Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #19

I hear some countries have a longer holiday this weekend, so I hope everyone enjoys their time off and gets the rest they need. In the meantime, Gutenberg keeps progressing.

Navigation block

@tinkerbelly posted an IA flow for the block with some ideas around existing menus and new menus. Take a look and leave some feedback.

Widgets to blocks

This is picking up again with lots of PRs coming together to explore different parts of the puzzle. If there’s a particular PR you’re interested in, please jump in with your thoughts.

Block Directory

@melchoyce posted a competitive analysis for the new Block Directory. Some great insight is gained there to help inform the design decisions on this. I get so excited when I hear about previewing blocks in the editor before installing them. I encourage everyone to contribute to that conversation.

Design explorations on the Block Directory will be posted today on Github.


The issues created from the accessibility audit are still moving forward. Many of the low hanging fruit have already been completed. The efforts are now being moved toward the larger and more impactful issues.

Next Friday’s accessibility chat in slack will save some time to discuss the keyboard navigation issue. This is a long standing issue that really requires some thought around how everyone views the editor. Is it a continuous view of content, or an application of blocks? With either of these comes a different approach as to how keyboards might navigation the interface. Some good issue to catch up on for this were listed by @afercia:


Tightening up

I’d really like to see more work on both the Columns block and the Table block in the next few weeks. There’s been some great enhancements lately, so I’d like to keep that movement going.

The color options for blocks is an interesting conversation. Everyone who has voted, (8 total votes) has voted to include both text and background color options for all text blocks. But there was an interesting suggestion which @tinkerbelly also commented about leading us to more explorations around how we introduce background color for the text blocks.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

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