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An interview with Jason Grigsby about Responsive Images
 
Here, in Part 1 (of a three-part series), we discuss how the industry slowly came to understand the surprisingly hard problems around “flexible media,” what’s been done to solve them, and the pain points and open questions that remain.
 
Eric Portis:  One of the interesting points I’ve heard you make — which is a nice entry point into all of this — is that images on the web have always been complicated. Can you give me a sense of what problems developers were facing in the early days of the web?  What did we have to worry about then, that we don’t have to worry about now?
 
Jason Grigsby: So basically, you’re starting off by asking me, okay grandpa—
 
EP: [Laughs]

JG: —Grandpa, tell me what it was like, I’m too young to understand. I see how you are! Well, in the earliest days, the web started without any images at all, and when we first started incorporating them, the problems were tough.  There were differences in color space between Macs and PCs, and we had to make sure that images were compressed well enough to download on connections that are much slower than we have now. Lynda Weinman, of Lynda.com, wrote books — I think it was five books — that were each several hundred pages long, all on images, and they were best sellers. In addition there were a number of specialized tools — I remember a piece of software called Debabelizer — that allowed us to handle images and GIF compression much better than Photoshop did.  It took awhile for Photoshop to add the ability to export for the web. 
 
Linda Wineman’s Designing Web Graphics, Coloring Web Graphics, Preparing Web Graphics, and Deconstructing Web Graphics - 1,333 pages all about images!
 
So yes, I think there is a knee jerk reaction that a lot of people have when they start looking at responsive images. They think that the responsive images syntax is too complex and that it should be simple like images have always been. I reject that. Images are complex by their very nature. We’ve gotten good at automating some things and we’ll get better at automating others in the future. But to think that they’re not complex is to deceive yourself. They’ve always been complex.
 
Even after all of the time that I’ve spent on them, I still don’t feel like I understand the full complexity of images. And I think about them far too much.
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Plugin for automatic responsive images in Jekyll-generated sites

This is a guest post by Nicolas Hoizey, co-founder of Clever Age and creator of the Jekyll Cloudinary plugin. Nicolas’ plugin leverages Cloudinary’s image storage, optimization, resizing, and delivery infrastructures to automate responsive images in Jekyll-generated static sites. We think it’s the bee’s knees, and invited Nicolas to write a bit about the process and motivation behind it. Without further ado, here’s Nicolas.

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How to get media to load faster on your website

By Kasia Kramnik
Tips and tricks to help your website's media load faster

This is a guest post by Kasia Kramnik, Content Marketing Manager at Netguru, a full stack development house and one of Cloudinary's Consulting partners.

Take a look at your website. Are you happy with the way it looks? I bet you are, and that’s really awesome. Keep in mind though, there is one thing you can’t actually see, but you need to experience: the load speed. Sometimes the most important element is invisible to the eye. In this article you’ll find tips on perfecting the invisible as well: loading your site and media with visibly better results.

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Magento with enhanced media and image optimization

Over the past few months Inviqa have been working to build an official plugin to simplify the process of adding Cloudinary to the 100,000s of Magento sites around the world. Inviqa is one of Magento’s largest partners in Europe and has been working with customers to integrate Cloudinary and ensure that the plugin can cater to a Magento store’s needs.

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