Introduction > Design tokens

Naming convention

Feo provides some default design token values (that can be overwritten). These tokens follow a specific naming convention. The idea of the naming convention is to align with how developers think when implementing a design. Most developers do not think: "This margin needs to be 8px instead of 6px". They think: "it needs to be bigger/smaller than it is right now". The naming convention aligns with this trail of thought.

Every array has a baseline which flagged as 0. every stage bigger adds +1 to the number. Every stage smaller adds a 0 to the name. This method allows you to quickly see if you are moving up or down compared to the baseline, instead mentally mapping the semantic value.


Generates CSS custom properties: --color-<name>.

scss$feo-colors: (
    'black': #000

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Size & fluidity

Based on $feo-sizes, CSS custom properties are generated: --size-<name>. Below are the default values of Feo which can be overwritten.

scss$feo-sizes: (
    '000': 0.64rem,
    '00': 0.8rem,
    '0': 1rem,
    '1': 1.25rem,
    '2': 1.563rem,
    '3': 1.953rem

The default values for $feo-sizes are based on type-scale. This allows for harmonic UIs. NOTE:-000 SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A FONT-SIZE, due to it leading to accessibility issues. This size should solely be used for spacing etc.

When you want fluid sizes (sizes that scale based on the screen-width), you can simply set $feo-fluid: true. This will scale the above sizes between the ratios 1.1 and 1.2 for the small values (smaller or equal to 1), and between 0.9 and 1.2 for the larger values.

Fluid sizing is opt-in. This means that you have to set $feo-fluid:true. In addition, you have to apply the tokens to the elements you want fluidity. If you don't provide this on an element or any of the parent elements, it will fallback to the default of 16px as the base font-size.

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Font families

Generates CSS custom properties: --<name>. Below snippit shows the default values, which can be overwritten.

scss$feo-font-families: (
    monospace: "Inconsolata, Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, 'Courier New', monospace",
    serif: 'Georgia, serif',
        "system-ui, -apple-system, blinkmacsystemfont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif"

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Breakpoints are not used around media-queries in Feo. Within Feo our opinion is that breakpoints should be used as their name suggests: when your layout breaks. These are not driven by standardized sizes (e.g. mobile 320px). They are case-by-case driven. Good responsive design goes beyond fixed "breakpoints" set by other frameworks.

Generates CSS custom properties: --bp-<name>. Below are the default values of Feo which can be overwritten.

scss$feo-breakpoints: (
    '00': 15rem,
    '0': 20rem,
    '1': 26.66rem,
    '2': 35.54rem,
    '3': 47.37rem,
    '4': 63.15rem,
    '5': 84.17rem

The values of $feo-breakpoints are based on the formula: f_i = f_0 * (1.333 ^ i)

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