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Connect, No Matter the Speed

Design for slow, intermittent, and offline connectivity, to reduce user frustrationIllustration by Kai Yee Tay, Next Billion Users illustratorI wrote this story with Susanna Zaraysky, a Content Strategist on the Material Design team.With many working from home around the world, more people are consuming high bandwidth content through streaming videos,...

Learnings from a Junior Designer at Google

Frameworks and lessons from my second yearI joined the YouTube Ads Video Creation team at Google two years ago as my first gig out of grad school. Getting into Google was a dream come true, but it wasn’t easy. It took a lot of deliberate practice and luck.Time flies. I’m now passing the peak of “Mount Stupid” where I constantly doubted myself and climbing...

Material Components for Android 1.2.0 is now available

Material motion system, Sliders, ShapeableImageView, and moreWe’re excited to announce the release of Material Components for Android (MDC-Android) 1.2.0! A host of exciting new features have been added along with many bug fixes and accessibility improvements. Get the rundown below.Be sure to check out the release notes. If you’re using MDC for the...

A Collaborative Approach to Shaping Successful UX Critique Practices

How one team at Google established a sustainable crit cultureDesign critiques create space to improve designs and allow participants to gain confidence presenting work and articulating design rationales. Despite being an undeniably useful ritual, often they fail because the process stays the same while the team and project evolve.At Google Health, we’ve...

Design is in the details: A case study for designing digital assistants

Design Is in the DetailsA case study for designing digital assistantsIt’s raining, and I just missed my bus—there’s no way I’m going to be at work for the 9am meeting I scheduled. I pick up my phone and say, “Hey Google, reschedule my next meeting to 10am.” That should give me enough time…Illustration by Kimberly HarveyRecently, the G Suite team announced...

How to Find Device Metrics for Any Screen

Calculate the right measurements for design across devicesNew devices are always coming online, offering new formats, screen sizes, and pixel densities that you’ll want your product to accommodate. If Googling doesn’t give you the numbers you need, or you just want to show off your math skills, here’s a relatively easy way to determine the relevant...

Everyday Color Theory

A poetic crash course on the history of colorA version of this essay was presented at SPAN 2019 during the “Hue & Glue: Hands-On Color Theory” workshop. Read to the end to find instructions for an exercise that explores the relationship between color and light.Throughout the essay, the accompanying images are scenes from the short film Everyday...

People + AI Guidebook

The Google PAIR team is very proud to announce the launch of the People + AI Guidebook!https://pair.withgoogle.comThis Guidebook will help you build human-centered AI products. It will enable you to avoid common mistakes, design excellent experiences, and focus on people as you build AI-driven applications.It was written for UXers and product managers...

Towards Goal-Centric Design

To be truly humane and helpful, technology needs to see the world the same way people doFrom daily routines to big life events, technology is deeply woven into the texture of our lives. But even though technology gets easier to use with every passing day, it’s still falling short of what people need. And that’s because the way technology organizes the...

Implementing motion

Implementing MotionAn introduction to Material Design’s new motion system and transition patternsWhen I claimed that motion design doesn’t have to be hard I figured it would raise some eyebrows. Sneaking the word “design” into the title was my way of sidestepping the elephant in the room: implementing motion sure is hard. After all, what good are slick...

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