Google today unveiled a front-end framework for web developers who wish to implement the search giant’s Material Design elements to their websites. Material Design is a design language created by Google after they decided that they no longer wished to continue using their previous design, Holo. Released in 2014, Material Design is a vibrant design language with emphasis on grid layouts, matte colors, fluid animations and, most of all, simplicity. Originally marketed to be used solely on mobile platforms, mainly Android, Material Design quickly gained in popularity and Google decided to expand its presence in other areas. One of the first ones being the online version of Inbox by Google.
Google states that users with heavy text websites, dashboards, and stand-alone pages are going to benefit the most from Material Design Lite. This means that not all sites are going to benefit from using Material Design Lite, so you should definitely take a look at the sample sites that Google has provided to see if the design and layout would flow well with your website. All in all, this is a great gift from Google is you have been meaning to spice up your site or if you just wanted to make some minor changes but couldn’t quite figure out where to start.