Android UI Design Kit PPTX 1.0 [Free Download]

Last month I published Android UI Design Kit PSD 4.2 that can be used as a base for Android Designers/Developers to design Android app in Photoshop, and since then it has been accumulated a total of 8,100+ downloads within a month. It shows that there are more and more people interested in Android Design, which is something that I am really excited to see.

Nexus 4

Nevertheless, for quite some time, I have been thinking to have an alternative to allow even more people to experience Android Design, and today, I am happy to announce an Android UI Design Kit in Powerpoint format has been released, which is created using Microsoft Powerpoint 2013 (Windows).

Why Microsoft Powerpoint?

Microsoft Powerpoint, of course, doesn’t meant to be an UI design tool, but surprisingly there are many people using it to create nice UI mock up (and they can be interactive too), due to the fact that it supports layering and grouping, plus it has vector shapes, which are sufficient to create some nice mock up. Obviously, it is still pretty limited comparing to Adobe Photoshop (or any other advanced design applications), but heck, I am pretty sure there are more people owning Microsoft Powerpoint compared to Adobe Photoshop, so designing Android app is probably just a click away.

I understand that the Apple Keynote seems to be a better tool for such UI design task, but due to the fact that I am using Windows primarily, so I created the design kit in Microsoft Powerpoint.

Layers

What’s inside?

Most of the building blocks (Action Bar, Buttons, Radio Buttons, Progress Bar etc.) should have been included in this PPTX Design Kit. Do let me know if you notice otherwise.

I have also included a slide of Google Now made (almost) entirely with Microsoft Powerpoint to show some awesome things that can be done without needing any advanced tools.

How to use it?

Really simple. Just extract the downloaded archive, then open the .pptx file, and you can start designing right away. It might take some time to see how’s the layering and grouping works, but they should be pretty simple to learn.  Don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you need some help in achieving some elements that you saw in the design template.

Remember to install the Roboto Font before using this design template. Almost all of the texts in the design template used fonts in Roboto Family.

This PPTX Design Kit is made with the specific dimension at 96dpi, when you export the screens to a .png file, it will be exported at the resolution of 768×1280 – the resolution of Nexus 4 screen. You can then frame the exported png file at the Device Art Generator and you are ready to impress people with your design!

Note: It is meant to be used with Windows version of Microsoft Powerpoint. Nevertheless, it is usable on Powerpoint for Mac, although the font type used have to be replaced with the proper one (due to the different font naming system). It can also be used in Apple Keynote, however, you need to change the slide size to 768×1280 manually before the design and export the screen.

Download

As always, it can be downloaded from my MediaFire account: Android UI Design Kit PPTX 1.0. If you need some Action Bar icons during the design, download Action Bar Icon Pack #1, the xhdpi icon fits perfectly with this Design Kit.

Now (almost) anyone can experience Android Design. Happy Android Designing!

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Android UI Design Kit PSD 4.2 [Free Download]

In August 2012, Android ICS/JB Photoshop GUI Design Kit 3.0 was published with some new Jelly Bean UI elements, and until today, the Design Kit has been downloaded over 21,000 times since the very first version back in December 2011 – not a huge number, but it is putting a smile on my face. It’s really nice to see there are many designers interested in Android Design and used the Design Kit to kick-start their design work in Android app. A big thank you to everyone that is using the design kit and I really hope it helps in your Android app design workflow in some way.

Design Kit 4.2 Preview

And today, I have finally updated the Android UI Design Kit PSD to version 4.2, with the size of Nexus 4 screen resolution (768×1280), as requested by many supporters. Besides the resolution update, I have also added a few new UI elements into the Design Kit:

  • Cards (Google Now)
  • Crouton
  • Drawer Menu
  • Quick Return
  • Undo Bar
  • Gestures

Other than that, all the UI elements in the Design Kit are now made pixel-perfect (I hope I didn’t miss any of them), along with some corrections on the font size and UI element. I have removed the Application Design Templates (ADT) PSD file that is included in 3.0 because I think it might not as useful as I think, but do let me know if you are using it and you wish to see an update for that as well.

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Android UI Design Kit 4.3 for Photoshop and GIMP is here!

Yes Life for Android Redesigned

It’s been a long time since my last blog entry, but definitely I am still working on tons of Android Design (in private) and they are often very inspiring, which I hope I can share them in the near future if it’s possible.

Today I would just like to share some redesigns for an app that is local to my home country. The app called Yes Life, which basically an app that allows the user to call and send SMS to any local number from anywhere around the world with internet connection. Below are some screens from the current app:

Yes_Old_Dialer

Yes_Old_SMS

There are few things in the app motivated the redesign:

  • Almost 90% iOS UI Style (and ugly)
  • (Very) Bad navigation system
  • Usability issue (For example, online/offline status only in the Dialer page)
  • Buggy (which unfortunately cannot be solved by a redesign)
  • Missed the opportunity to enhance the branding 

To address these few issues that I see, I did some redesign on some screens with Holo UI approach (of course!) with the following changes:

  • Designed with Holo UI approach
  • Used (swipe-able) tab navigation
  • Used Action Bar (for better context actions and navigation)
  • Show connection status in every screens (which is important for such app)
  • Used light/white theme (for branding enhancement)

Below shows a few redesigned screens:

DialerSMSsSMS Detail

What do you think?

I hope this gives some idea on the importance of the app design in branding enhancement. If you have excellent solutions and branding, but decided to give your user bad products, it doesn’t do good on anything except getting rejected by the users.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

Bloomberg Redesigned

Bloomberg – another app that I wanted to redesign so long, because the app is pretty badly designed ever since day one. It is almost an exact port of the iOS version, with a really strange ‘MENU’ button at the bottom of the app,  and the deadly legacy menu button. Below show some shots from the current version for comparison:

Old_News

Old_Equity

Old_Stock Details

So what if the app is redesigned with the Holo UI approaches and full Android experience? Below are some shots that I have redesigned:

Worldwide News

framed_Slide In Menu

Equity Indices

Currencies

Bonds

My Stocks

Stock Details

And also some redesigns for tablet version:

Tablet - News

Tablet - MarketsWhat do you think? Do you like the redesigns? Don’t hesitate to shot in the comment box!

LinkedIn Redesigned

LinkedIn app is one of the app that I wanted to redesign so badly that I hate it when I am using it (only for accepting request and replying message). It might looks good 2-3 years back, but not anymore today.

There are a few reasons that I think this app deserve a complete redesign:

  • Resemble iOS version almost completely 
  • Lack of navigation in the app
  • Unnecessary skeuomorphism
  • Legacy menu button
  • Badly designed UI (for example, the dashboard give really limited information)

Below I included some screenshots from the current app:

Old_Profile Old_Updates Old_Dashboard

Using the Holo UI approaches, I have redesigned a few screens that fit nicely in today’s Android devices. I have replaced the dashboard UI with the Sliding Menu due to the huge number of sections available in the app. Check them out below:

Linked In - Slide Menu

Linked In - Updates

Linked In - Profile

Linked In - Profile 2

Linked In - Shared Item

Linked In - Other Profile

Update 28/12/2012: After taking some feedback from my G+ post, I have decided to give it another revision for better LinkedIn branding, and below are some updated shots. What’s changed:

  • Action Bar is in dark grey color to give a distinct UI layers
  • Added frame for photos
  • Used Card UI for details
  • Added some iconography
  • Increase the size of the sliding menu and smaller icons
  • Added Share button besides Invite to Connect button

Linked In - Profile

Linked In - Slide Menu

Linked In - Other Profile

What do you think about my redesign? Do you like them? Shot me your comments or suggestions!

Movie Ticketing App Redesigned

Last month Roman Nurik posted a wizards pattern for complex user inputs, and I have now used it for my redesign of a local (Malaysia) movie ticketing app, which is definitely a perfect match (I think). Hopefully this redesign can inspire any developers or designers that are looking to create/redesign movie ticketing app.

Why I am redesigning this app? I have placed a few shots below to briefly show the user interface of the app to explain that. Completely implemented with iOS look and feel, legacy menu button, badly-resized images, in-app advertisement (about themselves),  bad user interaction design – everything is so wrong. Give it a try if you want to understand my frustrations.

Old_Promotion Old_Cinema

I think many will agree with me – app that just work without proper UI/UX design is no longer enough to stand out and compete with thousands of other apps in the market.

Completely redesigned with Holo UI approach, the movie ticketing app is aimed to provide great and easy ticketing service with sufficient information about cinemas and movies. Here’s my take (It’s a long page!):

Promotion Cinema List

Cinema - Show Date

Cinema - MoviesCinema - Show Time

Cinema - Tickets

Cinema - Seat Selection

Cinema - Review

Cinema - Payment

Fast Ticket

Purchased Ticket

What do you think about my redesign? Shot me in the comments if you have any suggestions/feedback/critique!

Outlook.com App Redesign – Tablet Version

Last week I have published a redesign of outlook.com app after the disappointing official release, and since then I have also started to look into the tablet version. The redesigned phone version has been a shared around Android Google+ community during that day, and it was also mentioned in latest episode of Android Design in Action – big thanks to everyone who re-shared and commented on the redesign.

Below are my take on the tablet version, probably not much surprise for some (Before anyone say it, yes, it looks like Gmail/Email app, since it’s an Email client):

Sign In

Outlook Tablet First RunOutlook Tablet - Open EmailOutlook Tablet - Open Email - Full View

What do you think?