Android Messaging Mockup

I wanted to create something simple using the Google Brand Guidelines for Android. I decided to make a messaging app, here are my mockups. 

Originally I thought I would make everything boxy and have square shaped photos for each contact. While I was mocking up the concept, it felt way too heavy - so I decided to make circles instead. A cool feature that I wanted was to allow for photos to be seen in the list view, instead of the "You have been sent a photo" text. 

Originally I thought I would make everything boxy and have square shaped photos for each contact. While I was mocking up the concept, it felt way too heavy - so I decided to make circles instead. A cool feature that I wanted was to allow for photos to be seen in the list view, instead of the "You have been sent a photo" text. 

Here is the conversation view. While I was thinking about this screen, I knew that I wanted to add a call button somewheres in this view. I decided to add it to the top, next to the name of the contact. This is a feature that I think should be in any messaging app. It should be right up front for all to see- not buried in some menu. I also wanted to keep some of the feature I love, like the "take or send a photo" button next to the text field. 

Here is the conversation view. While I was thinking about this screen, I knew that I wanted to add a call button somewheres in this view. I decided to add it to the top, next to the name of the contact. This is a feature that I think should be in any messaging app. It should be right up front for all to see- not buried in some menu. I also wanted to keep some of the feature I love, like the "take or send a photo" button next to the text field. 

MOCKUPS

I wanted to create more space then most messaging applications I have come in counter with. I wanted you to be able to actually read and digest each message in the list view. I am really pleased overall with the Messages screen and layout. I can think of many different ways I could have mocked up the conversation view. This was the most direct way.

I had a lot of fun with this mini project. I hope to do more in the future, and design something more complex. I still have much to learn but that is okay :D