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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)

Summary


Designing for the very small and the very large brings interesting challenges for developers and designers alike. In both cases, Material Design allows us to create attractive and easy-to-understand interfaces. This is especially the case with Wearables, where the interface will most likely be a companion app to one running on a handset, and material provides a great shared medium for both.

After phones and tablets, it is the desktop that has seen the largest uptake of Material Design, and although it is perfectly possible to take what we have learned and create Material Designs using conventional web technology, there are some very useful tools that are available to us. The remaining chapters of this book cover the technologies that are most frequently used and easily mastered when it comes to creating material web pages and apps; namely CSS frameworks, which have many of the features of Material Design built into them.