Can anyone explain Material Design in simple English?

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

  • Morley ZhiMorley Zhi, over 7 years ago

    I disagree completely.

    "Material Design" is trying to say that web design should not be approached differently than physical product design, or "design with real materials."

    The same basic design principles apply to both web and physical design: form should follow function; details like motion and positioning should be applied thoughtfully to enhance usability, not for ornamentation; elements should be bold and meaningful; and so on.

    I think some of the "oversimplifying" you're referring to is from their pyramid approach. A lot of other style guides dive right into details (for example, MailChimp's designer guide has a cursory introduction and dives right into the grid.) Google instead has started with their mission statement: to look at web design from the perspective of physical materials.

    As for sounding like it's way more important than it is -- how would you suggest they modify their tone? They can't really say "this is how we feel, but you can do as you please." Why write a style guide if you don't feel strongly about your convictions?

    10 points