Google wants websites to look like Android with Material Design Lite

Scorpus

TechSpot Staff
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Google is expanding the reaches of Material Design with the release of Material Design Lite (MDL), a library of components that brings their attractive design guidelines to the web through vanilla CSS, HTML and JavaScript.

The goal of MDL is to make it easy to create a well-designed website that uses Google's Material Design. MDL has few dependencies, can be used with a wide variety of front-end tools, and clocks in at around 27 kB when gzipped.

The way Google has designed MDL allows components to be used individually, or as a group to create a full Material Design web layout. For example, you could use just the MDL graphing or tabbing code for your website, or could download a full-blown Material Design template for content-heavy websites such as blogs, dashboards and articles.

Google says that MDL is designed to work in "modern evergreen browsers" such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge. Older, depreciated browsers such as Internet Explorer 9 are not fully supported, and will degrade to CSS-only layouts on MDL websites.

Developers and web designers can now download Material Design Lite either through Google's newly-setup website, or as source code through Github. The templates Google provides for MDL look very attractive, so hopefully some web developers out there will use this code for their own websites.

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psycros

TS Evangelist
Material design? More like NO design. These copycat webmasters don't see that their cutting their own throats by going the lazy route...within a few years most pages will be generated by an algorithm. You'll just drop content into it and it'll come up with its own aesthetic-free layout.
 

VitalyT

Russ-Puss
Let's get two facts straight:

1. Nobody cares what Google thinks the web design should be.
2. The Material library won't be popular on its own, only as an add-on for Angular JS, as an all-in-one solution, though even then, I thinks it's ugly...

In fact, it is so ugly, I think it's a conspiracy...

 
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Business Direct

TS Booster
I have incorporated certain elements of material design that I like but the gaudy colours are too much and using "cards" for all the content including the sidebar is... can't think of a phrase that doesn't include swears.
 
G

Guest

Ugly looking lollipop wasnt enough?
maybe its some kind of highly infective virus created by microsoft and spread with their tiles?
 

H3llion

TechSpot Paladin
Material design? More like NO design. These copycat webmasters don't see that their cutting their own throats by going the lazy route...within a few years most pages will be generated by an algorithm. You'll just drop content into it and it'll come up with its own aesthetic-free layout.
that actually would be quite clever. Something like 'No Mans Sky' kind of a size for Web generated pages, dayum.

I don't want to loose my job! :'(
 

Anmol Vachan

TS Rookie
Material design? More like NO design. These copycat webmasters don't see that their cutting their own throats by going the lazy route...within a few years most pages will be generated by an shayari algorithm. You'll just drop content into it and it'll come up with its own aesthetic-free layout.
I think you are quite right. This could be a real trouble for the small web designers like us, I think we should ask a job to develop and maintain Material Design.