Android Material Design For Websites
Written by Lucy Black   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015

Google has released Material Design Lite, a library of components and templates that enable developers to use its material design styling, introduced with Andriod Lollipop, on websites as well as in apps.


If you like the Material Design look and feel there is now an easy way to incorporate it into websites. 

Material Design Lite is a light-weight implementation of Material Design, specifically targetted at the web. It doesn’t rely on any JavaScript frameworks and aims to optimize for cross-device use and gracefully degrade in older browsers. Its components are created with CSS, JavaScript, and HTML and can be used to construct web apps and web pages that are consistent and functional. 

According to Google Developers:

The “Lite” part of MDL comes from several key design goals: MDL has few dependencies, making it easy to install and use. It is framework-agnostic, meaning MDL can be used with any of the rapidly changing landscape of front-end tool chains. MDL has a low overhead in terms of code size (~27KB gzipped), and a narrow focus — enabling material design styling for websites.


Its FAQs also states:

We optimise for websites heavy on content, such as marketing pages, articles, blogs and general web content that isn’t particularly app-y. If you just want to pick some colors, customise a template and ship a Material experience, we try to help make that process simpler.


The MDL component library includes versions of common user interface controls such as buttons, check boxes, and text fields, adapted to follow Material Design concepts together with specialized features like cards, column layouts, tables and of course, typography:
Google prefers developers to access the library via the MDL website, but the code is also on GitHub for anyone who may want to fork it.




More Information

Material Design Lite

MDL on GitHub

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