As an Android developer, it is essential to know the visual design considerations in developing an app. Some users may not use an app if it lacks aesthetic qualities; however, too much emphasis on visual elements can undermine the application’s usefulness.
This article focuses on some simple guidelines that you can follow when designing your app. Developers sometimes do not like to be concerned with the aesthetics of their applications, but there are some essential things to know about how apps work aesthetically. Understanding these considerations can help you create an application that is both functional and beautiful.
All Android developers need to understand what makes an excellent design to create an app that will please users visually and be easy to use. Aesthetic qualities are just as crucial as functional ones. The appearance and aesthetic of the interface can shape a user’s first impression of an app, as well as their desire to use it, and even whether or not they want to share it with others.
The following design considerations should aid you in properly designing your Android applications for optimal user experience.
Skeuomorphism vs Flat design:
As of 2014, Android apps are trending towards flat designs with minimal decoration and a focus on simple, clean interfaces. The “Material” style guide released by Google in May 2014 recommends using a flat UI design with primary colours and typography-based icons rather than skeuomorphic style elements popularized by Apple.
Google’s “Material” design guidelines provide many commonly used UI patterns for Android. However, skeuomorphism is not dead yet. Some applications still use skeuomorphic elements to convey meaning to users.
In general, skeuomorphic interfaces require more effort because they have to learn a new visual language. There are still a number of applications that rely on skeuomorphs, and they do so successfully. Learning to recognize good examples is vital as an Android developer because users will not be familiar with certain designs.
Drawables, layouts and densities:
When designing an Android application, all images must be optimized for the device on which they will appear. These images should also ideally be scalable so that they can be resized as necessary. This is especially important for text which may need to be shown at different sizes during the application’s lifespan.
Resources in Android are typically images or shapes that can be used with views. An application will have differently drawable for each visual state of the idea, such as when it is selected, pressed, disabled and enabled. Drawable images are usually provided in .png format, but other options are available, including animated files that may contain more than one image.
A layout controls how a view is displayed on the device’s screen. A LinearLayout, for example, arranges ideas in a single column or row. An application may also use a RelativeLayout to define where views are placed relative to other thoughts or even themselves.
The pixel density of an Android device refers to how many pixels are used per inch on its display. For example, a device with a higher pixel density will be crisper than one with a lower resolution. This means that images must be scaled on devices with high-density displays to remain the same size as the original image. An application will need different versions of all photos to ensure that they look sharp on all devices.
Creating beautiful applications that are also functional is an essential consideration for every Android developer. The best apps look good and feel great to use, and it’s helpful to know about the concepts behind their design when creating your apps.
Designing an application with aesthetic appeal is essential for emphasizing certain app features and acts as a significant factor to make it familiar to the user. Aesthetic qualities are just as crucial as functional ones. Negative App Store Reviews (ASRs) can impact a user’s ease of use, their desire to continue using the app, and even whether or not they want to share it with others.