Design Meeting Notes for 4 March 2020

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 is a reminder about Daylight Saving Hours. The proposal is to move forward meeting times by an hour on March 29. If people would also like a different time that is an option. Leave your comments at the bottom.

The design team is looking for notetakers. It’s imperative for the global community to share the notes on our meetings async. If you need any information, reach out to @karmatosed or any member of the team.

A second call is for triage volunteers, either coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress./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. or 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. @karmatosed and @mapk can help.


Several PRs got into WordPress 5.4 RCRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. 1 on 3 March. The improvements coming in WordPress 5.4 include:

  • 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. Content Areas (full site editing)
  • Global Styles
  • Patterns
  • The new G2 UI work

Some other work that needs ideas, suggestions and your design skills:

Open Floor

A question was raised whether if the design team maintains discussions on Figma as opposed to GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that 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. The design team doesn’t have much discussions on Figma, we try to maintain the discussions on either the PRs, GitHub or the SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel. But comments or design iterations are welcome. If you need access to the Figma account, please request it on the Slack channel.

@joyously presented an idea to link areas of an image to a URL. Some members recommended a 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 or to look for a third-party block. It would be a great enhancement to add.

A topic for discussion: the overall state of the 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. elements in Figma. Feel free to add your comments below or leave them in the Slack chat.

Design meetings are:

  • Core/meta triage: Monday 17:30 UTC
  • Gutenberg triage: Tuesday 17:00 UTC
  • Design Team: Wednesday 19:00 UTC