A Few Tiny Steps Towards an Improved Writing Space at WordPress.com
Right now we’re proud to unveil some design modifications to the WordPress.com editor. It has the identical nice options you’ve come to anticipate, however with a cleaner, extra refined expertise — and some new enhancements, like a distraction-free writing mode.
To offer you a tour, I chatted with the 2 individuals who helped to create it. Joen Asmussen and Matías Ventura are two Europe-based computational designers at Automattic who’ve been designing completely different facets of the WordPress.com expertise over the previous six years. It’s definitely come a great distance from its very first prototype:
… and we additionally know there’s nonetheless an extended approach to go!
JM: A lot of what we learn about design is grounded in experiences within the bodily world, and you’ll be taught lots a few designer from the objects that they admire. I perceive that your favourite designed object is a … door deal with?
Joen: Hah, sure certainly! Or maybe clarification is required — one of my favorites. A guideline of mine is that the perfect design is invisible. It’s purposeful to the purpose that you just neglect the way it works: you simply use it. The door deal with is a design that has been honed for who is aware of how lengthy — it’s simple to neglect that it was as soon as designed from scratch. And everybody is aware of how you can use a door deal with. That makes it an amazing design.
JM: What inspirations do you are taking from these objects to the work you deliver to a digitally based mostly product?
Matías: I believe that very same readability of goal and the flexibility to adapt to no matter complicated concepts an individual desires to specific or obtain is one thing digital instruments ought to search to offer. The WordPress editor is an effective instance of this aim, as a result of it must be instantly evident for somebody who desires to simply write but additionally able to fulfilling a assorted spectrum of wants.
Joen: Merchandise are by no means completed, and there are at all times facets that may be refined or improved, the last word aim being to make utilizing the product simpler, sooner, second-nature. If we are able to refine the editor to the purpose that its utilization turns into second nature, we’ll have one thing nice.
Right now, we all know that design is extra about iteration than it’s about perfection, however that completely doesn’t cease designers like Joen and Matías from iterating with the spirit of perfection. And with the brand new set of refinements launching in the present day on WordPress.com, one can positively see that dedication to craft in motion. These refinements embrace:
- A brand new distraction-free writing mode.
- Your current drafts accessible within the high toolbar.
- Higher readability on the saved state of a submit.
- Completely seen publish/preview buttons.
Collectively, we hope they’ll they assist fine-tune the writing expertise. (And if in case you have a self-hosted WordPress web site with the Jetpack plugin, you’ll additionally be capable to use the brand new editor options.)
JM: What are you most enthusiastic about with this improved writing expertise, and what do you hope most for the author after they’re utilizing it?
Joen: Every little thing has a proper place. On this iteration, we’ve tried to search out these locations for the preview and publish buttons, in addition to the submit settings. By making the buttons completely seen and the sidebar optionally toggled, my hope is that the mix will present a seamless movement for each the one who simply desires to write, in addition to the one who must configure their submit settings.
Matías: I’m glad we have been in a position to deliver again the notion of a distraction free surroundings that places the content material within the middle. I’m additionally keen on the current drafts menu subsequent to the “Write” button, because it gives a fast approach to keep on along with your unfinished posts. These editor refinements have the potential to let your work on WordPress preserve you deeply within the productive state of movement.
JM: Are there every other design evolutions or revolutions coming down the pipeline for WordPress.com which you can discuss?
Joen: There’s a gaggle of us specializing in editor enhancements proper now within the WordPress neighborhood at massive. The important thing bits are embracing “blocks” as a approach to connect extra superior format choices to every part of a submit, so individuals can simply and rapidly write richer articles than they might previously.
Matías: We need to make it simple, and pleasurable, to create any sort of content material with the editor. I consider that the essence of design is in regards to the intersection of tradition and expertise — and we’re doing simply that with this improved writing expertise. It’s a privilege that this effort is being executed throughout the various open supply neighborhood of WordPress, it means you not solely personal your content material however you even have possession over the instruments with which it’s created.
JM: Thanks a lot in your time, Joen and Matías! I’ve loved utilizing the brand new distraction-free writing expertise and might let you know I positively obtained this submit completed a bit of sooner than standard. You’ve given me new focus.