First Look: Material Design, coming to an Android near you

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Perhaps the most obvious change coming from Google following I/O will be its move to what they are calling “Material Design.” This is a design language that is focused on bringing out the physical, spatial aspects of each individual design element.

It is a clever mixture of flat, responsive, and three-dimensional design. Stylistically, everything is very geometric and vibrantly colored to establish an obvious visual difference between elements. At the same time, each element is assigned an “elevation” value, which describes the extent to which it will be appear to be above the other elements. The point is to make everything more intuitive, and it really does seem to.

Thanks to Google’s design guidelines, we have a lot of good looks at what Material Design will be all about.

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  • Dane Rossenrode

    Excellent overview of Material Design; far better than the other tech news channels – thanks!

    • Jacob Long

      Thank you for the kind words!