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Just like my previous posts on type scale and spacing, a standardized approach to color enforces consistency and simplifies decision making for UIUIUI 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. design. It can also make it easier to adhere to web accessibility guidelines. This post aims to point out the opportunities we have today, propose a new color palette, and suggest how to implement it.
Much like a type scale, a spacing system enforces consistency and simplifies decision making for UIUIUI 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. design. This post aims to standardize one for WordPress.
What is a spacing system?
Spacing is the atomic element of an overall spatial system. A spatial system includes spacing, grid, and layout. Spacing is the foundation on which the others are built.
A spacing system is simply a set of predefined values and guidelines for how to apply them in the UI.
A type scale can enhance the design and usability of an interface. This post aims to standardize one for WordPress.
What is a type scale?
A type scale is a consistent progression of font sizes (e.g. 6, 12, 24, 48, 96). These progressions can be calculated by using a ratio or scale. For example, a scale of 1.5 would result in 16, 24, 36, 54, 81, and so on. Using this method gives us a harmonious set of font sizes to use in our UIUIUI 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..
By including other attributes like font weight and line height we can create a reusable set of predefined styles for design and development.
What benefits does it provide?
“Typography can help create clear hierarchies, organize information, and guide users through a product or experience.”
Consistency: when it’s applied consistently, the type scale helps users follow visual patterns while they use WordPress.
Consolidation: it reduces the number of styles used and makes it easier for a designer or developer to choose a style.
Functional: we can map these styles to functional roles as much as possible. This makes it easier to know which style should be used.
Usability: we can create usability standards related to text. For example, the minimum font size for text is 12px to enhance readability.
Type scale proposal
This type scale was designed to keep the number of separate styles to the minimum that works for WordPress. Some things to keep in mind:
This type scale is separate from emphasis or decorative styles like color, bold, italic, and underline.
It assumes the default system font is being used, just like WP Admin.
Its primary use case is for productivity, meaning it’s best used in interfaces like WP Admin. We could expand the type scale for use on WordPress.orgWordPress.orgThe 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/ in the future.
Next, I think we should use the Design ExperimentspluginPluginA 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 to implement the type scale on a few screens. If we decide to proceed, we can work on documenting when to use which type style!
I’ve been using this type scale with several projects and it seems to be working well. What do you think?
Opened draft PR for applying the type scale to GutenbergGutenbergThe 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 changed the Make It Better!sidebarSidebarA 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. area from text widgetWidgetA 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. to Custom Menu and added a link to the style guide site. Next step will be to move all the style guide content over here; I’ll tackle that later this week. (Any reason to leave it on WordPress.comWordPress.comAn online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/ rather than manage it here?)
Highlights from the short March 4 UIUIUI 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. Meeting:
Jane is in the middle of last minute 3.0 ui craziness, so there are no big projects going on, mostly cleanup.
Not an official project… the dark headerHeaderThe 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. at the top of the admin screens (using the gray color scheme) doesn’t match the rest of the admin screens, which have that light, open and airy feeling. The “visit site” and “new post” buttons are too low-contrast. We need to lighten it up a little and get those buttons to have higher contrast for accessibilityAccessibilityAccessibility (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) reasons. The gray color scheme is the most important b/c it is default. Just do header in a few variations by Tuesday and we’ll see if anything sticks. (JohnONolan & gastonfig volunteered to look at it.)
Style-guide: TECannon is still working on the style-guide and will post sections here for discussion.
(As of 3/8 I’m not sure if this is still needed.) Need to come up with a button (largeish) to drop in header. “Updates Available!” would probably be the text. It should be high contrast, and would likely live between the site title and the favorites menu (new post dropdown). Upgrade has been changed to Update and the Upgrade SubPanel has been moved from Tools to Dashboard.