Design Team Meeting Notes March 17, 2021

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 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.

Attendees: @estelaris, @chaion07, @ibdz, @ashiquzzaman, @hedgefield,

Housekeeping

  • Design Handbook Pages on 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.: We would like to ask for contributors who would like to review the pages that have already been written and to write any other missing pages. @ibdz, @chaion07, @estelaris & @hedgefield have already volunteered to work on this. If you are interested then please let us know in the #design channel over Slack.
  • Looking for a Figma maintainer: @ibdz volunteered to maintain the components in Figma and add any changes necessary from now on.
  • Adding Note-takers to the Team Page: In an effort to recognize the regular contributors better, the team decided to add the note-takers to the list on the Handbook. We have an open call for note-takers and triage facilitators. These are both great ways to get involved for new contributors but everyone is welcome to help out. Let us know if you are interested in the comments.
  • Contributions to the Design Team is always welcomed. Please pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @estelaris or @chaion07 and they will guide you through.

Announcements

#meeting-summary, #meeting-notes, #weekly-design-chat

Design Team Meeting Notes January 20, 2021

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 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.

Attendees: @chaion07, @paaljoachim, @kellychoffman, @karmatosed, @arpitgshah, @habib919000, @estelaris, @hedgefield

Housekeeping

  • We have an open call for note-takers and triage facilitators. These both are great ways to get involved for new contributors but everyone is welcome to help out. Let us know if you are interested in the comments.
  • Contributions to the Design Team is always welcomed. Please pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @estelaris or @chaion07 and they will guide you through.

Announcement

  • WordPress 5.6.1 just days away
  • A few stale issues 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/ repository: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2021/01/14/stale-issues-in-gutenberg-repository/
  • Test Scrub Schedule for 5.7: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2021/01/15/test-scrub-for-wordpress-5-7/
  • Shared Bug Scrub for design and a11yAccessibility 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): The joint Bug Scrub will take place on Wednesdays at 17:00 UTC, so one hour before our meeting. The location of the meeting will alternate between #design 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), so we can get both teams involved and working together to bring some nice improvements to 5.7.

Updates

Open Floor

@justinahinon is seeking feedback from the team on 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 handbook homepage https://developer.wordpress.org/block-editor/. Justin is working closely with @paaljoachim on improving the content of the handbook, and would like to take this opportunity to add some design changes as well. Specifically, now, on the homepage https://github.com/JustinyAhin/gutenberg/blob/gutenberg-hanbook-intro-page/docs/readme.md They would like to use cards for the headings like on Gatsby docs https://make.wordpress.org/core/files/2021/01/Screenshot_2021-01-20-Welcome-to-the-Gatsby-Way-of-Building-Gatsby.png 

One suggestion made by @kellychoffman was to identify which info and content we want to be displayed in cards. that might be easier to provide a re-usable design that could be easily applied and styled in the theme.

@estelaris also suggested it would be a good idea to have a wire-frame so that we can understand what content is going to be added where. Questions like, are you moving the menu from the left column? will a new menu be introduced? However, if nothing from the frame will change, then shouldn’t be any issues in modifying the style for the content. Additionally, identifying and justifying the use of cards, what is the purpose? we should remember that adding extra graphic elements to such small area with existing images, can be overwhelming.

@karmatosed inquired on who the audience is going to be, whether existing users or designers and are we looking to change it to become a reference there? Tammie agreed with Kelly and pointed focus would on the paths over the design as a starting point. Just having a more usable handbook in the same style can be a huge win for everyone.

#meeting-summary, #meeting-notes

Show and Tell January 27, 2021

This year, we will continue with our Show and Tell on the last Wednesday of the month. This is a Zoom meeting where contributors have the opportunity to share their work and ask for feedback from the design team or simply show whatever they are working on.

Zoom link will be posted on 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/. #design channel and recorded for those that cannot attend. A summary will also be posted in the meetings notes.

If you would like to share your work, let us know in the comments.

#meeting-agenda

Design team meeting notes Dec. 16, 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.

Housekeeping

We have an open call for note-takers and triage facilitators. These both are great ways to get involved for new contributors but everyone is welcome to help out. Let us know if you are interested in the comments.

Announcements

This is the last design team meeting for 2020. We will be back on 15 January with a design triage.

Don’t forget to tune into Matt Mullenweg’s State Of The Word on the 17th of December (tomorrow).

Learn WordPress is live now. Whether you are new to WordPress or a seasoned developer/designer, there is always something to learn.

Updates

@estelaris (that’s me) was invited to WC Sevilla on 26-29 December to lead the Documentation table and work with both the documentation and polyglots teams to understand what features are needed for better translations in HelpHub.

Discussion

Last month we made changes to our triage sessions and agreed to have only one session and do a review of labels and keywords to move the tickets. The length of the triage session was also shortened. The idea was to have fewer meetings and work more efficiently.

After a few weeks, we have noticed that contributors expect working sessions and we have had to add unscheduled sessions to review tickets. Also, the number of tickets and PRs that are not being worked on has increased, both in Track and 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/.

Our idea is to keep to only one session, increase it as need it, between 30-45 minutes and give feedback/assign design work.

One of the questions focus on the reason why triage is not working, is it due to the length of time, or time when triage is run and content?. There were several points made and expect a post about how to run triage in the next few days.

#meeting-notes

#design

Design team meeting notes Dec. 9, 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.

Housekeeping

We have an open call for note-takers and triage facilitators. These both are great ways to get involved for new contributors but everyone is welcome to help out. Let us know if you are interested in the comments.

Announcements

WordPress 5.6 is available! A huge shout out goes to the hard working 605 volunteers who made this major releaseMajor Release A set of releases or versions having the same major version number may be collectively referred to as “X.Y” -- for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, and all other versions in the 5.2. (five dot two dot) branch of that software. Major Releases often are the introduction of new major features and functionality. possible.

The design team will be taking a break during the holidays from 17 December 2020 to 12 January 2021. Normal working routine will resume after that. Enjoy the holiday break!

Don’t forget to tune into Matt Mullenweg’s State Of The Word on the 17th of December. Deadline to submit questions is this friday! To submit your question, upload it as an unlisted video (YouTube works great for this) and send a link to ask-matt@wordcamp.org.

Updates

@estelaris recounted her great experience being part of the WordPress 5.6 release team, and encouraged anyone else who might be interested in working on a release to do it, and she would be glad to offer guidance.

@joen made a post on the blog sharing with us the status of the new iteration of the Gutenberg UI, codename ‘G2’. Exciting things are happening there. Please feel free to read the full ticket and participate directly on 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/.

Be sure to also read what’s next in Gutenberg this month.

Discussion

We discussed the idea of adding an autoresponder message for new contributors to the #design channel on the WordPress Slack. It was found to be a good idea, and a draft message will be written up for the new year.

#meeting-notes

Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #60

Welcome to the weekly account of 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 updates!

Recently merged

In progress

WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. Editor & Legacy Widget 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 Widget screen and the process for adding widgets to the document is undergoing some design revisions. We’re hoping to get this completed soon and making these more visible 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.

Navigation Editor & Navigation block

The Navigation screen recently got some updates and a prototype. Take a look and provide some feedback!

Template parts

Working with template parts in full site editing is tricky. A user flow for this process is being explored.

Block Directory

The Block Directory just got an updated prototype exploring new 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. flows.


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 #59

Gutenberg 8.8 was released this week! While there was no “Features” categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. in the changelog, there were plenty of “Enhancements.” Two of the more visual enhancements included:

  • The mover icons were separated from 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. icon in the block toolbar.
  • The top toolbar button color was made to look clickable now.

In Progress

Two features aimed for the 5.6 release are the Widgets and Menu screens in wp-admin. These are undergoing a large amount of redesign right now to include blocks in intuitive ways while still supporting the wonderful features everyone is accustomed to within those screens.

WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. Editor

The Widget Editor is being explored as a single widget area editor that offers a way for users to switch between areas.

Navigation block

The Navigation block is seeing some alternative display explorations like a full-screen overlay as an option.

Block Directory

Recent flows around the Block Directory are being redesigned.


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

Designer Hallway Hangout – 8/20/2020

Below is a recording from today’s Hallway Hangout with some awesome folks from the community, hosted by Joen Asmussen and Noah Shrader. This was a casual, remote meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. where we shared ideas and demos of some current design efforts in flight.

The topics of discussion were around the new WordPress Design Library, and some of the color refresh work being done to 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. If you’re a contributor, or want to be a contributor to the design of WordPress, you might find the content helpful!

Links referenced in the video:

You will need permission to view/edit the new Figma WordPress Design Library. To request access, pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” the #design channel 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/. and someone will get you added in Figma.

#colors, #figma, #hallwayhangout

Design meeting agenda for 19 august 2020

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
    • We still need volunteers for note-taking
    • Next Show-And-Tell is on August 26
  • Updates
    • 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/
    • HelpHub
    • 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/ styleguide
  • Calls for help
  • Main topics
    • Let’s discuss a strategy for unifiying the design elements of Gutenberg, the rest of the admin, and the Site Health area, into one consistent design language.
  • Open floor

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

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Design meeting agenda for 5 august 2020

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:

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

#meeting-agenda