I’m passionate about image performance optimisation and making images load fast on the web. One of the most interesting areas of exploration is placeholders: what to show when the image hasn’t loaded yet.
During the last days I have come across some loading techniques that use SVG, and I would like to describe them in this post.
You could settle for a basic grey box to show your placeholder images or you could substitute actual photos of the most gnarly places in the universe. We created SpaceHolder to help pull these amazing images straight from NASA’s photo archives into your Web project.