June 19, 2020 — The New York Times release of Snowfall in 2012 took the web industry by storm. Media-rich and captivating, its design evoked wonder, fear, and desperation in the face of an avalanche. Snowfall was one of the first great art-directed digital experiences in this era of the modern web.
Art direction isn’t a new concept, though. Look at any magazine or print publication—designers have long been creating evocative media experiences. Recent web technologies have made the dream of unconstrained art-directed experiences on the web possible. In this talk, Mel will explore how we can use the new WordPress editor, Gutenberg, to create gorgeous art-directed websites.
April 14, 2020 — Mel Choyce-Dawn shares her creativity and shows you how to produce unique and interesting layouts by combining multiple blocks in different ways. After explaining the core concepts she then creates several common layouts and uses no custom code to construct them.
September 19, 2019 — Sometimes the hardest part of a new project is just getting started. In this new Gutenberg-powered world, what does it mean to design a block? Where do I put my shortcode attributes? What’s this toolbar? Mel will show you examples of blocks she designed and go over the basic anatomy of a Gutenberg block. You’ll learn how a block is structured, where to put your settings, and user experience tips to ensure your users or customers are set up for success. No prior design experience is required, and developers are encouraged to attend!
December 4, 2017 — The State of the Word is the annual keynote address at WordCamp US, presented by the co-founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg. In this year’s address, Matt summarizes the highlights of 2017 — including the 4.8 and 4.9 releases — and previews what we can look forward to in 2018 ( spoiler: it’s Gutenberg 🙂 ).
September 26, 2017 — With the rapid popularization of web fonts over the past few years, type on the web has never been more exciting! We’ll learn a bit about basic typographic principles, review techniques and services for integrating web fonts into your WordPress sites, and finally conclude with a bit of speculation on where type on the web is heading.
September 26, 2017 — Did you know WordPress is made of people? It’s true – and you can be one of them too! Join us for an open discussion about how to get started contributing to open source software. We’ll cover the different teams found on WordPress.org, share our tips on how we got started, and hopefully inspire you to consider starting too.
August 8, 2017 — A panel discussion with leaders and contributors in the WordPress project, and other open source project owners. How do you get started contributing to open source software, like WordPress? How have your contributions to open source helped you?
June 2, 2017 — With the rapid popularization of web fonts over the past few years, type on the web has never been more exciting! We’ll learn a bit about basic typographic principles, review techniques and services for integrating web fonts into your WordPress sites, and finally conclude with a bit of speculation on where type on the web is heading.