Party Block Admin
Mel Choyce-Dwan posted an update to the “block directory” project. As Mel explains, building the directory in the WordPress admin interface presents some “opportunities to redesign certain existing patterns” there. 🚧
Check out Mel's post to see some mockups that might be turned into components for the new block directory UI.
Ultra Prominent Speak
Aaron Jorbin shared some “random thoughts” on his block about WordCamps and travel:
It’s important for people who can be considered ‘Names' to make space for the next group of contributors, and this includes not speaking all the time.
During WordCamp US Contributor Day 2019, the Design Team explored a number of ideas for an author card block. Joshua Wold has shared some of the mockups, along with the thinking that has gone into the process so far. 👤
Verge Engine Optimization
Max Rice, co-founder and CEO of SkyVerge — a prominent seller of plugins for WooCommerce — shares how his team started this $350k/month business. 🙌
Max walks the reader the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing their first product. He also shares the tools, books, podcasts, and other resources that were helpful along the way.
Tyler Smith discusses how WordPress's
functions.php can be simplified with OOP.
What if we had a theme object that we could perform these actions on with a simple, object-oriented API?
Noriko Yamamoto comments on the PHP community and suggests how it can expand beyond linguistic and geographic barriers. 🗺️
Brian Jackson reflects on the past year with Kinsta as it scaled to become a global WordPress hosting platform. Brian has some previews on what to expect in 2020 too.
🌏 12.7+ billion HTTP requests and 519+ terabytes of data moved through Kinsta’s servers in 2019.
Conflict of Public Interest
Jay Hoffmann explains why the past decade was not great for the web. “If we want a better web, we’re going to have to fight for it,” he warns.
While Jay notes that “communities are splintering,” he sees hope in conversations about “a sector of the web that exists solely to serve the public good” where “the government has a role to play.” 🏛️
Jay references MIT Center for Civic Media‘s director Ethan Zuckerman, whose recent article in the Columbia Journalism Review calls for “a wave of innovation around imagining and building tools whose goal is not to capture our attention as consumers … but to connect and inform us as citizens.”
“We might think there’s no place for old tricks like negative margins, but I recently discovered otherwise,” writes Eric Meyer. This great te.chnique for flexible captioned slanted images tickled the front-end and CSS part of my developer's brain too. 🧠
Rian's post serves as a general reminder that many managers should be “vigilant and precise about the descriptions of privacy practices” in their companies — whether they are in California or not.
After many years without one, the internet now has an official Far Side website to help keep things weird.
Video and Podcast Picks of the Week
📹 More video watching to wind down the year: 🎄
- Here's a useful talk by Jeffrey Zeldman from An Event Apart 2018: “Slow Design for an Anxious World“ or how to “coax your visitor to sit back, relax, and actually absorb the content your team works so hard to create.”
- Olesya Boreyko shows how to assign a monetary value to design improvements — from WordCamp US 2019.
🎙️ Podcasts have been light on content during the holidays with a lot of reflection on the past year and discussion of what's to come in 2020. Here are a few worth listening to:
- Matt Mullenweg reflects on the first year of his podcast Distributed Work with Mark Armstrong.
- The Matt Report‘s last episode of the year features Vova Feldman (founder of Freemius) and a discussion of how WordPress.org and business opportunities are changing.
- Women in WP talks with Anyssa Ferreira about the WordPress Community and organizing WordCamps in South America.
- Jason Pamental talks about variable fonts with Drew McLellan and how they different from “normal” fonts.
- Allie Nimmons talks about her agency, freelancing, and now community work on the Hallway Chats podcast.
- Sean Tierney talks to Morten Rand-Hendriksen about ethics in design and technology as well as the case for WordPress governance.
- The Syntax podcast had an informative episode for developers on state machines with guest David K Piano. They also had a nice 2019 roundup episode.
- Bob Dunn shared what is coming in 2020 for his site and the Do The Woo podcast: “We will be going weekly. Brad Williams from WebDevStudios will continue as co-host twice a month, with Jonathan Wold from Automattic/WooCommerce and Mendel Kurland from Liquid Web joining us as co-hosts each, once a month.”