We now officially achieved everything substantial in life.
It took me the whole morning but at least I can say that I’ve read Android’s new design guidelines. What an impressive update to Android and the guidelines might be the most comprehensive I’ve seen so far.
I somehow ended up rambling about my reading progress on Twitter. You can tell that I’m kind of excited:
"Material design" is a good name for a design direction. Sounds nice and somehow important and it sure is better than "flat".— Marcel Wichmann (@UARRR) June 26, 2014
1/2 So, does Google sell “material design” as a new direction for Android or for the whole mobile design world? I’m asking because…— Marcel Wichmann (@UARRR) June 26, 2014
2/2 the status bar on the right example clearly isn’t Android but iOS: http://t.co/6bXGhhWBtz— Marcel Wichmann (@UARRR) June 26, 2014
I find it strange that neither Apple nor Google offer official .psd and .sketch files showing all important UI elements.— Marcel Wichmann (@UARRR) June 26, 2014
That answers it. A design language for the whole mobile design world. Bold move. pic.twitter.com/zvpUvAyfa1— Marcel Wichmann (@UARRR) June 26, 2014
Remember my tweet about not having official UI elements? Here’s an .ai file for Android themes: http://t.co/HonbQ7ojiE— Marcel Wichmann (@UARRR) June 26, 2014
This might be the most interesting part of Android’s new design guidelines. Layout > Principles http://t.co/vz4AhR2VYl— Marcel Wichmann (@UARRR) June 26, 2014
And they obviously do offer official template files. As .ai. Which is a bit cumbersome. http://t.co/JGOpKWQW00— Marcel Wichmann (@UARRR) June 26, 2014
@marcedwards Seems like they offer a lot .ai files. Bummer that AI still doesn’t offer nested folders and is a pain for stuff like that.— Marcel Wichmann (@UARRR) June 26, 2014
They finally got rid of those anachronistic “cut” and “copy” icons! pic.twitter.com/fBHpLZzcuu— Marcel Wichmann (@UARRR) June 26, 2014
Android’s new design guidelines might be the most interesting read this month (year?). Absolutely everything is covered, named and defined.— Marcel Wichmann (@UARRR) June 26, 2014
Here is Google’s complete list of official resources, quite a lot.
Say what you want, tell me that Slingshot is a new way of thinking and interacting with each other, that doesn’t change the one big problem:
When a friend took a bit of her time to update me about her life and what’s happening in it, I want to see it as soon as possible.
When a friend sends me a picture of her grandmothers funeral, it may be good to know that it’s not appropiate to send a picture of myself poopin’.
Conventional messaging happens like this:
Person 1: Update.
Person 2: Answer to update.
Person 1: Answer to answer to update.
Slingshot “conversations” look like this:
Person 1: Update A
Person 2: Update B (Unlocks Update A)
Person 1: Update C (Unlocks B)
Person 2: Update D (Dies confused)
To make things more complicated and because somebody noticed that you need a way to “react” there is a feature to answer to an update directly. Notice that the original poster only gets this reaction when she posts another update, absolutely without knowing what the reaction contained.
Confused? Yeah, you’re not alone, Facebook is, too, here’s Slingshot’s lead designer Joey Flynn:
I would send them photos of stuff I was up to and I’d notice that what I sent them had been “seen,” but they had no incentive to share back. This idea of [one-sided] sharing is what we know today. It’s, “Here’s what I’m doing, everyone look at it.” It’s me broadcasting myself. With Slingshot, we really want to add duality to sharing. In sharing, you want to let your friends know what you’re up to, and you want to see what they’re up to. That makes you feel more connected to people around you.
No, we were just thinking mainly about unlocking a new type of sharing. I think sending 2 to unlock 1 is a misconception. We don’t look at this as a messaging product. Slingshot is not about, “Oh, I want to see your message. Let me send a throwaway shot.” It’s about you publishing your own story and then being able to see the feeds of your friends’ lives. We don’t think of this as a messaging product. It doesn’t even work that way.
So what you’re saying is that Slingshot is not a messaging app but is the solution to “just broadcasting oneself”? Not by changing broadcasting to “communicating” but to changing it to “two people broadcasting”.