Interview with an Android Theme Designer
On Jan 28th, Themer, the one-click homescreen theming app for Android, passed one million Play store downloads.
As we know from the popularity of theming here on XDA, Android personalization has become an art form in its own right as themes require a healthy dose of beauty, intrigue, and creativity. The team over at Themer recently posted a video created by well-known MyColorScreen designer GaRyArTs. The video shows how inspiration can strike at any moment and how there’s a whole creative process that goes into making a theme.
We talked with another one of our favorite designers, Michal Peszkowski, creator of several popular themes, including Sky, Bookmarks, Xbox, and Green Accent, all of which are available in Themer right now. Amazingly, Michal is a postman from Koszalin, Poland who dreams of doing design full-time. Here’s what he had to say about how he comes up with his amazing creations:
What’s your starting point when making a theme?
I always want to create something in a different style from my previous projects. I look for inspiration everywhere: sometimes a color, picture, or a UI creation posted to Dribble or other design site. The Internet is a gold mine of ideas for inspiration and learning. I visit Dribble and Behance daily. I belong to many design communities on Google+. I can even build an entire theme around a beautiful font.
From time to time I get requests, like with the XBOX One or PS4. I study the layout and try to convert it to a Themer theme while maintaining the functionality of an Android homescreen.
What makes a beautiful theme?
It’s hard to say. Most important is functionality, for comfortable use. And color determines whether the theme grabs your attention. But imagery and structure are also important. Everyone has different taste, but I think a beautiful theme has all of these things.
What additional tools would you like to see to take Android theming to the next level?
Little additional is needed because Zooper Widget gives you almost unlimited possibilities. Unfortunately, I’m not a Zooper expert. Sometimes I miss out on the ability to create interactive widgets with features like pop-up elements. But I’m constantly learning.
What would you like to see in Themer in the future?
Themer is developing very quickly and is very close to perfect. I would like to see the possibility to pin elements to the homescreen. More screen transitions effects–like flip, overlap, wheel, rotate–would be nice. Support for icon packs and lockscreens would also be great. But we can’t forget that Themer is still in Beta!
What’s your favorite theme in Themer that you’ve made? How about that someone else has made?
I love Green Accent, a functional and fresh theme with my favorite colors. As for a theme by another designer, Tennis by GaRyArTs has everything that I need in a homescreen and looks so juicy on my AMOLED screen.