Material Design, Google’s cross platform, responsive design system for mobile, desktop and the web, has now been applied to Google Contacts on the web.
The new-look contact cards are much cleaner and vastly more functional than before. For example, as shown below, you can see your most recent emails and meetings with a person directly in their contact card.
Optionally, each contact card can be merged with information obtained from your contact’s corresponding Google+ profile. As users update information on their Google+ profile as they change jobs, cities, and even names, the new information reflects in your linked cards to keep them up to date.
And as illustrated on the screenshot below, the revamped Contacts also conveniently pools together all your contacts, circles and the people you talk to most in Gmail.
“For people looking to access the preview through Gmail, keep an eye out over the next few weeks,” said Google.
Matias Duarte, Google’s VP of Design, recently fielded questions from users on a range of topics, including Material Design.
A number of Google apps on iOS already use Material Design and we expect the rest of Google’s App Store lineup to eventually adopt the new visual style.
More on Material Design is available at google.com/design/spec.