Heroes

Heroes are a primary focal point on landing and sublanding pages. They introduce a collection of pages by combining a brief description of the goals of that section along with a visually impactful graphic. To introduce lower-level pages, use the text introduction instead.

Types

Heroes combine a heading, a small amount of subheading text, and image. The content is vertically centered.

Hero with illustration

The illustration may be inset, as shown here, or bleeding. See examples of a hero with inset illustration and hero with bleeding illustration. Click on the “show details” link below for implementation details and production specs.

41 chars max for a one-line heading

This text has a recommended count of 165-186 characters (three lines at 1230px) following a one-line heading and 108-124 characters (two lines at 1230px) following a two-line heading.

HTML code snippet

<section class="m-hero" id="hero1">
    <div class="m-hero_wrapper wrapper">
        <div class="m-hero_text">
            <p class="h1 m-hero_heading">41 chars max for a one-line heading</p>
            <p class="m-hero_subhead">
                This text has a recommended count of 165-186 characters
                (three lines at 1230px) following a one-line heading
                and 108-124 characters (two lines at 1230px)
                following a two-line heading.
            </p>
        </div>
        <div class="m-hero_image-wrapper">
            <div class="m-hero_image"></div>
        </div>
    </div>
    <style>
        #hero1 .m-hero_image {
            background-image:
                url('https://dummyimage.com/570x236/addc91/101820');
            background-image: -webkit-image-set(
                url('https://dummyimage.com/570x236/addc91/101820') 1x,
                url('https://dummyimage.com/1140x472/addc91/101820') 2x
            );
            background-image: image-set(
                url('https://dummyimage.com/570x236/addc91/101820') 1x,
                url('https://dummyimage.com/1140x472/addc91/101820') 2x
            );
            filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(
                src='https://dummyimage.com/570x236/addc91/101820',
                sizingMethod='scale');
            padding-bottom: 41.4893617%;
        }

        @media screen and (min-width: 37.5625em) {
            #hero1 .m-hero_image {
                background-image:
                    url('https://dummyimage.com/470x195/addc91/101820');
                background-image: -webkit-image-set(
                    url('https://dummyimage.com/470x195/addc91/101820') 1x,
                    url('https://dummyimage.com/940x390/addc91/101820') 2x
                );
                background-image: image-set(
                    url('https://dummyimage.com/470x195/addc91/101820') 1x,
                    url('https://dummyimage.com/940x390/addc91/101820') 2x
                );
                filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(
                    src='https://dummyimage.com/470x195/addc91/101820',
                    sizingMethod='scale');
                padding-bottom: 41.4893617%;
            }
        }
    </style>
</section>

Implementation details

Bleeding illustrations

When using an illustration that bleeds top to bottom at larger screen sizes, add the __bleeding modifier to the hero and add an additional m-hero_bleeding-image as a sibling to m-hero_image.

Customizing illustrations

The illustration can be customized by setting the background-image property on the .m-hero_image element.

Responsive behavior

On small screens (or where media queries are not supported), the text spans the full width of the .m-hero_wrapper and the illustration is displayed underneath.

For larger screen sizes, media queries are used to position the illustration to the right of the text.

At the grid’s maximum width and above, the hero should not exceed 285px in height. The image should be 195px in height to conform to this standard.

Specs

  • All illustrations should be saved at 200% to accommodate retina displays
  • When saving illustrations, use a transparent background

Standard hero with illustration

  • Single image for both large and small screens
  • Illustration dimensions: 470px (exact) x 195px (maximum) (2x: 940px x 390px)

Image of large non-bleed hero graphic with dimensions

Image of smaller non-bleed hero graphics with dimensions

Hero with bleeding illustration

  • Two images must be created, one for large and one for small screens
  • Large and small screen images should contain the same elements but can differ compositionally
  • On large screens, illustration bleeds top and bottom
  • Large screen image dimensions are based on maximum possible hero height at 601px width
  • To conserve vertical space, small screen image should be as short as possible
  • Illustration dimensions for large screens (exact): 470px x 638px (2x: 940px x 1276px)
  • Illustration dimensions for small screens: 570px (exact) x 320px (maximum) (2x: 1140px x 640px)

Image of larger bleeding hero graphic with dimensions

Image of smaller bleeding hero graphics with dimensions

Style at different breakpoints

Item Above 901 px 601 - 900 px Below 601 px
Heading H1 H2 H2
Subheading Avenir Next Regular, 22px/28px Avenir Next Regular, 18px/22px Avenir Next Regular, 18px/22px
Padding Top/bottom: 45px, left/right: 30px All sides: 30px Top/bottom: 30px, left/right: 15px
Text alignment Vertically centered Vertically centered -
Height 285px (fixed) Module height is flexible to text height Module height is flexible to text height
Image hero desktop style hero tablet style hero mobile style

Hero with photograph

Note hero text overlays the photograph at larger screen sizes. See an example of a hero with photograph.For implementation details and production specs, click on the “Show details” link.

41 chars max for a one-line heading

This text has a recommended count of 165-186 characters (three lines at 1230px) following a one-line heading and 108-124 characters (two lines at 1230px) following a two-line heading.

HTML code snippet

<section class="m-hero m-hero__overlay" id="hero4">
    <div class="m-hero_wrapper wrapper">
        <div class="m-hero_text">
            <p class="h1 m-hero_heading">41 chars max for a one-line heading</p>
            <p class="m-hero_subhead">
                This text has a recommended count of 165-186 characters
                (three lines at 1230px) following a one-line heading
                and 108-124 characters (two lines at 1230px)
                following a two-line heading.
            </p>
        </div>
        <div class="m-hero_image-wrapper">
            <div class="m-hero_image"></div>
        </div>
    </div>
    <style>
        #hero4 .m-hero_image {
            background-image:
                url('https://dummyimage.com/600x250/addc91/101820');
            background-image: -webkit-image-set(
                url('https://dummyimage.com/600x250/addc91/101820') 1x,
                url('https://dummyimage.com/1200x500/addc91/101820') 2x
            );
            background-image: image-set(
                url('https://dummyimage.com/600x250/addc91/101820') 1x,
                url('https://dummyimage.com/1200x500/addc91/101820') 2x
            );
            filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(
                src='https://dummyimage.com/600x250/addc91/101820',
                sizingMethod='scale');
            padding-bottom: 41.6666667%;
        }

        @media screen and (min-width: 37.5625em) {
            #hero4 .m-hero_wrapper{
                background-image:
                    url('http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/images/PC_hero.original.jpg');
                background-image: -webkit-image-set(
                    url('http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/images/PC_hero.original.jpg') 1x,
                    url('http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/images/PC_hero.original.jpg') 2x
                );
                background-image: image-set(
                    url('http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/images/PC_hero.original.jpg') 1x,
                    url('http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/images/PC_hero.original.jpg') 2x
                );
                filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(
                    src='http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/images/PC_hero.original.jpg',
                    sizingMethod='scale');
            }
        }
    </style>
</section>

Implementation details

It’s best to avoid a non-button call to action in these, as it’s unlikely that the Pacific Blue will have accessible contrast with a non-white (or light gray) background.

Specs

Hero with photograph

  • Two images must be created, one for large and one for small screens
  • Large and small screen images should contain the same elements but can differ compositionally
  • When selecting a photo include a 30px horizontal margin of clear space between text and image area
  • Type contrast ratios cannot be mathematically determined for photos so special care should be paid when selecting these images
  • To conserve vertical space, small screen image should be as short as possible
  • Photo dimensions for large screens (exact): 1230px x 285px
  • Photo dimensions for small screens: 600px (exact) x 338px (maximum)

Image of larger photographic hero graphic with dimensions

Image of smaller photographic hero graphic with dimensions

Variations

Hero with knockout text

When using a dark background, add the __knockout modifier to the hero to switch the text to white. For reference, see this example of a hero with knockout text.

Max of 41 chars for a one-line heading

This text has a recommended count of 165-186 characters (three lines at 1230px) following a one-line heading and 108-124 characters (two lines at 1230px) following a two-line heading.

HTML code snippet

<section class="m-hero m-hero__knockout" id="hero2">
    <div class="m-hero_wrapper wrapper">
        <div class="m-hero_text">
            <p class="h1 m-hero_heading">Max of 41 chars for a one-line heading</p>
            <p class="m-hero_subhead">
                This text has a recommended count of 165-186 characters
                (three lines at 1230px) following a one-line heading
                and 108-124 characters (two lines at 1230px)
                following a two-line heading.
            </p>
        </div>
        <div class="m-hero_image-wrapper">
            <div class="m-hero_image"></div>
        </div>
    </div>
    <style>
        #hero2 {
            background-color: #207676;
        }

        #hero2 .m-hero_image {
            background-image:
                url('https://dummyimage.com/570x236/addc91/101820');
            background-image: -webkit-image-set(
                url('https://dummyimage.com/570x236/addc91/101820') 1x,
                url('https://dummyimage.com/1140x472/addc91/101820') 2x
            );
            background-image: image-set(
                url('https://dummyimage.com/570x236/addc91/101820') 1x,
                url('https://dummyimage.com/1140x472/addc91/101820') 2x
            );
            filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(
                src='https://dummyimage.com/570x236/addc91/101820',
                sizingMethod='scale');
            padding-bottom: 41.4893617%;
        }

        @media screen and (min-width: 37.5625em) {
            #hero2 .m-hero_image {
                background-image:
                    url('https://dummyimage.com/470x195/addc91/101820');
                background-image: -webkit-image-set(
                    url('https://dummyimage.com/470x195/addc91/101820') 1x,
                    url('https://dummyimage.com/940x390/addc91/101820') 2x
                );
                background-image: image-set(
                    url('https://dummyimage.com/470x195/addc91/101820') 1x,
                    url('https://dummyimage.com/940x390/addc91/101820') 2x
                );
                filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(
                    src='https://dummyimage.com/470x195/addc91/101820',
                    sizingMethod='scale');
                padding-bottom: 41.4893617%;
            }
        }
    </style>
</section>