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These beautiful animations show the best is yet to come for Android’s Material Design

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:54PM EST
Android Material Design Animations

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Material Design has brought a fresh and exciting new look to Android and it’s one that developers so far have shown enthusiasm for as it will help them make beautiful new applications. The app design experts at Five — who make mobile apps for third-party clients such as Microsoft, T-Mobile and MTV — have posted some experimental Material Design animations they’ve been working on that show just how much potential Google’s new design language really has.

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“In the near future, the advances in device capabilities will allow us to use more complex animations,” Five writes. “So it’s essential for us to challenge developers to look ahead and start thinking how to make more complex animations. We love to experiment and after looking at what Google suggested, we started to wonder where this could take us.”

Five’s designers created four different experimental animation types, each one named after a candy: “Bubblegum,” for outward animations; “Marshmellow,” for imploding animations; and “Jawbreaker” and “Jelly,” which are both for bouncy animations.

Here are all four of them in action:

And here’s an example of how some of these animations will look when applied to an actual app on a phone.
Five warns developers that “the abuse of motion effects can spoil the experience, so be careful with the amount and intensity you use in your apps” and advises that “the transitions should be done well and run smoothly so if you cannot afford the time for polishing them, don’t do them at all.”
Check out all the animations at the source link below.
Brad Reed
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Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.


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