SVG Patterns — Build More Complex Patterns With Images, Attributes, And Nesting

Patterns for web design elements are usually created with images. While some patterns can be created using CSS alone, most involve images of some kind. Fortunately SVG makes it easy to create simple and more complex patterns that can scale with your design and likely require fewer http requests.

Continue reading

Why Your Freelance Web Design Clients No Longer Need You And What You Can Do About It

At the start of the year I recorded a series of podcasts looking at what I think is a changing market for freelance design and development services. I wanted to revisit the idea today, because I think I may have left a false impression with the series.

Continue reading

How To Work With SVG Patterns

Patterns are useful design elements. They can provide contrast, create a sense of depth, and add interest to a composition. SVG makes it easy to create and use patterns that are limited only by your imagination.

Continue reading

What Does It Really Mean To Design In The Browser?

What does it mean to design in the browser? You often hear the phrase connected to responsive design and I’ve talked about it myself a few times. What does it really mean though, and why do you see so many people push back against the idea of designing in a browser?

Continue reading

How To Create SVG Arrowheads and Polymarkers — The marker Element

A common graphic element drawn with SVG are arrowheads. You could create a new one for each line, but that duplicates code. You could reuse a graphic you defined in <defs> or <symbol> elements, but then you have to move and rotate your arrowhead with each new line. Better would be to make things easy on yourself and use a <marker> element.

Continue reading