What exactly is Material Design? I know that you might initially interpret it as Madonna’s Material Girl. But wait a minute! It has nothing to do with it or with any financially related idea.
If you have been on the internet last few of months, especially if you have been looking up the news for the Android’s Lollipop, than you should have encountered the so-called Material design, a visual design language that provides a specification for innovative U/I controls, UX and styles that are consistent across multiple devices and multiple screen sizes.
In a nutshell, it is a new visual and interactive design concept from Google for creating bold graphic interfaces driven by typography, scale, color and position. Material design has been developed as a challenge to create a visual language for the users that synthesizes the classic principles of good design with the innovation and capability of technology and science.
One of the most common things about material design is how it takes the classic principles of print design and brings them to life. The materials take energy from the user, from their finger, from their mouse click, from their touch and use it to transform and animate. This concept follows the idea that there is a space which is tactile for the user and free to roam around. Originally it was inspired by ink and paper, but is far more advanced and incorporates a sense of magic as well. Much like construction paper material can come in many shapes when you look at it head on. But while it is almost flat, it is also solid with and it does have a little bit of depth to it. All material is exactly 1 dpi thick (density independent pixel) even when one content is displayed on top of it, which by the way is not the same as 1 px thick.
The number one priority of Google has always been to satisfy the diverse spectrum of human needs. Doing so properly ensures that the rest will follow naturally. That being said, Google believes that by developing a good sense of material design they will ensure the users an experience which is fluid and easy – one that will make them want to come back again and again.
Following the Material design concept and mixing it with the usual #FreebieFriday Icon set portion, today we present you with this color-injected version of the Material icons. Product icons are the visual expression of brand’s products, services and tools. Simple, bold and friendly, they communicate the core idea and intent of the product. Icons are more important than you think. In an effort to spread the Material Design look today we are releasing this set of cool new icons that anyone can download for free.
They’re equally useful when building for the web, Android or iOS. If you have an app on the way, or you simply need some inspiration for a website design, be sure to give our Material Design Icons a download and use them in your apps and websites as soon as you can.