Weekly design meeting notes of Wednesday November 21, 2018

The full transcript of this meeting can be found in our #design Slack channel. All linked headings in this post jump to where this topic was discussed on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

First topic today is some housekeeping.

Because of WCUS and holidays, some meetings coming up will be paused

  • 5/12: Design weekly meeting
  • 10/12: Triage
  • Week of 24th and 31st: all week meetings cancelled.

Please note the Slack #design channel is always open for design reviews, an ear to listen – feel free to use the channel outside of meetings too.

Figma license for WordPress.org

Figma have donated a license for use contributing to WordPress. It’s worth noting, use of the software isn’t for personal or client work. You can read more about it on the WordPress design blog.

Sarah James is moving the SketchPress library over to Figma and GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ fase 2 will be the main project the design team can work on Figma.

@boemedia notices that it’s hard to learn software when the use is restricted. So there should be some tangible WordPress projects connected to it. @Kjellr says that Figma is actually free for up to 3 personal projects, so it’s easy to set up a personal account.

If anyone has problems signing up for Figma, please ping one of the team reps in the Slack design channel. We’ll help you get things sorted.

New channel for Gutenberg user research

The WordPress Slack workspace is extended with a new channel: #research. If you’re interested in helping out, or know people around you (not only designers but also developers or other roles) who are interested in getting involved this way, please join the channel. You can read more about user testing for Gutenberg phase 2 on the design blog.

Reducing trac keywords for design

Currently, tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. tickets that need design eyes have three labels:

  • ux-feedback
  • ui-feedback
  • needs-design

@karmatosed suggests going back from three to two labels, to make them align more and reduce brain pain:

  • one for ‘feedback’
  • one for ‘needs design’

These labels will be used around the three areas that have tickets: coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. trac, core metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. and githubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ for Gutenberg. @karmatosed will write a blog post to propose and take this to core/meta.

Open floor

@estelaris asks if design is currently focussing on the next phase for Gutenberg, or can people help out on other projects?

A few running projects are mentioned and it would be nice of designers could be involved in more things and work on projects without waiting for a meeting to see what’s happening.

A short brainstorm follows about ownership of smaller design projects, to keep track of them and don’t get forgotten. Another thing is, we definitely need more designers, but without mentioning the projects that need work, people joining the channel may drop out again if they think there’s no work to do.

If people have ideas on how to make the work (because there’s plenty of work to do!) more visible, tangible and attractive for new design contributors to work on, please feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments.