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Designing a pricing table in code

Following up from the design in Illustrator post, it’s time to code the design. Using flexbox to do the heavy lifting for the layout, the focus can be on matching the design and improving on it through being able to show the button state.

Preview

It may be better to view a larger version on CodePen.

See the Pen Pricing table by Steve (@stevemckinney) on CodePen.

Add the font

Work Sans is available for free on Google Fonts. There are 3 weights being used, light, normal and semi bold.

Here is the standard way of including the fonts, you may want to use an alternative.

<link href="https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Work+Sans:300,400,600" rel="stylesheet">

Defining markup

All items need a containing element .boxes, so that you can apply styles to restrict the width of the element.

Following that ‘package’ should be in it’s own <div> with a class box and a positional one box-start, box-center, box-end. As each will have a slightly different offset.

<div class="container">
  <div class="boxes">
    <div class="box box-start">
      <h2 class="title">Starter</h2>
      <div class="price">
        <span class="price-value">£9</span><span class="price-billed">/mo</span>
      </div>
      <ul class="features">
        <li>Shared</li>
        <li>512mb ram</li>
        <li>20gb HDD</li>
        <li>200gb bandwidth</li>
        <li>
          <s>Choice of OS</s>
        </li>
        <li>
          <s>Host multiple sites</s>
        </li>
      </ul>
      <a href="#" class="button">Order starter</a>
    </div>
    <div class="box box-center">
      <h2 class="title">Developer</h2>
      <div class="price">
        <span class="price-value">£18</span><span class="price-billed">/mo</span>
      </div>
      <ul class="features">
        <li>VPS</li>
        <li>4gb ram</li>
        <li>40gb SSD</li>
        <li>1tb bandwidth</li>
        <li>Choice of OS</li>
        <li>Host multiple sites</li>
      </ul>
      <a href="#" class="button">Order developer</a>
    </div>
    <div class="box box-end">
      <h2 class="title">Business</h2>
      <div class="price">
        <span class="price-value">£36</span><span class="price-billed">/mo</span>
      </div>
      <ul class="features">
        <li>Dedicated</li>
        <li>12gb ram</li>
        <li>120gb SSD</li>
        <li>1tb bandwidth</li>
        <li>Choice of OS</li>
        <li>Host multiple sites</li>
      </ul>
      <a href="#" class="button">Order business</a>
    </div>
  </div>
</div>

Exploring the markup further, the name of each package is using a <h2> they the price is broken up into two parts to apply the styling necessary. A unordered list is used for the features.

Colours being used

For reference here are all the colours used.

ColourHex
Red#eb6e5e
Light yellow#fff6e5
Dark blue#1a626e
Green#4db898
Light green#e1f7ee
Green (transparent)rgba(77, 184, 152, 0.4)

Starting CSS

A quick note on the CSS hereon, all examples exclude prefixes for brevity. The codepen example has all necessary prefixes through the use of autoprefixer. It’s debatable whether they are necessary, so that’s up to you.

The container

The container mostly exists so the background fills the width of the screen.

.container {
  padding: 10% 0;
  background-color: #e1f7ee; }
.boxes {
  display: flex;
  align-items: center;
  max-width: 798px;
  margin: auto; }

Initial box styling

The styling required for each box. Here you can define common things early, that can be inherited through to the other elements, like text alignment and the font.

.box {
  position: relative;
  flex: 1;
  font-family: Work Sans, sans-serif;
  border-radius: 4px;
  background-color: #fff;
  color: #1a626e;
  text-align: center;
  box-shadow:
    0 2px 2px rgba(77, 184, 152, .4),
    0 2px 12px rgba(77, 184, 152, .4); }

The most important values aside from the more visual styles is the flex value, as this will ensure everything occupies an equal amount of space.

The visual styling reflects that in the design, particularly the box-shadow it closely mimics that of the Illustrator drop shadow.

Specific box styling

Each box is somewhat unique, as reflected in our HTML with the outer and inner class names.

.box-outer {
  padding: 60px 0; }

The start and end boxes, require the same padding, where the centre box requires more padding to create the size difference.

.box-inner {
  padding: 72px 0;
  margin: 0 -12px;
  z-index: 1; }

This is where the strength of flexbox as a layout tool helps. The align-content set earlier, means it all aligns nicely.

Finally, the negative margin ensures the overlap is as intended and the z-index means it will be above the other boxes.

Title

Now that the general layout is done, you can move onto the content styles, starting with the title.

.title {
  color: #eb6e5e;
  font-size: 36px;
  font-weight: 300;
  letter-spacing: -.05em;
  margin: 0 0 18px; }

The font weight is light, which is 300 for this particular typeface.

Price

The price is broken up into three parts. The background, price value and the billing period.

.price {
  padding: 12px;
  background-color: #fff6e5;
  color: #4db898;
  font-weight: 600;
  font-size: 18px; }

Here you define the style of this area, and then move onto the specific differences for the value and billing period.

.price-value {
  font-size: 24px; }

.price-billed {
  font-variant: small-caps; }

Individually the value is larger than ‘/mo’, which is also small caps.

Features

The features is broken up into a few areas. The <ul>, which some browser defaults need to be undone. The padding adds a good space round the title and button area.

.features {
  margin: 0;
  padding: 24px; }

.features s {
  color: #bed8d8; }

.features li {
  line-height: 2;
  list-style: none; }

.features li:first-child {
  font-weight: 600; }

Moving on to more of the content, the s of .features s could be easily considered a mistake, but it’s not we’re making the strikethrough a lighter blue to deemphasise it.

Then each item is spaced using line-height, you don’t want anything to break onto a new line so line-height is an easy way to get consistent spacing. Finally, the first item is made bold.

Button

When styling unless you want them to fill the width of the container, they are best being inline-block.

.button {
  display: inline-block;
  background-color: #eb6e5e;
  color: #fff3f0;
  padding: 12px 24px;
  border-radius: 4px;
  text-decoration: none;
  font-weight: 600;
  transition: .3s; }

The transition is important for the hover state. The text-decoration, makes sure the browser default is removed.

.button:hover, .button:focus {
  color: #e1f7ee;
  box-shadow: inset 0 -44px #4db898; }

The transition set earlier means that the shadow appears from the bottom, without that it would look like the background colour changes. It’s important to note the y value of the shadow needs to be the button height.

.button:active {
  transform: scale(.95455); }

The active state makes the button smaller, though the scale value may seem a little strange. The scale down needs to be subtle, so knowing the button height is 44px, scaling down to 42px is ideal. 42 ÷ 44 gives you .95455.

All CSS

That’s everything to be covered in terms of CSS, here is the full combined CSS, so it’s easier to copy.

/* Container */
.container {
  padding: 10% 0;
  background-color: #e1f7ee; }

.boxes {
  display: flex;
  align-items: center;
  max-width: 798px;
  margin: auto; }

/* Box */
.box {
  position: relative;
  flex: 1;
  font-family: Work Sans, sans-serif;
  border-radius: 4px;
  background-color: #fff;
  color: #1a626e;
  text-align: center;
  box-shadow:
    0 2px 2px rgba(77, 184, 152, .4),
    0 2px 12px rgba(77, 184, 152, .4); }

.box-outer {
  padding: 60px 0; }

.box-inner {
  padding: 72px 0;
  margin: 0 -12px;
  z-index: 1; }

/* Title */
.title {
  color: #eb6e5e;
  font-size: 36px;
  font-weight: 300;
  letter-spacing: -.05em;
  margin: 0 0 18px; }

/* Price */
.price {
  padding: 12px;
  background-color: #fff6e5;
  color: #4db898;
  font-weight: 600;
  font-size: 18px; }

.price-value {
  font-size: 24px; }

.price-billed {
  font-variant: small-caps; }

/* Features */
.features {
  margin: 0;
  padding: 24px; }

.features s {
  color: #bed8d8; }

.features li {
  line-height: 2;
  list-style: none; }

.features li:first-child {
  font-weight: 600; }

/* Button */
.button {
  display: inline-block;
  background-color: #eb6e5e;
  color: #fff3f0;
  padding: 12px 24px;
  border-radius: 4px;
  text-decoration: none;
  font-weight: 600;
  transition: .3s; }

.button:hover, .button:focus {
  color: #e1f7ee;
  box-shadow: inset 0 -44px #4db898; }

.button:active {
  transform: scale(.95455); }

Codepen preview

See the Pen Pricing table by Steve (@stevemckinney) on CodePen.

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