Design meeting notes for Oct 2nd 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.

Firstly @mapk updates us on 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. developments. Gutenberg 6.6 is live! The Inserter has a really nice help panel to preview blocks now. And lots of bugfixes. Priorities for Gutenberg development are discussed every week in the #core-editor channel, great for anyone wanting to stay up-to-date and lend a hand.

Next, @melchoyce is working on the About page for WordPress 5.3 and beyond. Work is being done to make the page more modern and welcoming, and more dynamic in terms of making it, using variables and consistent patterns to make it possible to change styles without a lot of manual work. The layout will probably be generic across each release, with colors and illustrations adding unique elements each release. Feel free to add feedback to the Figma file.

And finally, @itsjonq pitches a plan to improve the design team handbook pages with an open-source overhaul, offering code snippets and such, to make the experience more user friendly. His plan is to have it ready by WCUS. Feedback and volunteers are welcome, a Make post on the subject will be written soon. Exciting!