Even though Google showcased Material Design back at Google I/O 2014, the entire concept is still largely being developed. Not only did the company roll out aesthetic changes, but Android 5.0 Lollipop was completely filled with functional changes as well. Eliminating menus, adding in multi-functional buttons, and focusing on the user experience was a huge focus in last year’s update, and today, Google reminds us that it’s still being mastered.
To give us a good example of Material Design, Google has just updated its Google Design webpage, which adds a slew of new Material enhancements. There’s also a lot of new functionality on the website, too.
A new video has been created by the Google Design team that tries to outline what exactly Material Design is. A number of lead designers are featured in the video, along with none other than the man himself, Google’s VP of Design, Matias Duarte. He talks about the fact that Material Design isn’t just a visual overhaul; it’s also a stepping stone to create all-around better design. Duarte explains:
I don’t want to be looking four years down the road or ten years down the road and saying, “Well with Material Design, all of those ideas all of those frameworks, they’re over.” The principles behind them, I think, should be timeless. Maybe we don’t have them right yet, but I believe we’ll get there.
In addition to the updated Google Design webpage, Google has also revealed a list of the best applications available right now with great Material Design implementation. A total of 18 apps are on the list, including well-known apps like Tumblr, Pocket Casts, Weather Timeline, and lesser-known apps like Telegram, SeriesGuide and wiMAN Free WiFi Unlocker. If you’d like to see the full list, be sure to head to the Play Store link below!