X-post: WordCamp US Contributor Day 2022 Recap

X-comment from +make.wordpress.org/updates: Comment on WordCamp US Contributor Day 2022 Recap

Design Share: Aug 28-Sep 9

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

Curating TT3 style variations

We’ve been busy curating and remixing a set of 10 community-submitted style submissions to be bundled with the upcoming Twenty Twenty-Three theme, which were announced on the Make Design blog this week. In total, we received 38 submissions from 19 contributors in 8 different countries!

Improvements to the 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/ Homepage

An idea for rotating between different versions of the large headline at the top of the homepage with each page load went live on the wordpress.org site. 

Text and 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. selection improvements in Safari

A selection across HTMLHTML HTML is an acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is a markup language that is used in the development of web pages and websites. markup, in Safari, is interpreted as a selection across every node and element in the DOM, and paints a selection marker to that effect. But this is not accurate to what you should see in an editor, where only a subset gets copied or interacted with. By carefully employing user-select, we improved the accuracy of what actually gets selected. These improvements are in v14.1, with more to come. Read more in the PR.

Navigation block overlay improvements

The navigation overlay now uses root paddings if they are defined, making it possible for themes to ensure the menu icon sits exactly where the overlay close button will be. A subtle fade/move animation was also added to the overlay that opens. Completed in PR 1, PR 2.

Navigation block display UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. improvements

As part of the efforts to improve the navigation block, we have proposed an enhancement to make the Overlay Menu interface much easier to use and we are also working on adding more customization options (issue).

HeaderHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. hand-off

Since Openverse team will start to implement the new header next week, we have been polishing the component for all breakpoints and other use cases. The hand-off steps required creating several Figma components for the Design Library migrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies..

Quality of Life improvements in the Design Library

We continue improving the WordPress Design Library and this week we moved the deprecated components and views to an independent file. We also added a small visual guide to better explain the role of each page. These small improvements try to make the library more accessible for new and existing users.


If you have updates you’d like to include in the next Design Share, please drop a note in the Design channel on the Making WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

#design#design-share

TT3 default theme: Announcing style variation selections

Hey everyone! I’ve been completely blown away by the creativity on display in the style variation submissions received for the Twenty Twenty-Three theme.

Since the window to submit new style variations for the TT3 theme closed last week, I’ve been discussing next steps with design lead, @beafialho. Out of the 38 submissions received from 19 contributors spanning 8 different countries (!), we’ve curated a list of 10 style variations to be shipped with the TT3 default theme.

Before jumping into the list of selections, I wanted to share our selection criteria and plans for next steps:

  • These variations were selected in an effort to feature the most drastically different set of variations possible — so in many ways, we were looking at what would work best as a collection versus selecting our favorite standalone submissions.
  • Let’s continue to iterate on the selected submissions up until the WordPress 6.1 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. period begins on September 20th.
  • @beafialho and I have made some tweaks to the curated set of variations and have left comments on the individual 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. https://github.com/ issues for each variation with the requested changes. In many cases, the changes were inspired by a similar submission (we’ll tag any folks whose submissions inspired feedback for others).
  • No explicit next steps are needed from style variation authors — you can update theme.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML. files where relevant OR those changes can be made in development by @mikachan and others.
  • Some of the changes suggested may be a bit aspirational, but let’s continue pushing to see how opinionated we can make each of these variations.
  • There are also some great discussions happening already about how to showcase the remaining submissions. Some ideas were already discussed in issue #73 — let’s continue thinking about where to collect all the amazing work submitted.

Selected variations

Pitch

by @richtabor

Pitch will make a great “dark” version of the base theme.

Github pull request

Example 2 (name TBD)

by @beafialho

This variation is an interesting experiment in using a single type size. We tweaked it to use a smaller universal type size, a narrow column width, and took some inspiration from the border radius effect used on images in @melchoyce‘s Mono submission.

GitHub issue

Example 3 (name TBD)

by @beafialho

This variation uses a bold color for all the typography across the site and we think the gray background would work well in a lot of different contexts. 

Pilgrimage

by @luminuu

This vibrant submission seems like a really nice, opinionated option for a dark version of the base theme. We’ve made some suggestions on how to bring more color to this variation beyond the proposed overlay effect. We’ve also tried a dot pattern texture in the background that would be a cool, unique addition here!

GitHub issue

Marigold

by @nudge

This variation is a great more traditional option. It would be great to take some inspiration from the Soft variation submitted by @melchoyce and use the Source Serif typeface throughout.

GitHub issue

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. out

by @critterverse

This variation uses opinionated typography and a duotone effect that “blocks out” your images and featured images by using similar colors for the shadow and highlight. We’ve updated these colors with more contrast so that the images are slightly more visible.

GitHub issue

Pumpkin Spice (name TBD)

by @colorful-tones

This style variation has some really custom elements, like the border around the edge of the page, cool button styles, and unique link underlines. The background color felt similar to a few other submissions and the orange accent color doesn’t have a lot of contrast, so we’ve suggested a new color palette for this variation that would help us round out the collection a bit better.

GitHub issue

Sherbet

by @bgardner

We loved how fun and colorful this submission was. It had a lot of overlap with another gorgeous submission, @scruffian‘s Retroactive variation — it would be great to incorporate some of the super unique aspects from that submission into Sherbet to make it even more opinionated.

GitHub issue

Aubergine

by @anariel-design

Shout out to @anariel-design, who was our most prolific submitter and created so many lovely variations that it was hard to pick just one! We loved the unique split color background effect used in Aubergine and suggested some ideas to customize it even further.

GitHub issue

Grapes

by @amjadr360

We loved the color palette on this submission and thought the type pairing worked really well!

GitHub issue


Huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to this experimental process so far by creating style variations, helping iterate on the base theme templates, or landing new 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/ pull requests from our project wishlist. We’re excited to keep iterating together over the next couple of weeks!

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 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/

New designs for two of the most high-traffic pages on the WordPress.org 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 WordPress.org Navigation

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

Placeholders

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 https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/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.


If you have updates you’d like to include in the next Design Share, please drop a note in the Design channel on the Making WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

#design, #design-share

TT3 default theme: One week left to submit style variations

Hey everyone, just a quick reminder that there’s one week left to submit style variations for the TT3 default theme before submissions close on August 31st.

Check out the kickoff post for submission details, or browse some of the beautiful work that’s been submitted already ✨

+make.wordpress.org/themes/

Design Share: Aug 1–12

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

Twenty Twenty-Three default theme kickoff

An experimental new process was kicked off for designing the style variation-focused Twenty Twenty-Three theme with a post on the Make Design blog. Join us in the Making WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel: coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.-themes-projects.

Visual template building

A number of recent / upcoming developments present an opportunity to implement a more visual, and flexible template creation experience. @jameskoster explored more here.

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

@javiarce published a proposal to improve the pre-publish sidebar with a summary section that includes the document title, excerptExcerpt An excerpt is the description of the blog post or page that will by default show on the blog archive page, in search results (SERPs), and on social media. With an SEO plugin, the excerpt may also be in that plugin’s metabox., 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., tags, and categories. 

Editor welcome guide with setup

We have a number of useful appearance and accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) options in the Editor. To enable folks to customize their editing experience from the get-go, @jameskoster has been exploring a way to surface these options as a part of the on-boarding process. He recently shared a post on the Make Design blog requesting feedback on the proposal.

Openverse headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes.

@fcoveram continued with the Openverse header, this new version proposes shifting the content type and filtering on a popover without leaving the page.

Global Styles previews

When customizing 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. defaults (in Global Styles → Blocks), there isn’t always an in-canvas preview present for the block you’re customizing. By including a preview in the inspector, you can nevertheless get a sense of your changes. @joen explored this in a ticket.

Stepped Slider

The stepped slider is a new UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. control that lets users take advantage of preset spacing values. The effort unearthed some interesting challenges around how to present indeterminate states, and the control is likely to evolve further in the future. Dive into the conversation on the ticket.


If you have updates you’d like to include in the next Design Share, please drop a note in the Design channel on the Making WordPress Slack.

#design, #design-share

Twenty Twenty-Three default theme — Project kickoff

GIF that rotates through 5 different variations (on both a mobile and desktop size) showing how the styles might appear across sites with different types of imagery.

Hey, everyone! After sharing a proposal for a new approach to this year’s default theme that would emphasize a diverse collection of style variations, there were a lot of positive replies and notes from folks who’d like to be involved in the process. With the help of @mikachan, we now have a repository for a stripped-back and minimal version of Twenty Twenty-Two, which can serve as our base theme. I wanted to use this post to outline some of the process and timeline details around the collaborative format we’ll use to create style variations for the TT3 theme.

First, a look at the base theme

Figma link: https://www.figma.com/community/file/1139275543113752375

Template layouts for the Twenty Twenty-Three base theme: Homepage, Single page, Archive page, Single post, 404 page, and Blog alt.
Styles for the Twenty Twenty-Three. base theme, including typography sizes for desktop and mobile, colors, and button states.

@beafialho made a few changes to TT2 in order to strip it down to a bare, unopinionated canvas:

  • The largest heading sizes have been scaled down
  • Different color styles have been applied
  • The serif font for headings has been replaced by system sans serif font
  • Images have been removed
  • 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/ fluid typography and spacing presets functionality have been added

Bea also made four style variations to demonstrate how dramatically different the look & feel of each of the variations can be:

One important note is that we are limited in the number of fonts we can include with the theme and should aim to use 3–4 different typefaces across all variations (in addition to systems fonts). Bea has selected a couple of fonts, used in the variations above, that seem like a good starting point to use because of their simplicity and variety:

  • System sans serif font
  • IBM Plex Mono
  • DM Sans
  • Source Serif Pro

This is just a starting point, rather than the final list of fonts that will be included with the theme. If anyone feels strongly about using a different font, please speak up because this list can certainly evolve based on what folks would like to use! We can also suggest changes to the base theme as needs arise.

How to create and submit a style variation

Get Twenty Twenty-Three

View the repository for TT3 and follow the instructions to get started: https://github.com/WordPress/twentytwentythree

You’ll need to set up a local WordPress instance and clone/download the repository into your /wp-content/themes/ directory.

Join the SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel

We can collaborate throughout this process in a dedicated channel on the Making WorkPress Slack: #core-themes-projects. If you replied on the original post or reached out in DMs, you’ve already been added to the channel. This can be a place for folks to ask questions and share work in progress through screenshots or videos. The more we work together, the more we can ensure all the variations feel as different, opinionated, and unique as possible!

Design a style variation

This can be done a few different ways, including:

  • Create an alternate theme.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML. file to the one provided by the theme and change values directly in the code.
  • Make changes in the Global Styles panel in the Site Editor. You can save these changes as a new style variation using the Create Block Theme plugin.
  • Design static mockups in Figma or a similar program.

Submit your style variation

When you’re ready to submit, please create a new issue on the TT3 repository and share your designs:

  • Theme.json files can be submitted as code or as zip files. 
  • Add images that showcase the look & feel of the variation.
  • Include a style guide with design specifications — this should include details on typography, colors, spacing, etc. Here’s an example.

Project timeline

Aug 10: Project kickoff

Aug 31: Style variation submissions close

Sept 7: Final curated set of style variations announced

Sept 20: Theme and all variations are committed to Gutenberg trunk in time for WordPress 6.1 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

Gutenberg considerations

There are a few open issues and PRs that would benefit this project and may be able to be moved forward in the next few weeks, including:

We appreciate any efforts by Gutenberg contributors to help move these issues forward! Let’s plan to keep in touch in the channel about any significant changes in functionality that happen after the project kickoff.

Props

Huge thanks to everyone who’s contributed and shared ideas for this project so far!

Design lead: @beafialho
Development lead: @mikachan

+make.wordpress.org/themes/

‘Open Floor’: Design Team Bi-weekly Meeting 10 August 2022

Its been a while since we’ve had an agenda based P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. published on the Make Design Blog. The most recent one dates back to October 2021. I want to invite contributors to attend the bi-weekly meeting today at Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 15:00 UTC in the #design channel on the WordPress Slack. Learn how to join by following the instructions in the handbook.

We’ll have an ‘open floor’- type meeting as seemed most effective for almost an year now to discuss the following items:

  • Design Table Lead for WordCamp US 2022
  • Design Team RepTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts.
  • Big Picture Goals
  • Bi-Weekly Meeting

Hoping to see you all there!

#agenda, #meeting-agenda, #weekly-design-chat

Design Exploration: Encourage editor configuration during on-boarding

Over time the number of appearance and accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) options in the Editor has grown, and is likely to continue to do so with new features continually in the works.

To create an editing experience that feels intuitive, folks will often need to tailor these settings based on their individual preferences and needs. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all.

Instead of relying on people to find these settings on their own (admittedly they’re a little scattered, but that’s another issue), it might be good to surface them during onboarding. Consequently, users can set up a comfy editing experience straight-away.

In this post I’m sharing one idea to accomplish this, which essentially augments the current welcome guide in order to expose these options.

Simplify and extend

If you aren’t familiar, the existing welcome guide outlines several features of the 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. editor over 4 different ‘slides’ presented in a modal:

The first part of this design exploration condenses those slides into a single, larger one. Here is a demonstration of how we might do this:

It would be good to explore more opinionated designs / layouts for this slide, and consider how we might optimise the copy. This is just one option to get the conversation started.

The primary call-to-action encourages the user to configure the editor, but there’s a secondary option to skip configuration and simply ‘start writing’.

Configuring the Editor

The configuration process consists of three steps, each of which include options that fit into a particular theme.

The first step offers a way to set up the Document Toolbar display. Hovering or focusing on each radio button will cause its effect to be rendered in the preview on the right-hand side of the modal.

Note: This option isn’t implemented just yet, so may not be necessary immediately.

In the second step we find options relating to the block toolbar. As before, hovering/focusing a radio button will cause the preview area to render the corresponding effect. As there are two options in this step, the user effectively gets to observe how they both interact at the same time which will really help illustrate what the finished configuration will look like.

The text formatting option is another one that hasn’t been fully implemented yet, but it exists in the codebase and is ready to go.

The final step follows the format of the previous two and contains features pertaining to accessibility.

Once all options have been selected, clicking ‘Finish’ will exit the set up process and the user will be dropped into the freshly configured editor.

Putting it all together

Here’s a short video demonstrating the entire flow:

Feedback

First and foremost, it would be good to gather thoughts around whether this is a good idea in the first place. Secondly, how does everyone feel about the options presented in the media above? The three steps were informed by the available options, so if we were to consider others then the steps might need to be tweaked a bit. Perhaps there are alternative ways to categorise the features presented here?

Over to you!

Design Share: July 18–29

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

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/ redesign

Last week, new designs were shared for the Homepage and Download pages — two of the most high-traffic pages on the WordPress.org site. Props to @beafialho and @javiarce for the beautiful design work.

Design Library

Clean up of all the icons of the Design Library is ongoing, with flattening the icons being a first step to fix the color overrides of the library. The instructions have also been updated to indicate what’s the preferred internal structure. @javiarce started testing the new functionalities that Figma introduced recently, which will allow us to simplify the components and make them easier to use.

Openverse headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes.

@fcoveram has been iterating on the Openverse header component, taking a new approach to simplify the navigation and content interaction.

WordPress Jobs

@javiarce created a header and avatarAvatar An avatar is an image or illustration that specifically refers to a character that represents an online user. It’s usually a square box that appears next to the user’s name. for the WordPress Jobs Twitter account.

The next default theme

There’s also a proposal on the Make Design blog for a new approach to the annual default theme. What if, instead of emphasizing the theme itself, we highlighted an opinionated set of style variations designed by members of the community? The idea is to use Twenty Twenty-Two as the basis for a new theme that’s stripped back and minimal — a blank canvas to let a diverse range of style variations shine.


If you have updates you’d like to include in the next Design Share, please drop a note in the Design channel on the Making WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. or message @critterverse.

#design#design-share