When it comes to designing text-only lists, designers sometimes struggle to make them not look plain. Since there are no graphics to help with the aesthetics, it’s essential to use colours/shades, spacing/padding and typography to bring out the beauty of simple lists.

Background

First, let’s take a look at an example of a plain looking list.

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White backgrounds can be very bright and it brings out the starkness in an already bare design.

By adding some background colour, we can “mute” the brightness, decreasing the sharp contrast between text and background and create a more subtle look.

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Typography

Right now, nothing really stands out and there is very little distinction between titles and subtitles.
Adding some colours or simply making titles bolder can help distinguish them.

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For ease of reading (or scanning) purposes, we can take the difference between the title and subtitle further by making changes to typography in terms of size and type.

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Spacing

Lastly, by adding some spacing between the list items and reducing the spacing between title and subtitle for each item, we are able to create a visual divide making it easier to scan the list.

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There you go, few simple steps give your lists a little more character.
Feel free to experiment with different colours and font types.



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