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Material Minimal core values

Now that we've covered the basics of Material Design and the theory behind it, it's time to take a look at Material Minimal.

The foundations of the Material Minimal design system are three core values.

Material Minimal is:


Material Minimal is inspired by the physical world and its textures, including how they reflect light and cast shadows. Material surfaces reimagine the mediums of paper and ink. This value is proudly inherited from Material Design.


It's a style that needs to breathe. It loves space and lightness. Minimalist and clean in form, it is supposed to prevent the user from feeling overwhelmed and confused. Material Minimal wants to be the stage where the content is the main actor.


It grows with your project. A clear hierarchy and strict rules from the very beginning lay a solid foundation so that the UI is able to provide an excellent user experience, even when its complexity increases significantly.

These values are reflected in some of the most important principles:

  • Accessibility and usefulness as fundamental principles
  • Clear hierarchy of elements and colors
  • Clear contrast
  • Subtle shadows (often smudged with color)
  • Gently rounded corners in the components
  • Focus on details
  • Bright backgrounds (however, full dark mode is welcome)
  • Extensive whitespace
  • Big, readable headings
  • Clear and accessible typography
  • Real-life photography
  • Limited use of effects

In general, UI designed with Material Minimal should be light, clean, fresh, and aesthetically pleasing.

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