Design meeting notes for 20 March, 2019

You can read the full transcript of this meeting on our Slack channel. You can also read the agenda for this week.


The first week in April this meeting moves like most .org meetings, ahead an hour.


Gutenberg 5.3 was released! Congrats to all the amazing work designers have been doing!

You can read more about it on the release post. It will also coincide with the release of WordPress 5.2. Some things to point out:

  • Resizing the text and media columns in the Media & Text block is being discussed.
  • For any CSS gurus, @joen has been reorganizing stylesheets. You can see the Pull Requests.
  • The Section block is going to get (or already has) some updates for inner block alignments. This is super tricky but @getdave @kjellr and others have been trucking away on it.
  • There’s research sessions going on this week around the Navigation block. Please jump into the #research channel if you’re interested in helping out.

Feedback and reviews

The Improved Fatal Error Protection

The intention is to give users the ability to access their WordPress admin when a plugin or theme is causing a fatal error. We’ve been asked to give design feedback on:

  • Crafting the email message itself and making sure the user understands what is going on
  • Giving meaningful updates within the admin to help walk through problems

Feedback is welcome! Feel free to jump in and share your thoughts.

Site Health plugin design

The work has wound down. There has been an exploration of what the Gutenberg styling would look like in other areas of the admin. Further work is intended to explore what this could look like.

As an interesting note, the team chose 16px for the main font size with this plugin. Much of the WordPress admin uses 13px, but from an Accessibility perspective that seems to be pushing the limits of what’s reasonable.


As a site note, the team did a Contributor day at Yoast last week, and it went well! The design table had 3 first-timers, and the team gave feedback on about 8 open issues, even one long-dead one about Gutenberg annotations.