Design meeting notes for August 28, 2019

These are the weekly notes for the design meeting that happens on Wednesday’s. You can read the full transcript on our Slack channel and find the meeting’s agenda here. You can join the SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel by following the instructions in our handbook.


There’s a new About Page in every WordPress release. @karmatosed posted an article to discuss this page. Please leave your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of the post. We will discuss this further in next week’s meeting.


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. design update

Gutenberg 6.4 was released this week. What’s new?

  • Af few Cover blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. enhancements
  • A new typewriter experience
  • Circle cropping on images!

And lots more.

@mapk could use some design eyes on the upcoming Replace Image dropdown.

The team is also working on multi-selecting non-consecutive blocks.

For anyone with some theming experience and CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. knowledge, there’s a discussion about whether to use inline styles or classes for gradients. Give your feedback in ticket if this is something you’re interested in!

Weekly Gutenberg ticket triage on Tuesday’s

If you want to help out with Gutenberg design: each week at 17:00 UTC, @mapk organises a triage session in the Design Slack channel.

@shaunandrews asks for feedback around the nav block settings.

Helphub update

@estelaris started gathering requirements from notes 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. and is ready to make mock ups of some templates.
She has some questions about the use of the anchor tag on the title: does it need to be visible? @melchoyce and @shaunandrews say yes, they use it to easily bookmark the url. According to Estela, the docs team is not aware of this use. A short discussion follows, and @itsjonq shows a great example of how this is used on Github. The people attending the meeting suggest proposing this as an alternative to the # that’s now used. If you have thoughts or idea’s on this, please leave them in the comments of this post.

Github shows a link icon when you hover a title

Mobile view issues for Helphub

The mobile view homepage for the helphub has issues, due to the large space that’s taken by the blue search section. There appears to be nothing else on the page. @mapk proposes to look at this site-wide, as other pages have this issue too. We therefore need a broader solution for mobile display. According to Mel Choyce, every instance of the blue banner is a different code base. If you have thoughts on this, please leave your comments here or in the ticket for this issue.

Open floor

Call for discussion around the full screen modal

@shaunandrews would love to see more chatter about the pattern of the full screen modal and its potential use. Read the Slack discussion on this topic and add your thoughts there or on the ticket.