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

    can’t wait :)

  2. 52

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

  3. 103

    waiting smashing magazine book :)

  4. 154

    as mentioned above, will there be a pdf version?

  5. 205

    Would love to have one! Great job Smashing Magazine!

  6. 256

    Will it be available as pdf ?

  7. 307

    fantastic cover design

    will this book avaiable in book store in India?

  8. 358

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

  9. 409

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

  10. 460

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

  11. 511

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

  12. 562

    Podveg Razvedcheka

    June 22, 2009 10:04 pm

    We are waiting this book in Russia too!

  13. 613

    fantastic cover design

  14. 664

    will there be any e-copy of this book?

  15. 715

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

  16. 766

    The cover design sucks!

  17. 817

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

  18. 868

    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’.

  20. 970

    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

  22. 1072

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

  23. 1123

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

    looking forward!

  24. 1174

    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?

  25. 1225

    great… :)

  26. 1276

    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?

  27. 1327

    Looking forward to it! Great job.

  28. 1378

    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 ?

  31. 1531

    Her damit! :-)

  32. 1582

    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.

  33. 1633

    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!

  34. 1684

    Please translate in French….

  35. 1735

    Very Cool. i love it.

  36. 1786

    is ebook available?

  37. 1837

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

    Will there be any e-book version for that ?

  38. 1888

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


  39. 1939

    Can’t wait! :P

  40. 1990

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

  41. 2041

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


  42. 2092

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


  43. 2143

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

  44. 2194

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

  45. 2245

    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?

  49. 2449

    Can’t wait ….

  50. 2500

    Cant wait..


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