How can I create a card-based design for an Android app that displays questions, in a way that allows the user to focus on one question at a time—without making the cards or the screen look empty?
Context: I am a student software developer building an Android app for a business consultant. This man uses questions to break the ice and get honest communication going between business members. Now I am developing an Android app that allows him and those he works with to view questions one at a time, or in a list.
In "question-display" mode, I'd like for there to be one question on the screen at a time. I'd also like for there to be a neat/intuitive way to move from one question to the other, perhaps by swiping from right to left.
The business owner doesn't know anything about software. He has done work with a graphic designer before, but that graphic designer hasn't worked with Android before. So I'm creating the design. And I don't want to be "that developer" that tries his luck in design and makes something ugly.
This article about the advantages of card-centric design made using a card based design seem like a great approach for this app. Google's card examples in their Material Design Standards seem fairly neat and elegant.
The simplest design that comes to mind is having a card that takes up the whole screen, and displays a single question. This seems too empty. On the other hand, I don't want to fill up the screen with content that would distract the user from the question being displayed. Viewing questions is the purpose of the app.
Possibilities I've considered for other content to place on the card:
- Image related to theme of question
- Button / link to consulting business website
I would appreciate any suggestions.