Last week, Google released the source code for their Google I/O app. Since the app is used as a reference for new design guidelines with Android apps, this is a pretty big deal for app developers, especially those looking to adopt Google’s newest set of guidelines, Material Design, and implement them into their own apps.
In a follow-up to last week’s release, Roman Nurik (the lead designer of the I/O app and master of DashClock and Muzei) took to the Android Developers Blog to share his team’s design thinking of this year’s app. Not only does he walk you through the thought process and changes between releases of the I/O app, he also talks about Material Design shadows, colors, layouts, grids, and more.
Material Design introduces massive changes to app design that I can only imagine will take time for designers to get the hang of. If you want to see and learn about Material Design, this is a must read and watch.
Here at DL, we have become fans of Roman Nurik’s latest creation, the Muzei live wallpaper. It lets us forget all of those hours of heated internal debate on deciding which wallpaper looks the hottest, and has essentially claimed its rightful place on most of our home screens.
Yet still, Nurik has only partially solved the whole problem with his newest app, because even now, we have to decide between hordes of different third party Muzei extensions, a problem I think we don’t mind having. The app displays wallpapers in such a beautiful way and there are so many good extensions already, that it’s quite fun seeing each outdo each other.
Which are the best five for the month of March? Let’s check them out.
It’s been exactly one year since Roman Nurik introduced the DashClock widget to the Android community. Since then, that app has seen crazy popularity, with many developers building onto its platform with their very own extensions making it even more useful. Apps like DashClock are a prime example of why Android is so sweet. With that said, Roman released a new app to Google Play last night, titled Muzei. (more…)
You probably all know how minimal I keep my Android phone setups. My main home screen for years has been a set of apps with custom icons placed below a constantly changing minimal clock widget. From there, I do keep a screen to the left and right of my default for a couple of out-of-sight widgets that I check quite often. To the right has been the stock calendar widget for as long as I can remember. I’ve become somewhat of a calendar addict since starting DL, meaning I can’t function in life nor remember a thing if it isn’t on my calendar.
And that leads me to this post, where I think I’ve found a permanent replacement for that stock Google Calendar widget. It’s called Today, and was released well, today. (more…)
One of the Android team’s design engineers, Roman Nurik, released a new solo project of his to Google Play this evening. It’s called DashClock, and is a lock screen widget that can display a number of important items as you wake your phone, while still maintaining the simple Android 4.2 look and feel. Since it’s a lock screen widget, it only works on devices running Android 4.2+, which means only Nexus devices or those running the latest custom ROMS. (more…)