Design meeting notes for July 25, 2018

Howdy! A day late but just as interesting as what you’d have read yesterday. Btw, it’s always lovely to have folks jump in, the last few meetings have been tremendous with everyone joining and weighing in, makes for a healthy and lively discussion. And.. if you couldn’t make it, well.. that’s what this summary is for.

There was no triage or topic of the week, so we’ll move right past that.

A topic we did end up discussing was related to outreach:

Topic: Outreach

Led out by @boemedia, we chatted about plans for an online design conference. You can checkout the previous Trello discussion. Monique is working on a document to share with the team on what the conference could look like. Keep an eye out for that on Trello! Or here, we’ll probably share it here too.

So what’s the TL;DR? Well, that’s not quite decided but here’s a stab at it based on what we’ve discussed so far: we’ll have a remote based design conference, probably 1-2 days long, sometime in Spring of 2019. We’ll have speakers, and hopefully lots of awesome attendees! If you’re reading this you’re probably a perfect candidate for joining us.

In the discussion on Slack we also chatted about the potential of doing a small version of the conference this year, and then leading into the well planned out version in the Spring.

This led into a conversation about the types of folks who get involved in Core, the motivations, and how we all want to help.

A topic of the week suggestion came up: if you’re new to the design team, what guidelines could be followed to understand the users we’re designing for?

Open floor

Design tools and sharing designs

During the open floor portion of the meeting we started chatting about the collaboration process as designers within (yeah, that’s a real url, I just found out a few weeks ago!) design projects.

As designers we’re used to working with visual tools, Sketch or Figma being good examples. In fact, there’s some great pattern libraries for WordPress that we’ve been starting to use. The problem we run into is wanting visual version control. We’re not sure if we have a great answer yet, but it was really interesting to discuss. A few options were mentioned from a commercial standpoint.

We discussed a perfect project that could benefit from version control, and acknowledge that it’s hard to find the perfect balance between open source design team needs and industry best practices.

And some great news!

The oldest UI feedback tickets in Trac are now all in 2018! This does include tickets that were mentioned in Slack, which may not have had definitive progress. However, it’s exciting to see that we’re getting closer.