Design meeting notes for October 16, 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 6.7 was just released. Lots of bug fixes, a few experiments, and button gradients.

@mapk shared priorities for this week, feedback is :

  • Gradients: Theme support, classNames, custom UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing.
  • Full site editing: Site Title 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., rendering engine, temporary template editing UI and start working on the multi-entity saving UI
  • Improvements to the link UI
  • Complex block interactions, which also require improvements to the selection mode, and better drag and drop


During the chat @itsjonq brought up a discussion about storybook, which is a UI development environment. It’s a bit dev heavy, but for those interested you can learn more on the Storybook site. Q shared a great example of a date picker.

WP design guide

Q received some wonderful feedback last week about the importance of adding internationalization to the guide. It’s now been updated to support multi-lingual. You can checkout the starter Japanese one.

Anyone who is interested can reach out to become a contributor on the project. Just let @itsjonq know.

Gutenberg version in CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.

@mapk would like feedback on whether we should state “Gutenberg version” or “Block Editor” version. Feedback would also be helpful on the best place to put that.

Repurpose ‘Hello World’ post

@nrqsnchz would love feedback on an issue about making a Gutenberg tutorial from the default Hello World post.

Testing WordPress 5.3 Release CandidateRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge.

@joyously shared an issue with select dropdown arrows having some visual issues. Slack link. A great reminder that during RCRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. it’s helpful to test as broadly as possible. If you’re able to test that’d be awesome!