Material Design Lite - Overview


What is Material Design Lite?

Material Design Lite (MDL is a UI component library created with CSS, JavaScript, and HTML. The MDL UI components help in constructing attractive, consistent, and functional web pages and web apps while adhering to modern web design principles like browser portability, device independence, and graceful degradation.

Following are the salient features of Material Design Lite −

  • In-built responsive designing.

  • Standard CSS with minimal footprint.

  • Includes new versions of common user interface controls such as buttons, check boxes, and text fields which are adapted to follow Material Design concepts.

  • Includes enhanced and specialized features like cards, column layouts, sliders, spinners, tabs, typography, and so on.

  • Can be used with or without any library or development environment.

  • Cross-browser, and can be used to create reusable web components.

Responsive Design

  • Material Design Lite has in-built responsive designing so that the website created using Material Design Lite will redesign itself as per the device size.

  • Material Design Lite classes are created in such a way that the website can fit any screen size.

  • The websites created using Material Design Lite are fully compatible with PC, tablets, and mobile devices.

Standard CSS

  • Material Design Lite uses standard CSS only and it is very easy to learn.

  • There is no dependency on any external JavaScript library such as jQuery.

  • ExtensibleMaterial Design Lite is by design very minimal and flat.

  • It is designed considering the fact that it is much easier to add new CSS rules than to overwrite existing CSS rules.

  • It supports shadows and bold colors.

  • The colors and shades remain uniform across various platforms and devices.

And most important of all, MDL is absolutely free to use.