Asking for design help

Making sure you go to the right place can help you get the design help you need.

Preparing

It’s a good idea to make sure you have a few things ready before getting help:

  • Know what type of help you want: do you want a review or do you want someone to work on a design?
  • Have the contacts of people already involved to loopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. https://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop. them into the discussion.
  • If something has a timeline, be sure to also mention that when getting any help.
  • Have an idea of the type of designers you need help from. Do you need ones with interface knowledge? Experience designers or perhaps someone with an IA background?

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Getting help

Where you go will depend on what type of help you are looking for:

  • Reporting a bug or enhancement: Ideally anything to be worked on has a relevant tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. ticket or GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can 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. https://github.com/ issue:
    • Reporting 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ issue or enhancement:
  • Quick feedback: If you just want casual feedback you can do this a few ways:
    • Chat.wordpress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/  #design.
    • Add as a comment to the weekly meeting agenda.
  • Project proposal: For larger, longer-term work, creating a ‘Scope post‘ is a great step.
  • Discussion: If you would like to raise as a discussion topic please add to the weekly meeting agenda.
  • Create a Trello card: Currently, you can also add a TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the make.wordpress.com/marketing team uses for example: https://trello.com/b/8UGHVBu8/wp-marketing. card to the inbox. This usually is for specific tasks that aren’t an issue or ticket.

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