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Learning Material Design

By : Kyle Mew
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Learning Material Design

By: Kyle Mew

Overview of this book

Google's Material Design language has taken the web development and design worlds by storm. Now available on many more platforms than Android, Material Design uses color, light, and movements to not only generate beautiful interfaces, but to provide intuitive navigation for the user. Learning Material Design will teach you the fundamental theories of Material Design using code samples to put these theories into practice. Focusing primarily on Android Studio, you’ll create mobile interfaces using the most widely used and powerful material components, such as sliding drawers and floating action buttons. Each section will introduce the relevant Java classes and APIs required to implement these components. With the rules regarding structure, layout, iconography, and typography covered, we then move into animation and transition, possibly Material Design's most powerful concept, allowing complex hierarchies to be displayed simply and stylishly. With all the basic technologies and concepts mastered, the book concludes by showing you how these skills can be applied to other platforms, in particular web apps, using the powerful Polymer library.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)


This concludes our look at material frameworks and Material Design as a whole. Although based largely on traditional design principles, it nevertheless introduces some very fresh elements to digital design.

Conceived originally for the smaller screens of phones and tablets to portray a wealth of information in an uncluttered fashion, Material Design can now be found on all screen sizes from smart watches to giant TV screens.

There are, of course, a lot of ways to organize content neatly and efficiently, but Material Design offers more in the form of a design language that gives our products a uniform feel across platforms, while still allowing us to customize and give our apps and pages a brand identity without breaking the overall feel of Material Design.

At the heart of Material Design lies a set of components, such as cards and floating action buttons. These behave, as the name suggests, like a form of virtual material, with physical properties such as thickness and opacity, and...