The Smashing Book: Join In!

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No, we’re not giving anything away in this post. Instead, we’ve got some work to do, and we need you to play an important role in it. Our most interesting (and important) project for 2009 is something we are modestly calling “The Smashing Book”: a smashingly written, beautifully designed and professionally printed book. It will be created by and for the Web design community. Four key decisions have already been made: the book’s title will be “The Smashing Book”; it will be a paperback; the price is fixed, as is the release date, which is early September 2009.

The Smashing Book

We want to create a totally unique and exciting book, full of insightful and useful articles; a book that contains only articles that a reader of Smashing Magazine would really want to read. No fluff, no cruft, just hearty meat and potatoes content.

To achieve this, we need the help of our community: your help. And what could be better than working on this important project together with our readers? If you want to participate in our project, please visit the forum1 (the registration2 is required for replies) and help in any of the following ways:

1. Suggest The Book Content Link

First, you can suggest a topic3 for The Smashing Book. Let us know what you want to read and what topics we should cover. What enticing, creative, useful articles should be written by us and our team? What should a Smashing Book contain? You can propose any topic you think would be great, but it must fit the small universe of Smashing Magazine and relate to design and Web development.

Once we receive your suggestions, we’ll evaluate them, filter and sort them. If necessary, we’ll open a second and third round of voting, which will (hopefully) help us select the most important and relevant topics.

Afterward, we’ll present the final list of topics to our authors team, discuss the ideas with them and assign topics. Articles for the book can also be written by members of the Web design community (of course, the authors will get paid for their work). So, if you want to propose an article for the book, please suggest your idea in the Book topics4 forum.

2. Suggest The Cover Design (Front And Back) Link

We want you to decide what The Smashing Book will look like. You can propose ideas for an unforgettable book cover design (any colors can be used), and you can also present your drafts in the Cover design5 forum. We’d love to see first drafts and invite forum members to discuss them, too! We haven’t decided anything about the appearance of the book yet, so free your imagination.

3. Suggest The Layout Drafts Link

Help us decide on the perfect prepress for The Smashing Book (not the final layout, but only layout drafts). How should it be designed? What typefaces should be used? What about font sizes, headings, columns, footnotes, image captions, page numbers, markup? What structure should the book have in general? We are open to your suggestions, so please participate in the Book layout6 forum: suggest your ideas and submit your drafts. We are looking for your ideas, wishes and expectations.

4. Help Us Out, And Spread The Word! Link

We want you to be part of The Smashing Book. Help us out by designing some outstanding buttons, badges, banners, pins, icons, graphics and whatever else you can think of. We are confident that together we’ll achieve truly outstanding results, even if the process will be a long one and see the inevitable hurdles along the way.

Of course, we will reward you! And as you would expect, we’ll also have small, exclusive rewards to give away to the most active helpers and participants.

Thanks for reading. And now, let’s get to work let’s move to the forum7!

(al)

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/the-smashing-book-f52/
  2. 2 http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/ucp.php?mode=register
  3. 3 http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/book-topics-f53/
  4. 4 http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/book-topics-f53/
  5. 5 http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/cover-design-f54/
  6. 6 http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/layout-f55/
  7. 7 http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/the-smashing-book-f52/

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  1. 1

    This is going to be awesome !

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  2. 2

    yes it is.

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  3. 3

    You can write about eshop design and ecommerce in total

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  4. 4

    Cool! :)

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  5. 5

    I must have it!
    Awesome!!!

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  6. 6

    Sounds very interesting!

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  7. 7

    This is a very interesting project.
    I think usability is a important topic.

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  8. 8

    I’m there!
    Let’s rock and roll…

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  9. 9

    This should be not only a kind of international version of the Web 2.0 Praxisbuch (978-3836213424),
    but the concentrated knowledge of all SM authors – and readers as well!

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  10. 10

    Nice idea, definitely going to purchase it!

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  11. 11

    Awesome, finally!

    1. Suggest The Book Content
    Creative and cutting edge solutions. e.g. Use html5 and css3 to create great interactivity, only possible to date via flash.

    2. Suggest The Cover Design (Front And Back)
    Full black matte, no graphics at all!

    3. Suggest The Book Layout
    One font, different sizes, no other font-weights.

    4. Help Us Out, And Spread The Word!
    on it ;) (hmmm, first digg, peculiar …)

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  12. 12

    I am definitely buying it!

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  13. 13

    Oh joy – will be dead keen on this. Now if only I had some time to think about the above…

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  14. 14

    So if the readers suggest the content, pick a cover design, choose the layout, and promote it too… what do you do ?

    [Comment by SM]: Well, we are writing the content and we take care of the publishing costs and of the layout costs. Please read the post one more time!

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  15. 15

    good idea

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  16. 16

    really good idea ! come on !

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  17. 17

    I cannot wait for this book to come out. I’m will buy it for me, my friends, and my own mother.

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  18. 18

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    February 24, 2009 2:21 pm

    @Sacha (#14): well, we write the book.

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  19. 19

    So the purpose of this book is article based content for smashing readers.

    The question should be whether the content is a reflection/analysis of inspirational web designs from past, present or is it a tool for the future, tutorials, workflows etc?

    Making something look good is the easy and fun part.

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  20. 20

    Can’t wait for it to come out!

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  21. 21

    Awesome. Can’t wait.

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  22. 22

    Cool! I can not wait for it to come out!

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  23. 23

    ooOOOOooo can’t wait to get it!

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  24. 24

    SM Rulez!

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  25. 25

    Just retweeted this. I enjoy and recommend several articles from Smashing Magazine. I especially like the Joomla Toolbox, screen recording 101 and WordPress theme posts. I find the content to be well organized, easily understood by people new to the web and visually pleasing.

    Looking forward to the book release too!

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    I can’t wait to read the book. I am only going to suggest the content part because that will be the main reason people will want it.

    1. Suggest The Book Content
    I am going to start out with aesthetics to design, an intro on what people should look for and realizing that overdoing it may kill their design. Next speak about markup languages so css2 with css3 on the horizon. Do not forget to mention multiple browser testing. Speak about social marketing and it’s impact on design.

    I will probably add more to this later but I think that’s a good start for a few chapters.

    Thanks

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  27. 27

    Damn!

    I thought this was Smashing Pumpkins

    Kind of got confused

    Has that ever happened to you? Think one thing and it ends up being totally…

    Well I guess I oughta go, Your probably real busy with your book and all.

    Smashing whatever

    I don’t read books, it all goes back to when I was a kid and an encyclopedia fell on me

    I mean I was OK, but every time I go near a library or a bookstore I just freak!

    Borders those stores really freak me out

    Don’t get me started on clicking an Amazon Link…

    Yeah…I better Go now

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  28. 28

    You guys should write about simplicity vs. eye-candy

    simplicity for example would be this blog, and eye-candy would be anything in Area01 group in DeviantArt (GUIs)

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  29. 29

    Very cool.

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    Could it be free … ?? :D

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  31. 31

    I’m a little busy right now with work, but with the money I’m going to be making using my brain power else where… at least some of it will be going to acquiring a copy.

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    Accessibility, Semantics, Design and Usability studies…

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    1. Content

    How about design process? I saw a lot of great designs here. Sometimes I got inspirations. However, It would be nice to cover the topic on how to make those. Maybe interviews with some authors?

    And how about combining some of the articles in CSS, How-to and tutorials into a single chapter – “implementation” or “building” or any cool title you can think of?

    Basically, just divide the book into “What to do” and “How to do” is OK. And highlighted showcases can be in “How others do”.

    I would agree on Andy. Yes. Accessibility, Semantics, Design and Usability studies….

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    WE ARE GONNA DO THIS

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  35. 35

    With the power of jquery, flash etc….in today’s web development world, I think usability is one of the most overlooked issues. It would be great to see this featured as an extremely important topic.

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    I’d like to see some raw numbers in the book on usability tests, present recent research findings, etc. Too many folks preach best practices (do this, not that) and never back it up with data or even state the underlying principles.

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  37. 37

    Where can I pre-order? XD

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  38. 38

    Considering web and print media are primarily mutually exclusive it will be interesting to follow this project. I look forward to becoming a part of — and contributing to — this project.

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  39. 39

    Very exciting indeed! Hope it is easily obtainable in the Land of Oz.

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  40. 40

    Lets see what I can do, but still GOOD LUCK CHUCK ! =)

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  41. 41

    Sounds very interesting!

    Usability n UX would be a good topics…

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    List out the preferred tools for different types of websites and what’s good about each one.

    CMS – what are the different ones. What’s most popular.
    Frameworks – Use what and where.
    XHTML – Do’s and Don’t
    Browsers – Hacks and known bugs. What browser supports what. (will IE8 support css3?)
    Code examples – standardized code that most sites use
    CSS examples – best practices. New popular tools
    Website Security – Doesn’t and don’t.
    Mobile/iphone world – best practices on building for this market

    sorry, guess I just typed up my dream reference book. lol. Wish you guys the best of luck. Are you going to sell a PDF or eBook version?

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  43. 43

    for the community
    of the community
    by the community

    you guys are going great

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  44. 44

    this will be a huge sales when it release…

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  45. 45

    I’d think maybe something about icon design (not the whole book of course)? Also, I would very much like it if the cover design sources were a free download somewhere.
    On a related note, I’d probably buy it.
    On an unrelated note, the comment field is broken in FF 3.0.6

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  46. 46

    Here’s a suggestion:

    You will obviously feature links in your book. MAke sure all those links point to your site. Usually, samples need to be updated, so you can always change the content of the pages the links point to, even add new comments, or allow people to discuss chapters online. Make your book kinda social.

    Just a thought.

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    SEO and simple css tricks to optimise page load times

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  48. 48

    real cool!

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  49. 49

    Try to do something different. I mean, you can buy tons and tons of very good books about every given topic of webdesign, programming, usability and stuff in every bookstore out there.
    I would suggest to write about smashing magazine. How it came to be, who you are and what you did to grow to this size. It’s interesting to know where you get inspiration from and how much time and work you spend in it.
    This is an amazing site of international matter with “uncountable” visitors per day and many people want to take a look at the backstage and learn…

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  50. 50

    Good idea…

    But why do we need a printed book ?, when we have this grate internet and so
    many web sites to read/learn about these…

    Whats the point?

    Oh! Btw, The right end of this commenting text area is overlapped by the shadow at the right side. So I can not see about 10 characters I type to the right side. I’m on firefox!

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