Meeting notes for February 6, 2018

This week, the weekly #design meeting was lead by @joshuawold. You can read the full transcript in our Slack-channel, or jump straight to the topics that were discussed by clicking the headings below.

Gutenberg update Phase 2

@mapk gives a quick update on Gutenberg Phase 2. He thanks the accessibilty team for being very helpful with design work being done. There’s a new ticket that directly explores the A11y (Accessibility) tabbing issues in Gutenberg.

Also, the navigation block just got a recent Github issue created to gather focus again. If you happen to have some thoughts on that, please join the discussion in the ticket by adding your comment.

Calls for design

There are two calls for design that need help from awesome designers. If you are looking into something tangible to contribute on as a designer, please check out the following calls:

  • Uniform Search Form Display/Experience – this ticket addresses the problem with  five different search types existing across the WP-admin.
  • Redesign mobile – check this ticket if you’re passionate about working with WordPress from your mobile phone. These pages could use some love and design feedback, first wireframes/sketches are in the ticket.


The basis for this discussion is issue 9647 of block icons SVGs not being reusable.

In his comment on issue 9647 Joen says:

For now we have used Dashicons because it’s the WordPress icon set. But this has not scaled tremendously well, and the icons are small and designed for older screens and interfaces than we use widely today. So we eventually adopted the Material icon set for block library icons, to make it trivial for plugin developers to quickly and easily pick a unique and legible icon that fits their block.

There are constant requests for new icons on Github, some more critical than others. But currently, it’s really hard to integrate new icons in the Dashicons icon font.

In the meeting, there’s a brief exploration on where this could go, and moving towards another open source icon set is suggested. @empireoflight, one of the prominent dashicon builders, says he used to think we could build an icon library for WordPress. But unfortunately, it’s just not happening.

A brief discussion follows on the impact of having multiple icon sets. But it’s good to know people are open to the idea of working with another open source icon set like Material Icons, and have an extended set of specific WP icons on top.

Everyone agrees this will overhaul the admin and will have a big impact. Knowing the logistics, breaking these into steps and setting a timeline would help getting an overview on what’s involved.

@mapk suggests starting with getting buy in other teams first and find people to help on the project after that.

@empireoflight will draft a post on make/design as a starting point for the discussion with other teams.

We’re looking forward on your thoughts on moving WordPress icons forward. Pleas feel free to comment on these notes, or share your ideas in the make/design post dedicated to this topic (which will appear soon on this page for you to discover. You can also subscribe to the design blog in the sidebar on make/design to get instant notifications once the post is there for you to read).