Every computer program / operating system carries a graphical interface with a series of standards. Although it has no name, it exists. Google has Material Design, but before it came we had Holo. The latter was introduced by Matías Duarte in Android 3.0 Honeycomb and intended to unify and establish a standard on the different interfaces of Android mobile applications.
Material Design was designed by Matías Duarte and Nicholas Jitkoff in June 2014, with the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Without a doubt it marked a before and after in Android, because let’s face it: Holo was very good to set a standard, but at the design level it was one of the worst graphical interfaces.
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Where is Nicholas Jitkoff going now?
To the talented folks at @googledesign and Material: thank you so much for a wonderful ten years. It has been an honor to work with you! ? ❤️
– Nicholas Jitkoff (@alcor) February 7, 2017
Both the direction of Android and that of Nicholas Jitkoff is very clear. The first will continue with the direction it has been taking in recent years – Nicholas Jitkoff is key but not essential to continue with the development of Material Design. Nicholas Jitkoff, on the other hand, will be dedicated to organizing and leading groups at Dropbox, the new company he is starting to work for right now.
Design has always been at the heart of Dropbox, tying our products together and solving the fundamental problems that affect the lives of millions of people around the world.
At first Nicholas Jitkoff’s departure shouldn’t mean anything to Android development. We will continue to have Material Design for a long time to come. And if it is replaced by another new interface, it would be as if Jitkoff were still on the computer.
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