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Development Custom themes

Overview

If your service has its own brand you can create a custom theme and include your own brand assets.

Using a custom colour palette

The ONS Design System uses CSS Custom Properties (opens in a new tab)  (also known as CSS variables) for the colour palette. It allows services to create a custom theme by overiding the custom properties in their own stylesheets. The custom properties for colours can be found in the colours scss file in the design system GitHub repo (opens in a new tab)  (src/scss/vars/_colors.scss)

Before creating your theme, check the accessibility requirements for colour contrast.

You can check if a colour combination meets WCAG 2.1 AA requirements by using WebAim’s colour contrast checker (opens in a new tab) 

Referencing a custom CSS file

To create a theme, you need a CSS file with a :root CSS pseudo-class which overrides colours. This file needs to be referenced after our main.css file in the <head> of your application.

You can add your stylesheet reference inside the head block if you’re using the base page template.

Example

This example shows the custom properties that are overridden to create the Census 2021 theme.

:root {
  --ons-color-branded: #902082;
  --ons-color-branded-tint: rgba(144, 32, 130, 0.1); // 10% of brand colour
  --ons-color-branded-secondary: #df0667;
  --ons-color-branded-tertiary: #3c388e;
  --ons-color-branded-supporting: #00a3a6;
  --ons-color-branded-supporting-tint: rgba(0, 163, 166, 0.2);
  --ons-color-text-link-hover: var(--ons-color-black);
}

Overriding the css properties as shown above will add your custom colour palette to a range of components such as the header, panel and hero.

Theming the header

To make it easier to theme the header of your your service, the header component has two modes available; default and neutral.

Default header

The default header is suited to a dark background with white text and elements provided.

Example Header External With Navigation contents
Nunjucks
{% from "components/header/_macro.njk" import onsHeader %}

{{
    onsHeader({
        "title": 'Design system',
        "titleUrl": '#0',
        "navigation": {
            "id": 'main-nav',
            "ariaLabel": 'Main menu',
            "currentPath": '#home',
            "itemsList": [
                {
                    "text": 'Home',
                    "url": '#home'
                },
                {
                    "text": 'Guidance',
                    "url": '#0'
                },
                {
                    "text": 'Foundations',
                    "url": '#0'
                },
                {
                    "text": 'Components',
                    "url": '#0'
                },
                {
                    "text": 'Patterns',
                    "url": '#0'
                }
            ],
            "toggleNavigationButton": {
                "text": 'Menu',
                "ariaLabel": 'Toggle main menu'
            }
        }
    })
}}
Nunjucks macro options
NameTypeRequiredDescription
phasePhaseBanner (ref)falseSettings to set the Phase banner component within the HTML <header> element
widebooleanfalseSet to “true” to increase the maximum width of the layout container to 1280px
fullWidthbooleanfalseSet to “true” to increase the maximum width of the layout container to the full width of the viewport
classesstringfalseClasses to add to the wrapping header
variantsarray or stringfalseAn array of values or single value (string) to adjust the component using available variants: “internal”, "neutral" and “description”
mastheadLogoUrlstringfalseWraps the masthead logo in a link. Set the URL for the HTML href attribute for the link.
mastheadLogoobject<MastheadLogo>falseSettings for a custom organisation logo in the masthead. Defaults to the ONS logo.
languageobject<Language>falseSettings for the language selector
serviceLinksobject<ServiceLinks>falseSettings for the service links in the masthead
titlestringtrue (unless titleLogo is set)The title for the service
descriptionstringfalseTagline or description for the service
titleAsH1booleanfalseOverride to wrap the header title in an <h1> heading
titleLogoobject<TitleLogo>falseSettings for a custom title logo in the header.
titleUrlstringfalseWraps the title logo in a link. Set the URL for the HTML href attribute for the link.
buttonobject<SignOutButton>falseSettings for the sign out button in the header used to exit a transactional service
navigationarray<Navigation>falseSettings for the main menu links
MastheadLogo
NameTypeRequiredDescription
classesstringfalseClasses to be added. Helpful to add a margin utility class to control spacing.
largeHTMLfalseAny HTML to render an image for example embedded <svg> or <img>
smallHTMLfalseOptionally provide a version of the logo more suited to mobile viewports
multipleLogosobject<MultipleLogos>falseAllows for up to three logos to be used in the masthead.
MultipleLogos
NameTypeRequiredDescription
logo1object<LogoObject>trueFirst Logo
logo2object<LogoObject>falseSecond Logo
logo3object<LogoObject>falseThird Logo
LogoObject
NameTypeRequiredDescription
logoImageHTML or stringfalseAny HTML to render an image for example embedded <svg> or <img>. Use 'ONS Logo' for the default ONS icon.
logoURLstringfalseWraps the masthead logo in a link. Set the URL for the HTML href attribute for the link.
TitleLogo
NameTypeRequiredDescription
classesstringfalseClasses to be added. Helpful to add a margin utility class to control spacing.
largeHTMLtrueAny HTML to render an image for example embedded <svg> or <img>
smallHTMLfalseOptionally provide a version of the logo more suited to mobile viewports
ServiceLinks
NameTypeRequiredDescription
idstringtrueThe HTML id of the <nav> element. Used for the aria-controls attribute for the menu toggle button displayed on small viewports.
classesstringfalseClasses to add to the <nav> element
ariaLabelstringfalseThe aria-label attribute added to the <nav> element. Defaults to “Service links navigation”.
ariaListLabelstringfalseThe aria-label attribute added to the <ul> element. Defaults to “Service links”.
itemsListarray<Item>trueSettings for an array of list items for each navigation link
toggleServicesButtonobject<ToggleButton>trueSettings for the mobile service links toggle button
Language
NameTypeRequiredDescription
languagesarray<languages>trueSettings for an array of language toggle links
Languages
NameTypeRequiredDescription
urlstringtrueURL to change the application language
ISOCodestringtrueThe ISO language code for the language
textstringtrueThe name of the language to display
textAbbrstringfalseAbbreviated version of the language text can be provided. This will be displayed on small viewports
currentbooleantrueThe current selected language
attributesobjectfalseHTML attributes (for example, data attributes) to add to the details element
Navigation
NameTypeRequiredDescription
idstringtrueThe HTML id of the <nav> element. Used for the aria-controls attribute for the menu button displayed on small viewports.
ariaLabelstringfalseThe aria-label attribute added to the <nav> element. Defaults to “Main menu”.
itemsListarray<Item>trueSettings for an array of list items for each navigation link
currentPathstring or array<string>trueThe path of the current active page. Multiple paths can be provided using an array to highlight nested navigation.
toggleButtonarray<ToggleButton>trueSettings for the navigation menu toggle button displayed on small viewports
removeHorizontalSubNavbooleanfalseSet to “true” to remove the sub navigation
ToggleButton
NameTypeRequiredDescription
textstringfalseThe text for the toggle button label. Defaults to “Menu”.
ariaLabelstringfalseThe aria-label attribute for the toggle button. Defaults to “Toggle menu”.
Item
NameTypeRequiredDescription
classesstringfalseClasses to add to the list item element
urlstringtrueThe URL for the HTML href attribute for the path to the linked page
textstringtrueThe text label for the link
idstringfalseThe HTML id of the link
ariaLabelstringfalseThe aria-label for the item.
SignOutButton
NameTypeRequiredDescription
textstringtrueText for the button
namestringfalseSets the HTML name attribute for the <button>. Not valid if url is set.
urlstringfalseIf set, will create an HTML anchor link with the required classes and attributes
attributesobjectfalseHTML attributes (for example, data attributes) to add to the button
HTML
<header class="ons-header" role="banner">
  <div class="ons-browser-banner">
    <div class="ons-container">
      <p class="ons-browser-banner__content"><span class="ons-browser-banner__lead">This website no longer supports your
          browser.</span><span class="ons-browser-banner__cta"> You can <a class="ons-browser-banner__link"
            href="https://www.ons.gov.uk/help/browsers">upgrade your browser to the latest version</a>.</span></p>
    </div>
  </div>
  <div class="ons-header__top">
    <div class="ons-container">
      <div
        class="ons-header__grid-top ons-grid ons-grid--flex ons-grid--between ons-grid--vertical-center ons-grid--no-wrap ons-grid--gutterless">
        <div class="ons-grid__col ons-col-auto">
          <div class="ons-header__org-logo ons-header__org-logo--large">
            <svg class="ons-icon--logo" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="197" height="19" viewBox="33 2 552 60"
              aria-labelledby="ons-logo-en-alt">
              <title id="ons-logo-en-alt">Office for National Statistics logo</title>
              <g class="ons-icon--logo__group ons-icon--logo__group--secondary" fill="#a8bd3a">
                <path
                  d="M0,34.6c.8-1.69,1.39-3,2.32-4.6A38.28,38.28,0,0,1,0,23.4V34.6M5,3S0,3,0,9.25v1A62.12,62.12,0,0,0,4.2,27a43.77,43.77,0,0,1,9.42-10.79C21.69,9.21,31.16,5.13,45.9,3Z" />
              </g>
              <g class="ons-icon--logo__group ons-icon--logo__group--primary" fill="#003c57">
                <path
                  d="M53.06,6.42C36.2,8,24.68,12.92,16.43,20.07A41.46,41.46,0,0,0,6.4,32.2C12.87,44.93,28.88,57,46.6,57H47s6.32.21,6.32-6.91V6.36a1.22,1.22,0,0,1-.26.06M9.72,42.67a44.25,44.25,0,0,1-5-7.42A80.59,80.59,0,0,0,0,46.38V56.91L31.06,57c-9.83-3-15.74-7.64-21.34-14.3" />
              </g>
              <g class="ons-icon--logo__group ons-icon--logo__group--text" fill="#003c57">
                <path
                  d="M82,47.49c-9.07,0-13.13-7.51-13.13-16.77S72.91,14,82,14s13.1,7.61,13.1,16.77S91.1,47.54,82,47.54m0-30.91c-6.69,0-9.07,7.33-9.07,14.05s2.16,13.9,9.07,13.9,9-7.28,9-13.9-2.34-14-9-14" />
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            </svg>
          </div>
          <div class="ons-header__org-logo ons-header__org-logo--small">
            <svg class="ons-icon--logo" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="120" height="27" viewBox="0 5 595 116"
              aria-labelledby="ons-logo-stacked-en-alt">
              <title id="ons-logo-stacked-en-alt">Office for National Statistics logo</title>
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              </g>
            </svg>
          </div>
        </div>
      </div>
    </div>
  </div>
  <div class="ons-header__main">
    <div class="ons-container">
      <div
        class="ons-grid ons-grid--gutterless ons-grid--flex ons-grid--between ons-grid--vertical-center ons-grid--no-wrap">
        <div class="ons-grid__col ons-col-auto ons-u-flex-shrink">
          <a class="ons-header__title-link" href="#0">
            <div class="ons-header__title">Design system</div>
          </a>
        </div>
        <div class="ons-grid__col ons-col-auto ons-u-flex-no-shrink">
          <button type="submit"
            class="ons-btn ons-u-ml-xs ons-u-d-no ons-js-navigation-button ons-u-d-no@l ons-btn--mobile ons-btn--ghost"
            aria-label="Toggle main menu" aria-controls="main-nav" aria-expanded="false">
            <span class="ons-btn__inner"><span class="ons-btn__text">Menu</span><svg class="ons-icon ons-u-ml-xs"
                viewBox="0 0 8 13" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" focusable="false" fill="currentColor">
                <path
                  d="M5.74,14.28l-.57-.56a.5.5,0,0,1,0-.71h0l5-5-5-5a.5.5,0,0,1,0-.71h0l.57-.56a.5.5,0,0,1,.71,0h0l5.93,5.93a.5.5,0,0,1,0,.7L6.45,14.28a.5.5,0,0,1-.71,0Z"
                  transform="translate(-5.02 -1.59)" />
              </svg></span>
          </button>
        </div>
      </div>
    </div>
  </div>
  <div class="ons-navigation-wrapper">
    <div class="ons-container ons-container--gutterless@xxs@l">
      <nav class="ons-navigation ons-navigation--main ons-js-navigation" id="main-nav" aria-label="Main menu"
        data-analytics="header-navigation">
        <ul class="ons-navigation__list">
          <li class="ons-navigation__item  ons-navigation__item--active">
            <a class="ons-navigation__link" href="#home"> Home </a>
          </li>
          <li class="ons-navigation__item ">
            <a class="ons-navigation__link" href="#0"> Guidance </a>
          </li>
          <li class="ons-navigation__item ">
            <a class="ons-navigation__link" href="#0"> Foundations </a>
          </li>
          <li class="ons-navigation__item ">
            <a class="ons-navigation__link" href="#0"> Components </a>
          </li>
          <li class="ons-navigation__item ">
            <a class="ons-navigation__link" href="#0"> Patterns </a>
          </li>
        </ul>
      </nav>
    </div>
  </div>
</header>

Neutral header

The neutral header variant provides, by default, a dark masthead and a white main header with black text and elements. This variant is suitable for services that use a multicoloured logo or have a more complex colour palette.

To use this mode use 'variants': 'neutral' in your header configuration.

Customised header

If you need more control over the way the header looks, we’ve created a set of css properties specific to the header.

:root {
  --ons-color-header: var(--ons-color-branded);
  --ons-color-header-neutral: var(--ons-color-white);
  --ons-color-header-masthead: var(--ons-color-white);
  --ons-color-header-masthead-internal: var(--ons-color-branded-secondary);
  --ons-color-header-masthead-neutral: var(--ons-color-black);
  --ons-color-header-title: var(--ons-color-text);
  --ons-color-header-navigation-links: var(--ons-color-text);
  --ons-color-service-links: var(--ons-color-white);
}

Theming other components

In a similar approach to the header, there is a set of css properties that allow you to control the look of other components.

:root {
  --ons-color-cta-bg: var(--ons-color-branded-tint);
  --ons-color-banner-bg: var(--ons-color-grey-5);
  --ons-color-banner-bg-dark: var(--ons-color-grey-15);
  --ons-color-page-light: var(--ons-color-white);
  --ons-color-banner-browser-bg: var(--ons-color-black);
  --ons-color-hero-bg: var(--ons-color-branded-tint);
  --ons-color-hero-bg-dark: var(--ons-color-branded);
}

Using custom brand assets

The header component and footer component have the option to display a custom logo using an inline svg (opens in a new tab) 

Favicons

If you’re using the base page template you’ll automatically get the default ONS favicons. If you need to use your own you are able to override the favicons block in your template.

The code example below shows the base favicons block with the default content. Paste the code snippet into your template and update the icon paths.

{% block favicons %}
    <link rel="icon" type="image/x-icon" href="/favicons/favicon.ico">
    <link rel="icon" type="image/png" href="/favicons/favicon-32x32.png" sizes="32x32">
    <link rel="icon" type="image/png" href="/favicons/favicon-16x16.png" sizes="16x16">
    <link rel="mask-icon" href="/favicons/safari-pinned-tab.svg" color="#000000">
    <link rel="apple-touch-icon" type="image/png" href="/favicons/apple-touch-icon.png" sizes="180x180">
    <link rel="manifest" href="/favicons/manifest.json">
{% endblock %}

Social media meta

You’re also able to override the default Open Graph and Twitter meta information using the social block. The default base page template social block is shown in the snippet below.

{% block social %}
  <meta property="og:type" content="website">
  <meta property="og:url" content="pageConfig.absoluteUrl">
  <meta property="og:title" content="pageConfig.title">
  <meta property="og:image" content="favicons/opengraph.png">
  <meta property="og:image:type" content="image/png">
  <meta property="og:image:width" content="1200">
  <meta property="og:image:height" content="630">
  <meta property="og:description" content="pageConfig.description">
  <meta property="og:site_name" content="pageConfig.title">
  <meta property="og:locale" content="currentLanguageISOCode">
  <meta property="og:locale:alternate" content="otherLanguageISOCode"> 
  <meta name="twitter:card" content="summary">
  <meta name="twitter:site" content="pageConfig.social.twitterSite">
  <meta name="twitter:url" content="pageConfig.absoluteUrl">
  <meta name="twitter:title" content="pageConfig.title">
  <meta name="twitter:description" content="pageConfig.description">
  <meta name="twitter:image" content="/favicons/twitter.png">
{% endblock %}

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