What is a SVG?

What is a SVG?

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) are an open source vector image format which has gained widespread use in recent years.  SVG is a vector format, meaning that images are not composed of pixels, but of vectors (lines).  This has several advantages over raster (pixel) formats, such as PNG.

Scalable

Vector graphics have the advantage of being indefinitely scalable up or down in size without any loss in quality.

SVG as a format has been around since 1999.  The reason that SVG’s have become more popular in the last couple of years is that web browser support for it has become more robust and reliable.

This means that it does not matter what the displayed graphic is or what resolution it is.  The graphic will always look good if it is displaying on a smartphone or a desktop.

teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown. Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses. Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment.

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