In the last few years, Material-Design has become more important than we all thought at the beginning. Now it’s some kind of guideline to build Cross-Platform-Designs.
Not only that it provides multiple solutions for responsive layouts, it’s also a standard that allows the user to recognize elements he knows from other Websites or Software.If you want to learn about the way Material-Design works and what the guidelines are, check out Googles Definition on google.com/design/spec/material-design/introduction.html
But I guess that you are not reading this because you want some theoretical stuff about Material-Design. What you want is to use it and leave the really overused Bootstrap design behind you. In the following list you find some libraries that allow you to build your Website with that damn cool Material-Design everybody is talking about. (And don’t get confused: Sometimes it’s called Flat-Design, but that’s basically the same)
materializecss.com is a huge library that gives you the full package off things you want
to do when you start to build a material-designed website. It’s very easy to handle the
components, and gives you enough opportunities to customize the elements without
changing or overwriting the css or js files.
Materialize comes with a responsive grid, solutions for basic elements like headers,
footers and navigation. A big color palette makes it very easy to give your website a
consistent look and feel. There is a large number of fancy components like parallax,
badges and other stuff. You should take a look at what’s possible with this all-rounder
(Screenshot: FinallyBinary, Source: materializecss.com)
Another Framework that claims to give you everything you need is angularjs.org. Just
like Materialize, the amount of functionalities is huge. In my opinion its components
are made for business-websites. Furthermore you need a little bit more experience to
achieve good results with angularjs. But if you are comfy with js and css, your options
are way bigger to customize the elements and their arrangement.
(Screenshot: FinallyBinary, Source: angularjs.org)
muicss.com is a lightweight framework for material design. It contains less
components than materialize or angular, but all the basic elements. That means for
you, if you just need some buttons and basic style elements this is what you are
looking for. The small size makes it easy to handle and you will have less trouble if
you want to use it side by side with some other frameworks. Sometimes less is more!
(Screenshot: FinallyBinary, Source: muicss.com)
polymer-project.org is one oft he biggest material-frameworks you can find. It has a
enormous amount of elements and works even on IE (10+). If you want to get really
professional with material design, that’s where you should start. The developers
assert that it’s unbeaten in performance and speed. But take your time to get an
overview of the framework before you start.
(Screenshot: FinallyBinary, Source: polymer-project.org)