2014-04-16 16_17_42-Google Design Minutes — Search_ The beauty of speed - YouTube

In a rare (and very amusing) fireside chat between Matias Duarte and Joshua Topolsky, we heard that I/O 2014 might put significantly more attention on great design as a topic. Today, a post on Google's Developer Blog is here to back up that declaration and adds that there will be sessions and workshops geared for designers and developers interested in improving their products. While there still hasn't been an official session list posted, this is surely meant to encourage designers to apply for registration before the window closes on Friday.

Google is also introducing a new video series Design Minutes, dedicated to demonstrating better practices and how effective a great design can be. Developers and engineers at Google discuss some of the things they've focused on with their products and the results of their work. Design Minutes will be showing up on the Google Developers YouTube channel along with other popular series like DevBytes and Google Developers Live. Each video has a runtime of about 2-3 minutes and well worth the time to watch.

Jon Wiley dives into making Search faster to use through better design.

Sian Townsend and Jonah Jones talk about user interaction in Google Maps and Street View.

Isabelle Olsson discusses the physical design of Glass.

To really dive into the commitment to Design Minutes, Google also set up a Moderator page to encourage questions, comments, and requests for the designers. There are also plans to initiate discussions about design both at I/O and in various forums online in the coming months.

We've long known that Google is invested in improving the appearance and usability of its own products, and it's inspiring to see a renewed focus on helping developers and designers do the same.

Source: Google Developer Blog

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • Justin Foster

    In other words, "Look manufacturers and devs you're ugly ui skins and apps have been giving Android a bad rep for long enough!! "

    • Justin Foster

      Samsung is offended right now.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      HTC Sense 6 adds to Android, before I would run to AOSP but now I just can't.

      • didibus

        I'd love to try Sense 6. I'm curious, what did they add to Stock that could not be changed from using only apps. Like, ignoring things like keyboard, launcher, lock screen, and all the apps like Camera, Calendar, SMS, etc.

    • AbbyZFresh

      I actually like the HTC skin over the Android stock UI.

      • bprichard

        I'm a big fan of stock UI, but I think Sense and, to a lesser extent, XperiaUI have both gotten to the point where there are plenty of valid reasons to prefer them to stock.

        If someone says they really prefer TouchWiz or whatever that abomination LG does, I just shake my head sadly.

        • SSDROiD

          Hello. I'm here to make you shake your head sadly! As it turns out, I do prefer TouchWiz. I love it, honestly. I think Samsung has done a great job with it, much better than what Google has done with stock so far. I think Stock Android is a boring user interface with too small changes release-to-release and which requires several clicks to do the simplest of things and still has unresolved UI problems. I will, however, also note that stock Android does run faster in some instances, such as starting apps, but I am also very much against the forced Google Now Launcher and the Google Search bar at the top. It goes against what I expect to have in Android; customization. Now, I realize I can get heavily downvoted for this since I believe the majority of users here are using stock and hating TouchWiz, but that won't keep my mouth shut, so there ya go! :)

          • bprichard

            Nah, it's your opinion! No downvoting, but as promised:

            *shakes head sadly*

          • SSDROiD

            I'm just happy you had the decency to write "it's your opinion" rather than calling me names. It keeps on surprising me how many people in this world who are too stupid to realize people have different opinions, and will go the extent of flaming a person for what they think. I was expecting a total rage-war with my comment, so you positively surprised me with your attitude, good sir!

          • bprichard

            No rage war from me! The things that bother me about TouchWiz are it's inconsistent and, to me, sometimes downright ugly design and feature bloat.

            And feature bloat is really more of a philosophical thing. Samsung makes some beastly SoCs (and lets you turn off most unwanted functions), so it's not like it's really impacting user experience. But adding a bunch of things that most users don't really want doesn't seem right to me.

            However, aesthetics is purely subjective and some users probably like a lot of those features.

          • didibus

            I agree on the point that stock has unresolved UI problems. I'm not quite happy with the way TouchWiz has chosen to resolve those issues though.

            Some of those for me are:

            - The drag up to open Google Now. You can only use it for Google Now and it's not even a smooth experience. If the only thing it's going to have is Google Now, they should at least make it smooth, like how Google Now slides right into view from the Google Launcher.

            - Lock Screen Widgets. If it wasn't for DashClock, I don't know what I'd do with this abomination. Let me put more than one widget per page! And frankly, I'd get rid of the pages too. I just need one nicely organise array of widgets.

            - The Quick Settings Menu. This is was is the worst, they did it in a day, half finished the toggles, and never spent any more time on it.

            - The Many menus for changing Google related settings. It's so confusing not to have all Google related settings centralised in one neatly organised place.

            - The settings. Those just aren't as nice and organised and obvious as I feel they should or could be. I find the settings on iOS a lot better.

            I do have to give it to Google though, every new release, they address at least one of the quicks, and maybe it's better they do so slowly, one at a time.

          • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

            "forced Google Now Launcher and the Google Search bar at the top"....? This is Android were talking about right?... The launcher is not forced on my N5, neither is the search bar... Any who... I used TouchWiz for over two years... GS2 Epic... Granted it's not the exact same as modern TouchWiz, but very close... Just a few missing features... Got very boring for me... I also felt it was very cluttered... Vanilla Android is a breath of fresh air to me...

        • Justin Foster

          ROFL you called LG an abomination though? That's harsh xD

          S5 Touchwiz is actually pretty sweet though dude. Running it on my Note 3. Sortagorgeous

    • senor_heisenberg

      While I don't like the look of TouchWiz & LGWiz (both ugly) , and to a lesser degree, Sense & XperiaUI (both of which do actually look quite decent), some of the added features are nice. Sony and HTC don't add as much as Samsung and LG, but they add enough. Most of Samsung and LG's additions are crap.

      Anyway, to get back on track, the stock UI, UX, look, feel, whatever is what I prefer. Likely always will because Google's design is so much better than everyone else's, but there are a small number of features I wish Google would copy from the OEMs. Likewise, I would love for the OEMs to leave some of the original UI alone. I don't care if they skin it to look like there stuff, but don't make arbitrary interface changes just for the sake of change.

  • Casin

    That second video thumbnail reminds me of that Jony Ive picture.

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      There Google goes again copying Apple.

      • Crispin Swickard

        And if the next version looks like the AP Hera mockups then it will be a pretty 2 way street. Eventually they will both just be black text on white screens...

        • Rx-Ende

          Soo.. Windows Phone?

          • Crispin Swickard

            Black screen w/ white text. Its pretty much that now. lol It will go back to the Zune interface...

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  • AbbyZFresh

    Google actually cares about design and style now?

    Hmmm. Interesting

    • Benjamin Pavel

      They cared about that ever since of ICS in 2011...it's just some of the devs that are either too lazy or implement some of their ideas thinking it will be better than official Android Guidelines :)

  • nebula

    Kinda ironic, that the Moderator Page for designers is super ugly.

    • teolinux

      Hey, you didn't watch Duarte's outfits yet!

  • Kevin Kraft

    Anybody else follow the goo.gl links? I'm in this access restricted terminal screen

    • Kevin Kraft

      this is incredible.

      • Kcls

        What links?!?!

    • Marcell Lévai

      Umm, what links?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    With all these design talks from Google as of late they are literally telling us that this Google I/O is gonna be big and all about new major release with complete UI overhaul

    • Justin Foster

      Lol ikr. About time they were more straightforward though

  • Slava Kremenetsky

    rehashed slicker beatiful design and stricter guidelines for devs: android ftw!

  • Utkarsh

    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. yeah bitch that!