Weekly design meeting notes of Wednesday November 14, 2018

A new week, a new design meeting in Core! If you haven’t jumped in we wholeheartedly recommend joining the group and lending your thoughts and feedback. We meet each week to chat about the things our team can focus on. Following are the main points we discussed today:

Trello

The labels have been and board have been simplified as a first pass. Feedback is welcome. At this point we’ll likely put it through its paces and see if any tweaks are needed. Feel free to jump in and take a look

  • Meeting discussion: topic to bring up in meeting
  • Waiting: something blocked.
  • Needs review: something that needs input, doesn’t have to be in meeting.
  • Needs decision: could be from someone in team but also doesn’t have to be in meeting.
  • Critical: something very important to get done, high priority task. (edited)

Labels removed:

  • Needs designer: if it’s not in progress it should be seen as needs one, no need for label.
  • Needs discussion: meeting has discussion 

Testing

WordPress 5.0 is coming, let’s all take time to test as designers can help a lot with testing.

We are amazing at breaking things!
Test on all your devices, test on walks using mobile data, test with throttling, test with themes/plugins.

Test all the things!

Office Hours

The office hours aren’t currently working well, as we haven’t had attendance. So we’re going to drop them for now and likely revisit next year.

About page

Every release we have an awesome about page that celebrates and informs on changes that have happened. 

We discussed the page itself and its need to show off the features of Gutenberg with text and images/gifs. 

We’d love to have browser testing, responsive testing, and a11y (accessibility) testing today. 

You’re welcome to jump in and take a look at the in progress work. Once text strings are finalized we can get this over to the polyglot team for translation.

Readme for themes

We discussed (Slack link) the proposal for adding a readme to themes, similar to how plugins works today.

The basic TL;DR is – plugins allow for a readme, to share more from the plugin creators; let’s do the same for the themes. Design support is needed where Core shows the readme for themes.


Word of advice: never use the word final in a design file. It will always come back to bite you. 

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Weekly design meeting notes of Wednesday October 31, 2018

The full transcript of our meeting this week can be found on our Slack channel. @joshuawold led this week’s meeting.

The design team meeting will be changing to 19:00 UTC from next week to accommodate daylight savings.

Gutenberg usability testing

@sarahjames gave us a walkthrough of the Gutenberg testing she’s been working on. There will be a blog post coming about this but you can follow along in Slack archive.

Automattic design award

A reminder was made of the Automattic design award which is accepting entries.

Upgrading to 5.0 and handling the Gutenberg plugin

We went through this ticket together and ended up as a team going through feedback and work towards a solution. You can follow along the outcome in the ticket as Joshua added an update today.

Thanks to everyone attending the meeting. If you have anything to add, please feel free to post in our Slack channel or in the comments below.

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Weekly design meeting notes of Wednesday October 24, 2018

Following are notes taken from our meeting, you can read the full Slack log, or just catch the highlights below. Tammie Lister led out and Joshua Wold took notes.

Trello cleanup

For the past few months we’ve been using Trello to manage design tasks that don’t fit into Trac or Github. Well, it’s gotten a bit complicated. There’s currently 14 columns. Tammie proposed reducing those down to 5 columns: inbox, backlog, doing, done, contribution day tasks. Then, any design resources could make their way into the handbook. At the end of each month we could then post here with a list of the things that got done. A good way to keep track of things!

This isn’t final, so if you have any feedback please jump in with comments! We’ll likely circle back tomorrow to decide on this. 

Updates in Trello

We closed out a few items that were sitting in Trello for a while: Privacy badges and php meeting. We can always reopen these if progress picks back up. 

Also, for the style guide issue further progress is planned, but has slowed down a tad due to Cathi having less availability. However, her progress updates have been awesome! Appreciate that she’s kept this going.


Trello Inbox

There were no new items in our Trello inbox. That could be a great thing, or an indication of needing to look at a new process. We’ll keep an eye on that. For me personally (note taker) it’s been hard to get used to dropping things into Trello, even though I take a look at it every week. Hoping this new structuring will make that easier! If you’re not sure just drop something into the inbox and we can discuss it. 


Gutenberg usability testing

Sarah James shared last week the work that’s been done in Gutenberg on usability testing. Highly recommend checking this out if you’re interested in Gutenberg or user testing, or both! 


Feedback needed

If you help organize WordCamps we’d love some insights on the following Gutenberg blocks:

Written in Gutenberg. Yay!

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Change of design meeting times

As per October 24th, 2018, there will be a change of the weekly meeting times. We’re also adding another more inclusive time meeting.

New meeting times will be:

  • Monday: Triage: 16:30 UTC, won’t change.
  • Wednesday: Team meeting: 18:00 UTC meeting time change.
  • Thursday: Open hours 12:00 UTC to fit more countries.

Monday ticket triage will also start including focus projects, instead of working on the oldest tickets available. This includes releases.

For Wednesday meetings, focus and leads of specific components or areas get time to start giving updates on what’s going on.

Check these new times in your own time zone.

Weekly design meeting notes of Wednesday October 17, 2018

The full transcript of our meeting this week can be found on our Slack channel.

Change of meeting times and format

After a quick round of checking how everyone’s doing, @karmatosed suggests a change of the weekly meeting times and also adding another more inclusive time meeting.

New meeting times will be:

  • Monday: Triage: 16:30 UTC, won’t change.
  • Wednesday: Team meeting: 18:00 UTC meeting time change.
  • Thursday: Open hours 12:00 UTC to fit more countries.

Monday ticket triage will also start including focus projects, instead of working on the oldest tickets available. This includes releases.

For Wednesday meetings, Tammie suggests that focus and leads of specific components or areas get time to start giving updates on what’s going on.

Later on in the meeting, we circled back a bit to this topic because of daylight saving times. We change to the times mentioned here as per the 24th of October and adjust to daylight saving time (DST) in the weeks following.

The new meeting times will be added to the calendar, our Slack channel and the design blog page (P2) on make.wordpress.org. We’ll also post them on our blog in a separate post for better visibility.

Japanese design team meeting

Following WordCamp Tokyo, the Japanese design team actively discusses what’s going on in WordPress design and with the help of translators, they follow up and work on stuff that’s mentioned in the International meetings.

Their findings are usually posted as a comment on the weekly design notes, but it would be nice to create better visibility, probably by turning these comments into separate blogs. Their meeting notes can be found as a comment on the latest international meeting notes.

Calls for design

A quick round of checking on the calls for design that are being worked on. No updates here, which is totally fine. But if people need help on stuff they’re working on, please reach out.

Open floor

What are people working on? Anything inspiration wise to share?

Joshua Wold’s sketch on WP5 user flows

There’s a quick update from the training team regarding learn.wordpress.org. They’ll have updated wireframes ready after the next meeting.

Before we finally close the meeting, Tammie thanks @mizejewski for her work as a team rep, as she’s stepping down for a little while. However, she won’t leave the design team fully and will be back contributing as soon as she can.

Thanks to everyone attending the meeting. If you have anything to add, please feel free to post in our Slack channel or in the comments below.

These notes were posted using Gutenberg. Yay!