Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Jan 2013 17:43 UTC
Google Fantastic article by The Verge: "Something strange and remarkable started happening at Google immediately after Larry Page took full control as CEO in 2011: it started designing good-looking apps. [...] We went to Google looking for the person responsible for the new design direction, but the strange answer we got is that such a person doesn't exist. Instead, thanks to a vision laid out by a small team of Google designers, each product team is finding its way to a consistent and forward-looking design language thanks to a surprising process. They're talking to each other." I think Google's recent complete design transformation is one of the most remarkable shifts this industry has seen post-iPhone. I think the importance and possible ramifications of this shift are best captured by Tom Dale: Google is getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at web services.
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I don't see it
by leos on Sun 27th Jan 2013 02:26 UTC
leos
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Android is doing ok, but going very deeply into minimalist design, and as someone else pointed out, it makes it quite hard to distinguish between labels and content, versus actionable buttons or links.

The rest of the google universe is pretty miserable. Even after who knows how many months of the new gmail design, the monotone and uninspiring icons still make me think where I might want to click. Blogger has about the worst and least functional mobile interface in the world, and google plus, well, it doesn't really matter since no one uses it.

Google maps is excellent, but really doesn't involve any design to speak of. Everything else is middling at best.

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