See this great interview with Rich Fulcher a thought full speaker with lots of great tips to any designer.
I'm not really a huge fan of Material Design or Google design decisions in general. It's never flawless and to many visible mistakes. Hard to pinpoint a good example, but there's a lot (why isn't there a google image search for iPad?). I know they user test a lot, but hmm, still there's some strange over locked stuff.
Anyway, I like his conclusion, that I also can stand by, is that animation, or motion design is the future on web forward. Still lifeless slides is about to end.
I'm working on new ways of using animation and there will be some work presented in the future. But for now I have two great examples: https://www.filmskolen.no (scroll down and up and look at the logo) and Vibble app intro: https://www.vibble.co (Just download the app and see :)