The current state of Dashicons

Dashicons got a huge push forward on contributor day at WordCamp Europe. Members of the WordPress community interested in design and, more specifically, iconography, met to discuss the state of the icons that appear throughout the WP admin experience.

We started by reviewing each issue listed in the repository for Dashicons, many of which were requests for new Dashicons.  In the spirit of keeping the core set of Dashicons as lean as possible, most of the requests were closed. However, several issues warranted action, and are now being resolved.

Dashicons is evolving. From its earliest inception, to a major redesign, to now, Dashicons is filling a demand for icons that communicate fundamental ideas, render clearly on all resolutions, are accessible by and inclusive of everyone.

New projects are constantly emerging as WordPress grows. And new WordPress projects need new Dashicons. Take Project Gutenberg, a major focal point in this year’s #wceu, for example. There are many areas where the iconography it utilizes could be improved. That’s where we need your help—to define the appropriate design and function of new icons that are needed, and to examine and critique the icons it currently uses.

Get started by visiting the Dashicons Github repository, and joining the discussion in the #design-dashicons channel on Slack. Come join us!

This week’s design meeting agenda for May 25th

This week’s chat is happening today 20:00 UTC.

This weeks agenda is:

    Lets discuss meeting formats

  • Open floor

Feel free to leave a comment and we can discuss anything people want.

See you in the #design channel in Slack

Help write the usability scripts for alpha testing of gutenberg

There are 3 new issues on the editor repo that need contribution help, writing the test scripts for alpha testing. These tests are important and a great chance to get involved:

Test one – comparison: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/649
Test two – new content: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/650
Test three – discoverability and feel: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/652

Meeting changes for 2 weeks

There will be no regular meeting for the next 2 weeks, instead we are trying something a little different. At Thursday 20:00 UTC on the 4th and 11th May, there will be a drop in time in #design. Everyone is welcome to come, bring a ticket or discuss any topic you want about design.

Don’t forget during these two weeks the Customizer and Editor still have meetings that designers are welcome to join:

We will see how these meetings go and review at a regular meeting on Thursday May 18th 20:00 UTC.

New handbook pages

I have taken some time to get the handbook including some new pages. The idea is we make it easier for contributions and also existing contributors.

Note: Please be aware this is very much v1 of these pages, if you have anything to add just let me know. Edits welcome 🙂

New pages

Summit new pages

In an attempt to document discussions and the community summit, I have created a section in our handbook. We may decided to not keep this, but so we do not lose topics this felt a good step. There are two sections:

Section adjustment

I have included a new section called ‘Design Guide’. This now contains all the handbook pages on styling and design across the project.

Help make these better

A way you can help is by adding anything you don’t see here as something you think we should have in our handbook. We now have an FAQ page, is there a question you think we should answer?

This week’s design meeting agenda for April 27th

This week’s chat is happening today 20:00 UTC.

This weeks agenda is:

  • Half an hour ticket triage in UI/UX queue: bring any tickets you want looked at.
  • Open floor

Feel free to leave a comment and we can discuss anything people want.

See you in the #design channel in Slack

This week’s design meeting agenda for April 20th

This week’s chat is happening Today 20:00 UTC.

This weeks agenda is:

  • Open floor

Feel free to leave a comment and we can discuss anything people want.

See you in the #design channel in Slack

Editor weekly office hours for April 5th

It’s spring, it’s busy, and everyone is deep in work on the plugin. So we’re making a small change to the format. Instead of weekly meetings, we’re doing weekly office hours. That is, you’ll be guaranteed to find someone in chat, ready to discuss any topic you’d like to bring up.

The office hours start at 17:00 UTC, 19:00 CEST. Here’s a handy link: Wednesday April 5th 17:00 UTC. Yes, we’ve double-checked that.

Since last time:

  • Work is proceeding on the plugin. Follow it in Github, for example this link.
  • Feel free to leave a comment and we can discuss anything people want.

Remember, even if there are now office hours, the #core-editor channel in Slack is open 24/7! 💫

This week’s design meeting agenda for March 30th

This week’s chat is happening Thursday March 30 20:00 UTC.

This weeks agenda is:

  • Open floor

Feel free to leave a comment and we can discuss anything people want.

See you in the #design channel in Slack

🎯 Core Editor Meeting Notes 2017-03-23

Well, the development of WordPress Gutenberg feature plugin has begun. Lots of activity, Slack fun meetings, GitHub issues you should check out. Here’s the meeting summary for this week’s editor team meeting (agenda here) in #core-editor Slack channel.

  • Testing: Lots of tests done at WC London. Summaries will be posted and referenced on GitHub.
  • Plugin Dev: Gutenberg Editor plugin development has begun. Starting with the API. 🎉 — Catch up on this GitHub project.
  • API Discussion: This PR around the API doc is a good start to see the pieces 1 & 2.
  • Better Developer Documentation: Need to work on better dev documentation so the barrier to contribution gets lowered.
  • TinyMCE link boundary feature trucks on. Has some accessibility challenges, but those could be used for good (link).
  • Accessibility recommendations: A good ticket with accessibility recommendations we should keep in the back of our mind.

That’s about it, happy hacking! 🚀