Nick Rout

Android Engineer & UX/UI Designer

Hi there 👋

Me I'm an Android Engineer and occasional UX/UI designer based in Cape Town, South Africa. I currently work at Over. I am passionate about the intersection between code and (Material) design. I also strive to contribute to the Android community; I am a Google Developer Expert for Android and I organize Google-related events for GDG Cape Town. I enjoy speaking at conferences, publishing open source code and writing blog posts.

Porfolio 📱


Over I am currently employed at Over and form part of a small team tasked with building the Android version of their highly succesful iOS app. Over is best described as "Photoshop for your phone", allowing one to layer images, text, drawings, effects and more to create any kind of graphic/media content imaginable.


Luno I developed the Luno Android app as my full-time job from March 2016 to December 2017. Luno is a Bitcoin/Ethereum wallet and exchange service currently operating in South Africa, Europe, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Nigeria. Their goal is to "make money frictionless" by providing the best UX for buying, selling, storing, sending and receiving cryptocurrency. To the moon!

Rugby Ranker

Rugby Ranker I am developing Rugby Ranker on an ongoing basis as an Android app for viewing and predicting the latest World Rugby rankings 🏉 It displays the latest international rankings, live scores, fixtures, results and news/videos. It makes use of the World Rugby 'Points Exchange' system in order to predict changes in team positions and points. Rugby Ranker attempts to make use of the latest Android libraries and best practices, including Kotlin, Architecture Components and Material Theming. The source code can be found on GitHub.

Lens Launcher

Lens Launcher I developed Lens Launcher as an entry to the Google IO 2016 Experiments Challenge. I was a runner-up winner and the app is featured on Android Experiments. Lens Launcher is a home screen replacement app that uses an equi-spaced grid and a fisheye lens to provide a unique, novel way to browse and launch your apps. The app has seen great popularity, with over 1 million downloads and many active users. The source code can be found on GitHub.


ShortStories I developed ShortStories as an entry to the Google IO 2017 Experiments Challenge. I was a runner-up winner and the app is featured on Android Experiments. ShortStories provides a platform to play text-based games using the various elements of the Android System UI (Notifications, App Shortcuts and Dialogs). The app was inspired by CYOA (Choose Your Own Adventure) books and other forms of interactive fiction. The source code can be found on GitHub.

Posts and presentations 📢

My conference presentation slides can be found on SpeakerDeck.

I presented on "Using Material Tools & Components to design & build a real Android app" at droidcon Kenya 2018 and DevFest South Africa 2018. The video of my presentation can be found on YouTube.

I presented on "Incorporating Material Theming into Custom Views" at mDevCamp 2019 and droidcon Berlin 2019. The video of my presentation can be found on SlidesLive and Droidcon.

I aim to occasionally write posts on Android topics I have learnt and am interested in. You can find these over on Medium, some of which have been featured in Android Weekly.

I have presented on various Android-related topics through GDG Cape Town. The slides for these presentations are hosted on Google Slides:

Education & skills 🛠️

I obtained a BSc in Computer Science (co-majoring in Computer Engineering) from the University of Cape Town in 2015. I code in Kotlin (and Java, when I have to) on a daily basis and strive to keep up to date with latest Android libraries and best practices. I am also proficient with design tools such as Sketch and am a strong advocate for Material Design.