Posted July 2, 2014 by Greensuper in News and Info

Material Design: What Does it Mean?

At last months #WWDC14 Apple announced a brand new iOS mobile programming development language called Swift.  This new language simplified the complexity of mobile app programming development.  The trend of “NEW” continued at last weeks Google I/O with a new graphic design for Android called Material Design.

Android has yet to have a significant UI (User Interface) facelift until last week.  The announcement of the new Material Design will bring a whole new look to Android OS.  One very small thing I tout regarding windows is their ability to have a unified UI across their mobile phones, tablets and desktops. Android is now going that direction with their Material Design.

Coming soon, all of your Android devices, whether it be a phone, tablet or the Chromebook laptop, you will experience the same UI across all these devices, unifying your experience. I was glad to see this change coming to Android as the biggest criticism of this platform is its inconsistent user experience among devices.  This inconsistency can even be seen across different phone hardware.

What is Material Design

On Google’s Material Design intro page, they posted their goals and principals for their new design

– Create a visual language that synthesizes classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science.
– Develop a single underlying system that allows for a unified experience across platforms and device sizes. Mobile precepts are fundamental, but touch, voice, mouse, and keyboard are all first-class input methods.

– Material is the metaphor
– Bold, graphic, intentional
– Motion provides meaning

Check out the intro video to Material Design


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