Design meeting notes 13 Nov 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.

@karmatosed starts off with two suggestions to keep us working more organised and focused.

Firstly, one of the common issues when starting to contribute or finding your way to is to discover what is going on and what the context behind it is. @michael-arestad suggest to add our focus projects to the Handbook, like full site editing for 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. for instance, it will be easier to read up, and could also include a timeline if known, links to where the work is happening and who is involved.

This could go hand in hand with the Make blogposts, that maybe the Handbook page can curate. The lead on a project would have the responsibility of keeping the info up to date as the project progresses. MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. has something similar at

Secondly, @karmatosed suggests iterating and bringing our Trello board back from not being at the heart with a new workflow structure:

  • Inbox
  • Needs design
  • Needs feedback: this will be what we pull weekly meeting from
  • Building
  • Blocked
  • Icebox

The icebox could become a place where ideas go to die, but as @foletto remarks, that will happen anyway with some ideas no matter how we sort the project.

This also frees up the labels from being part of the workflow, and allows them to be used the way they are intended to.

Both suggestions will go up as proposal on the Make blog for further discussion.

A discussion about GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can 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. vs TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the team uses for example: spun off of this idea that will be continued at a later time.

Next, @mapk brings Gutenberg updates. Gutenberg 6.9 is almost out! Lots of things being worked on. Do note that 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 v6.5+ needs WP 5.3 now.

For WP 5.4, there are some Gutenberg focuses left this month @mapk and @shaunandrews will run some usability tests on the new nav 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., which is almost done.

Then, some interesting reading material was shared:

@hedgefield noted he would ask the team at Yoast that worked on this Gutenberg-based storytelling page if they had any wishes or suggestions to improve the workflow next time around.

And finally, @melchoyce would love some feedback on this idea for multi-block layout patterns for the block editor: