Announced at today’s I/O conference was a full and stunningly detailed guide to designing cross platform apps for next generation mobile, tablet and desktop PC which Google calls Android L. I have to say that I’m completely blown away by it.
Even taken as purely a guide to the why’s of design its inspirational touching on a full graphical communication and interaction strategy. Add to this information on layout, typography, animation and what you’ve got is a takeaway set of tools and wire frames that will enable any designer to build immerse and consistent designs for almost any purpose.
The Spec document is a work of art. Kudos to who ever put it together because its huge, incredibly detailed and full of the do’s and don’t of designing for Android L.
So what does this mean for mobile app designers?
Go home you’re done!
No seriously, even with all of these tools at your disposal applying them in the right way means you’re still in business. An of course there’s going to be a lot of mavericks who rebel against such stringent guidelines and continue to break all of the rules when they design. But for those of you who concentrate on productivity and access of information there’s no doubt that this guide will be an invaluable resource. Lets just hope you don’t pitch against agencies presenting identical solutions because of this!