Card

Cards provide the possibility to display content composed of different elements.

Usage

When to use

Use a card in the following cases:

  • To present a summary and link to additional details and information.
  • To group information into logical chunks.
  • When the card surface itself is an interactive element.
  • To create flexible layouts.
  • To display information of one topic.
  • To create a dashboard or show a variety of content types at the same time.

Types

There are the following card types:

Card

  • Unlike a container a card is a summary that leads to additional details and information.
  • Use a card as interactive element (clickable as a complete object) when it only has one action.
  • The card itself is the interactive element.

Card

Simple card

Card with additional actions

  • Use a card with additional actions when the card has more than one action.
  • Unlike a simple card this type of card is not the interactive/clickable element itself.

Card with additional actions

Card with additional actions

General construction

A card consists of the following elements:

General construction

1. Header, 2. Content, 3. Footer, 4. Background

1. Header (optional)

  • Can contain a supporting visual, title, subline, icons or actions.

2. Content (optional)

  • Can be an image, video, chart, key value pair or any other data visualisation, text, list, table, dividers.
  • Mix multiple content types where necessary, to create the card you need.
  • Can contain additional content like buttons, badges, icons, actions or meta information.

4. Background

  • The background has several elevation states. These elevation states (shadows) help indicating a card and the interactivity of it.
  • The background is required.

Header construction

Header construction

1. Title, 2. Subline, 2. Menu
  1. Use a title (optional) to explain the context of a card.
  2. Use a subline (optional) to give additional content-related information.
  3. Use a menu (optional) to place additional actions.

Footer construction

1. Footer content
  • Card footers (optional) can contain buttons. The type of button depends on the importance of the action. This can be a mix of primary, secondary or ghost buttons. All of these can be icon-only buttons.
  • Use primary buttons sparingly on one screen.

Options

The following card options are available:

Card content

Individual cards can be created if the default arrangements don’t fit to create a card you need.

It is recommended to use content like image, video, chart, key value pair or any other data visualisation, list, table, dividers, text.

It is not recommended to put forms or containers into cards.

Card text alignment

Card text alignment

1. Left, 2. Center

Custom background color

By default all cards have a white background color. It is possible to change the background color to any color needed.

Custom background color

Custom background color

Behavior

Card

The whole card is clickable and leads to further information.

Card

Simple card - clickable area

Card with additional actions

There has to be at least one action that leads to further information.

Card with additional actions

Card with additional actions - clickable areas

Card scrolling

It is possible to individually set the height of the cards. If there is more content then available space the content is scrollable.

Card scroll area

Card scroll area

Do’s & Don’ts

Show cards next to each other, in a list or in a grid or group them in a container.

Do not nest cards in cards

  • Show cards next to each other, in a list or in a grid or group them in a container.
  • Do not nest cards in cards.

Try to use equal heights.

Do not use too many variable heights

  • Try to use equal heights in one row and equal gutter widths over all rows.
  • Do not use too many variable heights and gutter widths.

Style

This chapter shows several card styles in the design system.

Overview

Card states

Card states

1. default, 2. mouseover, 3. pressed, 4. disabled, 5. focused

Card example arrangement

Card example arrangement

Card center aligned

Card center aligned

Card with chart, title and subline.

Card with chart, title and subline

Typography

The following table gives reference to the different font sizes and weights:

NameStateFont-familyFont-sizeLine-heightText-align
TitleallSiemens Sans Bold17px23pxleft, center
SublineallSiemens Sans Roman14px20pxleft, center

Sizing and spacing

The following measurements show the dimensions for this component:

Sizing

By default cards have a dynamic height. The card height should be an increment of 8px. Cards should have equal heights when they are used in one row.

Sizing for cards

Sizing for cards

Spacing for cards

Spacing for cards

Rounded corners

Rounded corners

Shadow layer

Shadow layers

1. default, 2. mouseover, 3. pressed, 4. focused

The following examples don't showcase a shadow as specified in styles due to technical reasons on the website, however these shadows are implemented in the CSS framework.

To see a detailed explanation of all existing classes, please refer to the usage table below.

Card

Card title, not clickable

A short subline.

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<div class="card">
    <div class="card__header">
        <h3 class="card__title">
            Card title, not clickable
        </h3>
        <p class="card__subline">
            A short subline.
        </p>
    </div>
    <div class="card__content">
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    </div>
</div>

Card centered

(Centered) Card title

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<div class="card card--centered">
    <div class="card__header">
        <h3 class="card__title">
            <a href="#">(Centered) Card title</a>
        </h3>
        <p class="card__subline">
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        </p>
    </div>
    <div class="card__content">
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    </div>
</div>

Card clickable

Card title, clickable

A short subline.

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<div class="card">
    <div class="card__header">
        <h3 class="card__title">
            <a href="#">Card title, clickable</a>
        </h3>
        <p class="card__subline">
            A short subline.
        </p>
    </div>
    <div class="card__content">
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    </div>
</div>

Card clickable, without link icon

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<div class="card">
    <div class="card__header">
        <h3 class="card__title">
            <a href="#" class="link--noIcon">Card title, clickable, icon suppressed</a>
        </h3>
        <p class="card__subline">
            A short subline.
        </p>
    </div>
    <div class="card__content">
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    </div>
</div>

Card with menu

Card header with a very long title

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<div class="card">
    <div class="card__header">

        <div class="menu is-right-aligned is-expanded">
            <button class="button button--ghost has-icon-only">
            </button>
            <div class="menu__items">
                <a class="menu__item" href="#">
                    Lorem ipsum
                </a>
                <a class="menu__item" href="#">
                    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
                </a>
                <a class="menu__item" href="#">
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                </a>
            </div>
        </div>

        <h3 class="card__title">
            Card header with a very long title
        </h3>
        <p class="card__subline">
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        </p>
    </div>
    <div class="card__content">
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    </div>
    <div class="card__footer">
        <a class="button button--secondary" href="#">Action 1</a>
        <a class="button button--secondary" href="#">Action 2</a>
        <a href="#" class="button button--secondary has-icon-only">
            <span class="iconMdsp edit" aria-hidden="true"></span>
        </a>
        <a href="#" class="button button--ghost has-icon-only">
            <span class="iconMdsp locationMarker" aria-hidden="true"></span>
        </a>
    </div>
</div>

Card with buttons in footer

Card title

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<div class="card">
    <div class="card__header">

        <h3 class="card__title">
            Card title
        </h3>
        <p class="card__subline">
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        </p>
    </div>
    <div class="card__content">
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    </div>
    <div class="card__footer">
        <a class="button button--secondary" href="#">Action 1</a>
        <a class="button button--secondary" href="#">Action 2</a>
        <a href="#" class="button button--secondary has-icon-only">
            <span class="iconMdsp edit" aria-hidden="true"></span>
        </a>
        <a href="#" class="button button--ghost has-icon-only">
            <span class="iconMdsp locationMarker" aria-hidden="true"></span>
        </a>
    </div>
</div>

Usage

ElementClassDescription
.card .card--centered Center-aligns all the content of the card horizontally: title, content and footer.
.card__title   If this element contains a link, e.g. <a href="...">...</a> the card is clickable as a whole; should only be used when there is only 1 action connected to a card.
.card__title a.link--noIcon Removes/Hides the default "in app" link icon next to a card's title.
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