Posts From Faiz Malkani

Faiz Malkani
Faiz Malkani 134 posts

Faiz Malkani is a designer committed to creating memorable digital experiences augmented by delightful interfaces. He's been working in the design field for over three years and is proficient in experience design and interface design. He also codes occasionally, with Android and Frontend Web being his preferred platforms.

Physical Versus Virtual Buttons — it’s More than Just Placement

The beginning of the trend Up until late 2011, hardware buttons were the widely-accepted norm for buttons on a handheld device, with Android’s hardware partners taking advantage of the free rein given to them, going on to flirt with a variety of functions, icons and positions in a somewhat-wayward manner. In November that year, Google took...

Why Material Design Didn’t Achieve the Grand Unification it Originally Aimed For

The Ideology Behind Material Design Material Design's ideology centers around the user, synthesizing a visual language by combining the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. The Google Design team aimed high, with a vision that most designers would deem impossible, but Google's very philosophy is centered around moonshots...

Tasker Week: Theming and Design using Scripts and Scenes!

We've entered an age where aesthetics, layout and a delightful user experience is almost as important as functionality itself, with user expectations setting a high bar for design standards. How does that apply to tasker? Well, there's two tangents to design in Tasker - theming apps and designing scenes. Let's have a look at both! Theming apps Preferences...

On Plagiarism, Piracy in Design, and the HTC Themes Outrage

Android has matured by leaps and bounds as a mobile platform, winning the hearts of consumers worldwide and quickly establishing its dominance in the sphere, while simultaneously spreading to other ones. While Andy Rubin's brainchild does offer a host of options and variety that its competitors lack, the winning feature of Android is undoubtedly its customization options...

From Lines and Text to Material Apps: A Capitulation of Design Trends Over Time

When the point of contact between the product and the people becomes a point of friction, then the industrial designer has failed. Stop reading. Take a moment to think back, and ask yourself, which was the last app you used? And no, using Chrome to read this doesn't count. Now, focus on the app. What made you...

LG G Series Lineup: Where’s the G5 Heading?

Three of Android's largest OEMs are allegedly gearing up to unveil their flagship devices in the first quarter of this year, and as has become a run-of-the-mill occurrence in recent years, there's been an influx of leaks and rumors as we draw closer to the launches. While the focus of most leaks is the feature list of...

Native Apps & Hybrid Apps: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Today’s Paradigms

Over the past few years, the world around us has experienced a powerful paradigm shift, wherein almost every aspect of our day to day lives revolves around, or is connected to, an app-centric ecosystem. Alarm in the morning? There's an app to wake you up with tailored mechanisms. Breakfast? Fire up a recipe book and whip something...

From the Community to AOSP: Root-Only Features that Made the Cut

Android is by far one of the most widely loved mobile operating systems, owing its disruptive growth not only to the Open Handset Alliance, but also to the host of useful features that the system packs, features that are actually productive rather than just bells and whistles. However, it was not always so, and in the early...

Google Rolls Out January 2016 Security Patches, Factory Images Available

Last year was a rather eventful one in terms of mobile software security, one which saw the rise and subsequent fall of the infamous Stagefright vulnerability, and around halfway through the year, Google and few major OEMs vowed to push monthly security updates to maintain a continuous integration cycle of patches and thus stay ahead of...

Matias Duarte, The Man Behind Everything “Design” at Google

Matías Gonzalo Duarte Sunkel Born: January 30, 1973 Education: University of Maryland, College Park Occupation: VP of Design, Google Previously: Danger, Helio, Palm   Over the past decade, Android has grown manifold under Google’s guiding hand, going from Andy Rubin’s pet project to the largest-by-far mobile operating system in today’s market. The growth curve saw many pivotal moments, each marking a milestone...

Disk Encryption: The Good and The Slow

In a world where personal information is not so personal, entire bank accounts are linked to our smartphones, and surveillance and cyber-crime are at an all time high, security is one of the majority aspects of the technology sphere. Simple screen locks in the form of PINs and patterns have been around for a long time,...

Material Misconceptions: What Developers Get Wrong in Material Design

Google's annual I/O conference has always been a field day for developers, but I/O 2014 brought what was perhaps one of the most groundbreaking revelations in the history of mobile design. As Matias Duarte, Google's VP of Design took to the stage, the screens behind him rippled and revealed the beauty that was Google's foray into a...