Design Meeting Notes for 18 December 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.


There are two things: @boemedia is stepping down as a team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts.. She still be active as WordPress contributor. We want to thank her for being a team rep and her work/support.

Second, today is the last meeting of the year. We will take a holiday break and return on 6 January as our first meeting of 2020.


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. updates

@mapkt reported that due to holiday break, there will be no #core-editor meetings or Gutenberg releases until 8 January.

@mapkt together with @aduth reviewed the complexity behind renaming categories for the Block Library. Words are not easy to find, especially when plugins are already using some words. 


Preparing for 5.4.

@francina asked the #design team if there is anything to be included in 5.4. Ideally within a day or two so a post can go out before the holidays. @karmatosed created a spreadsheet to collect issues/tickets and ideas. @mapk will add any Gutenberg issues and there are already some tickets in trac. If this method of a sheet works, it will be added as a process in the handbook.

The tentative deadline for 5.4. is March, which means we will have about 6 to 8 weeks to work. Not all the items posted on the list will make it, but it will be good to start tracking them. A few suggestions to be considered now are background support to columns, color and typography items.

@shaunandrews mentioned the proposal to simplify the block selected state and @melchoyce would like to add both or at least of @davewhitley’s proposals on a new color palette for WordPress and a consistent spacing system. Another item would be around improving the selected/focus states for blocs

@michaelarestad brought up the site navigation when editing full site. The main goal is to have a one-cohesive, tightly-coupled system rather than multiple disparate interfaces.

The post will come up next week, so we have until Friday 20 December to add items, proposals or ideas to the spreadsheet.