At the I/O conference held by Google on 25th June 2014, ‘Material Design’ was introduced. It’s a new and innovative design language developed by Google that addresses a spectrum of problems and needs for designers. It’s also popularly known by the code name ‘Quantum Paper’.
Popularity of Material Design is increasing continuously
The vivid, lively and feature-packed user interface of Material Design made it immensely popular in no time. It was released and made ready-to-use for all platforms run by Google, which included the Chrome operating system and most of the popular web-based applications developed by them. If there’s one scheme that ties various applications and user interfaces released by Google over the years and of late, it’s nothing other than Material design. It’s compatible with 2.1 and higher versions of #Android platform and integrates effortlessly with almost all Android-based apps through the v7 appcompat library. Just about every device manufactured after 2009 can be used with Material Design. Developers are further working on compatibility issues so that the functionality of this design language can be extended to all popular applications and platforms. Google has also developed a lot of APIs or #Application Programming Interfaces so that third-party coders can integrate the use of Material Design in their own programs.
Google’s Material Design differs from conventional designing
With the ‘material’ #concept, one of the fundamentals of Material Design scheme, logical and reasonable utilization of available space and system of motion can be combined effectively. This concept is based on real world use and study of ink and paper while it allows for flexible use of imagination. Visual cues based on real designing experiences are rendered smoothly by edges and surfaces. Tangible features make it very easy for a novice user to understand the interface and use it and getting the hang of affordances becomes a lot easier. The interaction between various types of objects can be demonstrated very lucidly by effectively using the light, surface and movement functions. Lighting can be set to highly realistic values that enables to distinctly identify seams clubbed into each other, demarcate space inside and around a design object and clearly point out different parts in motion. Various types of spaces and interactions among objects can be managed and organized in a single inherent designing system. Every individual device gives a discriminate perspective of the same designing functionality. Each perspective is customized to the size and interaction suitable to a particular device. Even if the views change, spatial relations, hierarchy, iconography and colors within the designing scheme stay unaltered.
How Material Design has revolutionized virtual designing practices
All in all, the interface of Google’s Material #Design renders a very friendly end-user experience. The design is somewhat flat and it occasionally puts in bright-colored patches that give out a welcoming and lightweight feel. Animation effects have been fine-tuned which make exposure to the UI a very lively experience. Despite the bucketload of features this design language has, you’ll find that maximal content remains visible throughout. Material design is a constantly evolving designing system that is up-to-date with latest functionality and features. It is compatible with a broad range of design philosophies and practices. Classical methods of virtual designing along with the invention and excellence of modern science and technology blend harmoniously in this designing scheme made and released by Google to bring to your desk some of the wildest possibilities of virtual designing!