What is SVG and Why You Should Be Using It

SVG is becoming more and more popular in the digital world. With such a dramatic increase in usage, there are many driving factors that are causing designers and developers alike to start using SVG.

Here is a quick breakdown on what SVG is and why you should start using SVG today.

SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphic and is an XML language and format. SVG is normally used in web design for images and animations. From a technical point of view, SVGs are created by plotting a list of coordinates on an X and Y Axis. When the SVG is generated in the browser, a list of instructions is sent that joins the plotted coordinates together. As a result, we are able to create lines and shapes that piece together to create the desired graphic.

So that all sounds fine and well, but there is a list of compelling arguments that boosts the profile of SVG and can offer an explanation as to why so many designers and developers are now turning to SVG as opposed to the more regular JPEG, PNG and GIF.

1. Scalability

One of the key luring factors is the what the “S” stands for in the name — Scalable. SVG can be set to any width you require and it will scale without any loss of quality. This a massive timesaver for designers who are used to creating mobile, tablet and desktop versions of images for various screen sizes.

The other key benefit is that SVG is resolution independent, meaning that it will appear exactly the same in a design that is 72 DPI as it would in a 300 DPI alternative. As a result, SVG can be used in both print and web media.

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