Design meeting notes for February 12th 2020

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.


@mapk started off by sharing an update 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. Gutenberg 7.5 released! Some notable features:

  • Social links 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.
  • Feature images in the Latest Posts block
  • Inline text color options

@mapk also shared a post by Riad on February priorities for Gutenberg.

@nrqsnchz shared design iterations the team has been doing on the block library with a Block Patterns focus. This 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. will significantly change the Block Library interface. Feedback is welcome!


@estelaris shared an update on work for HelpHub pages. The team needs to find a way to organize the articles with the goal of creating better search. Check out the full Slack conversation if you’d like to help.

Open floor

Valentine Bora shared a few items in 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./Forums that need design approval. Checkout the full Slack conversation for context and helping out.