Smashing Magazine’s 2nd Anniversary


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.


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.



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  1. 1

    Congrats for 2 years of great blogging.

  2. 652

    Happy anniversary, guys!

  3. 1303

    Congrat! Great site, great posts

  4. 1954

    HUGE congratulations guys. Is no small feat to have got to this milestone and I can only see you getting stronger, better and more popular as time goes on.

    Keep up the great work and hope you have a cool party.


  5. 2605

    Congratulations for the Bday and please keep on this way in being my first personal resource on the web! Ciao!

  6. 3256

    Congrats guys, keep up your wonderful work! :)

  7. 3907

    grats Smashing Magazine team! wish you celebrate 22th aniversary in a couple of years ;)

  8. 4558

    Congrats Smashing! Keep up the good work!

  9. 5209

    September 9, 2008 12:02 am

    In dutch we say “gefeliciteerd!”

  10. 5860

    Happy Birthday Smashing Magazine, your the reason us designers no longer have to worry about designers block. You’ve provided some great inspiration over the last two years, keep up the good work.

  11. 6511

    Selamat Ulang Tahun buat Smashing Magazine :)

  12. 7162

    Well, I’ve been reading your magazine to help me make my school’s own internal one. Lots of great info, tutorials, ideas make it great.

    Keep up the good work, and see you next year – same time, same place. :)

  13. 7813

    I hope Smashing Magazine will continue for decades. I love most of he articles, and some really helped me to develop more skills, make my products better and appealing. It’s my one-stop-website for inspiration and learning. And I thought one-stop-websites were history!

    // Jordy

  14. 8464

    Thanks for 2 amazing years! long may it continue!

  15. 9115

    Happy birthday! All the best, and keep up the great work :D

  16. 9766

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you! :D

  17. 10417

    congrats! and thanks for the amazing 2 years! :D

  18. 11068

    Happy Birthday Smashing Magazine !

    You are internet rock stars ;)

  19. 11719

    Happy birthday little baby! Wish you all the best for the future, and thanks for existing: we do really enjoy reading you :)

  20. 12370

    Happy Birthday guys.. keep up the good work but write some more on css ;)

  21. 13021

    Woah, check out how many people commented so far. Hope we don’t bring everything down! Happy Birthday smashing magazine.

  22. 13672

    2 Years ah? Lets go 2 more Congrats! Keep doing it, this is one of mine favorite websites, yet this is my first comment

  23. 14323

    kind words and congratulations!

  24. 14974

    Happy birthday!

    Another year older, another year wiser!

    Always enjoy your site!

  25. 15625

    Happy birthday from France !

  26. 16276

    Happy years smash!

  27. 16927

    I hope there’s two more years (at least) in this site, always great for inspiration.

  28. 17578

    Keep up! Congratulations.

  29. 18229

    Happy “Smashing” Birthday…
    heres to the next 2 years, and the next…

  30. 18880

    Congratulations on completing your second year. I have been reading your blog regularly for a long long time now and it’s amazing how you folks churn up content so consistently.

  31. 19531

    Happy B-Day Smashers!

  32. 20182

    Happy B-Day Smashers!

  33. 20833

    Great Anniversary. Great Job. Keep It Going

  34. 21484

    Christian Dalsvaag

    September 9, 2008 12:19 am

    Congratulations! Have a great day, and thanks for the great articles!

  35. 22135

    Congratulations & Happy Birthday! Love your work!

  36. 22786

    Congratulations & Happy Birthday! Love your work!

  37. 23437

    Congrats guys!!!
    Love me some Smashing…!!

  38. 24088

    Congratulations, keep the good work :)

  39. 24739

    Very nice site with more inspiration ” thanks “

  40. 25390

    2 years already? wow, i still remember the days when you guys were just getting started.

    Anyways, keep it up, you always have been the source of inspiration and always will be. Thanks you for that!

  41. 26041

    Congratulations! Happy B-day!

  42. 26692

    Vitaly Friedman and Sven Lennartz – I love you guys!

  43. 27343

    happy smashing birthday!

  44. 27994

    yep, keep on the good work!! and give me this nice poster ;)

  45. 28645

    Myself and all the little divlets wish you a happy 2nd brithday guys!!

    Keep up the stirling work.

    nb your last free worpress theme is amazing!!

  46. 29296

    I want to sing a song, but I don’t know if you would hear me… Hurrah, hurrah!

  47. 29947

    Congratulations! Best Magazine ever! Keep up the good work!

  48. 30598

    Happy Birthday from Paris !

    Frankly, if I had to choose one webdesign blog, I will keep SM without hesitating even one second. You guys are just amazing!

  49. 31249

    Happy Birthday! I love your stuff! Go on like this…

  50. 31900

    Keep on smashing those magazines lads! Good job.


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