Google's Material Design has taken the internet UI world by storm. Since it's arrival on Google's Inbox and then progressive across Google’s network sites, many web applications like Telegram have begun deploying the framework. Material Design has introduced us to a simple yet meaningful philosophy of modern UI design.
Material Design is one of the most comprehensive and polished design philosophies that we have seen in recent years and I suspect many of us will want to implement it in the coming year. So, let’s look at what I think are five of the best material design-based frameworks to use in your project.
Angular Material seems to be the big brother of all the material design frameworks that are available today because of Angular’s popularity and the fact that it’s supported internally at Google.
The documentation, demos and the API reference is well written and comprehensive and portrays all the features that were specified by Google in it’s material design philosophy.
You can use this framework just like Bootstrap by importing the CSS and you are good to go.
The project is open-source and the source code of the project is available on Github.
The repository of this framework has good documentation on how to set up this framework and install React using npm (Node Package Manager). You can access the repository of Material UI here.
MUI CSS Framework
MUI CSS Framework is a lightweight framework for sites and provides an easy ‘bootstrap-like’ solution for your front-end requirements. Since it is designed from ground-up, it is slightly faster than some of it’s competitors and it’s recommended to use in small projects, where the main focus is not the precise implementation of material design.
Interested in contributing code to the project? You can find it's repository here.
Google’s Polymer Project which advocates the use of web-components for web development, has also released their own take on Material Design.
The Polymer core elements set includes several elements for application layout, including creating toolbars, app bars, tabs, and side nav consistent with the material design guidelines.
So, perhaps you are considering implementing a Material Design UI in your next project? If so, I would advise that you start with the Materialize as this framework works just like Bootstrap with the elements accessible through CSS classes.
Maybe you've used Angular and have enjoyed working with Angular's Animation function? If so, then your best bet may be Angular Material, since it is very full-featured and backed by Google’s very considerable resources.
Material Design appears to have a very promising future in the UI design world. It is very well-researched and polished and we’re seeing more and more websites have begun integrating Material Design based frameworks each month.
So, are we looking at a long term design direction or is this a more fickle fashion trend? Personally I think there's every chance we may face a Material-Design-saturated future, just as we have a Bootstrap-saturated Internet right now.
What are your thoughts on the above mentioned frameworks? What material design frameworks have you used?
Tanay Pant is an Indian author, hacker, developer and tech enthusiast. He is known for his work on Learning Firefox OS Application Development, which was published by Packt. He is also an official representative of Mozilla, and has been listed in the about:credits of the Firefox web browser. His personal website is tanaypant.com.
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