Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #45

Happy Friday! The Gutenberg plugin has gone through 2 weeks in a row of releases earlier (7.4 and 7.5) due to the beta release of WordPress 5.4. However, we did not have a release this week. Our next RC for Gutenberg will be on this coming Monday with an expected release for Wednesday. We’ll then continue with our bi-weekly release schedule.

In those two releases, we saw a myriad of features:

  • Added text color options to the Group block.
  • New link UI for adding links to text.
  • Background and text color support for the Columns block.
  • New Social Links block.
  • Added inline color to specific words within text.
  • Added featured images to the Latest Posts block.
  • And everyone’s kid’s favorite; TikTok embed support.

Full site editing

Full site editing is experiencing TONS of mockups and UX flow explorations right now. Check out the Figma files to see the work happening there.

Template-part selected state as seen in the GitHub issue: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/19929

Global styles

The Global styles team has narrowed down the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to just get some basic global styles into a “sidebar” interface for now. Mockups and prototypes are still being built around improvements.

It’s been recently broken down into more detail here: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/20331

Block patterns

We’ve also decided to trim down block patterns UX to an MVP as well. This will most likely begin as a sidebar that allows the selection of block patterns to be inserted into the content. Turns out attempting to redesign the Block Library will take more development effort. We want to get patterns in sooner, so an MVP feels the better way to go.

Block Patterns future UI

Lions, Tigers, and Sidebars! Oh my!

If this sounds like a lot of sidebars to you, we hear ya! It’s a quick way to test interactions out, get some feedback and forward direction. We understand that some of this work isn’t the ideal scenario, and everyone is working to improve it. Thank you so much to everyone contributing!


Get involved

Now’s a great time to get involved. While the work on this project is intense, it’s always important to glean new perspectives from other WordPress users and community members. Just drop into any of the links provided above to read up on the details and contribute.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

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