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X-post: Design team weekly update 14th August

X-post from +make.wordpress.org/updates: Design team weekly update 14th August

Weekly Design Updates

This is the weekly call for updates for those contributing to design, as outlined here.

The idea of these it to keep all designers connected. If you are contributing to design please add your reply as a comment to this post by Thursday 23:00 UTC. All comments will be combined into a weekly update post on Friday for the design team.

Not a designer but you have something you’d like us to work on? No problem, you can also leave a comment. Just tell us what it is, if a specific team or skill also tell us that.

Just reply to the following:

  • What did you work on this past week? Anything completed (don’t forget a link to show us the amazing work!)?
  • What are you currently focusing on?
  • Anything you need help with? Got a tricky project? Are you looking for a task? Perhaps you know about a task that needs a designer or need a buddy to work on something (let’s support each other)?
  • Any links for inspiration you want to share (doesn’t have to be WordPress design links)?

Weekly Design Updates

This is the weekly call for updates for those contributing to design, as outlined here.

The idea of these it to keep all designers connected. If you are contributing to design please add your reply as a comment to this post by Thursday 23:00 UTC. All comments will be combined into a weekly update post on Friday for the design team.

Not a designer but you have something you’d like us to work on? No problem, you can also leave a comment. Just tell us what it is, if a specific team or skill also tell us that.

Just reply to the following:

  • What did you work on this past week? Anything completed (don’t forget a link to show us the amazing work!)?
  • What are you currently focusing on?
  • Anything you need help with? Got a tricky project? Are you looking for a task? Perhaps you know about a task that needs a designer or need a buddy to work on something (let’s support each other)?
  • Any links for inspiration you want to share (doesn’t have to be WordPress design links)?

Image Widget Link Usability Testing

Hey folks 👋

We’ve gotten some general feedback that the context switch makes it feel different from adding an image to a page or a post, so people are having some trouble finding where in the image widget to add a link. I ran a couple usability tests on the existing image widget, as well as this PR from @timmydcrawford to expose the link within the widget itself. We wanted to compare both versions and see which one was easier.

I want to share the test details, some stats, and finally some conclusions I found from testing, which I’ve summarized into a list organized by 👓 observations, 💡 ideas, and 🐛 bugs.

If you’re interested, you can view all the videos in this Cloudup gallery. They’re very short! Almost all of them are between five and eight minutes long, with one longer outlier of 11 minutes.

Continue reading

#image-widget, #widgets

Editor Focus & Paternity Leave

For the past 7 months, I’ve worked on the Editor focus as design lead, with @matveb as the tech lead. Around the 21st of August I will be going on paternity leave, as my wife and I are expecting a baby boy!

We are currently working towards a feature complete milestone for the project, which I expect we’ll reach before I have to step out. Gutenberg at this milestone will still require a bunch of polish, tweaks, and bug-fixes, but the goal is for the foundation and high level design to be in place.

This milestone is a good time for me to step down as design lead, and let the focus get an infusion of fresh energy and ideas, so it can keep up its brisk pace. In that vein, I’ve chatted with @karmatosed, and she’d love to take over the role. She has great design skills, and a whole swath of communication skills that will be great for the project. I look forward to work on Gutenberg in a designer capacity, with her carrying the overview. Thank you Tammie! 🌠

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Weekly Design Updates

This is the weekly call for updates for those contributing to design, as outlined here.

The idea of these it to keep all designers connected. If you are contributing to design please add your reply as a comment to this post by Thursday 23:00 UTC. All comments will be combined into a weekly update post on Friday for the design team.

Not a designer but you have something you’d like us to work on? No problem, you can also leave a comment. Just tell us what it is, if a specific team or skill also tell us that.

Just reply to the following:

  • What did you work on this past week? Anything completed (don’t forget a link to show us the amazing work!)?
  • What are you currently focusing on?
  • Anything you need help with? Got a tricky project? Are you looking for a task? Perhaps you know about a task that needs a designer or need a buddy to work on something (let’s support each other)?
  • Any links for inspiration you want to share (doesn’t have to be WordPress design links)?

Weekly Design Updates

This is the weekly call for updates for those contributing to design, as outlined here.

The idea of these it to keep all designers connected. If you are contributing to design please add your reply as a comment to this post by Thursday 23:00 UTC. All comments will be combined into a weekly update post on Friday for the design team.

Not a designer but you have something you’d like us to work on? No problem, you can also leave a comment. Just tell us what it is, if a specific team or skill also tell us that.

Just reply to the following:

  • What did you work on this past week? Anything completed (don’t forget a link to show us the amazing work!)?
  • What are you currently focusing on?
  • Anything you need help with? Got a tricky project? Are you looking for a task? Perhaps you know about a task that needs a designer or need a buddy to work on something (let’s support each other)?
  • Any links for inspiration you want to share (doesn’t have to be WordPress design links)?

Design updates: week five

This is the weekly call for updates for those contributing to design, as outlined here.

The idea of these it to keep all designers connected. If you are contributing to design please add your reply as a comment to this post by Thursday 23:00 UTC. All comments will be combined into a weekly update post on Friday for the design team.

Not a designer but you have something you’d like us to work on? No problem, you can also leave a comment. Just tell us what it is, if a specific team or skill also tell us that.

Just reply to the following:

  • What did you work on this past week? Anything completed (don’t forget a link to show us the amazing work!)?
  • What are you currently focusing on?
  • Anything you need help with? Got a tricky project? Are you looking for a task? Perhaps you know about a task that needs a designer or need a buddy to work on something (lets support each other)?
  • Any links for inspiration you want to share (doesn’t have to be WordPress design links)?

Everyone is welcome to comment, adding names of all that commented last week and were at summit – your name will be added to list as you give an update (so we can include everyone).

cc: @melchoyce, @michael-arestad, @folletto, @mapk, @sonjaleix, @saracannon, @liljimmi, @joen, @empireoflight, @joshuawold, @celloexpressions, @zetaraffix, @boemedia, @annaharrison

Why WordPress? 2

When the new year began, and shortly after my first Contribution Day for design at WordCamp US, I wrote a short essay entitled, “Why WordPress?”

Now after experiencing my first WordCamp Europe and the Contribution Day there for designers, I started thinking more about how WordPress lies at the foundations of a freer world, and I wrote a V2 on the airplane ride back to the States while freehand scribbling on my iPad, too.

As a newbie to “speaking WordPress” let me know how you think this resonates, or not, with how you think of WordPress and design. Thank you! —JM


WordPress prides itself on being a community-made system that competes with the giants. WordPress believes that helping each other succeed lies at the foundations of the Internet. A powerful technology that exists to empower your freedom might seem unlikely these days, but that’s how WordPress got started.

Starting in 2003, a simple solution to make building a website easier evolved into the most common and beloved technology today: WordPress. WordPress is an example of how a focus on simplicity set the course for over a quarter of sites that we know as the World Wide Web today.

The breakthrough moment was when the inventors gave away all of WordPress’ underlying code to the rest of the world for free. By freely sharing WordPress, they soon discovered programmers, editors, designers, marketers, and whole businesses from everywhere ready to join in and make it grow.

With each new community-made revision of WordPress came new possibilities for more people to get on the Web — from the travel blogger all the way to the mega-publisher. As a result, WordPress has become the best long-term investment for your time because of its loyal following and its community’s shared determination.

But times have changed and the biggest tech companies of the world, and also new upstarts, have been looking to control your participation on the Internet. Over time, they have built sophisticated mousetraps to capture you in their comfortable microworlds, and ultimately limit what you can do within their controlled confines.

The complete freedom of WordPress has come with the responsibility to know the underlying code “under the hood” of your site. So today, the WordPress community is hard at work designing coding-free approaches to getting your website going that do not sacrifice any of the power and flexibility of the WordPress ethos.

There will never be any limitations to what you can build with WordPress — the community fights for your freedom. WordPress is betting firmly on a some “assembly required” approach, so that you will always have the flexibility to go beyond what you’ve created. That way, not only does WordPress remain affordable, it remains your powerful Do-It-Yourself tool for the Internet.

What you make in WordPress is yours.