Chapter 1. Getting Started with Material Design

Google first announced Material Design at their I/O conference in the summer of 2014, and it has since gone on to create quite a storm among developers and designers alike. Originally a formalization and expansion of the Google Now UI, Material Design has grown (and is still growing) into a comprehensive and systematic set of design philosophies.

Material can be thought of as something like smart paper. Like paper, it has surfaces and edges that reflect light and cast shadows, but unlike paper, material has properties that real paper does not, such as its ability to move, change its shape and size, and merge with other material. Despite this seemingly magical behavior, material should be treated like ...

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