10 Subtly Animated Material Design Examples

The design community has been inspired by Material Design. Discover how designers have begun to create subtly animated UI examples.

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Portrait for EnvatoBy Envato  |  Updated December 4, 2020

At their I/O conference in 2016, Google announced their exciting new visual language Material Design, a concept based on great visual design combined with cutting-edge technology in order to create a unified experience on both mobile and desktop. I’m not going to analyze Material Design in this post, for that you should check out Jake’s post. Instead, I want to share some design community examples of the gorgeous and subtle animation ideology it advocates.

VentureBeat recently asked some top designers for their thoughts and reactions to Material Design. Bjango lead designer Marc Edwards said that he loves ‘the animation and use of depth’ and that Material Design ‘seems very cohesive and thoughtful.’ And Telescope creator Sacha Grief commented that the ‘new design philosophy seems based on adding movement, animations, and colors.’ Both designers clearly love Material Design. Both also mentioned the motion design aspect, which plays a huge part of Material Design’s philosophy.

This is what Google has said on the official Material Design specs:

Motion in the world of material design is not only beautiful, it builds meaning about the spatial relationships, functionality, and intention of the system.


The design community as a whole has embraced and been inspired by Material Design. Some designers have even begun to create some beautiful Material Design UI examples and combined them with subtle and thoughtful animation. Have a look for yourself:

Material Design on Dribbble

1. Material Design Animation by Balraj Chana

Material Design Animation

2. Alarm Material UI by Ehsan Rahimi

Alarm Material UI

3. Material Drawer by Jovie Brett

Material Drawer by Jovie Brett

4. Android Wear by George Otsubo

Android Wear

5. Material Calculator by Jovie Brett

Material Calculator

5. Contact List by Eric Azares

Contact List

6. Material Animation by Jovie Brett

Material Animation

7. User Profile Widget by Mattia Astorino

User Profile Widget

8. L for Love by Serge Jouqier

L for Love

9. Evernote Material Redesign by Jiangping Hsu

Evernote Material Redesign

10. Material Design Search by Jovie Brett

Material Design Search

What are your thoughts on Material Design? Let us know in the comments below. Also, if know of any other animated examples of Material Design, please do share them as well.

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