Design Share: Aug 15-26

Hi, all! Here are a few projects the Design Team has contributed to over the past couple of weeks.

New Homepage and Download pages for The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization.

New designs for two of the most high-traffic pages on the site — the Homepage and Download page. The new look & feel builds on the updates that rolled out to the News section last year, putting a more modern and jazzy spin on the WordPress brand.

Making the Site Editor feel more like a design tool

Inspired by the style variation video we’ve been looking at ways to elevate key site editing features (styles specially) in the overall experience, so that the site editor feels more like a holistic design tool rather than a template editor.

Rethinking Navigation

Inspired by some discussion on the Make Meta blog, we’ve been exploring how to clean up and simplify the navigation on the site.

Copy improvements in Openverse

As a quick win in the openverse search experience, we shared a design idea to improve the copy on some pages and make Openverse more clear. Having the search engine inside the WordPress site makes it difficult to convey what is about.

Styles update in Openverse

In the current version of Openverse, text styles are defined per component and differ when placed together. We started exploring a style update to clean and centralize all styles to make the search more consistent.


A literal placeholder style with a dashed line has been used in a few places to indicate the ability to add a featured imageFeatured image A featured image is the main image used on your blog archive page and is pulled when the post or page is shared on social media. The image can be used to display in widget areas on your site or in a summary list of posts. or a a site logo. This style has been expanded to the Image 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., which now visualizes an inherited duotone filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output.. The placeholder also features a blurred background to set it apart in stacked contexts. Tickets/PRs: ImageSite Logo/Featured ImageImage radius and duotone + more

Inspector grid

With ongoing component work and cleanup, here’s a visualization of how inspector components should naturally lay themselves out.

Pre-publish sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. summary section

We continued exploring the pre-publish sidebar with a version that improves the readability of the sidebar by integrating the suggestions inside the main summary section.

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