Design Meeting Notes for 27 November 2019

These are the weekly notes for the design meeting that happens on Wednesdays. You can read the full transcript on our Slack channel and find the meeting’s agenda here.



The team continued the discussion about assigning team and contributor badges to folks who  have been participating and don’t have them yet. @karmatosed created a spreadsheet to keep track of this and will start asking for badges.

Slack onboarding workflow

We’re looking at the possibility of adding an automated slack onboarding workflow for new channel members. While we want to be careful this does not replace a human, we think this could be very useful. @williampatton will be creating a shareable doc so we can all start iterating over what we want the workflow to say.

Trello board

The design team’s Trello board has been cleaned up and organized as it was recently proposed. We need to make sure we keep it up to date and create new cards as new tasks come up.


Gutenberg 7.0 was just released. 🎉 This release includes lots of efforts to optimize the code and UI.

@mapk highlighted @matveb’s recent GitHub issue Advancing the Block Interface and welcome everyone to leave any feedback and comments.

Contribution Handbook

@karmatosed shared how folks at the recent WC Turino had some hurdles due to information not being in their language. She reminded us of the Contribution Handbook, a project from a few years ago meant to provide a quick, stepped guide to getting started. It was suggested we create a similar resource for design contribution days, and have it translated into other languages.

Open Floor

@williampatton raised an issue with themes and their readme files:

Currently themes only have a readme to place important information and documentation. Since it is not rendered well in any place there really is not good place to show things that users will want to know about.”

He’d like to have this information exposed in some way and is looking for ideas and feedback.

@joyously brought up the recent proposal for a new color palette for WordPress. There have been some reported issues with alternate color schemes with the 5.3 update. In addition, the accessibility team has started discussion about creating new color schemes to address specific accessibility needs.