Gutenberg Usability Testing for October 2019

I had three usability tests for October. One tested the same “Flower shop” script from the month of September while the other two tested a “Side-by-side” script for October. The goal was to test how people placed various items side-by-side in the block editor.

Testing script

Try out the new Block Editor in WordPress! There are a few tasks below. Please talk through them out loud so we might better understand how people think through these actions. Don’t worry, there are no right answers. Thank you.

  1. Log in.
  2. Create a new post.
  3. In the post, add two images side-by-side. How was this experience?
  4. If you haven’t already clicked the “+” icon in the top toolbar to add a block, try that now and add a Gallery block. Now add two images to the Gallery block. How was this experience?
  5. With these various blocks in mind, try adding an image and text side-by-side in your post.
  6. Did you find the Media+Text block or did you solve step 5 by some other way?
  7. If you didn’t use the Media+Text block, try adding it now. Once you’ve added an image and text to this block, flip it so that the image is on the right of the text. How did you like this block?
  8. Next, create some text that is side-by-side. How was this experience?
  9. If you didn’t use the Columns block, please try adding that block to show text side-by-side. How did that go?
  10. Now that you’ve become more experienced with blocks, how intuitive does this interface feel?


Video 1 – October 2 (Used Sept’s Flower script)

Is there an option for ‘fit to screen’? Looking for a ‘fit’ option that just automatically detects the size you got and fits the text to full-screen.

“Is there a way to do this more simply?” Uses the arrows movers because drag and drop didn’t work when moving the blocks.

Maybe it would be better to make the column lines locked in place at first?

Video 2 – October 16

No audio.

Video 3 – October 23

I’m not finding anything with just text itself.

I just went to inline image and found that way was easier than the Media+Text block.


As with all the prior videos being shared, please leave some feedback! What are some patterns that pop out to you? What successes do these users have in navigating and creating a post? What challenges become evident in their flow?

As a reminder, if you’re interested in helping with usability testing, there’s a number of things you can try:

  • Join the #research channel in slack.
  • You can write a test script that can be usability tested for Gutenberg.
  • Or simply watch the videos and leave some feedback below.

Thanks for watching and contributing anywhere you can.