Google / Material Design
It was a piece of "magic" paper...
Material Design was initially called “Quantum Paper” - Our VP of design Matias Duarte stated in a meeting “It is a sufficiently advanced form of paper as to be indistinguishable from magic.” - Our goal is to realize a user interface made by paper - with advanced physics and with emotive elements. The second task is for us to come up with a unified design system that can be utilized on All Google products. My job is to lead the design effort from Android point of view as a visual design manager of Android system, actually participated in the project to create the real concept, as well as lead implementation team to realize the idea as a part of Android version L.
Design concept creation consists of literally “creating a magic paper” - we set individual parameter of how the “magic paper” acts and behaves in the interface. Weight, Dimension, Structure, Gravity and from the evolution of our Google Now card concept - how can we evolve that card into actual living “magic papers.”
After the implementation is done - We gathered all available information to form “The Material Design Guidelines” - when it comes to creating an Android User Interface - Designers can go to the website and regardless of familiarity you can instantly start building Android apps by just reading the spec.
It was by far the biggest and most sophisticated project I have ever assisted - with more than 30 designers, five stakeholders, VP to SVP design reviews as well as bringing down these design concept elements to an actual shippable product as a version of Android system.