SVG Toys and Tools

I am working on the website for my German podcast Neu•Gierig right now and while playing around with masking, gradients in css and SVG, I came across a few things, that I’d like to list here. Especially to bookmark them for myself. But maybe you find them useful or fun to interact with as well.


A screenshot of the website showing the interface to make SVG wave shapes
Easy and fun to play with –

A little editor to create SVG shapes – or better – SVG waves. Choose, if you like a round wave, a more block-looking or zick zack shape, enter the preferred colour and opacity and how busy your shape should look like … done. You can then hit the button with the dice to get a new random shape based on your parameters and if you like one, simply download or copy the SVG code by hitting a button.

SVGPath Editor

Well, this actually is, what the title says: an editor to edit your SVG path in the browser. Load a shape, edit it and save/copy the SVG code again. Useful for a quick edit certainly.


A screenshot of the website showing the interface to make organic SVG blob shapes
Need an organic looking blob? Who doesn’t! –

Also fun to play with and from the same people as the wave creator above: Blobmaker. In case you need an organic looking blob, you enter your colour of choice, choose how complex your shape should be, how round or wild you want to go and done. Download or copy the SVG code, add your brand name on top and there is your new logo … well kind of …

Update 3 February 2021

Just stumbled over this other wave editor in the Sidebar newsletter. and wanted to update this post.

A screenshot of the website showing the interface to make SVG wave shapes
A few more options to configure your SVG wave –

12 year old Bereket Semagn created an SVG wave maker with a few more options. You can pick two colours, add multiple vector points to modify your shape and a few sliders to configure the output. Would be nice to have a few tool tips that help to recognise what exactly you change and not just do this by trial and error. But good fun also to play with this one!

You have more of this stuff? Send them to me. Always fun to play with these and I am adding new ones below the above.

Update 30 March 2021

Iris Lješnjanin of Smashing Magazine published a good list of many different SVG generators.

An Essay on Newsletters (and Other Things)

Robin Rendle has created a well written and nicely illustrated essay with thoughts about newsletters, websites, RSS, writing for the web and getting paid for it. Plus important points like how to make the web and websites and writing on websites easy, accessible and also fast.

Read “Newsletters”

Grids for Instagram

I was looking for a good option to use Instagram on my laptop. After Flume did not update their software for ages and stopped replying to and email to their support, I found Grids.

If you want to use Grids, you need a subscription after a free trial period. Well, I am not a huge fan of subscription based software, but the plans start with $1 a month when paying annually ($2,49, when billed monthly). You can use it for free, but the free version really lacks a lot of features and $1 a month is something I am prepared to pay if software and support are good.

Part of a screenshot showing an option do not show ads.
This is great: no ads!

It needs a bit to get used to the different look and feel compared to Instagram itself, but once you are into it, it really is great. You can customise, how you want to see your stream, how big the photos should be, the gutter between the photos and much more.

Grids support multiple accounts, as well as stories, bookmarks, notifications and much more. Plus: Grids is available for Mac OS and Windows. But the best part to pay $1 for is: you can deactivate those absolute annoying ads you get more and more when using Instagram.

New Photos and Interview for Lexware

In October I got a message from my mate Sebastian. He was asking, if I’d be up for an interview, which would be published by Lexware in a print magazine. This magazine is distributed by/with well-known other magazines and newspapers throughout Germany. As I am always up for a chat about events, beyond tellerrand and what I do, I certainly agreed to join.

A photo showing a small pile of magazines on the left with its cover page and the title “Tell Your Story”. Next to it lies an open version on the right side with an interview of Marc Thiele about beyond tellerrand.
Cover on the left, open magazine with m interview on the right

The title of the magazine in German language is “Tell Your Story” and it contains 6 interviews with business owners who run a business that is a little different and who – as the title might already tell you – tell their story in a short interview framed by some photos of them and what they do.

Next to me, the magazine holds stories of:

End of October I got a call from Patrick Kunkel who interviewed me and created two or three text versions for the magazine. It was a lovely chat in a good atmosphere and Patrick clearly knew his job, asked the right questions and gave me the feeling to be interested in the stuff I am doing. He set the right atmosphere and base for this nice chat.

A collage with 7 different photos of me. Some in my kitchen, sitting at a table, some in the forest.
A nice set of photos shot by Andy Brüggemann

I furthermore took this as a chance to ask Andy Brüggemann, if he’d be up for a round of new photos of me. The last ones had been taken in 2016 for an interview with Host Europe and furthermore couldn’t be used for this new interview. Andy came and caught me in a couple of different situations. Luckily the weather was nice and we went out into the forest to also shoot a few photos there.

I like what Patrick, Andy and Sebastian and his agency DOTS created here and enjoy the look and feel of the final magazine. DOTS were hired to give the second edition of “Tell Your Story” a more lifestyle magazine character. I think it worked out pretty well. That makes me wonder even, why Lexware themselves created another alternative version of the magazine, which is way less attractive and stiff in its layout and that is now spread next to the way nicer version. I only got notice of it, as some people mentioned they have found an interview with me, when buying the “Süddeutsche”, the “Handelsblatt” or similar.

Anyways. I hope the nicer version by Sebastian and DOTS is being spread as well, as I think it turned out much nicer and actually quite nice overall. It was a lovely experience to be part of it. Thanks to anyone involved.

Download and read the full magazine here.

Kirby 3.5 Release Show at Stay Curious

A few weeks ago Bastian and I had the idea to run a live stream to celebrate the release of version 3.5 of Kirby and show new features and functionality. As I’m truly a huge fan of Kirby (and Basti, and his work) I loved this idea!

Why I like Kirby so much? Well, before I started using it – also for client projects back then – I aways had to suffer the “I have to tweak and bend the hell out of Wordpress to get what my client asks for” world. When I started using Kirby, and even more with the introduction of the Panel in Kirby, this was history for me.

It’s soooo bloody easy to get a quick draft of a site up and running and throw a first functional draft on your clients table. It’s so quick to quickly test whether tabs in the panel work for you or if you prefer using columns … or a combination of course. The flexibility – not just in the panel, but also with what you are able to make out of Kirby – is something everybody raves about. Including me. Just have a look at the many fantastic websites people built with Kirby. Oh, and I don’t want to miss mentioning how fast Kirby performs. Most of the times, you can really feel a difference, when you, for example, migrated your website or blog to Kirby. I mean, Jon Hicks just said this a few days ago, right?

But I get dragged away … This show is focusing on a new release: Kirby 3.5. What are the new features? How has Kirby and the team behind it, including Basti and Nico, done during Covid-times so far? What is planned for the future? How comes, that the Kirby community on Discord and formerly on Slack is so active and what does this mean for Basti’s work and the development of Kirby? If you don’t have or bring questions, I certainly will!

So, join Bastian, Nico and me in a live show about all the above and use you chance to ask them the questions you always had ;)

👉 Information and Registration

My Live Streaming Setup

I am using a lot of the tech I had already to run my live streams, but got a bit of extra equipment like light for example. As I had a lot of gear already for beyond tellerrand and running events for 20 years, I did not have to buy a lot, which means, some of the stuff is quite expensive (like the Canon EOS R), not bought specifically for this reason and you might not need this kind of camera for a good quality image and can get a way lower priced camera to use.

I am working on a post where I configure a package that is not as pricey, but a good point to start without having a big budget. If you are already on YouTube, there is plenty of good recommendations out there as well for certain aspects (camera, light, microphone), but also for complete packages.


What I use right now, since people asked me and/or people wondered when Vitaly used my Studio for SmashingConf and Workshops, is the following (all links are affiliate links and it won’t cost you anything more to use them, but brings me some financial support during these times – if you consider buying some gear and use these links, thanks a lot):

(The link on the product name is the information link, Thomann and Amazon behind it)

Switcher/Capture Card


Light (Keylight, Hairlight, Ambient)

Audio (Soundcard, Microphone)

Additional Hardware

As said before, this is just a quick list. I am going into more detail on each of the aspects in more posts. I plan to explain which light I use for what (in case it is not clear) or why I use the Shure SM7B for podcasting, but not for live streaming, but the Røde NTG3 then, for example.

If you buy cables, don’t safe money on these. Good quality cables are really worth the money and help your good quality sound!

Next to this, software and streaming platforms are a topic I’d like to write about as well. I use Vito to gather my Stay Curious and beyond tellerrand community every other week and Ecamm Live (before I used Zoom) to host my guests on video. But more about this soon

If you have questions, please [drop me an email](mailto: If you want to buy me a coffee: great! ;)

Can’t Sell This Podcast and I

A photo of me on stage used as cover for the Can’t Sell This podcast. Photo shows me pointing back to the canvas on stage, you see the audience in front of me, the podcast logo on top of the photo and my name, Marc Thiele, and beyond tellerrand in the lover left corner of the image.

Sadly I was knocked out for the whole past week and lying in bed. Otherwise I would have pointed you to the latest episode of Can’t Sell This, a podcast by my mate Hugh Elliot and Stefan Grambart and which was released a week ago.

We sat down and had a really nice conversation, discussing how much communities are worth, what events mean to a lot of people in digital businesses, what the differences are for online events and much much more.

It was a great pleasure hanging out with these two and they edited the whole podcast nicely. Thanks for having me as a guest and keep on rolling!

Here is an excerpt:

And if you want to listen to the show 👉 this way, please

Creative Mornings Düsseldorf December 2020

An Illustration by Lara Paulussen for Creative Mornings December 2020 showing the word “biophilia” with letters made of flowers. A woman is sitting behind the letters on the right side of the image.
Illustration for the December 2020 theme of Creative Mornings by Lara Paulussen

A few years years passed since last time, but I am happy to be back at the Creative Mornings Düsseldorf stage with a short talk. This time virtual and together with Fabienne Schovenberg and Sandra Christmann. Each of us is going to give a short 10-minute presentation (in German this time). Tickets are still available. So why don't you grab a coffee and pop in. It is a free event and a good way to start the last day of the week.

Morning Vibes

A photo I took in the morning, showing a path in the forest, trees to the left and the right, leaves on the ground.

Taking the dog for a walk, while getting my youngest to school and before going for a run.

Elsewhere: Instagram

Morning Impressions with a Panda

A photo I took in the morning, showing a cuddle toy panda placed on a tree in our forest.

More impressions from a morning walk. Not as nice to shoot, when I compare it to yesterday’s weather, but the autumn mood and atmosphere clearly shines through. Found a panda, a giant asparagus (?) and deer.

Elsewhere: Instagram