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“It is a sufficiently advanced form of paper as to be indistinguishable from magic
Introduction to Google’s Material Design
Posted by Faizal on category Responsive Web Design , Material Design , Android App Development
“It is a sufficiently advanced form of paper as to be indistinguishable from magic.”
- Matias Duarte, Vice President of Design at Google
Material Design is a one more innovative product from Google that was developed with an aim of creating a visual language that becomes the technologies’ masterpiece. The design code named “Quantum Paper” was created by synthesizing technology, innovation, and science. It is targeted toward two functionalities: one is to ease of use and other is to present a colorful interface. As per growing demand of its users, Google has enriched the Material Design to make the process of application development and web designing easier. Since it is based on “ink and paper” study, the Material is a kind of paper that has surfaces and edges, and on the other hand as a digital paper, it can be expanded and shrunken, but not able to fold or bend. Google has empowered its presence in the technological world by enhancing the use of grid-based layouts, depth effects such as shadows and lighting, padding, and responsive animations and transitions liberally by introducing Material Design and its metrics.
Adopting Material Design in various devices is hassle free, as it is built with the purpose to be adjusted in varied environment. Using the design beyond Android or other Web platform needs to follow a certain method that may help the users to explore more in to the Material Design. This visual language can be incorporated in almost all Google’s mobile applications and desktop web interfaces. The two components, Material and Motion, are composed in Material Design to form a new set of rule of thumb for web designers and developers, helping them in understanding and using it effectively. These components are endued to build user-friendly applications and websites.
Four walls of rooms do not make differences among rooms, but the interiors do. Likewise, content and style of the design provides the context in a digital space to understand the user interface better. The material is used as a metaphorical term that does not mean to what it means actually. The material is nothing but a set of elements such as color, typography, surfaces, shapes, layouts, patterns, and different types of tools that create print-based designs. Material Design has large color palettes that embellish the design and take influence on its look and feel. It matters more for the designers to make the design more trustable, exciting, practicable, and even far more than what we imagine. Themes qualify the surfaces’ darkness, the degree of shadow, and apt ink elements’ opacity. While designing the layout, user interfaces must be emphasized strongly to fit in different devices of varied sizes. Thus, scalability becomes more important for designing products to be successful on various devices.
Motion helps the designed material to come alive. Designing need to get an appropriate motion, transparent feedback, and lucid transitions to have an excellent visual experience. As an attempt to make the motion of the material more natural, easing is the basic principle to ease an animation. Responsive motion increases its usability by acknowledging the user’s action. Material was created with the purpose, whereas Motion gives meaning to it. Material Design is ultimate in providing the bigger and bolder picture that will amazingly transform the thought we all have about the digital technologies. While using the Material Design, the user can get the feeling of real-time interaction because of the sense of nearness it creates and the ripple effect on clicking, it gives. Google's resource has given an appropriate answer to the disjointed market by providing interconnected experience through Material Design. Simply by using the basic platform, Google has taken the technology to innovations and next level of advancement.