“The society and setting we belong to are always altering. With this alteration, customers need extra complicated and various experiences. In as we speak’s world, there may be additionally a continuing inflow of revolutionary merchandise primarily based on superior applied sciences that change our on a regular basis lives. Within the midst of all this alteration, One UI will all the time hearken to the voices of shoppers and proceed to evolve in order that our customers can comfortably and joyfully expertise their on a regular basis lives.”
– Yoojin Hong, Head of UX Workforce for Samsung Electronics Cellular eXperience Enterprise
Samsung Electronics designed the model id for One UI 4 as a seamless cell expertise that is ready to harmonize with any gadget or story. The fragile but versatile components of the interface assist customers freely categorical their individuality whereas offering the instruments to make on a regular basis life extra handy and safe. In any state of affairs, One UI 4 elevates the person’s way of life to a brand new degree because of its expansive prospects.
Samsung Newsroom sat down with Samsung’s UX design group to study extra in regards to the user-first design course of behind One UI 4.
Easy and Streamlined Type
It’s simpler to concentrate on what issues most when pointless objects are faraway from view. One UI 4’s clear visible hierarchy guides your eye to a very powerful components on every web page at a single look.
One UI 4 arranges colours and textual content so customers can perceive data intuitively. By simplifying the colour system and readjusting the font dimension and thickness, One UI 4 delivers a clearer and extra cohesive visible expertise.
The brand new model of Samsung UI additionally organizes data right into a system of streamlined, up to date playing cards to allow on the spot understanding of information and figures. By eradicating visible distractions and categorizing knowledge into layers, customers can now effortlessly navigate by their gadget to search out no matter they want, each time they want it.
Q: What was making the colour system re-organization and which a part of the duty did you concentrate on?
The important thing theme behind this shade system re-organization was ‘Clear up’. We carried out the duty by making use of shade to a very powerful data first and preserving much less necessary data extra monotone.
Q: Useful colours with related meanings have additionally been unified, particularly crimson and inexperienced.
Crimson is normally related to the concepts of Cease, Delete, Take away, Reject, or Lower. Earlier than One UI 4, the colours of options with an analogous function have been all barely totally different. We centered on unifying the theme through the use of just one shade of crimson in order that customers might clearly perceive the context of every perform. Moreover, we barely elevated the brightness and saturation to reinforce visibility whereas combining all of the totally different reds and greens into their single respective colours.
Q: It appears that evidently the font was tidied up throughout by letter spacing and boldface kind. Please clarify how this was carried out.
We centered on making the presentation of data extra outstanding than earlier than by adjusting the visible distinction primarily based on the precedence of data. We created optimum unfavourable area by altering the dynamics of the font dimension and thickness in accordance with the content material’s significance.
Q: The general Climate app has been upgraded with a clear, trendy look together with a brand new climate icon.
What folks think about to be necessary data varies from person to person. As an example, the present climate is necessary to some folks, whereas modifications within the climate all through the day are extra necessary to others. Whereas this data was beforehand combined within the higher primary card, One UI 4 now shows ‘present climate’ and ‘as we speak’s climate’ individually. The important knowledge, present temperature, location and climate icons have been revamped with trendy visuals and positioned on the prime to reinforce readability.
Q: How has the Calendar app been reorganized to supply the date and calendar occasions extra simply?
Based mostly on our knowledge, most customers create between one and three calendar occasions a day. With that in thoughts, we designed a display screen that appears seamless, even with none occasions scheduled for the day. We additionally allowed customers to pay higher consideration to key data such because the month, day and schedule by changing the earlier grey background with a transparent white background. The up to date UI options centered textual content for a secure format, and we added horizontal traces to create a transparent view of data sorted by week.
Q: What sort of efforts have been made to successfully talk knowledge in Samsung Well being with out wanting difficult?
Samsung Well being expresses data in three primary methods. We used a easy bar chart to explain any vary, progress, or standing data, such because the variety of steps, coronary heart charge, stress, or blood sugar degree. We used an emblem to speak data akin to meals consumption, sleep state or water consumption since cumulative knowledge on this class is extra necessary than progress. Lastly, we included a text-only kind that shows a quantity and not using a graph when it’s necessary to know the determine by itself.
Q: Delivering concise and correct data appears essential for the newly-introduced Samsung Pockets because it accommodates necessary person knowledge.
The Fast Entry tab, the primary display screen of Samsung Pockets, is split right into a stacked view and an expanded view. Whereas within the stacked view, 35% of every overlapping card can present data. With this in thoughts, the design group made the many of the area by effectively inserting the emblem within the higher left nook whereas displaying the cardboard properties within the higher proper. Data with related traits on every card was grouped collectively for a simple search. In contrast, capabilities and knowledge with totally different options, akin to utilization historical past and operating duties, have been separated visually.
Protected, Comfy and Safe Utilization
As extra time is spent on sensible units, there are extra issues to bear in mind, akin to safety and well being. One UI 4 values the significance of individuals utilizing sensible units to remain secure and comfy anytime, wherever, with out worries or inconvenience. It’s pure for customers to really feel anxious about having their private data leaked by their sensible units. One UI 4 has been carried out with numerous options to guard customers with excessive requirements for safety and privateness.
Each element was fastidiously examined to assist customers conveniently use their sensible units in any setting. Darkish mode reduces visible fatigue all the way down to even the smallest element. Moreover, a constant visible design has been utilized to supply comfy usability even throughout a number of units.
Q: Customers can verify when the digicam or microphone is turned on with an icon. The place did you get this concept?
Person curiosity in privateness and safety has elevated considerably in recent times. We utilized the identical newly-added perform to the Android 12 OS, preserving the customers’ finest pursuits in thoughts.
Q: The Permission Dashboard reveals the place and the way usually the digicam, microphone and site knowledge have been used. Are you able to inform us extra?
Malicious apps that entry and exploit numerous sensors and knowledge after having access to private data have just lately develop into an issue. The Permission Dashboard can now verify and block apps that request pointless permission for private data, even whereas the app is inactive.
Q: How did the design particulars come collectively for Darkish mode?
We tried to search out an applicable degree of darkness to reinforce visible consolation with out compromising every app icon’s aesthetics and hanging options. Because of this, we determined upon the present darkness degree that naturally and uniformly tones down your entire app icon shade, prevents glare from white area and satisfies the visible stability between house display screen components.
Q: How do you make sure that numerous Samsung units may be easily and comfortably used collectively or individually?
One UI 4 applies a single visible language to numerous Galaxy merchandise, together with smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and PCs. Gadgets can be utilized comfortably by unified components akin to icons, rounded corners, parts, menu types, layouts and extra, even when modified.
Self Expression, Centered on You
For as we speak’s customers, sensible units have develop into a instrument for expressing one’s feelings and individuality. One UI 4 expands the vary of selections and customizable options to match each person’s distinctive way of life and tastes.
From personalizing their units with totally different wallpapers to utilizing the Coloration Palette perform to alter the visible theme of every gadget, customers can replicate their individuality and style to the fullest.
Customization and self-expression have by no means been simpler or extra gratifying than in One UI 4. Customers now can mix two emojis into one or use AR Emoji to disclose their digital selves. One UI 4 expands the person expertise by new choices for customers to make the gadget their very own, from smartphones to smartwatches. As an example, customers can customise their smartwatch to suit their way of life by numerous distinctive watch faces, or they’ll keep updated with up to date widgets. Regardless of how a person experiences One UI 4, there are limitless alternatives so as to add their private contact.
Q: How did the wallpaper’s ‘Particle’ idea come about?
We researched totally different design components that may be freely expressed on quite a lot of merchandise. Within the course of, we found the potential and scalability of a cloth referred to as ‘Particle’.
Taking the Galaxy Z for instance, we have been impressed by the artwork of paper folding when conceptualizing the message we wished the product to speak by its foldable construction. We believed such a artwork’s versatility, energy, continuity and expandability represented the Galaxy Z Fold’s traits. The Galaxy Z Flip was additionally designed in an analogous context, however we differentiated the 2 by highlighting a extra modern and distinctive product picture for the latter.
Q: The Coloration Palette extracts 5 colours from the wallpaper and modifications the visible theme of the gadget. How was it carried out?
The colour palette is a perform that integrates Android 12 Materials You – Dynamic Coloration primarily based on One UI. It makes use of 5 colours extracted from totally different wallpapers to assist Google and different apps.
Whereas researching shade palettes, we collaborated with designers researching one of the best methodology to extract shade from a picture. Collectively, we found an optimum shade extraction methodology that analyzes the unique picture, divides it into shade teams, after which develops a prototype that acknowledges the distribution of extracted shade.
Q: Why was the choice made to tone down the colours from the unique model?
The design was revised to convey the general temper of the wallpaper for customers to concentrate on and comfortably view the content material. Within the remaining model, the background shade saturation was lowered, and the buttons have been adjusted for colours to face out with out straining the eyes.
Q: The Emoji Pair, which expresses two totally different emojis in numerous animations, is a brand new and entertaining idea.
Emojis expressing complicated feelings akin to ‘sad-laugh’ and ‘laughing however not laughing’ have by no means existed earlier than. The necessity for these complicated feelings was confirmed by person interviews. Thus, the Emoji Pair was born.
Q: The idea has been expanded from ambivalence to complicated feelings. What was the rationale?
When the primary idea was ambivalence, we determined that the state of affairs of mixing emojis with related feelings with out opposition also needs to be thought of, since forcing the person to create emoji combos is an inconceivable process. Because of this the idea’s scope has since expanded from ambivalence to offering extra complicated feelings.
Q: The subtle actions of AR Emojis’ witty gestures are very eye-catching. How are these animations made?
Easy actions and expressions have been fastidiously labored on by animators one by one utilizing the keyframe methodology. Additionally they collaborated with well-known artists to create high-quality movement graphics, akin to skilled dance strikes.
Q: How do the popular AR Emoji stickers differ by nation or age?
AR Emoji stickers have been produced primarily based on voting in 4 international locations: South Korea, Brazil, the USA and the UK. Whereas there was no important distinction in general preferences between the international locations, there was a slight distinction among the many age teams. Folks of their twenties most popular extra caricature and exaggerated stickers than these of their thirties. Most customers wished to provide off a humorous and nice impression, quite than being critical when utilizing stickers. For instance, ‘I wished to magnify my laughter whereas laughing and never be too critical after I’m unhappy.’
Q: Which a part of One UI 4 watch face did you concentrate on?
When the Galaxy Watch 4 was launched, we centered on increasing the spectrum of the Expressive face kind. We accomplished a three-dimensional lineup by including characters of assorted types to the watch face, akin to a vegetable character for a nutritious diet or a bear character for challenges.
Q: What requirements or techniques do you check with when designing numerous watch faces?
The design system was constructed by referencing the categories and designs of Indexes, Fingers and Sub Dials of actual analog watches to create consistency between the watch faces. The colour of the strap and its environment was chosen as the first shade to mix with the Galaxy Watch strap, and the remaining colours have been chosen primarily based on the worldwide shade system.
Q: The One UI 4 widget provides off a neat impression general.
After steady session and energy, altering the widget form collectively inside Android grew to become doable. We utilized the One UI visible language to each Samsung and third-party widgets to reinforce their look.
The widget space shouldn’t be extensive in comparison with the data offered by the widget. It was designed to supply visible distinction for data to be seen at a look whereas focusing extra on what must be emphasised. By altering the background shade to 100% white, we’ve enhanced the minimalist really feel and allowed the person to extra simply focus their consideration on every widget content material.
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