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I enjoy making the web look good.

This is something I struggle with in my work. I feel that there are a lot of web development folks who just don't take the time, or even want to learn about design.

“I don't have an eye for design...”

This is an expression I hear more often as an excuse as to why a "style guide" has not been followed. This makes me question why I can see the obvious patterns in a design, and other developers can not.

Does this come from a lack of interest?

I sometimes feel that is the case, but don't actually believe that is the case for all. Why then is it so hard for some to understand design, and how can we help these folks to learn?

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Decoupled Drupal, what does that even mean? When I first heard that expression, it took me a while to understand what it really meant. To be "decoupled" from something, means to remove a connection, or coupling. What we are doing is not really removing that connection, but separating it into different concerns. In the case of Drupal, we decouple the content management from the presentation completely, making Drupal an API. 

If you know what an API is, you are going to understand what Decoupled Drupal is then, it is making Drupal an API only. By decoupling, you are able to use Drupal as a data provider for an application, website, web based application, smart watch, kiosk, TV, all of the above. The potential usage is almost crazy. 

To share some insight, I have been using Drupal 8, as an API for multiple projects since late 2016. In that time, we (Small Robot) have built a conference schedule planner, a voting kiosk, multiple Progressive Web Apps (PWA), including the site you are currently viewing. Each one of these projects has had challenges, in each projects way, as there is not really a "guide" on how to build what you may want. In the past year and a half, at the time of writing, the tools to make Drupal work decoupled have received a lot of improvements, and there is still more work taking place.

Decoupling Drupal is not just about Drupal as an API, it also has a lot to do with the presentation side of things. When you do not use Drupal to output to the theme layer, you now rely on your development to make the site output anything, to any screen. This is a blessing, and a curse. Let's examine some of the pros and cons of this.