Matias Duarte, the interface design guru for Android, is the man responsible for many of the design decisions we’ve seen in Google’s OS since Gingerbread. Due to his design and influence on Android – Duarte was recognized recently by Fast Company as one of the top fifty designers shaping the future.
Despite the accolades and praise for the evolution found in recent OS upgrades, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and 4.1 Jelly Bean, Duarte is far from done and this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Commenting on his Google+ page, replying to an article critical of some of Android’s design inconsistencies, Duarte revealed that the work he’s done so far only takes Android a third of the way towards his ultimate goal.
It’s true, we still have a lot of work to do. Personally I feel like I’ve gotten only about a third of the way to where I want to be with regards to consistency, responsiveness, and polish. Better get back to work!
Back in Feburary, Duarte made similar comments at Mobile World Congress. Yet Android’s designer has a few tricks up his sleeve that will no doubt help to take Android to the next level. The Android community is definitely excited to see what Key Lime Pie and future Android updates especially if Duarte’s vision is at the helm.