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According to our editor's choice, this week's most popular third-party desktop app goes to Nova Launcher, which allows you to reset the desktop of your phone to whatever you like to an infinite degree.

Version 4.0 updated in June uses the Android 5.0 design style and realizes the specifications of Google Material Design.

Material Design


Next, we'll tell you how to judge whether a product adopts the specifications of Material Design according to the analysis of the Nova Launcher 4.0. Animation: let users where every element come from and where to go.

Enlarge the "menu" button of Nova Launcher gradually until it occupies the entire screen. In this process, the button itself is the starting point of the entire animation.

In the settings interface of Nova Launcher, with the click of your fingers, a "ripple" appears. Then take the "ripple" as the center to start a new interface. It is pretty clear that the causal relationship between the evocation, exit of the menu and the button in both cases.

The animated effects of Material Design need to bear the function of the "User Guide". The animation lead users to understand the relations of causality and time of each element through the conversion between the single element and the rectangular surface.

Translucent Bars

The translucent bars make the notification bar and the page fuse together. Material Design provides four types of the top navigation form for users to take full advantage of the phone's screen. They are respectively the translucent color, black, the color extracted from the page, and the color one degree deeper than the application bar.

System icons

System icons refuse the spacious colors and lines, then the designers redesign a series of concise and lively system icons. Use the palette to take the place of the "interface" and the round, square, line to replace the "folder", which simplifies the "running" interface.

The system icons of Material Design must be transparent and flat since the traditional spacious icons are forbidden. All the rectangle colors must be rounded, and the lines and strokes need the sharp corners to show the Sense of Concavo-Convex.

Switches & Sliders

The operating buttons makes the page setup as simple as the switching of the lights. You can use the slider to adjust the transparency and the size of the icon and font. The radio button saves much space, and it can also use the animation to reach the state of "focus" and "press".

As for the design of the button, use color and animation to create the visual effect of On/Off. The principal of Material Design is to use the most intuitive way to guide the users' operation in the most economic space whether it is radio button, check button, free slide or switch.

Design Tips

Material Design

After the release of Android 5.0 on Google, everyone begins to talk about Material Design. What does Material represent? What in deed can be called Material Design? What design features does it have?

The Material Design of Google is a set of unified Design language, which maintains a consistent experience on different size of screen of the mobile phone, tablet, or even computer.

The magic of Material Design is the "Material", which owns the characteristic of the paper, the nature of the physical world and the feedback ability. Except for the elements mentioned above, it also has the ability of stretch, deformation, seamless joining, and split. All the elements of Material Design derive from Material.

It seems dull with the transformation of only a piece of blank paper. Therefore, Material Design will light on the "Material" to give the page rich imagination visually by using the shadow performance of different height and hierarchy. In addition to the essential characteristics, Material Design also has the detailed specifications for the color, animation and font. You can Google about the Material Design for more depth of understanding.

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