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Using SVG

Using SVG
By Chris Coyier On SVG SVG is an image format for vector graphics. It literally means Scalable Vector Graphics. Basically, what you work with in Adobe Illustrator. You can use SVG on the web pretty easily, but there is plenty you should know. Why use SVG at all? Small file sizes that compress wellScales to any size without losing clarity (except very tiny)Looks great on retina displaysDesign control like interactivity and filters Getting some SVG to work with Design something in Adobe Illustrator. Notice the artboard is cropped up right against the edges of the design. You can save the file directly from Adobe Illustrator as an SVG file. As you save it, you'll get another dialog for SVG Options. The interesting part here is that you can either press OK and save the file, or press "SVG Code..." and it will open TextEdit (on a Mac anyway) with the SVG code in it. Both can be useful. Using SVG as an <img> If I save the SVG to a file, I can use it directly in an <img> tag. Check out this Pen! if (! <!

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Flat UI - Free Bootstrap Framework and Theme Header 3The Vatican transitions to a Header 4Great American Bites: Telluride's Oak, The Header 5Author Diane Alberts loves her some good Header 6With the success of young-adult book-to-movie Paragraph Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Icon System with SVG Sprites I've been a big proponent of icon fonts. Lots of sites really need a system for icons, and icon fonts offer a damn fine system. However, I think assuming you're good with IE 9+, using inline SVG and the <use> element to reference an icon is a superior system. First let's cover how it works. A Practical Guide to SVGs on the web Preparing an SVG for use on the web is a simple process and no more complicated that exporting a JPEG or PNG. Work as you typically would in your preferred vector graphics editor (Illustrator, Sketch, Inkscape [free], etc [or even Photoshop if you use shape layers]) with the graphic at the size that you expect to use it. I’ll explain a few things I do using Illustrator as that is what I typically use, but the same principles apply to any software.

Using source maps with Sass 3.3 One of the exciting new features in Sass 3.3 that every developer should take advantage of is source maps. As CSS pre-processors, minifiers, and JavaScript transpilers have become mainstream it is increasingly difficult to debug the code running in the browser because of differences with the original source code. For example, if you use CoffeeScript (which compiles to JavaScript) you won't see CoffeeScript while debugging in the browser. Instead, you'll see compiled JavaScript. Node at Work: A Walkthrough In my first article, “Even Better In-Browser Mockups with Node.js,” I explained why Node.js makes designing applications easier and more efficient, and how to get started. Now it’s time to see your new design process in action. Article Continues Below Rather than figuring out all your requirements and API schemas just to design your comps with mockup content hard-coded and server interactions faked—only to throw it all away when you go back and implement things “for real”—you can use Node.js to skip the hard-coding and produce client-side code that’s ready for beta at the end of the design stage. The process looks a lot like good ol’ designing in the browser, but with more JavaScript and an additional layer:

How to Scale SVG By Amelia Bellamy-Royds On scaling, sizing, SVG The following is a guest post by Amelia Bellamy-Royds. Amelia has lots of experience with SVG, as the co-author of SVG Essentials and author of the upcoming Using SVG with CSS3 and HTML5. Amelia and I both will be speaking on SVG at the upcoming RWD Summit as well! Live Editing Sass and Less in the Firefox Developer Tools Sass and Less are expressive languages that compile into CSS. If you’re using Sass or Less to generate your CSS, you might want to debug the source that you authored and not the generated CSS. Luckily you can now do this in the Firefox 29 developer tools using source maps. Breadcrumb Navigation Examined: Best Practices & Examples Breadcrumb navigation is often overlooked in the design and development process. Some people may see it as unnecessary while others may feel it is too big of a hassle for what its worth. Fact of the matter is, breadcrumb navigation will greatly increase the usability of a website. Breadcrumbs give users an alternative method of navigation, allow them to see where they stand in the hierarchy of a website, and will reduce the number of steps needed to navigate to a higher-level within a website. Outlined here are the different types of breadcrumb navigation being used today, why they are important, and how they should best be implemented online. Also included here for your reference are over 30 examples of how breadcrumbs are being used online today.

Frontend Design Somewhere between design – a world of personas, pixels, and polish – and engineering – a world of logic, loops, and linux – lies frontend design. Frontend design involves creating the HTML, CSS, and presentational JavaScript code that makes up a user interface. A frontend designer (who may also go by UI developer, client-side developer, UI engineer, design engineer, frontend architect, designer/developer, prototyper, unicorn, or Bo Jackson) lives in a sort of purgatory between worlds: Useful Tools To Boost Your SVG Workflow SVG, or "scalable vector graphics", is an XML markup language used to describe 2D graphics. It's a W3C recommendation, and is designed to work with other W3C standards like CSS and DOM. It has made great strides on the web in recent years, and is being widely incorporated in a range of project types. Here's a list of some of some tools that can greatly increase your workflow when it comes to SVG and the web.

SVG `symbol` a Good Choice for Icons By Chris Coyier On SVG You could design an icon set where the icons all had the exact same aspect ratio. But that's probably not typically going to be the case. Handy Sass Mixins - Web Design Weekly Mixins are one of the most powerful features of Sass. Mixins allow for efficient and clean code repetitions as well as an easy way to adjust your code with ease. If you are using Sass in your development workflow, no doubt you are using some of the mixins that I have covered below but some might also be new and helpful. Building Interactive Scrolling Websites with ScrollMagic.js There’s a ton of options for doing animations. I’ll cover some of the more various ones, but, first let’s do the most common one – “tweening” using the GreenSock Animation Platform. Tweening is what the GSAP calls their animations. We’re specifically using their TweenMax library. TweenMax is awesome because it encompasses all their various plugins and additions into one. This gives us some cross-browser stuff, makes the browser use CSS3 animations first, is extremely performant, and it let’s you create complex animations and key frames with ease.

How to Add Scalable Vector Graphics to Your Web Page In this series we’ve discussed what SVGs are, why you should consider them and basic vector drawings. At some point, you’ll want to embed your finely-crafted SVG directly into a web page. There are no less than six ways to achieve that goal — but not all methods are created equally.