Took a little detour today and tried to help with some improvements to the media uploader in WordPress, specifically a new button that will let you quickly copy the URL for a file that you just uploaded.
As we progress on building a directory for WordPress block patterns, I thought it would be helpful to put together a guide for building patterns. Here’s a first sketch at this guide, which I think can probably live at wordpress.org/patterns/guide:
What do you think — does this help, and does it cover the basics? What else should this document contain?
Recently, I’ve noticed the need to move from sidebars, to popovers, to modals. For example, in the WordPress block editor you can add blocks from a small and quick popover called the Quick Library, or from the larger Sidebar Libary. And, there’s been a few designs floating around that use a modal to browse patterns.
I wondered if there was a way to ease the transition between these different UI’s and came up with this animation.
I’m working on designs for the brand new Patterns section for WordPress.org. This new section of the site will allow anyone to create and submit patterns — a collection of WordPress blocks — that can be shared and used by any WordPress site.
One aspect of build a great pattern is understanding how your design adapts to various widths. And I don’t just mean device widths, like a tablet or phone — but also container widths. In the world of the block editor, you can place patterns within wide pages or narrow columns, and your pattern must adapt accordingly.
Here’s how a Width tool could work when designing and building a pattern…
The WordPress editor is a great writing tool. I’d love to see it become a great layout and design tool, as well. A big part of layout and design is having a grid. The WordPress editor provides a Columns block, but its limited; You can only choose columns and there is no control for spacing. What if there was a Grid block that provided a very easy way to create complex layouts using blocks?
With accessibility always on my mind, I explore how this functionality could be utilized with just a keyboard: