Material Design is a political choice(

almost 3 years ago from Tiago Franco

  • Tiago FrancoTiago Franco, almost 3 years ago

    It’s kinda taking it for the extreme, but I agree with it that, from a certain perspective, it will is or will become political.

    More and more people are using these types of design frameworks to get things done faster, at the cost of not funding different ways and different interfaces.

    Things like this will turn design into a commodity. With all types of pros and cons associated with that.

    Which this in mind, using Material Design is just as political as being vegetarian on environmental friendly.

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    • Account deleted almost 3 years ago

      The challenge is that these frameworks are the culmination of countless (literally millions of hours) of aggregate research, iteration, evolution, that's come to this point. From the 50,000 foot view, there isn't any UI design system or framework that breaks out of our fundamental UI model.

      This is all to say that if you want to not use these patterns - specifically to aid user cognition - you need to come up with an alternate that is measurable better. Otherwise, you're not using it just to not use it - at the risk of a less usable design.

      If we want design to not be a commodity, we need to prove that our solutions are better than out-of-the-box solutions and better to the extent that it's worth the investment in custom design/development.

      In my humble opinion, the future value of designers is to understand what people need, how we can serve them and leverage existing UI patterns to make that happen - or break out when we know it will absolutely benefit people.

      Otherwise we're only doing it to make a statement.

      7 points
      • Tiago Franco, almost 3 years ago

        Agree. And that’s the choice we have to make.

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      • Account deleted almost 3 years ago

        Solutions that are pre-designed, with the use of factual, project-specific data (both analytical and user research) will probably always (should be, if done correctly) be better than out of the box solutions. The problem is that developers take the frameworks as the perfect choice, very often not willing to alter this choice. And I doubt those frameworks are "the culmination of countless hours of research, iteration, evolution"... let's not go too far with this. It's just iteration within developers. They work OK but they are not perfection or even close. They are the starting points, not the end of the design process for particular environments. They will never be.

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    • griffin storback, almost 3 years ago

      I think choosing material design is incredibly political; making the choice of picking it for an interface is simultaneously greatly benefitting Google, as it is making unaffiliated apps look like Google's apps. If enough designers started using it, everything we see will look like a Google app, which is not only uninteresting, but has the potential to be dangerous when dealing with a corporation as large and powerful as Google.

      4 points