CSS List Designs

Creative ordered, unordered list style design in CSS.

 Techmates    18 Feb, 2020    455

HTML lists come with a simple bulleted or circle list. We can design stylish and attractive lists using CSS. 

In this snippet, we will share with you some list-style designs using pure CSS.
 

First, we will create an Html structure. 

HTML Structure

<ul class="lists">
  <li><a href="#">Web</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Seo</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Graphics</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Designs</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">HTML</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">CSS</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Js</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Andoroid</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Php</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Java</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">.net</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">C#</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Python</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Ruby</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Perl</a></li>
</ul>

 

We will use the above common HTML markup for all styles. We will simply change the root(ul) element class for different UI/designs. 

lists class is a common class that defines the basic CSS and clears the default properties of the element. We'll combine different classes(like underline, dash, zig-zag, wave, etc...) with lists class to create the beautiful list designs. 

List of the classes design that applied to root(ul) elements

- Underline

<ul class="lists underline">

List Marker Design

In this section, we will design the list of style markers.

Dash(list marker)

<ul class="lists marker dash">

Square(list marker)

<ul class="lists marker square">

 

Next, we will use SVG patterns background to design the list elements.

Patterns(svg)

◪ Line-dash

<ul class="lists patterns line-dash">

◪ Zig zag

<ul class="lists patterns zig-zag">

◪ Wave

<ul class="lists patterns wave">

 

CSS Styles

:root {
  --ff: 'Fira Mono', sans-serif;
}
/* List ul > li > a */
.lists {
  position: relative;
  width: 100%;
  list-style: none;
  padding: 0;
  margin: 0;
  margin-left: -30px;
}
.lists li {
  position: relative;
  margin-left: 30px;
}
.lists li a {
  position: relative;
  display: block;
  font-family: var(--ff);
  font-size: 1.1rem;
  padding: 10px 0;
  width: 100%;
  text-decoration: none;
  color: #7c7c7c;
  transition: all .2s;
}
.lists li a:hover {
  color: #3c3c3c;
}

/* Design variations */
/* underline */
.lists.bottom-line li {
  float: left;
  width: calc(33.33% - 30px);
}
.lists.bottom-line li::after {
  position: absolute;
  content: "";
  right: 0;
  bottom: -1px;
  width: 0;
  height: 1px;
  background: red;
  transition: all .5s;
}
.lists.bottom-line li:hover::after {
  width: 100%;
  left: 0;
  right: auto;
}
.lists.bottom-line li a {
  border-bottom: 1px solid #f5f5f5;
}
.lists.bottom-line li a:hover {
  color: #3c3c3c;
  padding-left: 10px;
}

/* Marker */
.lists.marker li {
  width: 100%;
  border-top: 1px solid #f5f5f5;
  border-bottom: 1px solid #f5f5f5;
  margin: -0.5px 0;
  margin-left: 30px;
  transition: .25s;
}
.lists.marker li:hover {
  border-color: #dfdfdf;
  background: #f5f9fa;
  z-index: 9;
}
.lists.marker li a:hover {
  padding-left: 20px;
  z-index: 9;
}
.lists.marker li a::after {
  position: absolute;
  content: "";
  top: 50%;
  transform: translateY(-50%);
  left: 5px;
  width: 0;
  height: 0;
  transition: all .15s;
}

/* dash */
.lists.marker.dash li a::after {
  height: 2px;
  background: red;
  left: 0;
}
.lists.marker.dash li a:hover::after {
  width: 10px;
  left: 0;
}
/* dot */
.lists.marker.dot li a::after {
  border-radius: 50%;
  background: plum;
}
.lists.marker.dot li a:hover::after {
  height: 10px;
  width: 10px;
  left: 0;
}
/* square */
.lists.marker.square li a::after {
  left: 5px;
  background: palevioletred;
  height: 10px;
}
.lists.marker.square li a:hover::after {
  width: 10px;
  left: 0;
}

/* Patterns */
.lists.patterns li::after {
  position: absolute;
  content: "";
  height: 10px;
  width: 100%;
}
/* Line dot */
.lists.patterns.line-dash li::after {
  height: 1px;
  top: calc(100% - 5px);
  background: url('../images/lines.svg');
  filter: invert(.7);
}
.lists.patterns.line-dash li:hover::after {
  animation: animatePattern 3s infinite linear;
}
/* Zigzag */
.lists.patterns.zig-zag li::after {
  top: calc(100% - 5px);
  background: url('../images/zig-zag.svg');
  background-size: 15px 15px;
  filter: invert(.75);
}
.lists.patterns.zig-zag li:hover::after {
  filter: invert(.5);
  animation: animatePattern 10s infinite linear;
}
/* Wave */
.lists.patterns.wave li::after {
  top: calc(100% - 10px);
  background: url('../images/waves.svg');
  background-size: 12px 12px;
  filter: invert(.75);
}
.lists.patterns.wave li:hover::after {
  filter: invert(.5);
  animation: animatePattern 12s infinite linear;
}

@keyframes animatePattern {
  0% {
    background-position: 0 0;
  }
  100% {
    background-position: 100% 0;
  }
}

 

You can customize the SVG and set the background patterns of the List elements.

Hope this will help you to design some creative link lists!

 


Credits / Resources

  • * External Resources
  • - Google fonts(Fira Mono)



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