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Material Design vs Material Design Lite: What are the differences?

Developers describe Material Design as "Google's Material Design". Material Design is a unified system that combines theory, resources, and tools for crafting digital experiences. On the other hand, Material Design Lite is detailed as "Material Design Lite Components in HTML/CSS/JS". Material Design Lite (MDL) lets you add a Material Design look and feel to your static content websites. It doesn't rely on any JavaScript frameworks or libraries. Optimized for cross-device use, gracefully degrades in older browsers, and offers an experience that is accessible from the get-go.

Material Design and Material Design Lite belong to "Front-End Frameworks" category of the tech stack.

"They really set a new bar in design" is the top reason why over 2 developers like Material Design, while over 23 developers mention "Material Design straight from the original creators" as the leading cause for choosing Material Design Lite.

Material Design Lite is an open source tool with 31.3K GitHub stars and 5.32K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Material Design Lite's open source repository on GitHub.

Google, SkyQuest, and GEMServers are some of the popular companies that use Material Design, whereas Material Design Lite is used by Google, Troopers, and Boxme. Material Design has a broader approval, being mentioned in 25 company stacks & 38 developers stacks; compared to Material Design Lite, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 26 developer stacks.

Advice on Material Design and Material Design Lite
Ashish Sharma
Sr. UI Associate at Daffodil Software · | 5 upvotes · 456.2K views

I am a bit confused when to choose Bootstrap vs Material Design or Tailwind CSS, and why? I mean, in which kind of projects we can work with bootstrap/Material/Tailwind CSS? If the design is made up on the grid, we prefer bootstrap, and if flat design, then material design. Similarly, when do we choose tailwind CSS?

Any suggestion would be appreciated?

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Hi Ashish,

If you need minimal work to be done from your end and like most of the components / design available out of the box - go with Bootstrap. This is the oldest and has the widest adoption and a whole range of components built out by others.

If you like Material design, this is a good choice too. Please note that Bootstrap also has a Material theme, though it is not as native.

Both of these above frameworks are bulky and has more than what you may need.

If you like to build micro-components in a elegant way, TailwindCSS is the way to go.

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I don't know about material design.

You would go with Bootstrap if you want to prototype / build something without bothering about the design at all and you are OK if everything looks kinda template-y, using bootstrap out of the box components.

Go with Tailwind if you need a sleek design, a user interface where building with components will be important (because tailwind strongly favors component-based UI), and you know you will need to extend the built-in classes with your own (because tailwind is very easy to extend)

I would personally recommend tailwind over bootstrap any day of the week.

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Tailwind CSSTailwind CSS

Tailwind is great you don't have to mess with naming things and it is so much more flexible than the cookie cutter bootstrap, but I don't know about material UI. I recommend tailwind it's super simple to learn and has great code snippets.

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Tailwind CSSTailwind CSS

Put simply, you should use Tailwind regardless. It is a great addition to whatever you use because it removes the hassle of writing CSS.

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Decisions about Material Design and Material Design Lite
Ryan Wans

Ant Design offers the most components with JS and CSS taken care of. They look clean, professional, and usable.

We paired this with Bulma for making the containers and structure reactive. Bulma (for react) make it easy to just add a section, container, and content and have it work on all platforms.

We also use Geist UI, though not recognized by Stack share, for its simple and modern feel. Highly recommend Geist if you want modern components for complicated UI's

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Pros of Material Design
Pros of Material Design Lite
  • 4
    They really set a new bar in design
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    An intuitive design
  • 2
    Simply, And Beautiful
  • 2
    Many great libraries
  • 0
    Composants
  • 23
    Material Design straight from the original creators
  • 11
    Based on bem philosophy
  • 9
    Nice animations
  • 7
    SCSS
  • 5
    Simple Material Design
  • 5
    Doesn't depend on JavaScript
  • 2
    Custom color palette generates CDN

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Cons of Material Design
Cons of Material Design Lite
  • 2
    Sometimes, it can hang the browser
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    What is Material Design?

    Material Design is a unified system that combines theory, resources, and tools for crafting digital experiences.

    What is Material Design Lite?

    Material Design Lite (MDL) lets you add a Material Design look and feel to your static content websites. It doesn't rely on any JavaScript frameworks or libraries. Optimized for cross-device use, gracefully degrades in older browsers, and offers an experience that is accessible from the get-go.

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      What are some alternatives to Material Design and Material Design Lite?
      Bootstrap
      Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
      Flat UI
      Flat UI is a beautiful theme for Bootstrap. We have redesigned many of its components to look flat in every pixel.
      Ant Design
      An enterprise-class UI design language and React-based implementation. Graceful UI components out of the box, base on React Component. A npm + webpack + babel + dora + dva development framework.
      Material
      Express your creativity with Material, an animation and graphics framework for Google's Material Design and Apple's Flat UI in Swift.
      iOS
      It is the operating system that presently powers many of the mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It is designed to make your iPhone and iPad experience even faster, more responsive, and more delightful.
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