Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #56

Happy Friday! Gutenberg 8.4 was recently released. Let’s take a look at some features that got into 8.4, and then we’ll dive into some new features currently being worked on.

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/ 8.4

  • Inline image editing
  • Multi-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. controls
  • Block Directory
  • Improved drag and drop
  • Visible movers next to block switcher

Work in progress

Some of the latest work being explored includes these below.

Longpress to trigger drag and drop

Creating a template from scratch

Navigation block placeholder

What’s coming

  • The post outlining July’s focuses has gone up.
  • Editor features update post for WP 5.5.
  • This coming Monday we’ll releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. Gutenberg 8.5 in time for inclusion in WP 5.5.

Get involved

Now is a great time to get involved. While the work on this project is intense, it is always important to glean new perspectives from other WordPress users and community members. Just drop into any of the links provided above to read up on the details, contribute, and leave feedback.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

#design, #gutenberg-weekly, #phase-2

Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #55

There have been a lot of efforts to tighten up 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/ in preparation for the WordPress 5.5 releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software.. This post highlights a few.

Moving blocks

The movers are now more visible and aligned tightly with 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.’s icon. And there’s a PR that explores hiding the block’s content when being dragged.

Resize component

The resize component is getting a tooltip that communicates the pixel size when being resized.

Parent block selection

Selecting the parent block has been difficult for a long time. The current iteration to improve this experience includes a parent selector that appears in the block’s toolbar.

Superscript and Subscript

A few rich text additions include superscript and subscript to allow more editing capabilities.


Get involved

Now is a great time to get involved. While the work on this project is intense, it is always important to glean new perspectives from other WordPress users and community members. Just drop into any of the links provided above to read up on the details, contribute, and leave feedback.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

#design, #gutenberg-weekly, #phase-2

Design meeting agenda for June 17

This week’s meeting will be held at 18:00 UTC tomorrow in the #design channel of the 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/.. You can join the Slack channel by following the instructions in our handbook.

Here are the suggested topics:

  • Housekeeping
  • Updates
  • Calls for help
  • Main topics
    • Reworking/maintaining Figma libraries
  • Open floor

If there is anything you would like to see added to the agenda, please leave a comment.

#meeting-agenda

Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #54

Happy Friday! This post should catch you up with the latest design updates in 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/ right now. Let’s jump in.

Cover 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.

Improvements to the Cover block are underway. These include padding controls, color controls, and background controls. If you haven’t noticed, a really cool position control was introduced recently.

Cover block

Rich image editing

The Image block is getting some additional image editing features.

Rich image editing

Site navigation

Navigating through the full-site editing experience is coming along. This can be tested in the pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party right now.

Site navigation

Multi-entity saving

Also recently merged is a first pass at multi-entity saving. It allows the user to see a list of larger changes (especially global changes) that they did to their site before publishing them.


Ways to keep up with FSE

If you didn’t catch it, Anne posted recently about the various ways you can keep up with the work happening on full-site editing.


Get involved

Now is a great time to get involved. While the work on this project is intense, it is always important to glean new perspectives from other WordPress users and community members. Just drop into any of the links provided above to read up on the details, contribute, and leave feedback.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

#design, #gutenberg-weekly, #phase-2

Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #53

Howdy! Gutenberg 8.1 was released this past Wednesday. Some of the recent features include:

  • New patterns.
  • Ability to search patterns.
  • Ability to copy individual blocks.

Query 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.

The Query block is coming along in this PR. This is HUGE for pages that want to display posts with specific categories, tags, etc.

The Query Block allows users to create a search on the site and choose blocks to display content from the matching posts. This allows users to highlight specific content or areas of their sites.

Block Navigator

The Block Navigator is getting some features that allow moving blocks and other common actions.

Welcome Guide

The new Welcome Guide redesign is about to be merged.

What’s New modal

A “What’s 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. has been proposed for 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/ recently. This will help convey any user-facing changes to users who don’t frequent the make blogs. I particularly love this idea!

Template parts

Continued efforts are explored through design work about how to add template parts, how to select existing template parts, etc.

Prototype


Get involved

Now is a great time to get involved. While the work on this project is intense, it is always important to glean new perspectives from other WordPress users and community members. Just drop into any of the links provided above to read up on the details, contribute, and leave feedback.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

#design, #gutenberg-weekly, #phase-2

Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #52

Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve got some interesting design updates today regarding full-site editing with 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/.

Page & Template Navigation

Initially, I had assumed the two dropdowns in the middle of the top toolbar were primarily for navigating between pages or templates. Turns out we are going to try another direction. Matias expressed an interest to utilize these two dropdowns as a way to modify the page or template – not necessarily for navigation. So something more like this:

So where does navigation live? I hear you asking. This can happen in two different places. First, the new “W” option that slides open the wp-admin which @shaunandrews has been exploring.

The second works similarly to the CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.. Users would be able to use a modifier key + click on a navigation item in the page to jump to that page. Or there may be a way to click the menu item and click the link appended to it like in Google docs.

The Navigator

The Navigator is getting some revisions lately. We are adding movers to the blocks and will add the ability for dragging and dropping. There’s even some talk about adding an ellipses menu for more options. With these additions, the Navigator is becoming a significant way to work with your content. @michael-arestad explored the Navigator as a persistent slideout panel similarly to the outline panel in Google docs.

Template parts & Patterns

The relationship between template parts and patterns does leave one feeling a bit confused because they are so similar. One defining difference is that template parts are global and patterns are local, but what happens when we start talking about 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. and Footer patterns? Yesterday, @michael-arestad brought up that template parts are really just containers that hold patterns. This means we don’t need another tab in the Inserter for template parts! Basically, when editing a Header template part, the user will see Header patterns appear first in the Inserter.

This means that categories for Patterns will definitely include Headers, and Footers among other things.

Building templates

The last thing today was about building templates. Figuring out this UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it. flow is important. Right now we are leaning toward a flow that includes some sort of step process that provides a skeleton for users to click and manipulate. Imagine creating a new template and seeing a screen that already lays out a Header, Content area, and Footer. Clicking on the Content area provides an option of a 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. or not. This is still just being thought through… nothing solid yet.


Get involved

Now is a great time to get involved. While the work on this project is intense, it is always important to glean new perspectives from other WordPress users and community members. Just drop into any of the links provided above to read up on the details, contribute, and leave feedback.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

#design, #gutenberg-weekly, #phase-2

Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #51

Happy Friday! 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/ 8.0 just dropped this last Wednesday. This releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. included the new Inserter which now contains Patterns.

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. Inserter

Probably one of the most significant updates to Gutenberg’s 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. in relation to the G2 changes is how the Inserter works now. Not only does it slide out from the left side instead of as a popover, but it also includes Patterns!

Navigation block

Looking at redesigning the Navigation block placeholder screen to allow for existing menus to be selected.

There’s also lots of exploration around the subnav.

Get involved

Now’s a great time to get involved. While the work on this project is intense, it’s always important to glean new perspectives from other WordPress users and community members. Just drop into any of the links provided above to read up on the details and contribute.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

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Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #50

Welcome to the 50th 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/ design update y’all!

With that, here’s a video of the full site editing experience from @matveb during the WPBlock Talk online event.

Seeing this come together is amazing! Watch Matias navigate through the experience and easily build a site and edit crucial content within the same interface.

It’s blocks all the way down.

Work in progress

Dashicons

Gutenberg now has its own icons package. This allows Gutenberg to use SVG icons when needed without requiring an entire sprite of icons to load as Dashicons does.

This being said, there’s an interesting post from Joen about the future of Dashicons. Spoiler, they are not going away and will remain a vital part of WordPress. They’re just getting another 30-something icons and then moving to a maintenance mode wherein they will no longer accept further requests.


Get involved

Now’s a great time to get involved. While the work on this project is intense, it’s always important to glean new perspectives from other WordPress users and community members. Just drop into any of the links provided above to read up on the details and contribute.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

#design, #gutenberg-weekly, #phase-2

Design meeting notes April 22, 2020

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’s agenda here. You can 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 by following the instructions in our handbook.

We’re still looking for notetakers! Leave a comment if you’re interested.

@mapk updates us on 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/ developments. New interest is gathering around the drag and drop experience, that’s great. And work is being done to tighten up other areas too while full site editing progresses, that’s good to hear.

@timothybjacobs put in a request for design for a new Site Health feature, the recovery mode link. It should be a straightfoward addition to the login screen to mock up for them. Any designers up for that, jump into the linked issue and help out!

Next, we discussed WCEU 2020 contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.. To make everything run smoothly in a remote setting, we need a few things:

  • Info in the handbook for new contributors. There is some info there, but mostly for organizers, not new contributors. Something like this. This could be looked at during the handbook restructuring proposed last week.
  • Office hours between 25 May and 3 June. People can come to the #design channel on Slack and get onboarded before contributor day starts. @ibdz and @estelaris offered to help out there.
  • Ideas for tasks. One suggestions was to simulate a triage and walk through open issues. A call for that will go out soon.

We should also add an archive for the previous Show and Tell zoom meetings to our Handbook.

Next week is another Show and Tell zoom meeting instead of our regular meeting, let us know in the comments if you have something to show off that you’re working on!

#meeting-notes

Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #49

In an effort to share the most recent design work for 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/, I’m pinging designers to get their latest explorations and visuals to share them with anyone who reads these updates. I am hoping this provides more insight into the work as it is happening. If you have got something to add, please share it below!

The W

With the introduction of the fullscreen default mode in 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, @shaunandrews has been exploring interactions to help surface the admin menu.

https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/21121

The Block Inserter

The Block Inserter has also undergone some redesigns. Rather than a popover as you’re familiar with, it’s now a slideout from the left side. It also now includes the Block Patterns which used to be on the other side of the interface. It’s looking amazing!

Issue: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/21080
PR: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/20951

Full site editing

The above is a lot already, but I wanted to remind everyone about the issues getting the most attention right now from designers.

Site navigation when full site editing
https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/19204

Site Editing: home page indicator
https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/20788

The “Update” flow for entities and templates should allow creating variations
https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/20474

Incorporate “Add new page” flow into “Add template” flow
https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/20473

Menu screen

One recent addition to the Gutenberg pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party is the introduction of the Navigation block in the Menu screen. This is a response to the outlined focus of Phase 2.


Get involved

Now’s a great time to get involved. While the work on this project is intense, it’s always important to glean new perspectives from other WordPress users and community members. Just drop into any of the links provided above to read up on the details and contribute.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

#design, #gutenberg-weekly, #phase-2