Design team update October 18th

These updates are moving to weekly, in an adjusted format. If anyone would like to see anything adjusted in these feel free to add a comment.


A great deal of time these past weeks have been involved in 5.3. Specifically, the design team have been focused on the about page, along with, 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). ( improvements to color, contrast and media.

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. design

Each week there is an update about what is going on within Gutenberg. You can view past updates here:


Design has 2 weekly triages:

  • Monday 16:30 UTC coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress./metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. design triage.
  • Tuesday 16:00 UTC Gutenberg design triage.

Weekly meetings

The design team meets every Wednesday. If you want to catch up on the notes you can here:


  • WP design guide: There is a new style guide project which you can see the proposal for.
  • Typography scale: There is a new proposal about adding a typography scale, this will start by happening in components and then move out into the design experiments 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 Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party.

Points of note

Here are some extra things that have happened in the past few weeks.