CSS content cards are a great way to organize listings of blog posts, products, services or just about any repetitive content. When well-designed, each individual card can stand out from the list and is easy to read. The use of additional effects like hover states and image filters can enhance things ever further.
Here are 10 examples of CSS content cards that are both beautiful and functional. Best of all, you’ll have access to source code in order to inspire your own projects.
Material Design – Responsive Card
These cards feature Google’s Material Design principles and are gorgeously interactive. Clicking the hamburger menu sets off a slick animation in which the photo shrinks and detailed content is displayed. Think of it sort of like the online version of a traditional trading card.
See the Pen Material Design – Responsive card by David Foliti.
Google Now Inspired Flip Cards
Inspired by the information shared in the Google Now personal assistant, each card features a dramatic drop-shadow effect and “flips” upon click or touch to reveal more content.
See the Pen Google Now Inspired Flip Cards by Ettrics.
Parallax Depth Cards
Designers looking for something truly unique will love Andy Merskin’s creation. Hovering over these photo cards will result in their changing perspective with a parallax scrolling effect tied to your cursor position. Text content is also simultaneously revealed. This one is just breathtaking.
See the Pen Parallax Depth Cards by Andy Merskin.
When it comes to online product listings, simple is usually better. Such is the case with the beautiful simplicity of this product card. Need more detail? Hovering reveals sizing and color information. The result is a very elegant UI.
See the Pen Product Card by Virgil Pana.
Article News Card
For a news or blog focused website, this card design offers just about everything you could want in a well-organized format. Category, date/time, commenting, headlines and plenty of room for a photo is all right there. Hovering reveals a story excerpt as well.
See the Pen Article News Card by Andy Tran.
We’re so used to seeing cards in a vertical format. That’s one reason why seeing Chyno Deluxe’s horizontal layout is so striking. The other reason is they just plain look amazing. The design is very well put together, with the angled photo edge adding a classy effect. Hovering reveals more content layered above the photo.
See the Pen Blog Cards by Chyno Deluxe.
Material Design: Profile Card
I’m a big fan of subtlety in design and this Material Design Profile Card has it in spades. The light border around the photo just brings that extra bit of attention to it. Depending on screen size, the card will switch between horizontal and vertical layouts. The overall layout is just so simple and straightforward – just what a profile card ought to be.
See the Pen Material Design: Profile Card by Emil Devantie Brockdorff.
News Cards – CSS only
See the Pen News Cards – CSS only by Aleksandar Cugurovic.
One of the nice aspects of this layout is that it adapts well to multiline headlines. So often we’re forced to trim headlines to an unnatural length and this gives us a bit more freedom. Beyond that, this pure CSS design is attractive and quite easy for the user to follow.
See the Pen Flexbox Cards by Lindsey.
This Recipe Card layout will surely get some mouths watering. A bit wider than most cards seen in this roundup, it’s the perfect size for showcasing a dash more content. The use of icons adds to the index card look.
See the Pen Recipe Card by Kevin Lesht.
It’s in the Cards
While CSS content cards provide a high level of organization to your layout, they also offer an opportunity for some extra creativity. You’ll notice that many of the examples shown here take advantage of hover and click states in order to both share more detailed information and show off some incredible special effects. In that way, they’re much more flexible than what you see at first glance.
Take some time to experiment with the card layouts above – they may even inspire to come up with some designs of your own. They’ll give users a visually interesting and fun way to interact with your content.