Design & Code Exercise
This was an exercise utilizing the latest Android architecture & libraries available as of Summer 2019.
The requirement was to build an app to search and display resources using the Star Wars API while demonstrating advanced UI/UX design skills.
Category pages were organized using a View Pager with a custom Tab Layout. Each page was a Fragment with a View Model w/ mutable live data and RxJava using composite disposable observables.
The thumbnail cards are built with Glide using an early alpha Material Card View with auto-sizing text. Cards are arranged using a Recycler View with layout animations and variable grid size.
I put most of my effort into customizing the search experience to follow the best practices for autocompletion.
I used bold text to highlight matching words. Queries include an input delay, whitespace vs space detection, and minimum query length.
Sorting priority was based on full-word match, word position, and substring/position in both title & model values.
Finally, I used recursive de-pagination to grab all results, because sometimes the best match would be on page 2.
I wanted to add my own twist to the Android Toolbar. The Tab Menu starts flat on the page and the Status Bar has an accent color. The Toolbar is colored and elevated only when collapsed.
When the user scrolls down the page, the layout collapses. The Search Toolbar component is hidden and the Toolbar gets elevated and colored to match the status bar.
I wanted this view to feel like the old school trading cards.
I used custom UI code to overlay the hero image over a Collapsing Toolbar. Stats are displayed using Material Cards and Recycler Views.
Autosize text was used for the hero title and stats. Episode numbers were converted from digits to roman numerals.
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