Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #45

It’s Friday again! If you’re following along with the Gutenberg releases, you’ll notice that Gutenberg 7.7 was released this week and with it came a newly designed interface creatively named “G2.” 😉 This redesign provides higher contrast, less UI visuals, and new icons including a streamlined and pleasant experience.

I recently shared this interface in a diagram layout identifying the various parts. This file can also be found in Figma.

Figma file:


Speaking about Figma, let’s dive into this a bit.

If you’re not familiar with Figma, it’s a design tool that allows real-time collaboration. There’s no need to download anything because it lives in the cloud. has an account where the Design Team keeps all our libraries, and where the designers do most, if not all, of their work. It’s open for anyone to join and use.


In fact, if you’re looking to help contribute to Gutenberg design work, especially in light of the new G2 UI updates, here’s how you might go about finding things.

If you’ve haven’t been added to the Figma account, you can ask for access in the Making WordPress #design Slack channel. Once you’re set up, you can browse the various files for each of the projects in the account. Notice there’s one specifically for Gutenberg.

Inside the Gutenberg Project is a file for G2. This file contains a number of the G2 components used in the new redesign of Gutenberg. It’s still very much a work in progress, but can help get you started quickly. Just copy and paste the parts you need into your own file.

G2 Figma file

Full Site Editing

Most, if not all, issues regarding full site editing have design work posted to them. This is great news! It provides everyone some visuals to talk through. If there are iterations needed, they remain in GitHub with the label “Needs Design.”

The Top Toolbar for full site editing is closing in on a solution. This is going to be the way by which users will navigate through the experience and select individual pages, templates, template parts, etc. for editing.

FSE Top Toolbar

Block Patterns

Block Patterns are also implemented in Gutenberg 7.7. Their current UI is only an MVP, but should help everyone realize the benefit of patterns in the layout of pages and posts. Lots of work is going into providing common patterns and getting this in as early as possible for testing and feedback.

Block patterns

Global Styles

Global Styles are in an MVP stage as well. While not quite yet integrated into the plugin, there is a PR that can be tested.

Project Boards

Full site editing:
Block patterns:
Global styles:

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!

#gutenberg-weekly, #phase-2