A treasure trove of cohesive design principles for developers and designers everywhere
As Google’s Android matures, we all can see the shift in focus to great design. Google has long been at the forefront of the technology, offering services and features that most of us use every day, but it’s clear that Mountain View now cares as much how their products look as they do how they work.
Getting a glimpse into Google’s design language for Android usually means looking at the apps while you’re using them, or opening up the files and studying the assets themselves. While Google offers some rudimentary suggestions at the Android developer site, that’s only part of the picture. Developers and designers need to know how it all fits together. Apps, the web, and all the services under Google’s umbrella.
Enter Google’s senior graphic designer Roger Oddone and art director Christopher Bettig. Together with other great graphic designers and contributors, they have compiled the mother lode for both Google itself and third-party vendors. Six months in the making, the Google Visual Assets Guidelines project hosted at Behance brings everything Google together in regards to design.
The assets cover everything from icons to fonts and logos, and does wonders to help create a uniform look and feel to help all applications resemble the beautiful design we see in recent projects like the Google+ application. If you’re a developer or user interface designer on any level, you’ll find plenty of insight to help your project blend with Google’s design trends. Anyone who appreciates great user experience design will take something away from this one, and we hope everyone does.