Design Team Meeting Notes May 20, 2021

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.

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Where#design channel on Slack.

Meeting Facilitator: @chaion07
Note Taker: @ashiquzzaman

Attendees:   @manzwebdesigns, @ashiquzzaman,  @kellychoffman, @chaion07, @antpb, @keoshi,  @shaunandrews@karmatosed, @estelaris, @estelaris,  @critterverse, @jameskoster, @nahidsharifkomol, @gtarafdarr,

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.

Contributions to the Design Team is always welcomed. Please pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @estelaris or @chaion07 and they will guide you through.


WordPress 5.7.2 is now available. The 5.7.2 release was led by @peterwilsoncc and @audrasjb. Thanks to everyone who helped make WordPress 5.7.2 happen. For more information refer to the version 5.7.2 HelpHub documentation page.

5.8 Schedule Review, The schedule currently stands:

  • Final Alpha Scrub focused on features and enhancements before Feature Freeze on Tuesday, 25 May 2021
  • Feature Freeze in 6 days on Tuesday, May 25th
  • BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. 1 in 20 days on Tuesday, June 8th
  • 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 in 41 days on Tuesday, June 29th
  • 5.8 release in 62 days on Tuesday, July 20th

Read more in this P2.

@shaunandrews published an update on the ongoing work for Patterns Directory, i2

Work continues on both Github and in Figma; Please do join in the fun and help us out. If you have any thoughts or feedback feel free to drop a comment on the P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at Thanks!

WordCamp Northeast Ohio is happening this week. You can find the full schedule here: and get a ticket following this link:

 WC EU tickets are up for grabs

 @karmatosed is part of the Design Team for WC EU 2021

Request For Testing: .

Help Test the Widgets Editor for WordPress 5.8

This is a call for testing for the new 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. based Widgets Editor. Please report your findings 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. in the Gutenberg repository as issues or in the comments below. If you have triage access, labeling any issue with [Feature] Widgets Screen or [Feature] Widgets Customizer,  depending on the issue, would be very helpful. Alternatively, you can simply include “[Widgets Screen]” in the title to help those who can set the labels appropriately.

@critterverse and @shaunandrews both did some testing on Widgets, the testing results are –

Proposal on the icons:

@keoshi proposed a couple of changes to existing icons a few new ones 

  • Tweaking existing icons: make a slight tweak to icons that have human representations: replace the solid dot (generally reserved for interface elements) for a more open, outlined shape. Not only does this styling match the rest of the icon, it’s also much more consistent with the rest of the library, and it humanizes these icons.
  • Adding new icons: grow the library by introducing new icons: bug, no-bug, security, card-add, key, and box-3d. These last two I’m not super happy with the results and could definitely use more love.

  • People and block-post-author icons.
  • The solid dot is generally used for interface elements, so I’m proposing opening up the shape a bit and outline it instead to humanize these two icons a bit.

 New addition:

  • bug/no-bug to be used in technical contexts such as issues, bug reports, fixes, changelogs, etc.
  • backward/forward useful for navigation.
  • key to be paired with the lock icons, or for plugins that support licenses.
  • card-add a generic element to add new elements beyond just the block editor.
  • security using the shield metaphor applies to site health and plugins in general.
  • box-3d to highlight physical products or related services.

He’s still on the fence about the 3D box because it would be the first use to use some sort of perspective so it could introduce that major inconsistency.

Design team will post a detailed P2 about it.


For Figma workshop: At the moment, the design team doesn’t have people available to run the Figma workshop for WCEU.  If anyone is available and willing to, please @estelaris know. It could be a basic workshop on how we use Figma for WP.

Did you read these:

Open Floor:

@antpb highlighted a ticket for design review before feature freeze

#meeting, #meeting-notes