Smashing Magazine’s 2nd Anniversary

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It happened again. Today, Smashing Magazine celebrates its second birthday. We are two years old now and we are proud of what we have achieved over these years. To celebrate our anniversary, we could do any number of things. For instance, we could organize a huge giveaway—as we did one year ago1—but, of course, bigger and more overwhelming. However, we won’t do that; after all, we’re giving away stuff every week and we have many contests where our readers can win truly smashing prizes. (New contests are already on their way.)

Instead, we could share some insight about the highlights of Smashing Magazine over the last 12 months: an exploding number of page views, hundreds of thousands of backlinks, numerous testimonials and rewarding ad revenues. But we would probably sound like show-offs and we can’t afford to do that; after all, we have only published 301 posts so far.

Another possibility would be to discuss our plans for the future. What’s happening behind the scenes? What’s in the works? We could even share some top-secret information about the planned Smashing Book Series or new Smashing Forum. However, we won’t do that, because nobody can predict how successful those will really be.

Hence, the only remaining thing for us—Vitaly, Sven, the writers and other creative, hard-working minds of the Smashing Magazine team—to do is express our sincere gratitude to each of our readers for an absolutely smashing year. Without you—each and every one of you—our small magazine could not exist and definitely could not become what it has become today.

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Comment and Win an Exclusive Poster!

Still, we do have a small surprise for you: a handful of exclusive Smashing Magazine posters, designed by the well-known, talented artist James White3. You can preview the poster here4 or read the Making Of5.

We are giving away 8 exclusive printed Smashing Anniversary posters, shining like gold in A3 format. Only 11 posters have been printed worldwide. If you want to win one of them, just write some kind words and congratulations in a comment to this post.

The winners will be determined randomly among all valid comments (spam and ad links do not count). Don’t forget to provide a valid email address in the input field, otherwise we won’t be able to notify you.

Thank you, folks! We really appreciate your support.

(al)

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/09/03/get-out-the-balloons-smashings-1st-anniversary/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/jameswhite_smposter.jpg
  3. 3 http://blog.signalnoise.com/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/jameswhite_smposter.jpg
  5. 5 http://blog.signalnoise.com/?p=365

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    FreeMarketingGraphics.com

    September 8, 2008 2:11 pm

    congrats ;)

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    Congratulations! A great site also!

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  3. 3

    Congratulations ! You’re one of my favorite design blog, it’s really nice done ;)

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  4. 4

    Congratulations & Happy Birthday! Love your work!

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  5. 5

    Happy Birthday! Smashing.

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  6. 6

    Congratulations… you’re one of my frequent reads.

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  7. 7

    Bravo, bravissimo! Bravo! La la la la la la la LA!

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  8. 8

    Awesome. Grats, guys!

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  9. 9

    Congrats Smashing! You’re one of the best resources on the web!

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  10. 10

    congratz smashing! keep up the great work!

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  11. 11

    Happy Birthday :)

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  12. 12

    Happy Birthday Smashing! 2 years ago today our lives were blessed with the wonderful birth of this site. Two 2 years on and we’re still the luckiest readers on the entire interwebs.

    Yeah, how was that for cheese?

    Really, happy Bday, thanks for the constantly great content, and please keep it coming guys!

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    pixelinjection.com

    September 8, 2008 2:20 pm

    damn! congrats guys!

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  14. 14

    Congratulations on the two year anniversary!

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  15. 15

    Congratulations!

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  16. 16

    Congratulations Smashing Mag! One of the best and most creative sites on the internet.

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  17. 17

    Congratulations on two outstanding years of providing the best design resources online!

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  18. 18

    Congratulations! I find your articles regularly useful. Being a developer, sometimes the designery stuff I skim through, but the usability studies were rather enlightening.

    Cheers, Smashing Magazine!

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  19. 19

    Two years already! Congrats guys (and girls?)

    Now maybe, just maybe some attention for Drupal (like you guys do for WordPress) in the next two years? IMHO that would make this place really the #1 site in my feeds.

    None the less, it already is… :)

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  20. 20

    Congratulations! You guys have really great articles (and lists).

    Also, that’s a great looking poster!

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  21. 21

    Going crazy with giveaways, Sven ;)

    Happy birthday (nachträglich) to you!

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    Jesper Thøgersen

    September 8, 2008 2:23 pm

    Remember, remember the 8th of september.

    Congrats :-)

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  23. 23

    Congrats! I’m a regular reader and I’m never let down by the quality of content you provide. Thanks much and keep up the great work.

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  24. 24

    Congrats smashers keep it up. You guys rock!

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  25. 25

    Felicitaciones!!!! es un sitio genial!

    ;)

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  26. 26

    Congratulations!
    I star and share your every post in Google Reader. ;)

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  27. 27

    happy, happy birthday. We are hoping many more for you!

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  28. 28

    Well done guys. I only found out about SM a month or two ago but everything I have seen has been awesome!

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  29. 29

    Happy Birthday to YOU! And Congratulations :) Keep smashing ;)

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    Your website is very inspirational and always a pleasure to see. Thanks for all the things you have shared and taught me here, and I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

    – Lori

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    Happy Anniversary Smashing Magazine! You guys have set the standard for bringing pertinent, fresh information to designers everywhere.

    I would kill for one of those posters, they’re beautiful, like everything James White makes. That man’s an artist.

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    Thanks a lot guys! It’s really been two smashing years :D!

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  33. 33

    Congratulations, Smashing!

    I hope I can keep reading you guys for many more years!

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  34. 34

    Love the poster. Very Studio 54. It’s smashing!!
    Happy Birthday Smashing Mag!

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  35. 35

    Happy Birthday :)

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  36. 36

    Congratulations! and keep up the great work. I find all of your posts very helpful and beautiful!

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  37. 37

    Congatulations! Keep up the good work!

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  38. 38

    Congratulations && Happy Birthday :D
    Keep up the good work :)

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  39. 39

    Happy birthday to you.
    Happy birthday to you.
    Happy birthday dear Smashing …
    Happy birthday to you.

    And many more!

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  40. 40

    Congratulations, keep up the great work and the fantastic content!

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  41. 41

    Congrats for 2 years of nice inspiration !

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  42. 42

    I say old fellows.
    Congratulations!

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  43. 43

    2 years!? Wow. Congrats.
    I’ve been following Smashing Magazine for a while now. Everything is quality material here. There’s nothing else like it out there on the web.

    Bring it on, 3 years!

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  44. 44

    Wow nice poster xD

    Congratulations on your successful 2nd year ;)

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  45. 45

    Congratulations! During the past 2 years, smashingmagazine has been smashing my mind with creative & unique ideas and works! Keep it up! Go Smashing!!

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  46. 46

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Thanks for all the Smashing Tutorials.

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  47. 47

    Congratulations! I only recently discovered your site and am very impressed. I expect to see this site going for years!

    Just don’t get the terrible 2’s. Hey, I’m a mom.

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  48. 48

    Congrats! I owe a big part of my career to you! thanx! keep up the smashing work!

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  49. 49

    Congrats for one of the best design blogs out there. From a daily reader ;)

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    Curt Simon Harlinghausen

    September 8, 2008 2:32 pm

    Alles Gute zum Geburtstag. Weiter so. :D

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