’ll start the session with general topics such as:
- Identifying if "your idea" is already in the works.
- Putting together your initial team and starting documentation.
- Identifying key stakeholders that will help advocate and give legitimacy to your idea.
- What is running through core maintainers’ minds when you pitch the idea?
- The formal processes on submitting your idea to the community.
In the second part of the session, we'll discuss Olivero specific topics such as:
- Conception of the theme’s design.
- How did the design get approval, and who approved it?
- Interacting with the community at large.
We intend for this session to equip and empower attendees with confidence to submit changes to Drupal core and provide guidance on how to make sure they have the best opportunity for success when doing so.
Mike Herchel is a senior front-end developer at Lullabot. He has been creating websites since 2001, and developing with Drupal since 2007. He is one of the lead organizers of Florida Drupalcamp, and is always willing to advocate for the Drupal and free open source communities He’s also a host of the Lullabot podcast, which is a bi-weekly podcast on Drupal, design, and web development.
Putra Roeung Bonaccorsi is a hybrid designer and developer with a flair for creative uses of CMS and a dedication to finding unique solutions to tough problems. Now an expert in content management systems like Drupal and Wordpress, she has created dynamic, user-friendly sites and applications for WHYY public radio, Science Friday, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and other cultural organizations.
When she’s not coding, you can find Putra either binge-watching a new TV show or going to the theater to catch the latest superheroes movie with her husband. She can also be found at the park with her golden retriever puppy, eating Dim Sum with friends and family, or putting her gardening skills to use in her newly planted landscape beds.