May 13 – 15, 2021
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Adaptive Apps: The Future is Now

May 13, 2021, 9:10 AM


Ecosystem Growth


Tobias Bernard


Over the past few years we have laid the foundation for an ecosystem of GNOME apps that work seamlessly across form factors, from phones to desktops and everything inbetween. There are now dozens of core and third party apps using these new adaptive widgets and design patterns, and most new apps are adaptive from day one.

But that's just the beginning: GTK4 is finally out, and apps are starting to move to it. This transition unlocks a whole new world of gestures, animations, and layouts that were not possible before.

In this talk I'll sum up the current state of adaptive GNOME apps, demo some of the most exciting new stuff, and talk about what's in store for the future.

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Tobias is an Italian interaction designer based in Berlin. He works for Purism on making GNOME adaptive for the Librem 5 phone. Other recent projects include the GNOME Shell 40 refresh, the new app icon guidelines, and design tooling. He's a fan of coherent spatial models and ultrabold type.

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