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Chris Coyier Practical SVG

From software basics to creating icon systems and implementing fallbacks, Chris Coyier shows you how to harness the power and possibilities of working with SVG.

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Harness the power and possibilities of crisp, performance-efficient SVG with Chris Coyier. From software basics to build tools to optimization, you’ll learn techniques for a solid workflow. Go deeper: create icon systems, explore sizing and animation, and understand when and how to implement fallbacks. Get your images up to speed and look sharp!

Topics Covered

  • The Basics of Using SVG
  • Software
  • Building an Icon System
  • Build Tools
  • Optimizing SVG
  • Sizing and Scaling SVG
  • Animating SVG
  • Some Design Features
  • Fallbacks

Chris Coyier can teach you how to use one of the most powerful technologies for images on the web: SVG. This small book covers a ton of ground—accessibility, animation, icon systems, optimization, and more—making it a vital part of any web developer’s ongoing education.

Sarah Drasner
VP of developer experience at Netlify and staff writer at CSS-Tricks
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A quick, useful, and fun read. Chris’s breezy exposition style makes this guide to using SVG in the real world, from embedding to authoring to optimizing, feel like a friendly conversation.

Tab Atkins-Bittner
Web standards hacker at Google
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This book will teach you everything you need to know about using SVG today, in real projects of all sizes. Instead of being a dry syntax reference, it teaches you the bits you actually need, which would otherwise take years of experience to discover. Even better, everything is presented in a funny, conversational tone and is concise enough to be read during a (domestic!) plane ride.

Lea Verou
Author of CSS Secrets and UX researcher at MIT
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Chris Coyier

About the Author

Chris Coyier is a web designer and developer. He writes about all things web at CSS-Tricks, talks about all things web at conferences around the world and on his podcast ShopTalk, and cofounded the web-coding playground CodePen.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 978-1-937557-42-3
  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Published: Jul 26, 2016

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