A couple of days ago Google published its guidelines as to the the dark-theme applications.
Android Q beta, which we’ve already tested at Rosberry, finally offers a new Dark theme that applies to both the Android system UI and apps running on the device. So now for both UI/UX designers and developers it will be easier to support switching between light and dark interfaces. This, in its turn, will make the life of lots of users even happier.
To be frank, we have always been big fans of dark interfaces: they look attractive, provide good contrast to the content and emit less light which is good for eyes especially at night time.
We have an app with the dark interface which we are proud of, it’s called Souffleur (prompter). It allows to find stage plays and performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg meeting certain user’s expectations and tastes. From the very start we opted for a dark theme as theatre is usually associated with half light and the app itself is often used in a calm and dusky atmosphere.
Actually, we developed Souffleur more than two years ago but it still fully meets the recommendations of Google. For example, we took into consideration that Material Design recommends against using pure black as it is difficult to show shadows and halftones and low-contrast text against its background.
Also Google recommends that we use minimum of accent colours and make them lighter and less vibrant and pay more attention to how colours correlate on the screen. Moreover, considerable attention is given to typography and text perception on the dark screen.
By the way, a new UI Kit with the dark version of Material Design is here for free download: https://goo.gl/KT85L3
Thanks for reading! Soon we will publish more apps with both dark and light themes. Stay tuned and get in touch with us if you love and need good app design.