The concept is to innovate the Medium platform for Android using Material Design, without losing its brand identity. This was done as a design exercise. It’s just a concept, not the actual representation of any existing app. All the images and content are property of its respective users.
Designing Medium for Android using Material Design.
Medium has grown so big and beautiful in the last few months. It probably the most elegant, fast and functional platform to share the amazing stories and ideas with everyone out there. Every day thousands of new voices publish their unique experiences, views, and reflections to Medium.com, creating the largest, most diverse collection of stories on the internet.
My first attempt to Material Design.
I love Medium. I use it every day to read some amazing stories for the inspiration, and pretty much anything else I can justify using it for.
Medium for iOS is already available on the App Store. It’s a simple app that lets you read and write the stories that matter most to you. With this app, you have the cleanest, simplest way to discover them and create your own, wherever you are.
But what about Android users? Currently, they’re using Medium.com by adding it to the home screen of their mobile phones. Great idea, right? But it would be nice to have the app as iOS has.
The talented designers and developers at the Medium, maybe working on its Android version, or maybe not. So I’ve decided why not give it a try to design the Medium app for Android using the new Material Design Guidelines.
And that’s how the journey begins!
My goal with this project was to imagine Medium for Android by making use of Google’s Material Design language as seen in Android 5.0 Lollipop.
As I was not completely friendly with the Material Design guidelines, first I had to do some research to nicely understand the design aspects of it. So I started reviewing some Android apps. And as my daily dose of inspiration for Material Design, I started exploring MaterialUp. (Seriously great work done by Matthieu Aussaguel!)
I’ve also reviewed the Medium, iOS app to see how it organize the content and display it in a particular format, how the interaction is done, and also to study some UX aspects of it.
Wireframes are created to understand the basic structure of an app before Visual Design. In this ideation phase, I created basic wireframes to present the content, information, and basic layouts.
These screens are a concept/mockup of what the outcome of this research and design could look like. I tried to use similar components that match the overall design language they are following on other platforms.
Working on this project has been a great experience and I have learned a lot about following platform-specific guidelines and how to customize it based on your needs. Due to time constraints, the research and assumptions are based on my personal experience. The current design is very minimal and it’s something I would like to try to improve on if I spend more time on this project.
Check out the Behance presentation: https://www.behance.net/gallery/27002439/Medium-for-Android
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