Smashing Newsletter Challenge… And Giveaway!


It’s time for something brand new and exciting on Smashing Magazine. Actually, we have quite a few things in the works, and today we are happy to reveal one of them. Over the years, we have published many lengthy articles, and now we want to write some shorter ones for a change. We want to launch the Smashing Email Newsletter and we prepared some nice prizes for our subscribers.

Every week our editorial team will work on short, entertaining and (of course) relevant articles for the upcoming issue. The newsletter will be sent out once a week, probably on Tuesdays, and will contain unique tips and tricks for designers and Web developers, written by us exclusively for our email subscribers.

The 10,001 Subscriber Challenge

And to make it a bit more interesting, we decided to create a challenge for us and our readers. Here’s the deal: the Smashing Newsletter will be published only if we get at least 10,001 subscribers. (The earliest we would send it out is next Tuesday.) So, it’s up to you to decide whether we should launch the newsletter. And you can help right away: just type in your (valid) email address, confirm the subscription (opt in) and you’re done!

Subscribe to our email newsletter now:


If the form doesn’t work in your RSS-feed reader, please view the article in your web browser1. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Of course, you can cancel your subscription at any time. The Smashing Newsletter will always be free of charge. We respect your privacy: we will never give your data to third parties, and we will never spam you. You have our word.

Join In To Win One Of Our Prizes!

Of course, we knew it wouldn’t be as much fun without an incentive, which is why we are giving away some beautiful gadgets and books to some lucky subscribers. The winners will be announced in the first edition of the newsletter (if we meet the challenge). And here are the prizes:

Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch (Medium)2
The Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch is a unique device to harness your creativity. It’s perfect if you want complete control with a pen or finger tap input. It has single- and double-finger functions, supports left- and right-handed use and has an integrated pen holder.


Microsoft SideWinder X8 Laser Gaming Mouse3
The ultimate wireless gaming mouse, with advanced tracking, 12 buttons (7 of which are programmable), scroll wheel with tilt and full-speed USB reporting.


Harman Kardon SoundSticks II Speaker System5
The Harman Kardon SoundSticks II combines performance and an attractive visual design, a combination that always makes our hearts beat a little faster. It’s nearly perfect, save for a few design flaws.

Speaker System6

Microsoft Arc Mouse Black7
The Arc Mouse has the comfort of a desktop mouse and the portability of a notebook mouse. It folds to 60% of its fully expanded size for when you’re on the go. Two color options are available to match your style.


Last But Not Least, The Books!

  • Confessions of a Public Speaker, by Scott Berkum


  • Decoding Design, by Maggie Macnab


  • The Laws of Simplicity, by John Maeda


  • Smashing WordPress, by Thord Daniel Hedengren


  • Universal Principles of Design, by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden and Jull Butler


Please participate only once, and spread the word about the challenge to your friends and colleagues. Thanks, and let’s get this rolling, folks!



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  1. 1

    Like it and signed up! Why didn’t you do it before? Anyway, cannot wait until is in my inbox :-)

  2. 52

    Great idea! I appreciate yours attempts to make this magazine better! :)
    Oh… and, of course, I’ve subscribed! :D

  3. 103

    Subscribed :)

  4. 154

    love the books :)

  5. 205

    Signed up ;D

  6. 256

    very good! i’ve got it!

    another question: is it possible to receive email updates from de smashingmagazine website. so that when a new article is posted, i get it in my mail?

  7. 307

    Great idea. Also, it think you should specify that the subjects in the newsletter will be different than those received in the rss.

  8. 358

    I’ve Signed Up! Great Idea!

  9. 409

    thanks a lot, thumbs up !

  10. 460

    Cool, thumbs up!

  11. 511

    I am ready to sign up every day for such great gifts. Anyway, I hope the content of newsletter will be awesome (like usually)!

  12. 562

    This will be awesome for sure. Just subscribed. Thanx for your great work.

  13. 613

    Signed in.. Pretty nervous… ;-)

  14. 664

    How exciting! Thanks so much! I am looking forward to it.

  15. 715

    Great idea! I subscribed, of course!

  16. 766

    Love it!

  17. 817

    Wow! What a great idea. I too signed up. Eagerly waiting for the first newsletter. Good luck smashing magazine team. :)

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    Giles Van Gruisen

    February 24, 2010 7:36 am

    As much as I love you, Smashing Magazine, I don’t particularly think newsletters are ever good ideas.

  19. 919

    Smashing giveaway!

    Hmm, no “Smashing” book? Shame..

  20. 970

    No Smashing book to win ;)?

    Ha, it seems i’m not the only one thinking it ;P

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    I’ve subscribed! The Wacom or the Smashing WordPress book should be perfect, if I win!!

    Kind regards from the Netherlands

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  24. 1174

    Great idea guys! I’ve sined up!

  25. 1225

    Hello Staff!
    I am interested to subscribe to your newsletter and I wonder you why this change if you use the RSS/feed?
    Thanks and good luck.

    • 1276

      bodhi, the newsletter is a small but new publication with fresh content. it’s completely different from the news feed.

  26. 1327

    Subscribed, waiting impatient

  27. 1378

    Hi Smashing. I suggest you do some testing on your email sender. Both the “plesae confirm” and the “subscription confirmed” were marked as spam by SpamAssassin. You really want to do everything you can to make sure that spam filters don’t think your messages are spam. There are a lot of useful web checklists, SPF guidelines, etc. that you can google that should help.

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    Here, i give thee my mind,
    I give thee my heart,
    and I give thee my soul,
    I give these to my love.

    LOVE YOU SMAAAASHING MAGAZINE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    too easy!
    you’ll reach it in a wink, blokes

    waiting for it impatiently

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    Bryan McAnulty | Velora Studios

    February 24, 2010 8:11 am

    Surprised that there wasn’t a newsletter until now. Subscribed :]

  32. 1633

    that’s great, and I am specially interested to know how you are going to deal with the newsletter issue, on a “marketing” point of view at least ;)

  33. 1684

    Subscribed!! Now can I have my soundsticks :D

  34. 1735

    what is mobile format?

    • 1786

      redfoot, The Mobile version is a smaller HTML version that is run through specific mobile browsing software. This is what the mighty Mailchimp told us.

      • 1837

        Hey Sven, I hope you get the chance to read this. Do you have to make a different design for the mobile version or is it the mighty Mailchimp’s job/code that makes it mobile-able? :D
        I’m just wondering as I love to ‘know’ :)
        + Subscribed

  35. 1888

    Subscribed, will make sure all my friends see this post! Also, cool prizes!

  36. 1939

    Count me in!

  37. 1990

    Sweet! I love this site <3

  38. 2041

    Newsletter = glorious! Thanks ya’ll – I’m a Smashing junkie. I’ll be crossing my fingers to be a winner – I could totally use that tablet ; )

  39. 2092

    Excited for this. I have my eye on that Wacom. ;)

  40. 2143

    I love Wacom & all smashing people (¡Me apunto!).

  41. 2194

    Signed up!! Yeah!

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    Oscar S. | Lumbre Creative

    February 24, 2010 8:42 am

    Smashing, great job. As someone previously mentioned, I don’t have to check my RSS feed as much, since it will be going straight to my inbox. Keep up the good work.


  43. 2296

    Lets hope mail chimp use a template less than 610 pixels wide! I hate scrolling.

  44. 2347

    Great idea, can’t wait for this!

  45. 2398

    Done & done.

  46. 2449

    Bit few give-aways for 10k people, dont u think?

  47. 2500

    just signed in…excellent idea!!

  48. 2551

    OK, done.

  49. 2602

    Smashing idea. <– I thought of that all by myself.

  50. 2653

    Im gunning for the Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch.

    I’m trying to get my mom, who was an illustartor in her early 20’s, into illustarting on the computer. She was just laid off from a crappy job at Carson Pirie Scott working in the home good department.

    Her fear of computers is great, hopefully something like that will bridge the gap!

    Also, can’t wait for the news letters! I still have to read the Smashing book, ive got a week off in June that’s got its name all over it



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