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Navbar light mode is here in the Android O dev preview 😍

Wayyyyy back when the material guidelines first launched, there was an image showing a navbar with dark icons (and another one that evidently matched a device's hardware color), but then it disappeared from spec, never to be seen again... Until the O preview today!

Since the statusbar got its light mode, I've been wondering when we might see a matching option for the navbar. I'm glad it's finally here, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it works inside apps 🙂 Personally I could see this (and the statusbar light mode) as fitting in well with the Google app, or other apps that are essentially all (light-colored) canvas.

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Nova launcher is looking for a new designer! ✏️

As I announced yesterday, I'm joining Google's Design Relations team!

This means that (in addition to having left Android Police), I'll be transitioning away from Nova launcher as well, so we're looking for an experienced designer with examples of their work in production to join the team and keep moving the launcher forward 🙂

This is a freelance/contract position, with workload varying based on upcoming changes or updates to the app.

If you're interested, fill in the form linked above! If you know someone who may be interested, share the link with them!

#nova #uiux #ui #ux #uxdesign #android #androiddesign #motion

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I'm unbelievably excited to say that I'm joining Google's Design Relations team 😁✏️

Today, I'm leaving Android Police. And while I'll definitely miss hanging out in Slack with the awesome writers, editors, and producers of AP (yes, even +Artem Russakovskii 😸), I'm so excited to see what's ahead of me at Google.

As I wrote in the post, this does mean that I'll also be transitioning away from some of my freelance projects like Nova Launcher. Working with Kevin and Cliff has been absolutely amazing, and I've learned a ton about the platform during my time with Nova. So if you're a UIUXer reading this who's interested in helping out with Nova, drop us a line:

You'll still see me on G+ and Twitter, and I plan to continue (and ramp up) recording for Design Notes and live streaming design on Twitch & YouTube.

If you've followed me for long enough, you know that this move has been a long-term goal of mine for a while so I can't wait to get started and help even more partners have success through design on Android.


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The new mini-palette: Fuyu

Just for fun, I've created a new mini-palette based on colors sampled from Fuyu persimmons. Enjoy 🙂


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My first visit to Google's NYC campus was on my birthday all the way back in 2013, to pick up Google Glass 🤓


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Here are some tips to help better understand and work with material design. Be sure to check the ℹ️ field for notes/commentary.

Unfortunately the talk wasn't recorded.

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Introducing ShapeShifter v0.1

For the past couple of months I've been working on a web app that simplifies the process of creating SVG-based path morphing animations.

Try it out and let me know if you have any trouble. If you don't have your own SVGs to use, click on that three-dotted icon in the top right corner and play around with one of the demos. :)

I'm especially interested in how I can make this tool more useful for UXers (who are usually the ones creating SVGs in the first place)... so please send me feedback! I'm also interested in supporting other export formats other than AnimatedVectorDrawable... send me feature requests!

Live version:

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This looks like it'll be an awesome series!
In this first edition of Design Snippets, we explore how an email app called Notion successfully onboards users through user education, casual and friendly language, and sensitivity to user context.

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We've been not-so-secretly working on a whole bunch of really nice adjustments to the UI & UX of Focus. I wanted to clean up the interface but also take some time to figure out a few of the more awkward aspects of the app to make it even more fun to use.
I can't wait to finally get everything out there and see what everyone thinks 🙂
Here's a little teaser for two re-worked layouts, both design and implementation wise for Focus version 2.0.

We've been working on this release for a while. I wish we had this out sooner (my fault) but there's still a couple things to work on. When this is out I'll write a lenghty Medium post about the whole history and the hurdles.

It's been particularly satisfying working on all the design tweaks +Liam Spradlin has designed for the app! We'll share more this following week, this is just for a small taste.

As usual don't bother asking for etas, it'll be released when ready, but it's very close to be pushed to the Beta channel.

Thanks for the patience & continued interest in our app, I'm sure you're going to love this.

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