About this Course

In this course, you'll learn how to apply the material design principles that define Android's visual language to your apps. We'll start by walking you through Android design fundamentals, then we'll show you how to apply this knowledge to transform design elements of sample apps. By the end of the course, you'll understand how to create and use material design elements, surfaces, transitions and graphics in your app, across multiple form factors.

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Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 4 weeks
Skill Level
Intermediate
Included in Course
  • Rich Learning Content

  • Interactive Quizzes

  • Taught by Industry Pros

  • Self-Paced Learning

  • Student Support Community

Join the Path to Greatness

This free course is your first step towards a new career with the Android Developer Nanodegree Program.

Free Course

Material Design for Android Developers

by Google

Enhance your skill set and boost your hirability through innovative, independent learning.

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Course Leads

  • Roman Nurik
    Roman Nurik

    Instructor

  • James Williams
    James Williams

    Instructor

  • Nick Butcher
    Nick Butcher

    Instructor

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1

Android Design Fundamentals

  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of Android design to your app.
  • Understand app structures, common navigation patterns and themes.
Lesson 1

Android Design Fundamentals

  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of Android design to your app.
  • Understand app structures, common navigation patterns and themes.
Lesson 2

Surfaces

  • Understand how to use surfaces to structure the hierarchy in an app.
  • Learn how use surfaces to control interaction of elements in an app.
Lesson 2

Surfaces

  • Understand how to use surfaces to structure the hierarchy in an app.
  • Learn how use surfaces to control interaction of elements in an app.
Lesson 3

Bold Graphic Design

  • Learn how to effectively use imagery and fonts.
  • Learn how to effectively use color.
  • Learn how to apply themes and styles.
Lesson 3

Bold Graphic Design

  • Learn how to effectively use imagery and fonts.
  • Learn how to effectively use color.
  • Learn how to apply themes and styles.
Lesson 4

Meaningful Motion.

  • How to properly time an animation.
  • Transition between application states.
  • Learn how to create orderly animations.
Lesson 4

Meaningful Motion.

  • How to properly time an animation.
  • Transition between application states.
  • Learn how to create orderly animations.
Lesson 5

Adaptive Design.

  • Learn how to implement your designs on many screen sizes.
  • Learn what considerations to make when adapting a design.
Lesson 5

Adaptive Design.

  • Learn how to implement your designs on many screen sizes.
  • Learn what considerations to make when adapting a design.

Prerequisites and Requirements

To get the most out of this course, you should have prior experience developing Android apps. If you lack this experience, please take Developing Android Apps prior to enrolling in this one. We also recommend taking Advanced Android App Development if you are interested in publishing your app to the Google Play Store.

To follow along with course activities, you must have access to the latest release of Android Studio, and should have access to an Android device for running and testing your apps.

We share code through Github, so you must be familiar with using Github to access code. Take our course on Using Git and Github if you lack this background.

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Which learning path is right for me?

When it comes to Android, Udacity has a variety of Nanodegree programs and courses of all levels for you to choose from. Find out which courses are right for you with this quick guide.

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Why Take This Course

What makes an app intuitive or easy to use? What makes it hard or frustrating? Learning the foundations of good design and platform-specific design patterns will help you create better apps for your users.

What do I get?
  • Instructor videos
  • Learn by doing exercises
  • Taught by industry professionals
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