One of Google’s big focuses at I/O this year will be on design. In a blog post aimed at Google Developers, Nadya Direkova, staff designer, says the search giant plans to provide workshops and sessions focused on design in order to help developers with their future projects. Google isn’t typically thought of as a design company—not with its front-facing presence just a colorful logo against a white page—but the search giant actually offers some of the most elegant mobile apps out there (particularly on iOS).
In a series of videos, some Google staffers describe their definition of design, and how it applies to some of our favorites services, such as Search, Maps and Glass. In the Maps video, for example, Google’s Sian Townsend explains how important it is to understand a user’s perspective, and how the design is then adapted to create the best possible user experience. In Search, Google is focused on simplicity and speed—a less is more approach it wants to pass on to developers.
Google says it will continue to focus on design discussions over the coming months, and will release more of these “Google Design Minutes” videos, along with more content on its developer site. If you have dreams and aspirations to create a disruptive Android app, functionality is only half the battle—you also need to nail down the design. Google I/O is set to kick off this June.