Thanks to Android’s powerful framework and component set, it’s not hard to get a compelling application developed relatively quickly. If you’re lucky enough to have a good eye for design, or know where you can find someone who does, Android apps can even look pretty good. In this workshop we’re going to focus on what’s hard: designing a good user experience for the Android platform.
Over the three hours we’ll take an application from the initial idea through the process of sketching, prototyping, user testing, design tweaking, spiking features, “vanilla skin” development, production asset integration, and styling and skinning the final product.
We’ll be covering designer/developer workflow issues, the many ways that an Android app is not an iPhone app, how to prove your concept quickly with users, how to communicate about and deliver production assets quickly, and advanced skinning and styling of Android applications.
Tony Hillerson is a partner and mobile developer at Tack Mobile.
Juan Sanchez is an experience architect at EffectiveUI, a leading provider of rich interactive applications, based in Denver, Colo. Equipped with a creative eye and logical mind, Juan walks the line between designer and developer. He also manages ScaleNine.com, a Web site dedicated to compiling skins and themes for Flex, and is currently co-authoring a book on creating visual experiences in Flex. As a member of the Degrafa team, Juan brings a designer’s perspective to the evolving framework.
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