Google reveals how it made Material You in gorgeous design documentary

A still from Google Material You design video documentary
(Image credit: Google)

Google's latest design language Material You offered a major contrast to its predecessor Material Design. Released for Android 12 in 2021, the 'you' in the name was very apt. Taking colours from the wallpaper section of a smartphone, it's a highly personalised design language that gives users a lot of control.

Now we've been given an insight into how the tech giant went about creating the design language in a series of four two-minute documentaries that reveal some farout inspirations and early concepts like a lock screen with full-screen clocks and oversized buttons (if you're starting out in UI design yourself, see our pick of the best UI design tools).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.