Ask DN: How did you shift from designing for iPhone to designing for Android?

9 years ago from , Co-founder, Designers.how

I've been designing for iPhones for a year straight now, and need to start learning the ropes of Android. For what screen sizes did you start designing? Which UI libraries (like T+L's for iPhone) did you use? Any help much appreciated.


  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, 9 years ago

    It was a pain in the ass.

    I've bought a Nexus 5. I wanted to experience the original Android experience. I've been using it 100% of the time.

    Then, I started to watch all the Google I/O presentations about HIG. Specially the latest ones.

    Then I built a kit to start prototyping in Sketch 3: https://github.com/meerita/avuik

    When I started to make the design, I had lots of talks with Android developers to understand the reach of the Android Technology, then I was able to design with stuff in mind.

    As and advice: Android is not iOS. Even if you feel something is really handy in iOS it will not be Android, not on most cases.

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    • Scott Hurff, 9 years ago

      Wow. AVUIK is awesome. Thanks for making this. I'm going to give it a try.

      And this is an awesomely detailed response. Never thought to watch the I/O presentations...there's such an abundance of Android stuff out there that it's nice to have an anchor point.

      (PS: Notegraphy app is beautiful.)

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      • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, 9 years ago

        You're welcome to request anything. I will see this weekend to finish up all the rest of the parts of the OS.

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