5 Reasons to Build Rich Apps with Angular Material Design

  • Sep 26, 2017
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Angular Material Design

The more web applications appear on the market, the faster their design becomes simpler and clearer. This consequence is obvious – people don’t have spare time to learn carefully how to use the app. What we all need is the instrument for fast decisions that would solve all current tasks.

Google might have had similar thoughts as they worked on the concept of Material Design. It was first presented in 2014, and since then, Material Design apps have become a part of Google reality.

AngularJS, for its part, can take care of the technical aspects. It is a JavaScript framework, which knows how to build modern single-page applications. Some developers call it HTML for apps. You would use HTML building a static document – but what about dynamic solutions? Angular can create its own HTML syntax and let developers make any changes as work proceeds.

And finally, we introduce Angular Material. It is an adaptation of Material Design to the AngularJS framework. We will review its strongest sides in detail – and you’re welcome to join us.

1. Material Design as the UI/UX Revolution

Although Material Design exists only in our gadgets, it was developed to create a tactile experience for customers. No matter what device is in your hands (a smartphone or a PC), you’d have a strong feeling of using “material” objects. The best example that comes to mind is several layers of paper stack one on another. Actually, that was the main goal of Google Material Design.

Material Design

What can be simpler than shifting pieces of paper? We’re returning to the roots but on the technical level – and it really looks like a design revolution in the world of IT.

2. The Easiest Directives

The whole work of Angular Material design is based on directives inspired by Material Design. If you got used to work with standard HTML, you will easily recognize new commands. For example, if you want to add an Angular Material button, just add “md” to an HTML tag. This is what we get in the end:

< md-button >  Click Me < /md-button>

You can also theme this directive or “raise” it above the field of the screen to show its importance.

3. Services for Extra Functionality

Services are another vital component of Angular construction. The thing is they help spread the code in the Angular Material apps. There are also services that can add small but important details to the app’s performance – “toast” is one of them.

Similar to a real toast of bread, it slides onto the screen and stays there as much as needed. This is how such a command can look like in JavaScript (a toast in the right bottom of the screen which disappears in 4 seconds):

$mdToast.show(
$mdToast.simple(‘Simple Toast!’)
.position(‘right bottom’)
.hideDelay(4000)
);

And this is the toast from the Demos on the official site of Angular Material:

Toast

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4. CSS3 Flexbox Instead of Bootstrap

Flexbox is a new companion of responsive design, which has become a part of AngularJS. If you have this tool at hand, you can create modern Angular Material layouts in the easiest possible way. You’ll find several AngularJS directives in the layout API. With this set, you will have an opportunity to deal with any HTML content.

This more efficient solution replaces Bootstrap grid system. If you’re already familiar with it, you will quickly catch up new Flexbox implementation.

5. Strict but Clear Theming Concept

This is how Material Design components talk to customers. Maybe it sounds a little crazy, but colors with their shades and contrasts have become a separate language in the field of design.

Angular Material has the same vision of color schemes, and it’s based on the two palettes: primary and secondary. In the instructions, you would read that there should be three colors (also referred as hues) from the primary palette and one bright accent from the secondary palette. When you have a limited number of colors in the final design, you build strong connections between all elements of the application.

This is an example of a ready-made Angular Material theme:

Angular Material theme

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Revolution Starts with Simplicity

Material Design for web products has managed to shape the world in less than a year. So, there is no wonder that Angular Material templates are becoming a really successful mix of the great design and easy development process. Nowadays, we’re closer than ever to the actual simplicity in our actions and visions.

Pure comfort and aesthetics – that’s what Angular Material is giving to us.

 

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