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

    Wow, 2 years already. Amazing resources in only two years!!

  2. 52

    This poat is roadie! Congratts!

  3. 103

    About 6-8 months back I visited this site while browsing and since then SM has been on the top of my blogs list to visit ever morning. Truly learned a lot from the posts here and one of the things I look forward for the next day.

    Thank you, really!

  4. 154

    Congratulations! I really love that webpage.
    Thanks for some wonderful moments.

  5. 205

    Now I’ve been reading this site for a few months, and I can’t say that I’ve ever been disappointed! Congrats on the anniversary!

  6. 256

    Congratulations! Smashing Magazine is definitely my favorite website, whenever I see a new post from you in my RSS reader I KNOW it will be great. It’s really amazing the amount of high-quality content you’re constantly publishing. Anyway, thanks for everything and I hope to keep visiting you for many years more!

    Greetings from Argentina,

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  8. 358

    congrats on 2 years! You provide so much inspiration and insight to designers everywhere, and for that I thank you! Cheers to many more years to come!

  9. 409

    Congratulations. You’re #1 in my Google Reader

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    To more smashing years for SmashingMagazine :)

  11. 511

    My office needs a Smashing Magazine poster soo bad!

    Many Happy Returns, and please keep up the good work!

  12. 562

    Felicidades, durante estos 2 años, smashingmagazine ha dejado claros los estandáres en diseño al mismo tiempo que muestra y permite descubrir la creatividad de sus lectores.

  13. 613

    Happy birthday! it’s been great to read all these resources, showcases, inspirations, fonts, icons, walls, contests, pfff the list is endless. You’ve given a lot to the community, thanks for everything Smashing Magazine.

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    Congrats! Thank you for all the inspiration and visual greatness you have given to all readers.


  16. 766

    Congratulations to your success, i love your magazine! Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

  17. 817

    Felicitaciones mis amigos. Cada día le doy una mirada a los post. Creo que no dejo casi ningun sin darle una mirada. Mil gracias por dedicar gran esfuerzo a publicar articulos de gran contenido. Saludos desde El Salvador… Que cumplan muchos gigabytes de años!

  18. 868

    Congrats! I love you guys :D

  19. 919

    Happy Anniversary !
    SM is one of the most creative web sites I’ve ever visited to. I hope to read this site even more than another two years, and another …

  20. 970

    Congratulations! Great site ! Great articles A Great homepage.
    One of the best resources around. Up to the 3 years!!

  21. 1021

    Quiero un póster!!!



  22. 1072

    Yeah ! Congrats ! You’re one of my favourite websites, so thanks a lot. May the Force be with you for the next years. :)

  23. 1123

    Bravo guys ! Love your work !

  24. 1174

    That’s awesome. As long as you keep bringing me the same quality I will try to produce my own top quality. =)

  25. 1225

    Awesome poster! Thanks for two years of continually good content.

  26. 1276

    Great work guys. I truly appreciate your inspiring and stirring posts and collections. Thank you.

  27. 1327

    Congratulations on two great years. You guys continue to publish the best content on the web!


  28. 1378

    Fantastic effort – fantastic resource. Cheers Folks.

  29. 1429

    Congrats & Thanks for the amazing work that you do.

    Keep it up :)

  30. 1480

    Congrats! This site has always been an inspiration to me and has helped me grow as a designer.

  31. 1531

    Congratulations. Only few websites can claim the success you have had in only 2 years. It is nothing short of remarkable. Thanks for the great articles and can’t wait to see what’s next!

  32. 1582

    Love James White’s work. Almost as much as I love Smashing!

  33. 1633

    Congratulations on this second Anniversary.

    Every now and then you stumble across a website that opens your eyes, challenges you to expand your horizont and that wants to make you get better and better in what you do every day.

    For me, Smashing Magazine is one of those few little treasures I found in this internet caos, that, even if it is really hard for me, I share with all of my friends.

    Keep up the good work. Make internet a place of comon knowledge. Just stay around and make me happy.

    Happy birthday.

    I see/read you

  34. 1684

    Great work guys!

    Nothing breaks up the monotony of my days as well as your articles, and I’ve always enjoyed the fact I can take something away from each of them (if only a cool new wallpaper!).

    Keep it up!

  35. 1735

    Congratulations, Smashing Magazine!

  36. 1786

    Congrats Smashing Magazine. You always deliver quality posts and we thank you for that!

  37. 1837

    wow! Happy Anniversary! =D
    I know you will continue to be successful in each project you begin and I hope for Smashing Magazine to stay with us for many years more.

  38. 1888

    Happy happy birthday! :-)

  39. 1939

    Congratulations guys! Your contribution is enormous.

  40. 1990

    Thanks for these two years :)

  41. 2041

    Happy Birthday from Godzone. Looking forward to the next 2 years

  42. 2092

    Congrats, only started reading a few weeks ago but love it already!

  43. 2143

    Congrats guys. Phenomenal site and absolutely gorgeous poster. Cheers to many more years.

  44. 2194

    Congrats and thanx for these 2 years!! :D

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    Leonardo Ferreira

    September 8, 2008 2:48 pm

    Awesome Smashing!
    Feliz Aniversário e muito bolo pra você ;D

  46. 2296

    Hey fellas, not much more to say than you’re one of the premier design blogs on the planet and you’ve made the industry a lot better place. Congrats on the 2nd anniversary and it’s been great having you in 9rules!


  47. 2347

    Thanks a lot to the staff of this magazine!

    Definitely two smashing years of an essential resource.

  48. 2398

    Happy second anniversary SM. I love all your posts, keep them coming.

  49. 2449

    Yeah, it’s my birthday today, just one day after Smashing Magazine ^^
    Congratulations and all the best to all the following years, you’re doing a great job !!

  50. 2500

    Smashing Magazine is a wonderful resource for designers and web developers. Thanks so much for all your efforts and keep up the great work!


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