Today I want to write about a little side project that I did recently: what I learned from it, what went good and what went bad. Let’s go 🎉.
Most of the time I see some advice on how to be better on writing CSS and be better at design overall - take a piece of a website like stripe.com and implement it.
I did exactly this. I took a small card and try as I can best to implement it without looking at source code. Then I went back to see differences and similarities.
Part of stripe website I decided to implement by myself.
I’ve started with card implementation card - it is
div that has
box-shadow. I used
flexbox to position elements inside it. This second property was really hard for me to implement as I normally always copy shadow values either from designs or from source code. As you can see it below:
It stills create an effect that the card is elevated a little bit than the background.
The first thing that I’ve noticed was that they used
a tag as a card instead of
div. A clever trick that automatically allows a user to be redirected into another page without having
onClick handlers as in case of my implementation. Interesting is also
box-shadow property - instead of one value they used 3 slightly different to create an effect of shadows from 3 different sides:
Header & Paragraph
At first, I have to reset CSS for
p tags. The rest was fun to implement besides the font that stripe has used -
Camphor. It turns out that this is a paid font so I’ve chosen
Open Sans from google fonts.
They added a little bit of spacing by using the
letter-spacing property. You can read more about this property here
Here things start to be a little bit tricky as I do not want to create YouTube logo (To be honest I don’t have yet skills to do so). So I’ve added a SVG circle and I fill it with color. On hover, I’ve changed it to be darker but my implementation has one weak point - changing of color occurs only when a user hovers over circle directly.
In the beginning, the SVG image has its initial color. Then on hover, they added new color with
!important and SVG has
transition property. Thanks to that changing of color is smooth.
I this blog post I decided to implement a card found on stripe. You can check my implementation on codepen. Implementing card & elements inside it went good, but
box-shadows & styling of SVG is something that I need to work on more. I also learn a lot:
- dynamically changing SVG color
atag as a card container
Below you can find embedded code pen & graphical difference between card.