WordPress 3.5 was just released, and I’m ridiculously happy and honoured to see that I’m listed as a “Recent Rockstar” on the Credits page:
This was because of the work I did on getting the Iris color picker into WordPress core, replacing the attractive-but-awful-to-use Farbtastic picker that had been used in core for a few versions. That’s where the story begins.
Here on WordPress.com, we built a pretty sweet Custom Colors tool, part of our great Custom Design upgrade, and we needed a color picker. We hated every one we found. So we built one and called it Iris. It uses CSS gradients to render, so everything is automatically retina-ready. Plus, that makes her capable
We built Iris with the intention of submitting it to WordPress core, which we did. But then I worked on it for months, testing and refining it alongside Dave Martin, Helen Hou-Sandi, Nacin, and too many others to list.
Everyone wins: WP core got a new, better color picker, I had a great experience working on it with the core team, and WordPress.com got a far better color picker as of last night when Custom Colors started using the smoother, better tested core version of Iris.
Oh, and the fact that I have pixels on the WordPress.org homepage is kind of, well, awesome: