Design meeting notes for February 27, 2019

Thanks to everyone who attended this week’s meeting. If you couldn’t attend or want to read back what was said, here are the meeting notes for you. You can also read the full transcript on our Slack channel.


In March we will triage Gutenberg design tickets. If you want to help move things forward, please join us for half an our in our Slack channel on next monday 17:30 UTC.


WordPress showcase

Showcase designs have moved to Figma, thanks to Rich Copping. Feedback and notes are welcome, but do note that the last round of feedback hasn’t been iterated on as we write this down.

Mockup for the new WordPress showcase pages

Site Health

@hedgefield is still working on this, in collaboration (amongst others) with the accessibility team.


On short term, there’s help needed getting new dashicons in 5.2. This doesn’t concern the bigger picture of the future of dashicons that was discussed recently. @empireoflight says there’s no update on that front, although more feedback would be welcome.


@mapk updates us on Gutenberg phase 2. Currently, the team is looking to integrate a block management system. Gutenberg needs a way to organize blocks so it doesn’t get out of control. There’s also testing needed on the Classic (Legacy) widget block. This is important to ensure that non-converted widgets have a home.

There’s also a proposal on the navigation menu block design. Please go check it out if you haven’t read it yet.

Calls for design and feedback

Mockup for navigation on

The marketing team requests to implement Navigation Change at Design wise, we’re looking for volunteers to mockup what this could look like, to move the ticket forward.


The page proposals for mobile need design / UX feedback. If anyone wants to take a look and give their feedback, that would be appreciated.

Concerns about range sliders

Read this Slack thread if you want details, but in short, there are some concerns that the range slider as used in the blockeditor (for instance when selecting the number of columns, or the size of the dropcap) isn’t as accessible as it could be. As this could turn into a long discussion, @karmatosed suggests opening a Github issue for this.

Reminder for admin email

The idea is to have a reminder to make sure your email is correct for admin. Please leave feedback on the Trac ticket if you have thoughts on this.

Other discussion points and open floor

@tinkerbelly has a short remark on the use of different fonts in Figma. The suggestion is to keep it simple and therefore use one typeface consistently throughout all designs. @boemedia suggests using Comic Sans, but apparently that’s not one of the options.

Last topic tonight is documenting workflows for the design team. @karmatosed has made a start on writing out some of the processes the design team follows. It’s basically nothing new, but the main goal is to surface what we do as a team. Please leave your thoughts on this in the Google ‘work in process doc.