Material Design for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites on Web!

On the 15th of January, 2019, Google had announced on their blog post about the much awaited Material Design update.
This update would be for Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and Sites. For more information, continue reading the article further.

What is this Material Design update?

Google’s Material Design update was first tested last year on the G Suite apps with the new design for Google Drive.

As far as the update is considered, it’s purely a design refresh for Google. There are few bright new color changes and definite design changes; but that’s about it.
There are no new features or other changes here. Everything is still exactly where it used to be (give or take a few pixels).

Google has been rolling out updated designs for most of its web and mobile apps over the course of the last few months. Google Calendar was one of the latest apps to get this update; and with the addition of the G Suite productivity apps, the company has now mostly completed this project; until it released updated Material Design guidelines, of course.

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What’s changing?

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites will be getting a new look and feel on the web. While there are no functionality changes, users will notice some visual improvements, including:

  • Interface typography that uses Google’s custom-designed and highly-legible typefaces.
  • Controls (like buttons, dialogues, and sidebars) that are updated and consistent.
  • Iconography that is legible and crisp, with a fresh feel.
  • This feature will be ON by default.

The four products in this update join other G Suite products like Gmail and Calendar in sharing a common design language.

Before Design in Slides –

After Design in Slides –

What’s the availability status of the update?

The following was clearly mentioned on the blog post –

  • Rapid Release domains: Gradual roll out (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on January 15, 2019.
  • Scheduled Release domains: Full roll out (1-3 days for feature visibility) starting on February 11, 2019.

Basically, Google started the roll out of this new design for G Suite subscribers on the Rapid Release schedule today and everybody who is on that should get it within the next 15 days.

Those users whose admins are a bit more timid and are sticking to the Scheduled Release schedule will see the new design around February 11.

Google doesn’t typically say when those features roll out to free users, but chances are you’ll see them within the next month, too. Hence, watch out for the latest news!

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Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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