Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #33

Happy Friday, Gutenbergers! (Nope, don’t say that again) WordPress 5.3 is coming fast and I’m feeling the pressure. Let’s keep an eye on these dates together to help keep each other focused.

  • September 16 – Gutenberg code freeze
  • September 23 – WP 5.3 Beta 1
  • October 7 – Soft string freeze for WP 5.3

Block areas

Let’s start with something completely exciting! Block areas in Gutenberg. @matveb walks us through what the future of Gutenberg might possibly look like. This demo is breaking into the full-site editing experience we’ve been dreaming about with Gutenberg.

Widgets to blocks

  • The Legacy Widget block still needs to actually load the widget.
  • The sidebar settings need to reflect the Block Settings.

Navigation block

Looks like we have some direction on the design front. Most of the work here is being moved into PRs so that we can iterate in collaboration with development. Keep an eye on the label, [Block] Navigation Menu in GitHub.

Twenty Twenty default theme

Yep, you heard right! We now have a Twenty Twenty default theme in the works and a wonderful team of people behind it. It’s built with flexibility in mind and full support with the Block Editor.

Related 5.3 Trac tickets

A recent post went up from @kjellr: Discussion: Higher contrast form fields and buttons. It includes some Trac tickets that, if decided upon, will affect Gutenberg as well. These changes include:

  • Darker field borders: porting Gutenberg design pattern to the rest of wp-admin.
  • New button styles: This would need to carry over to Gutenberg as well in a PR once the patch in Trac is approved.

Usability testing

Last month’s usability testing videos are posted! There were 5 videos this last month. While the script was a bit intensive, the users worked their way through allowing us to discover various difficulties with the existing software.

Make sure to take a look at the videos and leave any comments around what you noticed.


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

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