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over 9 years ago from Young Kim, Front End Developer @ IMGE

  • Phil OakleyPhil Oakley, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    Ok, so from my perspective as an Android designer, I have some design-based feedback.

    • Make all the icons white, #fff.
    • Spinner menu should be holo light, not holo dark.
    • The search field back/Up is messed up. You've essentially squashed the spinner indicator, whereas it should have an Up button, and the spinner indicator disappears. IMAGE
    • What's the sidebar for? There's no indicator and apparently shows no content.
    • Use the Up button. It's there for a reason.
    • Icon needs to be a silohuette.

    If I have some time later I'll do a mockup or two. This is a good base but needs development.

    5 points
    • Young KimYoung Kim, over 9 years ago

      Wow! Thank you for the feedback! Yes. I agree that there are a lot of rooms to improve.

      • Make all the icons white : I actually planned it as all white, but when I tried default icons from android (which has some transparency) , I thought it looked okay and left it there. but yes I gotta try that.

      • Spinner menu : hmm wouldn't the white background on top of white background look bad?

      • Search field : Okay! spinner didn't show up on my device. Thank you!

      • Sidebar : Forgot to take it out :/ was gonna use the sidebar for navigation, but was not needed. Maybe I will use it to display MOTD later.

      • Up button : Seemed like it was not appropriate for this purpose. I think the purpose of the up button is for going back to previous Activity. Since the components of the app is all on the same screen. I think it might misguide some users. I did use up button for search results though.

      • Silhouette: hmm okay. I think it will help the little icons look cleaner.

      Thank you again for taking your time to give feedback! Really helps!

      0 points
      • Phil OakleyPhil Oakley, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

        Icons: great. Just need to be white assets with no borders and no transparency.

        Spinner: nope, it shouldn't do. Take a look at how Google do it in the Google+ app, or in the Google Play Music app.

        Sidebar: cool. You could use a sidebar on the other side for notifications later.

        Up button: it's usually used for going 'up' to the previous Activity, you're right, but in the past it's also been used for going back to the previous interactive element. Up to you whether you use it.

        Silhouette: throw the icon in the Launcher Icon generator and it should spit out a silhouette'd icon ready for use in the app.

        0 points