Design meeting notes for September 18th, 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.


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.

Gutenberg 6.5 has been released. Look for an update post tomorrow with details. This is the last full version that will be merged into WordPress 5.3, but please keep in mind that we’ll be working on new improvements weekly in the Gutenberg pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party. This update includes a new social 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., border radius changes, changes to the block mover icons, and much more.

We’d love if you’re able to test!

Full site editing

Matias wrote a post about possibilities with the future of Gutenberg + WordPress. Well worth the read.


Estela Rueda shared a Figma design with updates to the Table of Contents page. Feedback is welcome! If you need access to Figma please let us know.


  • Andrea Fercia shared a Trac issue related to tab structures not using tab semantics. Discussion is welcome in the ticket 🙂
  • JB Audras brought up a discussion related to extending the timeline for higher contrast form fields and buttons. The discussion related to finding a balance where we can push some changes sooner for AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). ( purposes. The team will followup in Slack with any further points as we seek to figure out what we can ship sooner.