POSTS TAGGED: design
Posted October 14, 2014 at 06:00 am by GermainZ
When making an application, thinking about its design is often an underestimated but important step. After all, it’s what your users see, so it’s crucial to keep it clean and intuitive (especially for less technical apps). Depending on the nature of your app, it might be a good idea to plan this step ahead instead of implementing it straight away and testing it as you build it. A paper and pencil are good starting points to get the basic layout, but you’ll probably want to get a feel of how your app will really look onscreen before you start implementing your design.
Posted January 15, 2014 at 04:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
XDA has a number of themes that can be selected by members. The newest one is XDA 2013 Beta, which was introduced a little over a year ago. It has a fair number of nice features, but not every member likes the brownish color style. Luckily on the Internet, you can change the look of almost everything. XDA is no exception.
A few weeks back, we talked about an unofficial stylesheet that made the XDA 2013 Beta theme look a bit more classic. XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ is at it again with a second user style that changes the look of XDA significantly.
Released over half a year ago, the Dark XDA user style just received a major update. With the newest version, you have a chance to adjust the user style to meet your aesthetic c. . . READ ON »
Posted December 9, 2013 at 09:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Like almost any large forum, XDA allows its users to select from a variety of forum themes. The current XDA 2013 Beta theme is default, and features many new features compared to previous versions. However, the older XDA 2010 theme still has plenty of users who love its simplicity and appearance, or simply are nostalgic.
XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ, who created a dark user style we talked about a few months ago, modified the XDA 2013 Beta – 1024 theme to look very similar to the 2010 theme. The big advantage of this is that all the new features from the new theme such as DevDB are still available. The list of themed elements includes fonts and all colors. It’s the perfect solution for more sentimental user. . . READ ON »
Posted June 20, 2013 at 04:30 am by Mike Szczys
As long as you’re coming from some type of programming background, the unseen part of app programming will not be very hard. Java is a pretty forgiving language and a good IDE makes all the difference. But that doesn’t mean the User Interface is going to be easy. A fair amount of upfront planning for the user experience will save you time tenfold when it comes to writing the code. XDA Forum Member Leafhill wrote a thoughtful post covering common mistakes in Android UI design. But along the way, he also cites best practices as well. The post will go a long way in planning how you present your app to users in an intuitive way.
High on the list of foul dev behavior is to completely re-skin the entire app, o. . . READ ON »
Posted June 14, 2013 at 05:30 pm by Conan Troutman
Considering how many people feel an overwhelming urge to tweak the aesthetics of their devices, whether that is a mobile home screen or PC desktop, it’s no surprise that the same urge has also extended to the sites that we browse. Although web designers spend huge amounts of time meticulously tweaking the layout of a site and sometimes even offering multiple layouts to choose from (XDA being no exception), as the old saying goes, “You can’t please all the people all the time.”
If you do happen to find yourself with a desperate need to alter the appearance of a site for yourself, you can of course use something such as Stylebot or Stylish. The latter being the preferred choice of XDA Re. . . READ ON »
Posted May 12, 2013 at 06:00 pm by Samantha
When it comes to designing your app or graphics, there are most definitely more than a few pitfalls to avoid, and these should be considered when you don your designer cap. Especially when just starting out, these potential issues may be hard to see on your path to development success. Sometimes even the smallest things may be the most important aspect of your app, such as the icon, the name, or even the colors. So instead of allowing you to discover each one with every mistake you may make through your development journey, XDA Senior Member TechMasta has compiled some tips, tricks, and warnings that may be of help.
TechMasta has touched upon some of the most important and essential tips and tricks as well as pit. . . READ ON »
Posted April 28, 2013 at 08:30 pm by Samantha
Sure you do. I mean, why not? Help is always welcome and encouraged, so go ahead and help yourself to an extensive compilation of resources that may help you design your Android app, courtesy of XDA Senior Member and PimpMyRom developer Androguide.fr.
Posted in the recently introduced App Development Forums, the compilation includes a variety of different resources that may be useful in helping you design your application. Categories include:
- Online tools
- Offline tools
- Custom views and libraries
- Websites and blogs
These resources allow you to perform various actions, as well as to simplify the processes involved in designing an app. Androguide.fr also conveniently explains each resource a. . . READ ON »