Android User Interface Design by Ian G. Clifton
Turning Ideas and Sketches into Beautifully Designed Apps

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Build Android Apps That Are Stunningly Attractive, Functional, and Intuitive

In today’s crowded Android marketplace, it’s more important than ever to differentiate your apps. Great design is the best way to do that. Now, leading Android app design expert Ian G. Clifton shows you how to make your apps come alive and how to deliver apps that users will want, love, and buy!

Reflecting the Android 4.2 SDK, this book serves both as a tutorial for the entire design and implementation process and as a handy reference you’ll rely on for every Android development project.

Clifton shows how to create effective designs, organize them into Android components, and move gracefully from idea, to wireframe, to comp, to finished app. You’ll learn how to bring your own voice, personality, and style to your app designs; how to leverage advanced drawing techniques such as PorterDuff compositing; how to test designs on diverse Android devices; and much more.

Android User Interface Design details each step of the design and development process and contains extensive downloadable sample code, including complete finished apps.
Learn how Android has evolved to support outstanding app design Integrate app design with development, from idea through deployment Understand views, the building blocks of Android user interfaces Make the most of wireframes and prototypes Build efficient layouts and integrate smooth animations Make apps more useful by automatically updating ListViews Combine views into custom components Use image compositing and other advanced techniques Work with the canvas and advanced drawing Leverage Google Play and Amazon Appstore assets
One step at a time, this guide helps you bridge the gap between Android developers and designers so you can work with colleagues to create world-class app designs...or do it yourself!

About Ian G. Clifton

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Ian G. Clifton is the Director of User Experience and lead Android developer at A.R.O. in Seattle, where he develops Saga, an Android and iOS app that learns about you in order to let you live a better life with minimal interaction. He has worked with many designers in the course of his career and has developed several well-known Android apps, such as CNET News, CBS News, Survivor, Big Brother, and Rick Steves' Audio Europe. Ian's love of technology, art, and user experience has led him along a variety of paths. Besides Android development, he has done platform, web, and desktop development. He served in the United States Air Force as a Satellite, Wideband, and Telemetry Systems Journeyman and has also created quite a bit of art with pencil, brush, and camera. You can follow Ian G. Clifton on Twitter at and see his thoughts about mobile development on his blog at He also published a video series called "The Essentials of Android Application Development," available at
Published April 15, 2013 by Addison-Wesley Professional. 381 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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