The Best 6 Material Design Frameworks for UI Designers
Since its launch in 2014, ‘Material Design’ has gained much popularity among users as well as UI developers. The reason is not just that it’s a brainchild of Google but the astounding impact it made on the visual language of web and mobile user interfaces. Actually, it’s the beauty of its philosophy that persuades people to experiment with material design. As a result, within a short period, many helpful tools to create material designs have been released. In this article, we are discussing a few of those frameworks which comes at the top considering their usability and acceptance.
A. Material UI
Material UI is an open source material design framework and available under MIT license. You can download it from material-ui package.
You can read more about Materia UI from http://material-ui.com.
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Materialize is an excellent framework that helps to do responsive front-end design based on material design standards. This framework similar to Bootstrap is highly useful for both small and large website projects. You can also use it to build HTML5 hybrid mobile apps.
It provides CSS for colors, typography, helper classes, etc. along with CSS to incorporate responsive images and videos. It also has ready to use material design components like navigation bar, badges, buttons, cards, forms and so on. It is also an open source framework available under MIT license.
You can read more about Materialize from http://materializecss.com.
C. Polymer Project
Polymer is a Google project that works on web components. While its paper elements collection helps you implement material designs for the web, Polymer core elements collection gives numerous unthemed elements that you can make use of creating material designs for app layouts, transitions and scrolling effects. To effectively use Polymer layout elements, you need to ensure that other parts of your app is following the same standards given in the material design spec including baseline grids, keylines, and touch target size.
You can read more about Polymer framework from polymer-project.org.
D. Angular Material
Angular Material is the right choice, if you are looking for a super cool framework for creating material designs. It uses the implementation of material design in Angular.js. Like Polymer project, it’s also supported by Google internally. The specialty of Angular materials is that all accessible UI components are well-tested and well-documented.
It uses grid system with flex so that you get a lot of freedom in creating layouts the way you want. It allows you to modify colors, typography and several other components by customizing the theming layer of the Angular Material framework. Similar to Materialize and Material UI, it’s also available as open source under MIT license.
You can read more about this framework at material.angularjs.org.
E. Ionic Material
Ionic Material serves as an extension library for developing hybrid HTML5 applications. With this advanced material design framework, you can build Ionic hybrid apps without changing the way for materializing them. It gives options for Ionic developers to embody material designs in hybrid mobile apps easily. it follows Google’s material design specs completely and ensures new components and layouts getting added to the library follows the guidelines strictly. It’s also open source and available under MIT license.
To know more about it, visit the site: http://ionicmaterial.com.
F. Material Design for Bootstrap
This one is the perfect material design framework for all bootstrap fans. It’s a theme developed by Federico Zivolo for Bootstrap 3. It cannot be called a complete framework since it’s a theme designed to execute material design. It’s highly customizable and you can design the layouts you want using the components and CSS,and applying changes in configuration. The highlight of this framework is that it gives both bootstrap and material design in the same framework.
You can know more about it from the website: http://fezvrasta.github.io/bootstrap-material-design
Material design has already become a trendsetter in both app UI development and mobile friendly web designing. Everyone is trying to experiment with the novel design principles it put forward. Without a doubt, these frameworks we listed here will help you in developing Google’s material design. Try out and share your experience with us.