Senior UI Designer. London 2015
Android Auto is a simpler way to use your phone in the car. Whether on your phone screen or on your car display, they designed Android Auto with safety and convenience in mind. With larger touch targets, a simplified interface, and Google Assistant, it's designed to minimise distraction so you can stay focused on the road.
The BBC approached Somewhat_ for a proof of concept to show what the iPlayer app would look like on the Android Auto platform and to analyse and assess what the capabilities and technology requirements would be.
I spent a vast amount of time going over every detail of Google's Android auto design
Because of the complexities of designing for something with so many legal restrictions, I could understand why Google kept things very simple and unambiguous. For instance, apps had to use the system typeface
After I had read the Google android auto guidelines, I then explored Material UI patterns and how these might work with the BBC iPlayer brand guidelines. As they limited me to what colours I could use, and typography, I had to ensure that I expressed the brand enough for the user's to recognise that it belonged to the BBC. I also had to ensure that it was a simple and effortless UI and experience so that there was no confusion caused for the driver / user.
The final output is a blend of Google material design and the BBC