Create an Avatar Component in Gatsby with TypeScript Part 1

This is part 1 of the Create an Avatar Component in Gatsby with TypeScript series

  1. 1) Create an Avatar Component in Gatsby with TypeScript Part 1
  2. 2) Create an Avatar Component in Gatsby with TypeScript Part 2: Gatsby Image
  3. 3) Create an Avatar Component in Gatsby with TypeScript Part 3: Adding Types

In this series we're going to take a look at creating a simple avatar component that is typed with TypeScript and has some special goodies in Gatsby land.

I usually write TypeScript from the start, but I wanted to show each piece individually in case others aren't familiar with TypeScript yet.

Let's start by identifying what our needs are for our avatar component.

  • Should show an image
  • Should be round
  • Should accept an image url
  • Should display an image based on a name (for small sets)

Cool, now we can start building our avatar. Start with an img element using a placeholder image as src. Add a little bit of styling to make it round and give it a size.

Then we can pass it the image url and alt text. We can see that the component is working in its basic implementation now.

avatar
  • Should show an image
  • Should be round
  • Should accept an image url
  • Should display an image based on a name (for small sets)

Looks good. We've met our first three criteria for this component. In step 2 we'll make it more powerful with Gatsby Image.

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Tags: React
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