First of all that title was a trick hook, designing for android is not easy. There are more things to consider than other platforms/devices and it takes iterations to get it right. Even the most organised and accomplished designers need solid methods, here are mine.
Ignore the extremists raving about densities, these are important but not your starting point. Find the device range you are supporting, then find the resolutions (www.gsmarena.com is a great place to find phone details).
For example let’s say we are supporting 240x320, 320x480 and 480x800. Design for the highest resolution first. It’s very helpful to have the device, but if not a google image search using the exact image size works very well to find general element sizing.
(A more detailed post on the design later but for now please use shape layers at http://www.newbingosites.org or smart objects, they are so much nicer.)
The best way not to go crazy is to take all the elements and put them all in a spark.psd, this document should be 480 wide and as long as you need. It should contain everything, then slice that up and export in png.
The android platform can resize images but you don’t want it to, it takes memory and creates blurry imperfect images.
You’ll need to:
• Take the 480psd file resize it to 320 (or the width of the resolution you need)
Now your assets are the right size but they are probably blurry.
• Go through the assets and correct the half pixels
• Now your assets are ready to export for 320
• Rinse and repeat with 240
Problems with Android,
APKs are application packages, currently these will contain all pngs for every resolution. This in my experience can lead to some seriously bulky apps. I have heard however this is being worked on.
A list for those with no patience,
• Draw artwork at largest resolution.
• Make one file at target resolution width for all elements then downsize it.
• Use care and pixel hint the elements.
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There’s no way to see all, and only all, recent uploads from a member.
There’s no way to see all of the recent uploads from all of your contacts. The Friends & Family filter is basically hidden, which means it’s also basically useless.
There’s no way to change the thumbnail size.
Users have to go to a member’s photostream if they want to be sure they’ve seen all recent photos.
And remember, these are just the biggest problems. The page fails on a fundamental level—it’s supposed to be where you find out what’s happened on Flickr while you were away. The current design, unfortunately, encourages random clicking, not informed exploration. The page isn’t just outdated, it’s actively hurting Flickr, as members’ social graphs on the site become increasingly out of sync with real life. Old users forget to visit the site, new sign ups are never roped in, and Flickr, who increased member sign-ups substantially in 2010, will forego months of solid work when new members don’t come back. The ideal redesign would, at a minimum: Add context: for example, a summary at the top mentions roughly how many photos have been uploaded since one’s last visit. Include new sort options, including:
uploads by day
recent uploads by contact
recent interesting photos from one’s contacts, and so on. Include options to view photos at various sizes, small to large.
Include infinite scrolling, keyboard shortcuts, and/or toggles to allow seamless navigation.
For the TL;DRers, every suggested improvement supports these two goals: clear context, and easy navigation. Users want to know what* they’re looking at, and then easily go wherever they want to go next.* Flickr can have a serious competitive advantage if they make photo uploads easy to see and navigate: everybody likes photos, and likes seeing themselves in photos, and it’s even nicer to see photos all arranged on a page without visual cruft like status interruptions and article links. It’s also crucial to have different ways of viewing the photos: chronological is important, but so are groupings by date and contact type. In other words, Flickr still has the ability to kick ass in this arena. They just have to build it. *By which I mean what, who, where, when, and who else, usually in that order. *Usually scrolling down to look at more photos, to be honest.
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