Since the early days of Thunkable I’ve been checking with great interest what the apps created by thunkers look like to learn how they use the tool and explore its potential. But I’m confused because one of Thunkable’s key advantages over App Inventor, support for Material Design, is almost never used.
Each thunker seems to be leaving aside Thunkable’s default Material features and rolling their own designs, color schemes, text attributes, layouts, backgrounds, and fonts that remind of the early days of Android. But these designs can be created also with App Inventor.
So why use Thunkable? Why not take advante of Material Design?
The first reason I can think of is Material Design support is still limited in Thunkable, some major components are missing, and thunkers need to do some amount of customization for most apps. Another, which is actually a strength of Thunkable, is thunkers don’t usually have a development or design background and may not be aware of the Material Design guidelines. Yet another possible reason is thunkers simply like other designs better.