A Peek Into the Future UX and UI Beyond Tridion Sites 9 (Part 2)

Hello, glad to see you back! In the last blog post I introduced the key design drivers and the high-level design concepts for a new “Graphene UI” for SDL Tridion Sites. I also explained how it could address the workflows, needs and requirements of agile marketing teams running global web projects.

For this post, I will dive into the design concepts through which we aim to address the challenges and needs of our tech-savvy implementation and expert user community. So, let’s have a look into BluePrinting, Content Management, Content Mashups and Channels, and how to configure and set up Tridion DX in the new Graphene UI.


BluePrinting makes SDL Tridion Sites as powerful and successful as it is, so we would like to expose and integrate it in a much more pervasive way. The example below shows a small example BluePrinting hierarchy in it's current outlet in the UI, the BluePrint viewer. It allows advanced users and implementers to define and manage a large number of content publications, including their mutual relationships to each other.

Visualizing the BluePrint Hierarchy

Our design direction takes this current visualization approach and embeds the BluePrint hierarchy more seamlessly into the context of work, right next to the content a user is editing or managing. An implementer might need it when setting up and configuring content publications, an editor while deciding to either edit the "parent" of an article component in a lower BluePrint level, or to better localize it and break the inheritance. For both cases we integrated the BluePrint hierarchy as as an alternative “view” on the list, so you can display any selected item in it's BluePrint context at all time.