Can anyone explain Material Design in simple English?

over 7 years ago from Surjith S M, Freelance Web Designer

  • Chris ValleskeyChris Valleskey, over 7 years ago

    What are you talking about? Design is a lot more than something looking pretty. Google's stuff might not have (at least until recently) looked great, but it worked.

    6 points
    • Darth BaneDarth Bane, over 7 years ago

      I'm aware what design is. I'm not talking about aesthetics. I'm talking about Google's overall design approach, of which I'm not a fan.

      As I said, they have good products and services, but highly scattered and rushed design work that is only good right now because it took them years to figure out how to do it.

      1 point
      • Brian A.Brian A., over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

        ...only good right now because it took them years to figure out how to do it

        I think the word you're looking for is "iteration". Was your design aesthetic perfect in your first year of practicing, or did it take you a while? Are you maybe still working on it, shaping it as you go along? Google is far from perfect, but lets give credit where it's due.

        2 points
        • Darth BaneDarth Bane, over 7 years ago

          I'm a design-first kind of guy so I don't agree with Google's design approach of design-last. That's what it comes down to. I'd rather spend nine days researching and one day designing, instead of the other way around.

          1 point
          • Phil OakleyPhil Oakley, over 7 years ago

            Wait wait wait.

            Google have released some new design guidelines which states how Chrome and Android apps should look, and you're saying they're 'design-last'? Nope.

            That may have been the case a few years ago, but they've stepped up their design game in a big, big way recently. Their VP of Design is Matias Duarte, who was the former head of Android Design.

            You're underestimating Google here.

            2 points