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The best of Android Design:

This summer, we published the first Beautiful Design collection on Google Play. Today, we’re refreshing the Beautiful Design collection with a new set of apps just in time for the holiday season! As a reminder, the goal of this collection is to highlight beautiful apps with masterfully crafted design details such as beautiful presentation of photos, crisp and meaningful layout and typography, and delightful yet intuitive gestures and transitions.

via Android Niceties

uxrave:

The best of Android Design:

This summer, we published the first Beautiful Design collection on Google Play. Today, we’re refreshing the Beautiful Design collection with a new set of apps just in time for the holiday season! As a reminder, the goal of this collection is to highlight beautiful apps with masterfully crafted design details such as beautiful presentation of photos, crisp and meaningful layout and typography, and delightful yet intuitive gestures and transitions.

via Android Niceties

Flat Design has caught on and become a trend in the last few years as a designers have embraced the digital space wholly. This shift away from the analog in the digital world was truly a step that opened vast opportunities for design. Skeumorphism is often something that reminds people of Apple. Apple uses traditional things like a calculator or an analog clock in its applications, programs and interfaces. Though they are changing on this now with the update of iOS 7, this idea of obsolete items in the digital space does not make sense any longer. The upcoming generation doesn’t know what a floppy disk is, so why is that the “Save” button? Cameras are starting to look different as well. This idea of skeumorphic design pigeon-holed designers for a long time. Now that they are beginning to embrace the limitations of computerized technology, room for creativity is endless.

Car interiors have not changed drastically in the last few decades, until now. Slowly, car makers are rethinking the interfaces we use when driving. Ford has been more sensitive to users needs when designing these interfaces. Companies like Tesla have completely moved to digital interfaces. Car interiors are going to be changing and it is an opportunity for designers. 

Freeform is a new app on the AIRSPACE app store which enables almost anyone to create models on the computer with zero training. This could be used to teach children, artists or enginners. Students can use this as an intermediary tool for more complicated softwares such as Solidworks, Rhinocerous or ProEngineer. This innovation will add fuel to the Maker Movement in years to come. 

FiftyThree is a company that created the popular app known as Paper. Next, they have moved onto hardware accessories with their new product Pencil. Pencil was made to make thinking and sketching feel more natural and give the user control. The idea of going back to the concept of a “pencil” and apply it to technology is an innovation that many artists, creators, engineers, and thinkers will find delightful.

Lively takes wearable tech to another level by applying sensors into the daily lives of the elderly. Lively comes with sensors that you can put on anything you’d like to monitor (a loved one taking medication, eating or driving). Motion sensed sends signals to the Lively monitor which can sync and send updates to a website or mobile phone. The idea of applying technology to help aging individuals live easier is an area of opportunity. As the population above 65 grows, so will the products in this space.