At their I/O conference in 2016, Google announced their exciting new visual language Material Design, a concept based on great visual design combined with cutting-edge technology in order to create a unified experience on both mobile and desktop. I’m not going to analyze Material Design in this post, for that you should check out Jake’s post. Instead, I want to share some design community examples of the gorgeous and subtle animation ideology it advocates.
VentureBeat recently asked some top designers for their thoughts and reactions to Material Design. Bjango lead designer Marc Edwards said that he loves ‘the animation and use of depth’ and that Material Design ‘seems very cohesive and thoughtful.’ And Telescope creator Sacha Grief commented that the ‘new design philosophy seems based on adding movement, animations, and colors.’ Both designers clearly love Material Design. Both also mentioned the motion design aspect, which plays a huge part of Material Design’s philosophy.
This is what Google has said on the official Material Design specs:
“Motion in the world of material design is not only beautiful, it builds meaning about the spatial relationships, functionality, and intention of the system.”
The design community as a whole has embraced and been inspired by Material Design. Some designers have even begun to create some beautiful Material Design UI examples and combined them with subtle and thoughtful animation. Have a look for yourself:
Material Design Animation by Balraj Chana
Alarm Material UI by Ehsan Rahimi
Material Drawer by Jovie Brett
Android Wear by George Otsubo
Material Calculator by Jovie Brett
Contact List by Eric Azares
Material Animation by Jovie Brett
User Profile Widget by Mattia Astorino
L for Love by Serge Jouqier
Evernote Material Redesign by Jiangping Hsu
Material Design Search by Jovie Brett
Material Design Countdown App UI by Adrian Gabor
Instagram Concept with Material Design by Emmanuel Pacamalan
A Dribbble Material Design Concept by Chris Basha
Material Design Overscroll Concept by Daniel Zeller
Google News Redesign Concept by George Kvasnikov
What are your thoughts on Material Design? Let us know in the comments below. Also, if know of any other animated examples of Material Design, please do share them as well.