28 Dec 2021

What can app developers learn from the 2021 Material Design Award winners

What is material design?

Material design is a design language created by Google for Android oriented devices back in 2014. It is a comprehensive guide for visual, motion and interaction design that can be applied across devices. It is backed by open-source code. By adhering to material design principles, app developers and designers can optimize user experience that are rich in motions, 3-D effects and realistic lighting. It allows for android devices to have a cohesive and consistent graphical user interface. It is thanks to material design that Android apps are able to have a familiar feel despite being created by a wide variety of developers and creators.

What are the material design awards?

The material design awards are conducted on a yearly basis. It is an occasion to celebrate the work created by app designers and developers using material design. Each year the awards recognize the best work in particular categories. For 2021 the categories were: Motion, Large-screen design experiences, and expressive implementations of Dark Theme. If you think your product or design deserves to be recognized, you can talk to your mobile design and development agency in Guyana and ask them to nominate your product.

Mobile design and development with material design principles

What we can learn from the winners of 2021

If you are a mobile app development and design agency in Guyana, learning more about the winners of the material design awards from the past few years would be a valuable investment of time.

1. Motion

The winner in the category of motion was the app Post-it. According to the description on the PlayStore, the Post-it app brings the simplicity of post-its to your smart phone. The app design and development team used the principles of material design to create digital interactions in their app that mimic realistic motions of the physical world. For example, users of the app can crumple a post-it note in the app, a deeply satisfying feeling in the real world. Motion is an important design trend for the coming year. App designers and developers should give more thought to how they can use subtle motions and animations to create more engaging user experiences. 

Play store URL: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mmm.postit

2. Large Screen

Smartphones, tablets, laptops, smart-TVs and desktops, users today are interacting with applications on a variety of screen sizes. It is crucial for applications to be able to adapt to these various screen resolutions. In this category the criteria was to find a product whose layouts and components adapt well across screen sizes while still maintaining the unique identity, personality and functionality of the product.

The winner in this category was the product Todoist. Todoist is a popular app that allows users to organize, plan and collaborate on projects. The app was praised for its ability to adapt to various screen sizes. The design team took care to ensure that various layouts margins and content regions are properly adapted. They have also implemented column-based layout grids which allows them to test different layouts in one section of their app without disturbing sections that are already optimized.

Play store URL: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.todoist

App design must adapt to all screen resolutions

3. Dark Theme

One of the biggest trends to emerge from the past year was the use of dark themes and dark interfaces. Dark themes are designed for users who need to use products in low light environments. Dark themes make it possible for batteries to last longer as the designs use less backlight. The winner in this category, was Meetly. Meetly recently went through a redesign and implemented a dark theme. The app was recognized for its use of colour across the new theme that helped reinforce its unique identity.

Play store URL: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=aculix.meetly.app

Good design principles are eternal and stand the test of time. Good work can be source of inspiration for your own development and design projects.

Are you are looking for a mobile design and development company for your business in Guyana to help you build a product that complies with material design principles? Contact us at WebFX. We are a full-service web and app development company with the knowledge and expertise of the latest in web and app development trends and technology.

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04 Dec 2021

Types of Website Hosting you should know about

Since 2010 the number of people using the internet in Guyana has increased by over 30%. As of 2017 internet penetration stood at 37%1. Mobile Money Guyana, a mobile payment wallet has been gaining popularity in the country, the pandemic has also helped accelerate the development of local e-commerce services2. As the online economy grows there are more opportunities to launch an online business or to expand your existing business online. To take proper advantage of the opportunities online, you will need to build a website. This is where the services of a website development company in Guyana will be required.

A web development agency will help you design, build and launch your website. One important decision where professional advice can be crucial is determining what type of hosting you should choose for your website. In this article, we explore the different types of hosting available for websites, so that you can have an informed discussion with your website developers.

What is hosting?

What is web hosting

For a website to be available on the internet, it needs to be ‘hosted’ somewhere. This means that all the files, images, text, icons, etc that make up a website need to be stored on a physical server somewhere. When someone opens a website on a browser, the server sends the files to the browser which then loads the site. A web hosting service is a company that provides the facilities and infrastructure required for clients to host their sites. The amount of space a website takes up on a server can vary greatly. It will depend on the number of pages the site has, the size of the image files, etc. Mentioned below are the different types of hosting you can choose from.

Types of web hosting

1. Shared Hosting

As the name indicates, in this type of hosting you share a server with other websites. This is a great option for smaller websites that are just getting started. Websites that are hosted on a shared server will share resources like RAM, CPU power, etc. The big benefit of this type of hosting is that the cost is relatively low. If you anticipate that your website will get large number of visitors, then this may not be the best option for you. Shared servers generally can’t handle large surges in traffic.

2. Dedicated hosting

The other side of shared hosting, in this type of hosting a website has its own dedicated physical server. This type of hosting will afford you a large amount of control over the server on which your site is hosted. If you have a dedicated server, your website design and development team can help you decide what is the best security for you to use, what operating system the server should run, etc. This type of hosting is typically the most expensive option. To maintain this type of hosting you need to have the required technical knowledge, hence you will need to work with a professional agency. A dedicated server can handle large amounts of traffic and will not be impacted by the performance of other websites as there are no other sites using the same server.

Website development agency will guide you on what hosting your website needs

3. Virtual Private Hosting (VPS)

VPS hosting is the mid-point between shared hosting and dedicated hosting. In this type of hosting a certain amount of space on a dedicated server is allocated to your site. This provides webmaster with more control over their sites’ performance and storage. VPS hosting is also less expensive than getting a dedicated server but is more expensive than shared. This type of hosting can handle more traffic than shared hosting but will not be able to keep up with very large volumes of traffic.

Some other hosting options you can consider are cloud hosting and managed hosting. Contact WebFX, a web development company for Guyana businesses and get the right advise on what type of hosting is right for you.

Sources:

  1. Jul 2021, “Percentage of population using the internet in Guyana from 2010 to 2017”, Statista, [available online] available from: https://www.statista.com/statistics/1055477/internet-penetration-guyana/ [accessed Dec 2021]
  2. n.d., “Guyana – Country Commercial Guide – eCommerce”, International Trade Administration, [available online] available from: https://www.trade.gov/country-commercial-guides/guyana-ecommerce [accessed Dec 2021]
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