Ever since enterprises have been using computers to capture business processes, the goal has always been to transfer the tangible experience of the paper to the screen. Fifty years later, as computing power has improved, based on the principles of Moore’s Law, so has the ability to create a modern tactile experience through Material Design.
A concept of interest to developers and graphic designers for sometime, we witness these changes every time we login to a new website or email tool in the cloud. How often have we asked in our personal technology experiences with email and websites — “Oh, did they move that button?” or “Hey, that looks cool how they designed this feature”, or “What does this new button do?” With ease of use and user experience, something techies like to call UI and UX, respectively, changes and updates become so familiar and ubiquitous in our day-to-day, we sometimes forget what it was like before the changes.
Perhaps the best way to consider these changes is to look at Google’s effort to promote the idea of material design…
With an irresistible goal like this, it is interesting to understand how ambitious this vision is for a company like Google and technology at large. Furthermore, this concept goes way beyond the notion of just being responsive to rendering an application on different devices such as desktop, tablet and mobile. Perhaps the best way to describe it would be the following from Google: “[Material design is] a visual language that synthesizes classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science.”
While much has been written on it in recent years, understanding these fundamentals for business users is essential in improving UI/UX. At Determine, we are pursuing this effort, initiated by Google in the enterprise solutions marketplace. For awhile now, Determine has been talking about the value of the unified platform. But with our latest release, we have taken it a step further, to emulate the reality of material design and its impact on enterprise computing.
Taking a cue from Google, our new UI/UX design looks to move the notion of tactile paper to your fingertips. Today, the experience of the Determine Cloud Platform 16.6 presents a whole unified feel in being able to navigate from one place to the next.
We have embraced what Google is promoting with mobile compatibility and convergence between our desktop application and our mobile application. The benefits of the new material design UI:
- A sleek interface delivering very efficient input/output processes;
- Full consistency across the suite and many new modern applications (most Google applications are now material design) with a predefined set of styles and principles, lowering the learning curve;
- Virtual feel of the objects by taking the z-axis into consideration, telling the user indirectly that they are interacting with a virtual object using mouse or touch;
- Unification of the user interface between our desktop and mobile application, and most Google and modern applications.
Moreover, our native mobile application today is designed to access the entire platform onto an optimized user experience for small screens and quick access to on-the-road uses such as approval, notification, status updates and main action item. The unique feature of this app is to bring all information available, including the customer specifics and all on-demand apps.