Google unveils Material You

Along with Android 12, Google debuted their new design language Material You this week at their annual I/O conference. They are going extremely heavy on dynamic colors and on end user personalization of the user interface and the results are pretty striking.

It certainly is different.

While my first impression is not exactly positive, I’ll reserve final judgement until more details are out and it is actually on phones. It is good to see Google trying something interesting and new, and it’ll be interesting if they pull back from the monochrome app icons or anything else before the final release.

Lifecycle of a Design System

With some recent changes at work, I’ve taken the lead on organizing our UX-centric content for our LevelUp live webinar series. The latest session was a overview on design systems from two of our experience architects and it is definitely worth a watch if you’re a designer interesting in getting started with design systems.

I am transitioning to a new role soon and will be leading up a design system team within a gigantic organization so have been spending a lot of time getting my head around various related topics. Design system governance and contribution models have been of particular interest, and of course Nathan Curtis’ writings have been particularly valuable.

Lottie is an iOS, Android, and React Native library that lets you easily add high quality, small file size animations to any app. Be sure to also check out the free LottieFiles.com resource for tons of animations to download.