Better Design

Google is up for helping the world become better designed, at least the online and mobile aspects of this world. To this end they are working on their “Material Design” project right here.¬†¬†This is an ambitious undertaking and one that is great news for smaller organizations that don’t have huge design budgets. Among some of their first releases is a whole set of icons to use in apps, websites and anywhere else good, clear, readable images help users negotiate your project.

Here’s a set:

Free Icons from Google

Free Icons from Google

Download them all here.

Design Primer

The Introduction starts:

We challenged ourselves to create a visual language for our users that synthesizes the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. This is material design. This spec is a living document that will be updated as we continue to develop the tenets and specifics of material design.


Since screen design is rooted in paper design, an understanding on some of the influences on that through the millenia is a gret start.

They say:

Material design utilizes fundamental tools that have come from the world of print design, like baseline grids and a common set of structural grids that works across various pages. The layout is designed to scale across different screen sizes and will help facilitate UI development and ultimately help you make scalable apps.

The layout guidelines also encourage apps to have a consistent look and feel by using the same visual elements, structural grids, and general spacing rules across platforms and screen sizes. Structural and visual consistency creates an environment for the user that is recognizable across products, which facilitates usage by providing users with a high level of familiarity and comfort.

Before delving into layout details, consider again what material design is: a design based on the qualities of paper. Understanding the rules of how paper behaves and is crafted is important.

Read more here.

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