Design meeting updates

There will be no more design meetings or triage sessions until Thursday, 4th January 2018, 18:00 UTC. After this the weekly triage sessions will pick up again on Monday, 8th January 2018,17:00 UTC.

With the new year we have some new opportunities for people to contribute to the design team. The following roles need people:

  • Weekly meeting guides: We need between 1-2 people who can either take charge or take in turns to organise meetings. The role includes posting calls for topics up a few days before the meeting, taking notes during meeting and then posting up a summary.
  • Triage herders: 2-3 people to be trained up to run weekly triage sessions.

If you are interested in filling one of these much needed roles, please say in the comments and if you can please attend the 4th January meeting, held in Slack #design.

Thank you for everyone that contributed to the design team this year. It really matters the contributions you make.

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)?

Contributor Day Design Table Recap

On December 3rd at WCUS several designers and design-lovers gathered at the design table to share, learn, and build.

The people included were:
Monique (@boemedia), Sara (@saracannon), Yoni Luksenberg, Ben, Catherine Zarabanda, Kevin (@kevinwhoffman), Mason Guttery, Sandhya, John (@johnmaeda), Jacob, Fuyuko (@fuyuko), Maria (@mariawoothemescom), Lance (@lancewillett), Gregory, Moira Ashleigh, Michele (@mizejewski), Christina (@christinablust), Jessica Yaeger, Jennifer Swisher, Cathi Bosco, Taylor (@taylorgorman), Leslie Bernal, Sonja (@sonjaleix), Betsy Cohen, and Mark (@mapk)
(If I missed anyone, please make note in the comments.)

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As it was my first time leading the Design Table with the wonderful help of @saracannon, I wanted to try a few things differently this time around. We quickly broke out into a circle of chairs, and I began passing out post-its and pens while I drew a line from 0% to 100% on the backs of recycled signs previously used for this event. I asked the question, “What percentage does our livelihood depend on WordPress?” Everyone jotted down their answer and came up to place it on the line. After that I asked, “What percentage of our time is spent contributing back to WordPress?” Everyone posted their answers. The results are pictured below:

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We all realized that although much of our livelihood relied on WordPress, we weren’t contributing back as much as we’d like. I then asked if we’re comfortable with other people making decisions about the future of a software upon which we rely so heavily? To help focus our efforts, I talked about how Matt Mullenweg is looking for WordPress to be more design-lead. We’re designers, or design-lovers, and we have a great opportunity right now to help contribute and push this open source project forward.

From here I asked what people thought about in regards to “design” and how designers might contribute to WordPress. A common pattern revealed that we tended to focus on Core with many of our examples. This became a perfect opportunity to share the various ways in which designers can help.

Our discussions continued along these lines with many people sharing their experiences and hopes for WordPress. Some felt our communication channels were too many, others felt that we needed a liaison to share WordPress with the world in an engaging way, and some struggled with where to begin in the community. A few in the group also expressed interest about how to contribute immediately during the day. Gauging for this, I spent some time walking around to the other teams in the morning asking if they would like any design help on their projects. A few responded with a definite, “yes!”

John Maeda also joined us and asked a question around everyone’s personal interest in WordPress. “What are the selfish reasons why you’re a part of the community?” These answers were also shared anonymously and they expressed our own personal journey with WordPress. It was a great practice and we all shared with each other.

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After lunch, the designers split up to begin engaging other teams with their design needs. Documentation, Marketing, Gutenberg user-test videos, and some others all needed help. In addition to this, those who needed a bit more direction for contributing stuck around with @saracannon and I to learn a bit more about the process. Sara was a great help as she gave some demos on how to navigate Trac. Maria and Betsy got together to start reviewing the Gutenberg videos. @kevinwhoffman began feeling out the ability for a WordPress liaison between the teams and how this might engage the public at large.

The day went by fast. There were lots of great questions and a lot of excitement and interest. I, and other designers, will be pinging everyone as time goes along and encouraging their involvement in the slack channels.

Thanks to everyone who made this day a special one!

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)?

X-post: Gutenberg Usability Testing at WordCamp US

X-post from +make.wordpress.org/test: Gutenberg Usability Testing at WordCamp US

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)?

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)?

X-post: Gutenberg Usability Testing Plan – Feedback Needed

X-comment from +make.wordpress.org/test: Comment on Gutenberg Usability Testing Plan – Feedback Needed

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)?