Now that Material Design has been around for a while: do you like it?

Now that Material Design has been around for a while: do you like it?
Back when Android 5 Lollipop was announced, Material Design became kind of a catchphraze. What it promised to do was to set a standard for how Android apps — both native and 3rd party — would look, behave, and feel, in order to provide a more streamlined experience for the end user. And sure, the ride was a bit bumpy. The guidelines, which Google had at the beginning have been broken by Google itself, then re-adjusted, and now seem pretty much clear. Developers have also gotten a hang of the concepts behind Material Design and are building apps whose interfaces blend lovely with the rest of the software on our phones.

And while many were happy that Android is about to get a more streamlined feel to it, some fans of Google's OS weren't particularly happy with the look that Material Design was going for. The flat appearance, the vibrant, candy-like colors that were showcased — they just didn't gel with everyone, and that's understandable. And many people do need some time to get used to a certain look and design elements before they could judge whether they like them or not.

So, now that Material Design is well-established, most popular apps and app developers employ it, and we've gotten used to seeing it everywhere — what do you think of Material Design? Do you hate its looks, but like that it streamlined everything, do you love it, or do you just not care?

What do you think of Material Design?

I love everything about it
71.66%
Not a fan of the looks, but at least the UI is streamlined across apps
18.29%
I don't really care enough to pay attention to the UI
3.58%
I largely dislike Material Design's UI elements and looks
6.46%

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21 Comments

1. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

a and b are correct

2. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This is pretty much my answer. I really like the ui being streamlined across apps, but I'm kind of indifferent about the actual design itself even though I think it's OK.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am not a fan of Flat Design but at least its consistent with Google involvement.

3. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

As a web developer myself, it has really helped me streamline my desgins.

10. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

And the libraries and styles are easy to use, like angularJS

4. Furbal unregistered

Much preferred holo, but it is good to see consitancy

5. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Good material design is very rare to see in apps. Heck, even some google apps didn't follow it properly for a good chuck of time. However, once it is implemented properly, it's one of the most natural and good looking design you can get.

6. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

I love material design, but I was a much better fan if the stock icons before they changed them to the circles. All they needed to do was make them the same size.

7. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Material design is fine....it's the color choices that are horrid. Well, also the whole flat look has gone way too far imo. Not sure why we can't have beautiful, graphically intensive UI's, when there is plenty of horsepower under the hood. Makes no sense to have the most minimalist design possible. Spice it up a little. Back to the absolutely horrendous color scheme. Pastel-puke versions of every color....and the worst of all....the white themed background on most everything. Yuk. I know since Marshmallow, they've wanted to go with what Apple was doing when they went to iOS 7's horrible flat theme, but the worst change was them having to also go with the white overall theme. It looks bad, it eats up battery...and it just looks bad...did I mention that? Thank goodness there is modding and themes...but white should not be the default color for backgrounds. Nor should some puke pastel color be the other main color theme. Black backgrounds should be default. Especially with AMOLED, for obvious reasons.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I like it, but not on Vanilla Android devices. It looks really nice on Samsung phones and tablets. I like that it is simple and streamlined and less cluttered looking. Looks way better than some other platforms with similar like Windows and iOS.

9. Bankz

Posts: 2516; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Nope! Especially with too much whites everywhere. White interfaces are less classy than black ones imo. Don't know where this craze about copyig everything apple came from tbh.. At least give the option to change it to a black one in settings seeing as most phones will be using amoled from now on..

11. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

It's nice. Not quite iOS level but better then before. Looks really good on the Pixel series.

12. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

I really like it is simple and clean most importantly it is much easier for developers to work with

13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Much preferred the look of KitKat UI, but frankly, don't mind it (with dark mode enabled) as I can always make my phone look however I desire...

14. monoke

Posts: 1153; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Prefer black, sleek and detailed elements of KK. Light flat pastel colors belong on ios more than it does android imo.

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 6939; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Pastel colors in iOS?! Do you have defective eyes?

16. Kaboomium

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 22, 2016

Where are the command line utilities?

17. Krjal

Posts: 423; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

It's not great design but I have to admit standardising things helped Android's marketability a lot. The biggest problems with it are how inefficiently current implementations display dense information. It's always forced into multiple screens behind pretty 'cards'. Material design is a great example of form over function when it comes to usability but I give it a pass as it obviously did what Google intended.

19. epdm2be

Posts: 818; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Now if they'd just take the battery saving features of AMOled equipped devices into consideration. Or the people that use their phones at night or in dark surroundings then that would make it less bad.

20. epdm2be

Posts: 818; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Now if they'd just take the battery saving features of AMOled equipped devices into consideration. Or the people that use their phones at night or in dark surroundings then that would make it less bad.

21. epdm2be

Posts: 818; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Goddammit PA, where is that Edit-button on the mobile version of the website?

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