Okay, okay, they are not using an Android phone…

This is a topic that I enjoy writing about, even if I know that it‘s hard to work it out in a way that matches its importance and that pleases as many readers as possible.

So: Creating an intuitive user interface has been something I focused much on when I worked on Daily. I was unhappy with the news apps that were currently out on Android and decided to start working on my own one, which was the reason why I created Daily in the first place.

If I should try to explain my user interface creation principle in only…


My problem with the music industry as of how it is today

I think that it is important for me to outline that I am an absolute fan of music streaming services and that I already started using Spotify in 2011, I am not an early adopter, but certainly a long-time user of streaming services. It is hard to describe how magic it felt to be able to listen to music for free legally back then and it has remained by far the most comfortable way to listen to music. I would not survive without my Apple Music subscription anymore, most probably.

Enjoying music that is more than double as old as…


Ein anderer sonniger Maimorgen, ein anderes Mal das Gefühl, dass doch alles scheiße ist und sich das Verhältnis zu Lisa in die komplett falsche Richtung entwickelte. „Kommst du zu mir? Das Wetter ist so schön, lass uns in den Garten gehen. Das heitert dich doch sicher auf…“, las er von seinem Handy ab. Die Nachricht war von ihr, natürlich. Im Halbschlaf antwortete er, dass er vorbeikommen würde, trank den letzten Schluck des Bieres aus, dass er am Vorabend geöffnet hatte und erlebte sich selbst wieder in der Katerstimmung, an die er sich in den letzten Wochen gewöhnt hatte. Nachdem es…


How I grew my earnings by 600% in one year

For more than three years in which I had been creating successful free apps, and less successful paid apps, I had been searching for a way to combine both having many users and earning well from your app. Having experimented with the technique I have been applying for more than a year now and having iterated over this technique over and over again, I do feel ready now to share my insights with you!

In my first years of Android development, I had been focused on creating products that somebody out there would enjoy using. I actually succeeded in doing…


Before publishing

So you just finished building up your UI logic for your app and are very proud of you. Enjoy this moment, it is really beautiful. Now that you think that you can go on, I can tell you that you should not already feel ready. After having figured out the logic and core design of your app, you should run a test to see whether your app’s design is actually intuitive enough. Never mind what kind of an app you build, it should be intuitive and easy-to-use.

Large companies may now run tests with surveys or similar solutions, I am…


In 4.4 KitKat, Android was finally introduced to the ability to enable translucent system bars. I loved using them since then. In this story, I would like to focus on transparency across different key parts of your app and how to use it best.

1. The navigation bar:

Google seems to have fallen in love with it ever since they introduced the navigation bar originally. After all, I do not remember one Nexus or Pixel device which did not have it since then.

I do sadly feel like the navigation bar is too much „cut out“ of the actual smartphone experience. As it is…


Written by someone who used Android for 3 years and Windows for more than 10 years

The most beautiful tech products of the world are made by Apple. Just look at the perfection they represent…

After having read a story dealing with the ever-lasting „Android versus iOS“ war, I thought that it was time for me to try to collect my experiences concerning the topic into an article. And a few months later, I have now decided to update this article again.

First, let me explain my situation, simply because I would like to get rid of unnecessary comments that say that I have no idea of what I am talking about because I only used Apple devices in all my life. I have been working with Windows from Windows 2000 to Windows 10 without…


Es war nachmittags, 16 oder 17 Uhr, eigentlich war es ihr auch egal. Sie stand auf der Brücke und sah sich die Züge an, nach Frankfurt, nach Lyon, einer nach Montpellier. Die abfahrenden Züge waren geordnet, folgten einer klaren Reihenfolge. Das hätte sie sich auch für ihr Leben gewünscht, dass alles klar und geordnet sei, es war das komplette Gegenteil. Sie liebte Ordnung, hatte einen dazu passenden Beruf gefunden, in dem sie nicht viel verdiente, doch es reichte, um davon zu leben, ihre Ansprüche waren nicht groß. Er aber hatte immer in Saus und Braus gelebt, hatte endlose Skandale verursacht…


The thinking behind Made by FA has been in my mind for years. In 2014, when Google originally introduced Material Design to the world, I felt that I need to be a part of the design philosophy it has built up while adding my own ways of thinking into the creation and shaping of the products I released since then.

Made by FA actually describes multiple concrete approaches to various parts of product design, development and philosophy. 1. A “Made by FA“ product should be as beautiful as possible. Beauty is very subjective, which is why customization is actually nearly…


After having read a story dealing with the ever-lasting „Android versus iOS“ war, I thought that it was time for me to try to collect my experiences concerning the topic into an article.

First, let me explain my situation, simply because I would like to get rid of unnecessary comments that say that I have no idea of what I am talking about because I only used Apple devices. I have been working with Windows from Windows 2000 to Windows 10 without ever having not used one single version in between (including Windows Vista which I never found bad, but…

Florent Anders

Law student, language and car enthusiast, programmer, designer and occasionally a writer too. www.madebyfa.de

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