SharePoint 2010 Resources

16 Feb 2011 - 6:36pm
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Jonathan Wheeler

Hello all,

I am in the beginning / planning stages of an intranet site based in Sharepoint 2010.

Horror stories aside - I am trying to track down UX resources specifically related to:

     1. Global Navigation Design - capabilities & limitations
     2. Customizing the UI Layout, also from the perspective of capabilities & limitations
     3. Multiple Master Page Layouts - so I'm not stuck with a one-size-fits-all single page template for the whole site

Any concise, salient references you know of would be much appreciated.



17 Feb 2011 - 1:21pm

I'm in a very, very similar boat - designer for intranet-to-be built with SP2010.   We actually hired a consulting agency to come in and do some training next week so we know exactly what we can and can't do.  

When I first started on the project, I found somewhat helpful as a bit of inspiration.  Some of the nicer sites I wouldn't have thought possible with SP at all.


17 Feb 2011 - 1:39pm

I'm not sure if this will help, but Cameron Moll wrote up his experience with Sharepoint and standards back in 2007.

- Cory

18 Feb 2011 - 1:41pm

Hi Jonathan. I am just emerging from my first Sharepoint 2010 project where I played community strategist, IA and UX for a total intranet rebuild. Coming from the open-source web design/development side of things, it's been a real eye-opener. I've learned a lot.

I was curious from the get go as to the amount of design customization that could be done to make the Sharepoint experience more delightful. Nearly anything seems possible, if you have the right SP development partner. (Just like it is in the wide open web). Seriously, the partner is key. However, I'm used to the start from a something similar, a framework, or a plugin and knock-it-out in Wordpress kind of camp. That doesn't seem to exist so much in SP. Styling is a big deal. It's going to take more time that you'd alot for a website. 

All this is highly anecdotal, but I'd love to chat more about it if you like.

23 Feb 2011 - 2:31pm
Jonathan Wheeler

Thank you everyone for your insight! Your thoughts were very helpful.

29 Mar 2011 - 9:19am
Jonathan Wheeler

Here's another link to a collection of sites developed with SharePoint. It allows filtering based on the version you are working with...

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