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Google Material Design: Build an App With High-Quality Digital Experiences

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DhiWise

April 2, 2022
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Why does UI/UX matter a lot?

For apps, the seamless digital experience is no more a choice, it is a must. To bring exuberance to your UI/UX developers need to achieve the best combination of interactive, and pleasant design with robust and reliable backend support.

A clunky design will easily discourage a user even if the product serves its main purpose. That’s the reason in the front-end application development pleasing UI matters a lot. 

For business applications, having a customized brand design becomes essential as it builds credibility, protects the brand recognition and sanctity of the brand by creating a consistent visual language and Google’s Material Design helps to achieve the same.

What is Google Material Design?

Google Material Design is a design language developed by Google to help the development teams in building high-quality digital experiences for Android, iOS, Flutter, and the Web. It is inspired by the physical world and texture, including how they reflect light and cast shadows. 

It was first introduced at the Google I/O conference on June 25, 2014. It has made revolutionary changes in the UI designing concepts. It uses more grid-based layouts, responsive animations and transitions, padding, and depth effects such as lighting and shadows.

Principles of Material Design

  1. The material is the metaphor

Material Design is inspired by the physical world and its textures, how objects reflect light and cast shadows. Material surfaces reimagine the mediums of paper and ink.

  1. Bold, Graphics, and intentional

Material Design is guided by print design methods — typography, grids, space, scale, color, and imagery — to create hierarchy, meaning, and focus that immerse viewers in the experience.

  1. Motion Provides meaning

Animation grabs attention, as it mimics the physical world when the elements appear on the screen. They transform and reorganize the environment with interactions generating new transformations.

Material Design is open source and integrated with a pre-build customized code base that allows developers to use available components, plug-ins, and design elements.

Material Design material components

Material Components are interactive building blocks for creating UI, with the built-in state system to visually communicate the status of a component - focus, selection, activation, error, hover, press, drag, and disable states. 

The component libraries are available for Android, iOS, Flutter, and the web. It covers a large range of UI interface needs, including:

  1. Display 

To place and organize content using components like cards, lists, and sheets.

  1. Navigation

It enables users to move through the UI components like navigation drawers and tabs.

  1. Actions

Users can perform tasks using components such as floating action buttons. 

  1. Input

Allows users to enter information or make selections using the components such as text fields, chips, and selection controls.

  1. Communication

Used to alert users through messages using components such as snack bars, banners, and dialogs.

Advantages of Using Material Design

Material design is the entire ecosystem rather than just a style guide for creating amazing UI designs with a comprehensive set of rules to handle each use case. 

Here are the advantages of using Material Design Components:

  1. It helps you to design an intuitive user interface using its skeuomorphic design feature.
  2. It is built on a mobile-first sensibility, which simplifies designing in mobile applications- Android and iOS.
  3. Provides dark theme options that add even more visual flexibility for designers. (Originally the material design was very light and bright,  which doesn’t look well with the aesthetics of some brands. In such a case, the dark theme guideline fixes the issue).  

It is easy to integrate the Material Design library in your Android(Java and Kotlin), iOS(Objective C, and Swift), web, and Flutter applications.

How can you speed up your front-end app development with DhiWise Android Builder?

If you are finding the best ways to build a cross-platform application with Kotlin, take a look at how DhiWise Android Builder can help you.

DhiWise is a developer-centric platform for web and mobile application development that encapsulates modern technologies under one platform to empower developers so that they can build scalable, customizable, and clean apps faster. 

DhiWise Android builder offers,

  • Conditional workflow support
  • Figma to Kotlin code generator
  • Collaborative workspace
  • Secure authentication model
  • Intelligent component identifier
  • Clean code architectural support
  • Duel app generation(Create the entire boilerplate code base for your iOS app)
  • Firebase integration

DhiWise Android builder is supported by Material Design Components. The platform gets you everything on board at least possible time, making your app development a breeze.

Find out more about DhiWise Kotlin Builder.

Wrapping Up: 

Building a purposeful application with an eye-catching UI design can be complex and time-consuming. But as now developers have multiple options to speed up their app development, it's always a smart decision to go with them.

If you are planning to launch your Android application with high-quality UI and clean architecture but have limited time constraints, DhiWise can be your lifesaver. 

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for DhiWise today!

References:

https://material.io/develop/android/docs/getting-started

https://messapps.com/allcategories/design/what-is-material-design/