Disruptive Diagramming

Strong opinions on SVG, diagramming and CAD.

The definitive guide to CSS styling order

Ever wondered why your CSS does not apply and require the important keyword instead? Or why SVG editors uses inline attributes instead of CSS style sheets? Read on to find out how styling methods affect what's being applied to your elements.

Thomas Yip

Founder at vecta.io, created Electra, engineering nerd.

December 01, 2018 · SVG · Web · PNG

Responsive images using SVG instead of srcset

It used to be, if you embed an image onto your website, that will be the end of the story. But with the proliferation of high resolutions displays, webmasters all over the world are scrambling to update their websites with high-res images using srcse...

October 28, 2018 · SVG · Web · Fonts

Using fonts in SVG

A year after SVG 1.0 was introduced back in 1999, SVG fonts was introduced with intention to allow designers to design SVG graphics with any fonts they like and have the fonts showing up correctly on the end user browser. But 18 years later now, how ...

October 25, 2018 · SVG · Web

How to create a customized vector background for your website within 1 minute

Searching high and low to get a vector background for your website? Want to get a vector wallpaper quick but don’t want to be paying for stock vector graphics? You can now create a vector background like below for yourself in less than 1 minute! ...

August 30, 2018 · SVG · Web · Fonts

5 Great Reasons you should be using Google Fonts to Design SVG Images

Great typography adds to a great design. But oftentimes, getting a decent custom fonts showing up properly on screens comes at a price, either with extra effort or compromising in quality or even both. We experimented to find out the best way t...

August 29, 2018 · SVG · Web · Illustrator

The Best Way to Export a Web-Ready SVG from Illustrator (2018)

When exporting SVG from Illustrator, you're prompted with many options. So which settings are the best to produce a web-ready SVG?

August 23, 2018 · SVG · Web · Diagramming · Javascript

Supercharge Vecta’s functionality with JavaScript based plugins

Vecta is more than just a normal browser-based SVG editor, it's especially powerful when you have all the flexibility you need to make the most out of the platform. Plugins can drastically change the way you work, saves time and enhances productivi...

July 28, 2018 · SVG · Web · Diagramming

Color selection made easy

Found yourself scratching head to pick a professional looking yet interesting color to give a final touch to your drawings? We worked some magic and created a color stencil in Vecta, for everyone who needs good colors laid out in their drawings w...

July 20, 2018 · SVG · Web · Diagramming

You can now use Google Fonts in Vecta

When you’re drawing diagrams or illustrations in Vecta, sometimes you find yourself wanting to use some of your favorite fonts in your drawings. Now you can. Google fonts is now available in Vecta, and you have more than 800 font families to choos...

May 27, 2018 · SVG · Web · PNG

Making SVG easier to use (Why we build Nano)

There are a multitude of ways to embed SVG, each of them fraught with gotchas and compromises. In our quest to make SVG easier to use, we looked at different approaches and this is the story on why we build Nano.

May 26, 2018 · SVG · Web · PNG

Comparing SVG and PNG file sizes

You may have heard that SVG have the lowest size while offering the best quality. Is it true? Why are developers still using srcset and generating PNG @ 1x, 2x and 3x resolution? Can you save any bandwidth with using SVG instead of PNG?

May 25, 2018 · SVG · Web

The best way to embed SVG on HTML (2018)

You've probably came across various ways to embed SVG in HTML, but with the latest browser and technology updates, do we still need an <object> tag or can we use <img> instead? What are their pros and cons and how do they compare?

May 08, 2018 · SVG · Web

How Nano compresses SVG

Wanted to know how Nano compresses SVG? Of course you do, so let's have a look at the long list of techniques we used to compress your SVG.

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