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The Smashing Book: Vote For The Book Cover Now!


The Smashing Book project1 is now entering its next phase. Based upon your tremendous feedback2, we have finalized the concept and the outline for the book. In fact, the topics have been selected and our writers have already started to brainstorm the ideas for their chapters in the book. The one thing that still remains to be discussed is how the book will actually look like.

The Smashing Book

And since the Smashing Book is supposed to be the community book, we would like you to decide what design would fit the book best. In this post we present 6 book cover designs that were designed by the community for the Smashing Book Project (see the Book Cover Design Forum3). We let you decide what book cover the Smashing Book will have. Please vote in the poll below – it’s your turn now!

Details about the book cover Link

We have picked out 6 most interesting book cover designs amond a number of drafts suggested in the forum. We think that every design presented below is appropriate for the Smashing Book. However, what cover makes the book look really smashing?

Please notice:

  1. the book will be a paperback, not hardcover as shown in some drafts below,
  2. the book will not be available in stores or any retail stores — it doesn’t have to fight for customer’s attention against numerous other books in stores.
  3. the book should make a really good impression online.

What cover design should the Smashing Book have? Link

Below you’ll find a brief overview of the 6 book cover designs. You will find more detailed information and preview of each design below, under the poll. You can click on the image for a larger preview. You can vote for multiple designs. Please vote now!

Book Covers4
Book Covers5


Participants Link

Here are more details and images of each design. Thank you to designers for participation!

  1. jokr (1)
  2. jokr (2)
  3. briannelsondesign
  4. motd
  5. Static44
  6. mjmonserrat

a) jokr 1

Cover Proposal

b) jokr 2

Cover Proposal

c) briannelsondesign

Cover Proposal

Cover Proposal

d) motd

Cover Proposal

Cover Proposal

e) Static44

Cover Proposal

f) mjmonserrat

Cover Proposal

Cover Proposal

Thank you for participation, folks! And please feel free to let us know your ideas, thoughts and suggestions in the comments to this post! Thank you for your time.

Footnotes Link

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  1. 1

    please after completion give me one for free

  2. 2

    That’s odd, my comment were removed as spam when i edited it and added:
    A on the picture is the same as B in the list, btw.

  3. 3

    I love A and C

  4. 4

    C and D look very nice! I hope it’ll be C

  5. 5

    C is by far the best, nice and sleek like the site

  6. 6

    Andrew Philpott

    April 8, 2009 9:29 am

    I would really like C if it used the arrow on the “G” in the word “Smashing”.

  7. 7

    Hmm… they all are a bit too cheesy. I had high hopes, especially for a site like this.

  8. 8

    I love b – it brings out the British meaning of smashing a little more.

  9. 9

    I like D, it’s clean, simple, elegant, and timeless

  10. 10

    I’m liking C.

  11. 11

    C. Simplest design, not too literal, not overbearingly a design book.

    Bada bing!

  12. 12

    F i just fantastic :)

  13. 13

    ‘C’ looks great, very striking. :)

  14. 14

    I hope the book has less grammatical errors than this post!

  15. 15

    A & B = Definitely not liking both. Especially the two reload icon next together look terrible.
    C = Simple, clean. Love it.
    D = Mashing book? No Thanks ;)
    E = Too much.
    F = Is this book only about code? If not, then it doesn’t work.

    Winner = C

  16. 16

    Im buying it, but only if it’s the cover i picked, which was C.

  17. 17

    D, sober, clean…and black.

  18. 18

    Well… ‘C’ Looks neat and clean !!

    DKumar M.

  19. 19

    I love A, B & C. I can’t see how people don’t like these first 2…

  20. 20

    a b c D e f

  21. 21
  22. 22

    Please proof read your posts for grammatical errors…really annoying.
    Book Cover = C

  23. 23
  24. 24

    F not only looks good, but it’s clever as well.

    Even if the book isn’t “only about code”, as Vince correctly pointed out, in the end it all ends up as code. Using the actual code from makes it our own little secret in the bookstore. :)

    (oh… and I think you vote in the voting panel above… not the comments here. ;) )

  25. 25

    “I hope the book has less grammatical errors than this post!”

    I think you mean fewer. :-)

  26. 26
  27. 27

    Why don’t the images for C match up? Which one are we voting on; the one with the solid redish background or the one with the redish background and orange “swoosh” going across the top?

  28. 28

    It came down to C & E, but C gets my vote.

    Great confidence in the brand. But remove the gloss. Flame away, but for a book I want that sweet, solid orange. There is no Book 2.0.

    Good entries all!

  29. 29

    Hey Ian,
    I designed ‘C’ and I had submitted the solid reddish background before they had released the vector logos for the design competition. So, I resubmitted the design with the actual logotype and the orange swoosh in the background. Not sure why they put the first image up there. I appreciate the positive feedback, everyone.

  30. 30

    My vote goes to D

  31. 31

    hi… i just love smashing magazine.. i think its an great evolution for the design world… its my bible now… please send me a copy once its released… please please…

  32. 32
  33. 33
  34. 34

    B and E are my favorites, but more so B

  35. 35

    I think A and F look the most professional. I think the Broken glass (E) is a little Obvious.

  36. 36

    I really like the C

  37. 37

    I liked F the most, however since the book it’s probably not just about codes the perfect for this book would be C

  38. 38

    I vote for C. Hands down. Clean, simple, timeless.

  39. 39

    I like C and D!

    I want it!

  40. 40

    i like design ‘A’ – something about the simplicity and muted colors that appears very much appealing to me :-)

  41. 41

    I like the f cover

  42. 42

    Wow, they all look gorgeous.

    But my favourite is of course the black (d). Stunning. :)

  43. 43

    I go for C… would like A, but the arrowy ‘o’s just don’t do, IMHO.

  44. 44

    maneesh Prabhalayam

    April 8, 2009 10:54 am

    I liked
    a (but its not that visually appeling),

  45. 45

    C and D are great… but D takes the cake! I love the black, it looks very sleek and awesome… kind of like the “black book” of design. It also stands out really nicely, and would look great on my book case!

  46. 46

    imo “C” is nice but it would not work as a paperback, it would look a bit cheap. “A” as a paperback though would look great with a matte finish.

  47. 47

    I vote for C, very smashing design.

  48. 48

    que llege argentina la concha de tu madre ehhhh amigitoww

  49. 49

    a – i don’t like the big reload icon (and the small ones too in “book”)
    b – i like it more than a, but still don’t like the small reload icons
    c – i like it
    d – i like it (if it ends up as “smashing” instead of “mashing” like mentioned before)
    e – i’d prefer a non-distorted clean cover like the previus
    f – i like it (i’d prefer using different sizes of the font instead of code)

    voting order for me: [ c, d, f ] b, e, a – i’m voting for the first three

  50. 50

    Man, NOT C. D or F work for me.


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