I am actually a developer, currently also designing android apps using:
- simple drawing board
- Balsamiq Mockups
- Justinmind Prototyping
My question pertains to Google's Material Design and developing apps for that current methodology. I have not seen that many apps that are social apps and utilize material design, the only example I can think of is Google+ which I personally think lacks a little bit in the design area.
Can anyone provide me with good guidelines for developing social apps in accordance to material design?
Here's what I'm thinking:
- Easy Flat Material Design for Login - Signup
- User lands on dashboard and all items are stored in cards in main feed
- Navigation Drawer to provide navigation for users to different views
- Incorporating Material Design Floating Action Buttons, Cards, and colors
My problem is that this is beginning to look and function a lot like pre-lollipop social apps, but it just "looks" different.
What are some things I can do with Material Design that would make my social app different from other social apps on the play store by incorporating material design?
An example that I refer to often is the Google I/O 2014 app, which uses a lot of material design features but I personally think it is a very limited application.
EDIT: Another example that I found was this here for whatsapp: