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Matias Duarte
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My friend Jon talks about the design of Google Search!
 
This is a great video highlighting the importance of managing a user's perceived performance (rather than actual quantitative performance or speed of the actual software & hardware) to delivering a great user experience. 

+Ilya Grigorik  did an amazing talk on perceived performance that really nails this point. Form a user's perspective, performance is really perceived performance rather than actual performance. And it's possible to match their expectations so that something feels faster. More info on his talk: http://goo.gl/GZHxQa

#uxd   #perceivedperformance

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Love the talk! Now if they can only speed up the startup time of the recognition service. 
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I love me some #LensBlur  digital  #Bokeh !
 
Today we’re launching Google Camera, a new app for your Android phone or tablet that makes it easy to take quick photos and videos. And being behind the lens just got more fun with new creative picture modes.

Sleek Design. The 100% viewfinder gets out of your way while capturing the maximum resolution of the scene (no dropped pixels). And the extra large capture button is easy to press so your eyes never lose sight of the subject.

Lens Blur. Emphasize the subject while blurring the background for an SLR-like shot with shallow depth-of-field (or bokeh). You can even change the subject in focus after taking the shot.

Improved Panorama. New higher resolution panoramas capture the full width and detail of a scene.

Photo Sphere. Immersive 360 degree photo spheres let you look up, down and all around...now at up to 50 megapixels! For the first time available on non-Nexus devices.

Google Camera is now available on the Play store (http://goo.gl/llsZjx), and works on all phones and tablets running Android 4.4+ KitKat. We’re just getting started, and in the months ahead we'll make Google Camera available to more devices, helping make photography easier, faster and more fun.

Check out our Research Blog to learn more (http://goo.gl/lUDfi8).
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I'd rather have not that
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Thanks +Joshua Topolsky and #accelpartners !

Great little conference! I'm really excited to see so many business people and investors taking an active interest in understanding and promoting design as part of the product creation process.
 
"You'll absolutely need a screen... but you'll need more than one."
Matias Duarte helped design the T-Mobile Sidekick, the Helio Ocean, and Palm's webOS. Now, he directs the look and feel of Google's Android operating system. He's probably not the guy you'd expect...
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Great interview by the way!
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All the music, everywhere!

Congrats team! 
 
Sonos and Google Play Music together - it just makes so much sense and it really is a great experience!

http://www.sonos.com/googleplaymusic
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Lovely. Now how about the forgotten Nexus Q?
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Attention to detail.
 
Better blur transitions

When first working on #Muzei, one of the things I thought about was how to make the blur transition (the animation between focused and blurred states) as natural as possible.

The naïve and computationally cheap approach would be to simply crossfade the blurred and focused versions. But the digital displays in NYC that inspired the effect in the first place [1] did a much better job, animating the blur radius over time, just like what happens in the real world (i.e. the effect you see when a camera's depth of field changes).

Unfortunately, to achieve this effect in a UI, you'd need to blur the image on-the-fly, with a different radius for each animation frame. That's pretty computationally expensive.

However, if you create a handful of blurred 'keyframes' with different radii and crossfade between those keyframes during the animation, the transition is almost seamless—after testing this technique out for Muzei, it felt like the perfect tradeoff between visual integrity and resource usage.

Finally, you can gracefully degrade the effect for weaker devices by varying the number of keyframes on device RAM, processing power, etc. In Muzei, I use the ActivityManager.isLowRamDevice method to decide the number of keyframes to keep in memory.

Check out some more details on this tip in the attached photos!

#AndroidDev #AndroidDesign

[1] https://medium.com/p/3a1721a6f716
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I wish apples transitions were like this, because I watched very carefully. They are done the easy way. 
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"This isn’t their problem, guys. It’s ours. We have to solve it.

Sexual harassment isn’t an occupational hazard. It’s not a glitch in the complex matrix of modern life. It’s not something that just “happens.” It’s something men do. It’s a choice men make. It’s a problem men enable. It’s sometimes a crime men commit. And it is not in the power nor the responsibility of women to wage war on this crime."
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Of course they exist. That wasn't the issue I was addressing but ok. 
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+Jonah Jones talks design and maps!
 
Design is a big focus for Google.  In preparation for a design-focused Google I/O event, we've kicked off a new "Google Design Minutes" series.  +Sian Townsend  and I talk about designing and researching Google Maps.
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If only they could design back in My Maps. It was only promised a year ago.
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Beautiful job as always! Congrats to the Google Play Store team!
 
Our latest update makes it easy to discover content you’ll love based on recommendations from the people who matter to you. Just select "People" from the sidebar of the Google Play Store app to follow friends, curators and critics. To kick it off, +TIME, +The New Yorker+WIRED, +Mashable and +CNET, as well as +Arianna Huffington, +Steve Aoki and +Cee Lo Green are sharing their favorite entertainment with you. http://goo.gl/c6lTV6
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when is it coming to Mexico? :)
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Right after I talk at  #AccelDesign  on the limits of #flatdesign  and the potential of #TactileDesign . Coincidence, or cosmic synchronicity?!
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+Steve Keate I get you, more like Facebook Paper. Am I right? 
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The interwebs are practically on fire with insight today!

"While Google’s applications are showing signs of flat design, it does not seem to be removing elements such as drop shadows; it also still uses gradients in subtle ways. The company seems to be taking the best of flat and rich designs and integrating both in a way that just works."

I think the problem is we haven't come up with a pithy name for our approach yet... I've been evangelizing it as "Tactile" since Ice Cream Sandwich, but perhaps that's a tad too abstract.

How about "Tactile Minimalism" or "Tactile Modern"?

#flatdesign   #skeuomorphism   #design   #Android   #Google  
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What about Flat and Rich Design, FAR Design? ☺
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