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Package Tracker - Android UI

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By kahil   |   Watch
Published: January 18, 2011
I know that there are already package tracking apps on the Market, but none of them are really refined and they all have a simple, bare-bones design. So I thought I would make a spruced up one. This is just an UI concept. Maybe I will make yet another package tracking app or one of the current ones will want to buy my concept to spruce their app up.

You can view more screenshots and read more about the concept here: [link]
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kaiga747's avatar
Really nice and pratical design. You tried it with light or even white fonts on Packages and Package screen? Or maybe lighten up the background. You know, in real life it might be too dark becouse of screen vs sun etc.
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kahilProfessional Interface Designer
White text wouldn't work well at all. Bright light from the sun would only wash out the white text and make it more difficult to read.

Again, with this design and with my others, people seem to like them as is. Once they are made into apps, then we'll see how things look in real time use. If changes need to be made I will make them.
kaiga747's avatar
Yeah, you know its always diffrent on device screen and diffrent when you watching it on pc screen. So its always important to check things in real life combat. Cheers and props for good work, i really diggin your projects and i learned couple of things ; )
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kahilProfessional Interface Designer
they key is that less is more. some of the apps you find either do too much or not nearly enough when it comes to their designs.

I personally don't like it when a dev just ports an iphone app to android with the same iOS look. if you make an android app, then take a little extra time to give it some sort of resemblance of android in the design. or, if you do your designing right, you can come up with a clean design that has elements of both.
ManMythLegend's avatar
That's Fucking Logistics.
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kahilProfessional Interface Designer
hahaha...thanks...
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VazguardHobbyist Digital Artist
Nice design. I agree that Android needs some work as far as UI creation. But that's why we're here!

I like the app icon, but I could also see a simplified version of the splash screen box being a good fit.
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kahilProfessional Interface Designer
Check it out now, I just updated it to show two icon choices now...
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VazguardHobbyist Digital Artist
Nice, the new one works quite well and represents the colors and textures of the app UI better than the truck IMO.
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kahilProfessional Interface Designer
Maybe they both can be used. The box icon for the app itself and the truck/barcode icon for a separate service that acts more like a shortcut from the home screen that takes you directly to the barcode scanning function of the app.
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VazguardHobbyist Digital Artist
Yep - or maybe the truck could be incorporated into a widget with the package list, and when pressed launches the barcode scanner feature.
ps2xbo's avatar
you sir are doing something good for the android platform....

a lot of people have the notion that android is ugly...
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kahilProfessional Interface Designer
Thank you! I've contacted the dev of the most popular package tracking app on the Market and offered the design up to him first. If he makes me an offer, then great. If not, then maybe one day in the near future I will have this app made into my own version.
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PhlumProfessional General Artist
I can't think why.
itsjoncharles's avatar
Looks great. I wish Android developers would focus on the UI more; the lack of it when switching from iOS is very notable.
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PhlumProfessional General Artist
That's probably what makes things like ChompSMS and ColorNote so popular.
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kahilProfessional Interface Designer
it is a problem... its like most of them just do the very least to get it functional and then quit. They don't seem to realize that a better UI can only attract more customers. I also wish more would keep a standard on the app's icon as well.
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