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2020 Material Design Awards

Nominate your product for a 2020 Material Design Award and help us showcase the flexibility and capability of the Material Design system

The annual Material Design Awards honor the best designs from our talented community. For this year’s categories, we’re focusing on products that enlist Material Theming, Dark Theme, or Material Motion to create brilliant, meaningful experiences, across platforms. Read on to learn more about the criteria for each category, and explore some of the latest resources for building with Material Design.

The deadline for self-nominations is October 16, 2020; winners will be announced in December. Nominate your product.

Material Theming

For this category, we’re looking for products that show a strong understanding of Material Theming, and how it can create depth and cohesion throughout a product. Products nominated for this category will have created consistent, expressive experiences through the systematic application of color, shape, and typographic treatments.

Learn more

Read the Material Theming guidelines

Get inspired with Material Studies and download the code for Android, Flutter, and Web

Watch and learn how to build your own Material Theme using Material Components

Dark Theme

Utilizing a dark theme isn’t simply a stylistic choice. A dark theme offers new ways of fulfilling user needs, whether it’s by tailoring their experience for low-light environments, or extending the battery life of their mobile device to meet the demands of a busy day. We’re seeking products that are both beautiful and legible, applying color and contrast thoughtfully to craft a harmonious presentation of their brand identity.

Learn more

Read Material’s Dark Theme guidelines

Design a dark theme in this step-by-step tutorial

Create your own dark theme Material layouts with this component library for Figma

Watch and learn how to design a dark theme with Material and implement on Android

See how four Google products go “into the dark” with Material

Material Motion

Used well, motion forges a natural link between the user and a product experience. It communicates energy, responding to the user’s touch with precision and personality. And it tells a story, guiding users forward by revealing information at just the right moment. We’re in search of products which come to life by exhibiting masterful use of animation, making the complex feel simple and expressing your brand effortlessly.

Learn more

Read the Material Motion guidelines

Start implementing Material’s new motion system and transition patterns on Android and Flutter

Watch and learn how to implement motion with Material Design

Read Making Motion Meaningful

Check out more practical and inspirational resources from the Material Design team

Migrate to Material Components for Android and easily apply Material Theming, Dark Theme, and Material Motion to your Android app.

Build a Material Theme is an interactive project that helps you customize Material Components and implement them into your app.

Listen to 2019 Material Design Award winners on the Design Notes podcast.

Read all about last year’s winners.

MDA 2020: FAQ

What products can win a Material Design Award?

Any product that uses Material Design and has updated or launched between September 2019 and October 2020.

Can I suggest a product I don’t work on?

We are only accepting self-nominations. You or your company has to have worked on the product, and you must have permission to nominate on that product’s behalf.

Can I edit my nomination after I’ve submitted it?

No. All submissions are final.

When are self-nominations due?

All self-nominations are due by October 16, 2020. Fill out a short form to nominate your team.

When will the winning products be announced?

The Material Design Award winners will be announced in December 2020.

What if I have more questions about the process?

Please email and we will do our best to assist you.