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

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)

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

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!

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

  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

    I can help in translating some (may be few) chapters in French.

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  2. 102

    That is amazing. Real book made of paper? I will buy it, for sure.

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    deepak madhana raj

    February 25, 2009 2:31 pm

    First thanks smashing magazine for all the articles posted in the website. Now a Book. A big WoW!

    I think usability, graphic design for web, freelance designing.

    How Usability plays a important role in a product (web application or like google checkout, or a financial product and…)

    Psychology of human (users)

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  4. 304

    I’m sat here simply laughing my head off at the vast amount of so called ‘professionals’,
    disagreeing and questioning this book!

    Do you have the IQ of a 5 year old? Because all i can gather from what you are saying is that your lacking in the ability to read! The good people at SMASHING MAGAZINE write and put together the book themselves, the reason they are asking such questions is that they want it to fill the best off its potential with regards to its readers…. US!

    How are they supposed to know what we want without asking?!

    Think about what you say before posting, it really does make you look silly.

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    • 405

      Well it shows you do not have sense. Well sometime people do not read the article due to lack of time. Some write due to their interest in SM. Your IQ is too good in noticing wrong things in others.

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  5. 506

    I hope you dont put all of us to work and then sell the books and keep the profits!!

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  6. 607

    Here are my feelings about this issue, in more detail:

    http://www.sachagreif.com/dont-listen-to-your-readers/

    A message to the guys at Smashing Magazine: you asked me what I would like to read about in the book: I want ot read about something that YOU care about. I wouldn’t read your blog if I didn’t think you guys know a whole lot more about web design than me. So why ask ME for suggestions ?
    You have very loyal readers who trust you to come up with something great ! Use this to your advantage, don’t try to write a book just to please everybody.

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  7. 708

    I can’t wait for this book to be published!

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  8. 809

    Hey guys it’s the 2nd comment here from me…

    I have no problem providing good content to the visitors, whether it’s others content or your content.
    And there is nothing wrong with your post, its crystal clear what you are going to do.
    And yes! There is nothing wrong with writing a book. And also nothing wrong with asking for others ideas.

    It’s just that why should I buy this book, when I have the access to lot of resources online for free which also be up to date.

    By the time you are getting others ideas, then plan it and write and then edit finally you print and deliver it to me, web development world will be moved forward in big steps.

    “Please notice that producing a book costs a lot of money.”
    – Not only money guys it costs a lot of time too.

    So will that cost of the time worth the money you are going to spend?

    Why not start a web site with your own content (tutorial + articles) if you really want to provide good content. I’m sure people will write for you for some money if you pay them.

    P.S. the comment form is still broken. Is this the site which talks about usability and accessibility? ;)

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  9. 910

    I have to agree with Haranga – what’s the point?
    I think the fact that you are asking for ideas proves that this is a bad move – you are doing it because you want to be known as published authors (don’t we all) rather than actually having a usefull subject to impart.
    Secondly, so many tech-related books are completely out of date by the time they have reached the book store that I can’t think of a subject where a book is better than a good web-site.

    Keep up the good work HERE, and don’t waste your time and money on dead trees.

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  10. 1011

    I’m really excited about this. If you guys can cover WordPress Theme building like you did in your incredible WordPress Developer Toolbox post that would be GREAT! Having that handy off-line would be nice.

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  11. 1112

    I’m the first one who’ll buy this book! Great idea! Do you publish it in The Netherlands too?

    Suggestion for content:
    Some ‘cheatsheets’ for designing and programming!

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  12. 1213

    ok.. onestly, such a book can be cool only if published every 6 months with all what’s new on the design/web/etc area. in other case, i see it as a nice moneymaking machine from the still loyal members… be smart guys, i’ve seen MANY bigger companys/communitys than smashing get killed by their “smart” ideas which the visitors “didn’t get it”. just my 5c… oh, and fix the comment box yes. =) check the CSS tutorials on the right side of your site. Also, for the “smart” guys here which u can clearly see SM instructed them to post something,.. well fy all wankers. i have a bad feeling this book idea will bring u LESS visitors, and hopefully not a single dissapointed asian ddos kid which would claim he’s’ work is in the book, etc.. anyway, keep the site and drop the book idea, books are for smart people, collecting good article is what you guys are good at. do KEEP what is making u look GOOD. peace

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  13. 1314

    Joehoe! This is what I was waiting for! I’m definitely going to buy the book, when it’s published!

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    callum kilpatrick

    February 27, 2009 2:42 am

    hii there guys my names callum and i absouletly LURVE this site every time i click on and see the loading sign i just get the urge to slip my massive dong inside the hard-drive and pound hard until i’ve exploded all over smashing magazine.com hehe

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  15. 1516

    no joke i seriously just keep ejaculating everywhere, all over small animals, my mates, the carpet , wallpaper and its all because of this website just gets me so freaking hot

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  16. 1617

    Brilliant! Can’t wait!

    Stu.

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  17. 1718

    I’m buying this

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  18. 1819

    drop the idea of the book. you guys are doing well on the web.

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  19. 1920

    Aaaahhaa!!!

    grate!!! comment form is fixed!!!

    hmmmm… so wts the idea about the book? I will tell you publish a monthly magazine if you really want to print something.
    Else if you want to earn some more cash… be smart and post some silly posts like this.
    So ppl will come and comment on this so you will gain good traffic. Increasing traffic = increasing the advertisement rates :P

    Just think twice before printing a book like this.

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  20. 2021

    I think this is a good idea.

    I think it should be arranged in the process of creating a website, however, with more in-depth areas, such as; background on Colour usage, typography, layout, usability, html, css, javascript (plus integrating jquery, mootools etc) and so on. Then chapters on marketing, SEO, using social media etc.
    Maybe even sections on starting a web business, becoming a freelancer etc.

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  21. 2122

    Have you ever done anything yourself ?

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    Wow, I just read the comments here and all I can say is online people are getting stupider every single day. They want YOUR suggestions of what content YOU want to have in the book. They aren’t telling you to write it.

    Sacha (#108): “I wouldn’t read your blog if I didn’t think you guys know a whole lot more about web design than me. So why ask ME for suggestions ?”

    Dude, you’re acting just like most of my clients. You want them to GUESS what you’re interested in? How do you want them to address important issues we face by guessing? I read your little blog whine. How can you compare the iPhone with a book?

    @SM Guys: Implement a voting system for comments and stop reading them. Garbage will filter itself below the threshold eventually.

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    Topic: How to build a functional creative collective group.
    Combining web and graphic designers with copywriters, account execs, etc that work freelance but could share an office and some projects capitalizing on each others experience and expertise and sharing the profit without having to become a full blown company…

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  24. 2425

    Hey, why not upload it to lulu.com and make it easier to publish

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  25. 2526

    I’m buying this book. all the whiners, can go cry to mommy.

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  26. 2627

    i Can’t wait now!

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  27. 2728

    Wahou !! Very cool idea ! I can’t wait to read it !
    I live in france, don’t you think that we will have it also in sept 2009 ? Or have we to wait more ?

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  28. 2829

    I am gonna buy this for sure :)

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  29. 2930

    I hope this book will be translated in French.

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    Joaquín Cabrera

    July 26, 2010 9:23 am

    Hi I bought the smashing book but its damaged, where could I send to you some photos?

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