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Foundation vs Material-UI: What are the differences?

Developers describe Foundation as "The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world". Foundation is the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world. You can quickly prototype and build sites or apps that work on any kind of device with Foundation, which includes layout constructs (like a fully responsive grid), elements and best practices. On the other hand, Material-UI is detailed as "React components for faster and easier web development. Build your own design system, or start with Material Design". React components for faster and easier web development. Build your own design system, or start with Material Design.

Foundation and Material-UI can be categorized as "Front-End Frameworks" tools.

"Responsive grid" is the primary reason why developers consider Foundation over the competitors, whereas "React" was stated as the key factor in picking Material-UI.

Foundation and Material-UI are both open source tools. It seems that Material-UI with 48.6K GitHub stars and 11K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Foundation with 28.2K GitHub stars and 5.77K GitHub forks.

HotelTonight, StatSheet, and Customer.io are some of the popular companies that use Foundation, whereas Material-UI is used by DeveloperTown, Ratio, and Code Foundries. Foundation has a broader approval, being mentioned in 653 company stacks & 77 developers stacks; compared to Material-UI, which is listed in 69 company stacks and 80 developer stacks.

What is Foundation?

Foundation is the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world. You can quickly prototype and build sites or apps that work on any kind of device with Foundation, which includes layout constructs (like a fully responsive grid), elements and best practices.

What is Material-UI?

React components for faster and easier web development. Build your own design system, or start with Material Design.

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What are some alternatives to Foundation and Material-UI?
Bootstrap
Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
Primer
Primer is the basecoat of GitHub, made by nerds just like you who share a passion for HTML and CSS.
Material Design for Angular
Material Design is a specification for a unified system of visual, motion, and interaction design that adapts across different devices. Our goal is to deliver a lean, lightweight set of AngularJS-native UI elements that implement the material design system for use in Angular SPAs.
Animate.css
It is a bunch of cool, fun, and cross-browser animations for you to use in your projects. Great for emphasis, home pages, sliders, and general just-add-water-awesomeness.
Semantic UI
Semantic empowers designers and developers by creating a shared vocabulary for UI.
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Cloudcraft uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

Material UI provides Cloudcraft.co with a clean, professional looking and very easy to use set of UI components build with React. The few issues we've reported to the developers have been quickly fixed each time. I highly recommend using Material UI for both consumer and enterprise web apps. The styling system in particular is very nice to work with, and allows you to easily add your own brand's look and feel throughout the UI.

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Markus Gebka uses FoundationFoundation

I use it for a lot of professional work where I might need more than just a responsive grid. Has a great set of mixins and components and also some nice JS-modules. I love that its so style-agnostic. Really easy to add custom styling.

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Kent Steiner uses FoundationFoundation

Foundation has been my choice for years over Bootstrap and other similar CSS frameworks due to the naming conventions, well-designed built-in components, and it plays well with React when I'm not using ElementalUI instead.

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Kurzor, s.r.o. uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

We like the pure simplicity of Google's Material UI. It is simply too much overhead today to design custom UI styles.

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glfead uses FoundationFoundation

I use foundation only for the grid, i create my own other components

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DerEnderKeks uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

Martial UI is used by Admin-on-REST, the frontend used by Gofus.

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wooki uses FoundationFoundation

Great starting point for prototypes and sometimes full sites.

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micro systems uses FoundationFoundation

Foundation makes our web based applications responsive.

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Ambar uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

Ambar UI is based on Material UI components

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Sunny Singh uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

Provides Material-based components.

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