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Lessons For Developers On Creating A Material Design Android Application

February 26, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

Now that Lollipop has been out for a few months and more devices are on their way to utilizing the latest version of Android, it will be important for developers who are looking into and are interested in developing apps for Android to go through the process of creating apps with Material Design. Creating a visually stunning application is just as important as the Android app marketing process, as the UI and visual appearance is what users will be interacting with on a constant basis, whether it’s day to day or a few times a week. Getting your app recognized should be a big part of the plan in the development process, but building the app has to come first, and since we’re well into Lollipop, creating an app with Material Design should be the focus.

Google lays out some details on what this includes in a blog post on their Android developers website, which has several key components to take into consideration. When thinking about Material Design, it’s important to remember that the core of Material Design is creating an app that provides a visual appeal with integrated motion and interaction design across devices and platforms. Google provides a nifty guide for starting the process of following the guidelines in their material design specifications post which you can find here.

Once developers have read through the introduction to Material Design, Google provides a list of different lessons in a material design class to sift through which continue the process of creating a Material Design application for Android. This includes lessons for explaining and utilizing the material theme, how to create lists and cards for the material design style, using and applying custom shadows and view clipping, a lesson for vector drawables, and finally a lesson for custom animations, which can be one of the most visually appealing pieces of any material design app. You can find links to all the lessons for creating a material design application on the Android Developers Blog site which is located in the source link below.