I think we can all agree that going back over the years our Google overlords were not what you would call the best of designers. They were sensational engineers who built some of the finest products on the web, but more often than not their UI was a hot mess worthy of front page status on thepeopleofwalmart.com. I’ll never hear the end of it… but you only need to take a look at the first couple versions of Android to know what I’m talking about.
Fast forward to today, and IMHO Google has some of the cleanest, most visually appealing software around. There’s no faux leather, no fake book borders – just clean simple lines, with visually appealing color schemes. Hell, even Android has made a turn for the better when developers follow the Holo guidelines.
Have you been wondering how Google made this transition, and in such a short period of time? If you have it turns out you’re not alone. The folks the The Verge took a trip to Google. What they found was … very Google.
If you’ve got some time, head on over to The Verge. If you’re at all interested in design, this is one you don’t want to miss.