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Google’s Material Design has reached way past what many designers predicted at first and is now a commonly used design standard for Android apps, developing websites and also desktop apps. Even Google went as far as implementing the native material design application into its website builder; one that used to look reasonably ugly and sluggish, but now is capable of producing incredibly beautiful websites.

You shouldn’t blindly follow guidelines because someone says it is the right thing to do. Your judgment as a designer is your best asset for making real and individual projects that stand out. Take from material design what you feel is going to compliment your ideas, then build-up from there.

For this post, I’ve curated my top picks for the best material design UI Kits & Frameworks for Designers so you can start using today.

If I missed out on any useful UI kits or frameworks for this roundup, give me a mention in the comments and I’ll take care of it.

1. LumX

LumX is a responsive front-end framework based on AngularJS & Google Material Design specifications. It provides a full CSS Framework built with Sass and a bunch of AngularJS components. To use LumX, you will need to know how to use Bower for installing libraries. If you aren’t familiar with Bower, your other alternative is to download all of the dependencies individually.

These include Angular, jQuery, Velocity, Moment, Bourbon, and Material Icons. LumX uses Flexbox to create standardised and responsive grid systems using the Flexbox property. LumX Components cover any area and part of a traditional website layout design.

2. Material Design Lite

Material Design Lite (MDL) was published by Google, therefore you can expect consistency and close alignment with Material Design concepts. Although it had become increasingly popular and it’s now on limited support since development has moved to the Material Components for the Web.

Material Design Lite doesn’t rely on any JavaScript frameworks or libraries. Optimised for cross-device use, gracefully degrades in older browsers, and offers an experience that is accessible from the get-go.

3. Materialize

Created and designed by Google, Material Design is a design language that combines the classic principles of successful design along with innovation and technology. Google’s goal is to develop a system of design that allows for a unified user experience across all their products on any platform.

4. Material Design for Bootstrap

Material Design for Bootstrap is an open source toolkit based on Bootstrap for developing Material Design apps with HTML, CSS, and JS. Quickly prototype your ideas or build your entire app with our Sass variables and mixins, responsive grid system, extensive prebuilt components, and powerful plugins built on jQuery.

5. Vuetify

Vuetify is a semantic component framework for Vue. It aims to provide clean, semantic and reusable components that make building application a breeze.

With the power of Vue and Material Design and a massive library of beautifully crafted components you can build amazing applications. Created according to Google’s Material Design Spec, Vuetify components feature an easy to remember semantic design that shifts remembering complex classes and markup, to type as you speak properties that have simple and clear names.

6. MUI

MUI is a lightweight CSS framework that follows Google’s Material Design guidelines. It was designed from the ground up to be fast, small and developer friendly.

The goal of the project is to provide a basic set of components and helper methods that developers can use to build sites that are fast and user-friendly. MUI distinguishes itself from other CSS/JS frameworks by focusing on the features like CSS-namespace to separate framework and app markup, small payload size, no external dependencies, automatically attaches event handlers to new DOM nodes, JavaScript library can be loaded asynchronously, cross-platform support (e.g. HTML Email, React, WebComponents) and it’s extremely hackable

7. Material Components for the web

Material Components for the web (MDC Web) helps developers execute Material Design. Developed by a core team of engineers and UX designers at Google, these components enable a reliable development workflow to build beautiful and functional web projects.

8. Material Design Kit

Material Design Kit is the ultimate library of UI elements, app templates, and style guides combined into high-quality source files for Sketch & Photoshop. Everything you need for a faster workflow and better results when design for Android.

9. Material-UI

The Material UI framework brings material design into the React.js ecosystem. This lets you build custom material-styled web apps while coding on top of a React.js base.

10. Material

Daemonite’s Material UI is a cross-platform and fully responsive front-end interface based on Google Material Design developed using Bootstrap 4.

11. Keen UI

A lightweight collection of essential UI components written with Vue.js and inspired by Material Design.

12. Material Kit

Material Kit is a Free Bootstrap 4 UI Kit with a fresh, new design inspired by Google’s material design. You asked for it, so we built it. It’s a great pleasure to introduce to you the material concepts in an easy to use and beautiful set of components. Along with the restyling of the Bootstrap elements, you will find three fully-coded example pages, to help you design your next project.


Material Design UI Kits & Frameworks For Designers