Design Notes is a show about creative work and what it teaches us, hosted by Google’s Liam Spradlin. The second episode features the winners of the 2017 Material Design awards, who sat down to talk with Liam while being honored at SPAN Pittsburgh. Listen as the creative teams from NPR One, Eventbrite Organizer, momondo, and Blinkist detail how they each built experiences with a distinct personality, and as they discuss elevating content, the emotive qualities of white space, and how to use the Material Design system as a springboard for unique expression.
A guide to the voices you’ll hear in the episode:
NPR One: Tejas Mistry, Senior Product Manager; Michael Seifollahi, Lead Mobile Developer
Eventbrite Organizer: Lumen Bigott, Experience Designer; Dan Shallcross, Principal UX Architect
momondo: Emmet Fërdle, Lead Android Designer; Manu Somonte, Product Owner
Blinkist: Temi Adeniyi, Head of Design; Natalia Piana, Product Designer
NPR One on adapting to new form factors
"We wanted to make [the app] as simple as turning on the radio—which people have been doing for over 50 years. But as folks stop tuning in or don’t have radios anymore, how do we carry that paradigm over to new platforms?"
— Tejas Mistry, Senior Product Manager
Eventbrite Organizer on designing every interaction
“We didn't want to approach [empty states] like a negative. This is the first phase of the entire onboarding—how can we make it delightful?”
— Lumen Bigott, Experience Designer
momondo on innovative navigation
“It would've been very easy to stick on a bottom nav or a hamburger, but we wanted to try something a little bit out there, so we took the elevation principle and stretched it.”
— Emmet Fërdle, Lead Android Designer
Blinkist on brand expression
“Design on some level should be emotive. It's about creating a more emotional connection, and not just delivering information."
— Temi Adeniyi, Head of Design
Handy info and links for this episode:
- Our annual Material Design Awards recognize best-in-class achievements in employing Material Design. Read up on the winning apps from the last three years: 2017, 2016, 2015
- Material Design is a unified design system, created by Google, that provides guidelines, tools, and open-source components for building digital experiences. Learn more by visiting Material.io.
- The typefaces used by Blinkist for their redesigned web and mobile apps: FF Tisa and Cera Pro
- Follow @MaterialDesign on Twitter
- Download a PDF transcript of Design Notes, Episode 2
Coming soon: On the next episode of Design Notes, we’ll hear from Lizzy and Darlene Okpo, the designers and sisters behind New York-based fashion label William Okpo. Tune in to learn what gives the William Okpo line its identity, where the siblings find inspiration, and how to make the ordinary look unordinary. Want to say up-to-date with Google Design? Sign up for our newsletter and get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.