So I read through Google’s Material Design site this summer and was wondering what these guidelines were for. Now we can see the first stages of a re-thinking of the Google Apps suite using several of these ideas. (


Google has rolled out a new look for its Docs, Sheets and Slides productivity web app suite, with new homepages for each that present your content in a visual grid and that introduce just a hint of Material Design into the look and feel of the apps, with bold edge-to-edge fields of color and some basic animations.

The new start pages for Docs, Sheets and Slides do make it a lot easier to find your relevant file and start working on it, but it’s a mobile paradigm brought to the desktop instead of the list-based design that previously let users navigate their files, which more closely approximated the hierarchical file folder system those used to Finder and Windows Explorer might be more comfortable with. Luckily you can switch to that style of navigation with a single click.

Personally, I’m a big fan of the new look, and I hope…

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