Design team meeting notes Dec. 9, 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. 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.


We have an open call for note-takers and triage facilitators. These both are great ways to get involved for new contributors but everyone is welcome to help out. Let us know if you are interested in the comments.


WordPress 5.6 is available! A huge shout out goes to the hard working 605 volunteers who made this major releaseMajor Release A set of releases or versions having the same major version number may be collectively referred to as “X.Y” -- for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, and all other versions in the 5.2. (five dot two dot) branch of that software. Major Releases often are the introduction of new major features and functionality. possible.

The design team will be taking a break during the holidays from 17 December 2020 to 12 January 2021. Normal working routine will resume after that. Enjoy the holiday break!

Don’t forget to tune into Matt Mullenweg’s State Of The Word on the 17th of December. Deadline to submit questions is this friday! To submit your question, upload it as an unlisted video (YouTube works great for this) and send a link to


@estelaris recounted her great experience being part of the WordPress 5.6 release team, and encouraged anyone else who might be interested in working on a release to do it, and she would be glad to offer guidance.

@joen made a post on the blog sharing with us the status of the new iteration of the Gutenberg UI, codename ‘G2’. Exciting things are happening there. Please feel free to read the full ticket and participate directly on 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.

Be sure to also read what’s next in Gutenberg this month.


We discussed the idea of adding an autoresponder message for new contributors to the #design channel on the WordPress Slack. It was found to be a good idea, and a draft message will be written up for the new year.