Design in Figma, launch on Drupal in days, not weeks

Time: Thursday 18th May 11:00-11:30
Room: Track 1
Track: Web Tools & Technologies

You have the perfect final design, ready to be built. You’ve spent months and an eye-watering budget creating, researching, validating and testing your visual website designs. The designs look exquisite and next…a simple build in Drupal.

The first thing your development team does is start asking how the interactions look for this component or how the behaviours work for that design.

So they do their best Google Translate impression and begin interpreting the designs and inevitably your visual design artwork is a thing of the past and the Drupal build is fantastic, but not quite like the designs and it cost another small fortune to build (say bye-bye Christmas party)...

The cost, time and pain in translating design to build is often very high. Designs get missed, misinterpreted and take a long time to translate into code. Many bugs arise, which take time to resolve that end up breaking the bank.

Compare that to an experience when designers can arrange key page layouts and assign interactions in Figma design files and web publishers and administrators in Drupal can create and manage the identical pages and flexible layout designs without any coding.

CivicTheme is a true atomic, component-based design system in Figma that is 100% in sync with its Drupal 10 build. This significantly reduces the time it takes to build your website while ensuring a consistent, compliant and visually stunning experience.

Learn more about the Figma-to-Drupal process with CivicTheme and how you can design fast, build fast and deploy fast. This gives a head start to all content, development and research teams, reducing your Drupal design-build-test-deploy project lifecycle.

Finally find out how you can deliver exactly the designs your executives signed off on.


Akhil Bhandari
Akhil has over 22 years’ experience in the technology industry, covering both the government and private sectors. He was a product manager for a software company, ran his own digital agency for 10 years, then worked at the Department of Communications and the Arts in Canberra for 8 years. With qualifications in marketing, his experience has covered sales and marketing positions (such as product management, digital project delivery and digital strategy) and technical digital roles (including frontend development, UX, and graphic and web design).
He’s currently working at Salsa Digital in marketing and product development and was instrumental in the design and development of CivicTheme.
Additional speakersAlan Rako
Salsa UI/UX & Design System Specialist
Senior Experience Designer and Lead Designer for CivicTheme and major contributor to Salsa’s open source government-grade, WCAG 2.1 AA compliant design system. 5+ years experience across government and industry, for both web and mobile applications, specialising in strategy, rapid interactive prototyping, customer research, and beautifully detailed designs.