The Upcoming Smashing Book


Our biggest and most important project of the year, the Smashing Book, has come in swinging. Eleven extensive articles have been written, as decided by our readers.1 They are at various stages of completion. Creating a book ultimately requires more effort and dedication than online articles because, in the end, nothing can be changed, and readers have to pay for a physical product.

We have tried to keep errors to a minimum; several correction cycles were required: hard times for our proofreader Andrew Lobo. The writing was done (in alphabetical order) by Adelle Charles, Alessandro Cattaneo, Andrew Maier, Chris Spooner, Darius A. Monsef (Colourlovers), David Leggett, Dmitry Fadeyev, Jacob Gube, Jon Tangerine (partial editing), Rene Schmidt, Steven Snell, Sven Lennartz and Vitaly Friedman.

The book will have 313 pages and 11 chapters, printed completely in color.

Also completed are almost a dozen color illustrations created by the Russian designers from the SoftFacade2 Icon Design Agency, one for each chapter, and the book cover3 by Brian Nelson that many of us have seen, also chosen by our readers. The back cover of the book will have a little surprise.

The book cover of the upcoming Smashing Book4
The book cover, designed by Brian Nelson. Larger version5.

What Is The Date Of Publication?

The book will be published in September this year. Whether at the beginning or end of the month, we cannot yet say. There will be an advance sale lasting several weeks, when everyone will have an opportunity to buy the book at a discounted price. Also, we have some ideas on how to deal with the shipping, so that no one is at too big a disadvantage.

The Smashing Book
One of the illustrations from the Smashing Book. The book will be printed completely in color.

Any Free Copies?

Of course, we will send some free copies to friends, colleagues and well-known publications, as any author or publisher would. We hope the appearance of the book will be talked about and written about on blogs widely.

To this end, we have reserved another 100 copies for review purposes. These are for magazines, blogs and other editorial publications in our industry. All publications, both small and new or old and large, are eligible to receive a free copy for review. But copies are limited. Simply head over to our email form, select “Book Review Copy” as your subject (this is important), type in your name, your postal address and the title and the URL of your blog / magazine / publication (this is important, too) – and that’s it!

Unfortunately, we have received way too many requests already – no requests are accepted any longer.

And we hope you’re looking forward to the Smashing Book’s release as much as we are!


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  1. 1

    Wow, good job!

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    very nice!

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    Will u publish it as pdf?

  4. 4

    The Smashing Magazine logo really needs a redesign.

  5. 5

    Can’t wait to see it, about how much do we think the book will cost?

  6. 6

    I can’t wait the release! we’re all looking forward to purchase this book.

  7. 7

    Can’t wait to see what’s in store… ;-)

  8. 8

    Hmmm… when We can buy it? :P (btw. and where :P bicouse i’m from Poland :P ), soon as it takes to write and engineering work will certainly be useful for this book :)

  9. 9

    W00p, looking forward to it

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    Smashing Editorial

    June 22, 2009 8:11 am

    The book will be published in September this year. Whether at the beginning or end of the month, we cannot yet say. There will be an advance sale lasting several weeks, when everyone will have an opportunity to buy the book at a discounted price. Also, we have some ideas on how to deal with the shipping, so that no one is at too big a disadvantage.

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    How I wish I was a reviewer! I would SO ask for a free copy!

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    Great, can’t wait.

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    Looking forward!!!!!


  15. 15

    I’m excited about the book. You’re website always been a good source for inspiration. Greetings from Holland.

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    I can hardly wait… lol

  17. 17

    Looking forward to this book!

  18. 18

    Really looking forward to this one!

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    :) I have birthday on September so I’ll make a great gift for myself :)))

  20. 20

    Great, I’m looking forward to this!

  21. 21

    I hope it’ll be also available in the Netherlands. Maybe via amazon

  22. 22

    Glad to see you went with that cover design, it was by far the best option. Great work, I’m looking forward to purchasing a copy!

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    Smashing Editorial

    June 22, 2009 8:55 am

    The book will be available worldwide.

  24. 24

    nice :)

  25. 25

    11 chapters…. On what? I really enjoy this website and you cover many things.. what’s in the book?

  26. 26

    I am really looking forward to the book. Price how ever maybe, I am buying it day one for sure.
    Can’t wait to flip through the pages!

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    plz plz……..
    provid us PDF

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    world wide…!
    even in nepal….?

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    Mary Malinconico

    June 22, 2009 9:30 am

    Great News…but what about pre-ordering the book? Are we going to get the book from you directly or from major resellers like Amazon? I want to reserve my copy so I get it right away…I am planning on using it for a class I am teaching in the Spring time if it meets my needs!

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    plz plz……..
    provid us PDF, too!!!

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    Smashing Editorial

    June 22, 2009 9:53 am

    @Mary Malinconico (#29): there will be an advance sale lasting several weeks, when everyone will have an opportunity to buy the book at a discounted price. Please stay tuned.

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    Hey, I’d like to review the book, but my blog isn’t in English, It’s in Slovak. Is it problem or not?

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    I can’t wait to get my hands on it to dig for the treasures within. :D

  35. 35

    Great resource!

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    Have you decided what the price tag will be?

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    Interesting. I will definitely get a copy to support SM. :)

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    Wow!! It’s sound interesting!!

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    I will get this book for sure, but I’m hoping for a .pdf for about the same price.
    Nice cover!

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    can’t wait!

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    Nicholas Z. Cardot

    June 22, 2009 11:33 am

    Very cool. I can’t wait!

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    Christopher Anderton

    June 22, 2009 11:52 am

    PDF, SMOEMOEF. A book like this should be read on paper. Can’t wait to order the book!

    Cheers from Sweden.

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    Why so much need for a pdf version..? An actual book is a lovely tactile thing.

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    A digital version (PDF, Kindle, iPhone) to go with the analogue would actually be awesome. Much easier to incorporate in presentations/brainstorms/etc, just hook up a laptop to a projector. Easier than passing around a book amongst 5-20 persons.

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    What is this going to contain exactly?

    Lists of pretty websites?

    Lists of tutorials?

    Lists of best practices?

    Basically lists of content that is not really yours. It works in a blog medium but I am interested how badly it will fail as a book.

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    Wow, o.O I can’t wait!!

  47. 47

    Super excited for this to come out. It will be nice to have a book to reference to certain things, write in, highlight or just flip through. Its nice to come to all the time but this will be handy!

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    Glad you guys went with this design.

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    Will it be available on amazon?

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    Will it be Top seller @ amazon?

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    can’t wait :)

  52. 52

    will this book avaiable in book store in indonesia, so I can buy it offline…??

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    waiting smashing magazine book :)

  54. 54

    as mentioned above, will there be a pdf version?

  55. 55

    Would love to have one! Great job Smashing Magazine!

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    Will it be available as pdf ?

  57. 57

    fantastic cover design

    will this book avaiable in book store in India?

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    Yes, waiting for this book since long…
    I hope it will be available in India.

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    i cann’t w8. plz release it as soon as possible… something is missing here :-P

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    Kool…cant wait…Looking forward for the book in India too.

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    I am in INDIA. where i can find it available to get physical copy?

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    Podveg Razvedcheka

    June 22, 2009 10:04 pm

    We are waiting this book in Russia too!

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    fantastic cover design

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    will there be any e-copy of this book?

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    Can’t wait! Got a sneakpeak of some pages?

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    The cover design sucks!

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    just a reminder for Ravi: K.I.S.S. rule!

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    when can we see TOC published on web ?

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    Christian Dalsvaag

    June 23, 2009 12:27 am

    Lucy said:
    The Smashing Magazine logo really needs a redesign.

    Indeed, especially that old ugly arrow-‘G’.

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    cant wait, the cover looks great…Will there be a downloadable PDF version to buy?

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    Adrian Lazariuc

    June 23, 2009 1:02 am

    I am forward to read your book and maybe review it on INDEZINER

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    i really appreciate this book, can’t wait! :)

  73. 73

    Well, great news!
    What’s inside this book? What are these eleven chapters about?…

    looking forward!

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    1. How about an offical table of contents: a list of the 11 chapters and their respective authors?
    2. Will the book be released only in English?
    3. Who designed the layout and contents?

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    great… :)

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    A must have! In December is my birthday which means I’ll have money then. I think it will be very interesting. I’m sure it’ll be bought very much! Btw is this the only book you will release or are there more to come?

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    Looking forward to it! Great job.

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    Send free copies to Argentina Please!! (and also books for pay =P )

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    Max Josino Novo

    June 23, 2009 4:43 am

    I’m a Brazillian webdesigner…
    when we can buy it?
    oh god!

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    Grisha Strundzhev

    June 23, 2009 5:04 am

    That is just great !!! Where can we buy it ?

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    Her damit! :-)

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    Smashing Editorial

    June 23, 2009 5:31 am

    The book is now being prepared, it is not published yet. Please stay tuned. More details will be revealed soon.

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    I would like nothing more than to support this Smashing website — and all of the useful articles you’ve done over the years — by buying this book. I’m really looking forward to it! Way to go, dudes and dudettes!

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    Please translate in French….

  85. 85

    Very Cool. i love it.

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    is ebook available?

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    Wow, can’t wait to grab my hands on that ! :)

    Will there be any e-book version for that ?

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    Great news!!
    Are we having a preview of what is inside? something like a small copy or several pages…


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    Can’t wait! :P

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    CAN’T WAIT!!!!
    Please tranlate in Portuguese

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    I will buy this one, all the money is deserved. Great job guys, once again.


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    BTW, if you can i ask the same thing that the guy above me. Translate to portuguese!


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    Can’t wait for the book! It’s going to be #1 on my wish list for Christmas.

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    WoW I cant wait for it !!!! nice SM good for all the staff ;)

  95. 95

    Great job…… You guys Rock as ever……

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    Web Design Bristol

    June 25, 2009 4:04 am

    If the book’s a good as the website, it’s sure to be awesome!

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    Carlos Aguirre Oseguera

    June 25, 2009 6:43 am

    Waiting for!!!!

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    How can I ship it to Russia? Or maybe this book sale on Russia?

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    Can’t wait ….

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    Cant wait..

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    Just Wow. I can’t wait till September..

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    I just pre-ordered! Can’t wait to have it!

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    Guys, it’s almost october, when will we get the books??? Can’t wait any longer!! :)

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    Oh. Hi! :D There are exquisite things in store for you. I like Wagner’s music better than anybody’s. No one has.
    Gonna be back soon ;-)

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