What is New in Google Material Design 2


Google has been putting emphasis on its "Material Design" theme for a while now. Material Design 2 is the next installment of this simple and intuitive design language. Those who follow Google or use its services know that Google revamped all of its major services before I/O 2018. At I/O, Google announced its new design engine - "Material Theme Engine". Basically, it is a tool for web and app designers to implement Material Design. But what actually is this Material Design that's getting all the hype?
In Google's own words, "Material Design is a visual language that synthesizes the classic principles of good design with the innovation of technology and science". With Material Design, Google intends to integrate design with the physical world. It is inspired by the textures of the real world and their response to lights and shadows. The main concept is to make things minimalistic and user-friendly or simply cooler. While also improving usability by making apps more user-friendly.
The Process
Material Design Language was created after extensive study of real-world scenarios. Google has successfully revolutionized the pen and paper look. To attain this level of precision, Google has allowed developers to use its material studies and create their own scenarios. It is an open-source code which streamlines collaboration between developers and designers. This makes work faster and easier. Also, regular feedback from developers allows regular updates on issues faced.
The Start.
The first iteration of Material Design was introduced at I/O in 2014. Since then all of Google's services have embraced the design. Before this, Android was just an ugly sibling of iOS and the design felt dated. Google needed a fresh approach to bring some aesthetic beauty. Material Design was the answer to Google's needs. Now in 2018, almost every service that Google provides is based on Material Design. Now its latest release helps google step up in the design race. Maybe it's time for Google to gain its status as a pioneer design company.
What's New
Material Design 2 brings a whole new platform with design possibilities. Everything stands out and looks completely refreshed. A translucent interface is also in the works. So, what's in the bag for users? Every function is now easily accessible and developers can play with tools to make apps more user-friendly. New widgets can be added to bring floating quick actions in the apps. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are also being introduced to allow apps to learn the user's habits and provide features accordingly.
Everything looks drastically different from what Matias Duarte visioned at the I/O 2014. It may not seem like the Material Design guidelines but this is the future. The looks are minimalistic but the icons get a new refreshed colorful look. Maybe, Google did that to end the monotonous feel that the interface was giving otherwise.
Material Design 2 showcases Google's obsession with all-white spaces and rounded corners. Everything from search bars to cards in Google Now features an oval and rounded shape. You can notice a considerable amount of white space everywhere. While it makes things more minimalistic, it also makes the design look very boring and monochromatic. If it wasn’t for the icons and backgrounds, it would’ve been mistaken as a kindle style monochrome display. We’re not hoping that this would change though as this is how Google intends to drive the future of design.
The Verdict
Material Design proves itself as an effective tool for designers and developers. It may look like a simple makeover at a glance, but it brings simplicity and easy access to users. We can easily say that the future of designing is safe in Google's hands. So, whether you love it or hate it, this is the future of designing. And it’s ready take over the internet.

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