Design Team Updates 10 April 2020

Since the last update, the team met on Wednesdays as per usual time at 19:00 UTC. There were also 5 triage and 5 weekly meetings. You can read about them below:

For the past two weeks, the meeting time was moved to 18:00 UTC to allow daylight savings changes to catch up in every timezone.

In order to support everyone that is working from home and to make our meetings more interactive, we had a Show and Tell video conferencing on 25 March.

Next meetings coming up:

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.: Monday 16:30 UTC
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/: Tuesday 16:00 UTC

Discussion

Calls for Involvement

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Design team monthly recap March, 2018

This is what the Design Team has been focussing on in March 2018:

Weekly meetings

Due to daylight saving time, our weekly meetings now occur on 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/. on these times:

  • Ticket triage Monday’s from 16.30-17.00 UTC
  • Weekly Meeting on Thursday’s from 17.00-18.00 UTC

The weekly meeting agenda and meeting notes are published on our team page for more detailed insights on our activity.

Inspired by the Marketing team, we want to emphasise that all design work for WordPress is done by volunteers.

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/

Designers continue to be involved in this project, with two design leading and many more contributing.

Invision

The team is exited to have an Invision account for all designers who work on .org

Remote design summit

We want to do an online summit for anyone interested in design for WordPress. John Maeda would like to support bringing this together; Tammie Lister walked through some initial ideas for making this happen. The details are still up for discussion, but the basic idea is a summit where anyone can contribute to a specific design goal that the community has agreed on. Join the conversation on our Trello board.

Calls for design

We’re actively reaching out to the other teams for calls for design, which resulted in:

We discovered that not all calls for design are well described or too large to handle. We’ve discussed writing a blog post or page for the handbook to give some guidance on what information a Call for Design could contain. We’re also trying to break up larger projects into smaller chunks to make them more manageable and easier to work on.

A few designers had a negative experience when callers for design never properly got back after designs were delivered. As a team, we feel the need to inform people who call for design how we’d like to proceed. We’re opting on setting up a guide on how the design process takes place and what can be expected from the designers, but also what we expect from the one who calls for the design.

If you have a call for design, please post it as a comment to our latest meeting agenda, or post a call in our Slack channel 

Ticket triage

On a weekly basis, we go over the oldest tickets that need 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./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. feedback to catch up. The goal of these is to look at each one and see if we can progress the issue in some way. Tickets that were discussed this month are: #41191, #25419, #31634, #33473, #32228.

Overall improvement of communication and structure

To make it easier for new contributors to find out what’s going on, we’ve continued improving our overall structure and communication. This is work in progress. We currently have 3 points of focus: Onboarding, the Handbook and Outreach.

 

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Design team monthly recap January 2018

January 2018 has been pretty good for the Design Team, with new team reps. This is what we’ve been focussing on:

Weekly meetings

Our weekly meetings occur on two days:

  • Ticket triage Monday’s from 17.30-18.00 UTC
  • Weekly Meeting from 18.00-19.00 UTC

The weekly meeting agenda and meeting notes are published on our team page for more detailed insights on our activity.

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/

Designers continue to be involved in this project, with two design leading and many more contributing.

Calls for design

We’re actively reaching out to the other teams for calls for design, which resulted in:

  • Marketing team reaching out for a design for featured images on Why use WordPress and Looking for way to contribute and for a WP Jargon Glossary PDF design
  • 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) team asked for design feedback on tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. tickets #40985, #42778
  • @mapk called for designs on illustrations
  • CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. requested a design for Servehappy
  • 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. asked for an icon for code standards
  • A design for a Gutenberg compatibility testpage for plugins

Ticket triage

On a weekly basis, we go over the oldest tickets that need 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./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. feedback to catch up. The goal of these is to look at each one and see if we can progress the issue in some way. Tickets that were discussed this month are: #22579, #28232, #34281, #39624, #19912, #40432,  #33148, #40123, #33627. #18402, #38869, #25219
We’re now pretty much caught up and the oldest tickets are less than 9 months old.

Overall improvement of communication and structure

To make it easier for new contributors to find out what’s going on, we’ve started improving our overall structure and communication.

Team reps

We have three new team reps on the design team. Besides sitting team reps @Karmatosed and @Melchoyce, we now have @Joshuawold, @Boemedia and @Mizejewski added as new team reps.

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