Hot on the heels of our previous GUI article, iPhone and iPad Development GUI Kits, today we focus on Android development. The idea is the same: To help streamline your app design and development, with a fairly comprehensive collection of Android GUI kits, icons, fonts, .psds and tools, that will allow you to focus on developing rather than having to design everything from scratch.
In comparison to Apples iPhone, the Android interaction design guidelines are far from being extensive nor are they as regimental. Androids guidelines are comprehensive and clear enough, yet they do allow a little room for some original design creativity – which is good. Of course, there is a reason why there are design guidelines, and they should not be abused (nice to be original though), the guidelines will help you to create a polished and uniformed experience for the user. (You can read more about the Android design guidelines below).
Android GUI Guidelines
Android User Interface Guidelines »
The Android UI team has developed guidelines for the interaction and visual design of Android applications. You can view here for articles that describe these guidelines as they are released.
Android Icon Design Guidelines »
This guideline provides information to help you create icons for the various parts of your application’s user interface that match the general styles used by the Android 2.x framework.
Android Widget Design Guidelines »
This document describes how to design a widget so it fits graphically with other widgets and with the other elements of the Android Home screen. It also describes some standards for widget artwork and some widget graphics tips and tricks from the Android team.
Android GUI Tools
AnDroidDraw is an Android application which integrates with DroidDraw (see above) and it allows you to download your GUIs directly from DroidDraw and preview your GUIs on an Android emulator or device.
Download AnDroidDraw »
If you use a pencil before you start to take your Android app to the digital realm, then here are some ready made Android wireframe templates to help you design for some of the handsets out there. There are a whole variety of devices to choose from, with different screen resolutions, and hard or virtual keyboards.
Download Android Wireframe Templates »
Android Full Gui Kits
The Android GUI Starter Kit comes with several button elements as well as different interface options for Android GUI and is based on elements of Android 1.5.
Most of the elements and phone illustration are made in vector path so they are easily resizable.
Android GUI PSD Vector Kit »
In this Fireworks template the Android user interface elements have been redrawn as vector images, with the folders the elements have been mostly labeled according to the Android vocabulary.
Fireworks Template for Android »
This is an Omnigraffle stencil set for Android prototyping.
Google Android Stencil for Omnigfaffle »
The purpose of this sketch style wireframe is to prevent the intended audience from thinking about visual design and encourages them to focus on the functionality and behavior being proposed.
Android Sketch Stencil Version 1.0 for Omnigfaffle »
Android GUI Icon-Sets
The Android Icon Templates Pack is a collection of template designs, filters, and settings that make it easier for you to create icons that conform to the general specifications given in the Android design guidelines. The icon templates are in both Photoshop (.psd) and Illustrator (.ai) file formats.
There are three icon-sets included in the download package, Standard Launcher Icons, Standard Menu Icons and Standard Status Bar Icons.
You can preview the icon-sets below.
The design and style of these icons have been based on some of the icons that are contained within the Android SDK. In total there are 24 .png Glyphs with the option of the following sizes: 16×16, 24×24, 32×32 and 48×48 pixels.
Android Developer Common Icon Set »
This icon set contains icons designed for use in the Menu, Lists, Tabs (selected and unselected) or Dialogs, with the correct sizing sorted into appropriately labelled folders.
In total there are 15 glyphs and all in .png format.
Android Developer Common Icon Set II »
This Android developer icon set includes 30 .png menu icons plus the additional source files (.eps) for further customization.
Android Icons »
The Glyphish icon set have designed and carefully optimized specifically for use on toolbars and tab bars in iPhone apps, but would also be perfect for Android Development.
The 130 icons are 24-bit .png images are about 30×30 pixels for tab bar icons and about 20×20 pixels for toolbar and navigation icons.
These vector based icons have been created to help in the design, development, implementation and promotion of multi-touch interfaces. You can use Gesturecons inside of your applications in order to demonstrate to users how to complete actions or prompt them to interact with an application when they approach it. You can scale them to any size and alter them in any way you wish.
Within the download package there are 52 high resolution vector icons entirely scalable and alterable (.pdf, .ai, .eps file types.).
Gesturecons – Multi-Touch Icons »
This is an
@font-face download package for Droid fonts. A series of official fonts that have been designed and optimized for use in application menus, web browsers and for other screen text for the Android OS. Also included in the package are the
droid.sass files with the CSS3
You can see a preview of the Droid fonts below: