Design Team Meeting Notes May 20, 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 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.

First, Housekeeping. We can still use more volunteers for note-taking and triage leading. Leave a comment below if you’re interested.

Next, @michael-arestad brings 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.

  • Pattern searching
  • 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. parity work between edit-post and edit-site
  • Improvements to the cover 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. are underway including adding padding controls, improving color controls, and improving background controls
  • Work is being done on rich image editing
  • Continuing work on the template part flows, how they could fit with a site-wide column grid, and hopefully flows for setting up a new template
  • The Welcome Guide has been improved
  • A few more block patterns have been added
  • The Widgets screen is coming along nicely.

Features shipping with the Release of 5.5: (planned for sometime in August 2020)

Certain about delivery of the following items

  • Block UI Redesign
  • Block Patterns
  • Hundreds of small improvements and bug fixes

Uncertain about delivery of the following items

  • Navigation screen and block
  • Block based widgets screen
  • Global styles



  • Adding a Figma access request rule to our handbook
    • Background: Since we want to give access to everyone that needs access but some people only need View permissions while others need Edit. The Editors count towards our limit, while viewers don’t. Suggestion for the default permission should be ‘View’ and permit ‘Edit’ only when requested.
    • View Access will allow copy/paste permission only.
    • This will also be added as a rule in the Design Handbook.

Finally WC EU Contributor Day: