Finally, Google has its own design language
"Mobile is over. We need to start designing for people." — Matias Duarte
Google long has been known for its services, and later for its hardware, but never really for design. That changed in the summer of 2014, with the unveiling of "Material Design," Google's one user experience to rule them all. That quote above comes from the man in charge of it all for Google, but Material Design is bigger than one man. It's not even just design. It's the way things work and move, not just how they look.
"We need to stop designing for mobile," Duarte said at the User Experience Professionals Association keynote address, not long after Material Design debuted at the Google I/O conference. "We need to stop designing for desktop. And definitely do not start designing just for wearables or just for TV or just for autos. Mobile is over. We need to start designing for people."
Designing for mobile is now designing for the web. It's tablets. It's phones. It's televisions. It's cars. It's wearables.
That doesn't mean everything is going to look the same. There can and should be differentiation. There will be outliers. And even Google's interpretation of Material Design will change over time.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
17 October 2014
Lollipop is upon us, kind of. The latest developer preview of Android 5.0 includes a more Material Design-inspired interface all around. It's just the kind of thing we've been waiting for — and sure get developers' creative juices flowing.
There are small changes everywhere — and when combined with some core features and applications that have recieved a serious revamping, we get an entirely new look and feel from the current Lollipop preview compared to previous builds. And when coming from KitKat it's a refreshing change that really *feels* like a new operating system.
Most of the features you love from Android are still there and working just as before, but subtle design changes give everything a fresh new look. Of course, there are some new tricks, and unlike some previous Android iterations the mix of the old and the new has a very consistant feel. Material Design is more than just a few new colors and a flat look, and when everything — down to the smallest icon — adheres to the specifications the whole system feels as if it belongs.
Of course, as Android fans we're pretty impressed. Things aren't perfect, but what we're seeing in the latest Lollipop preview has us excited. We think you'll be equally excited, so check out our montage of the Lollipop experience.
Beyond night mode
28 August 2016
We’ve begged for a dark theme in Android since we left the Holo days, and we don’t seem to be getting that far with it. The problem is that we’re asking for the wrong thing, and asking the wrong people for it.