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A Website for Free SVG Art

There’s a delightful website that offers royalty-free clipart in SVG format.


undraw.co

(Note that this is the URL, without the www. Why? I have no idea – it’s pretty unusual.)


The art is simple, and the SVG files can be opened flawlessly in SaviDraw. I searched their website with the term “blog post” and got this, which is a good example of the type of drawings that are there.


I still haven’t figured out why the name is unDraw, since that would mean that you have something drawn, and then you undraw it, or erase it. Maybe it’s supposed to mean, you don’t have to do the drawing yourself, which is, of course, the beauty of clipart.


Now, with pixel-based clipart (JPGs, PNGs, etc), it’s tough to alter the drawing. That’s why vector art is always better to use (well, except for photos, of course). All the clipart on unDraw.co is vector art, saved in the SVG file format. SVG is what is native to web browsers, so that is the best file format to use for anything that will go on a web page.


The term “royalty-free” means that you can freely use this clipart, including changing it. You can put it in anything that you are creating without paying a royalty to the creator. You can include these images on webpages, brochures, flyers, newsletters, etc. But it does not mean that you own the rights to that image, so you can’t sell it to someone else, for example on a website where you sell clipart.


The founder of unDraw, Katerina Limpitsouni (Twitter: @NinaLimpi) of Thessaloniki, Greece, is becoming quite the Rockstar in the community of illustrators, and rightly so. People really appreciate what she is doing, and so do we at Silicon Beach Software, which is why we wanted to tell you about unDraw.


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