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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    Sure thing!

  2. 102

    Great idea, amazing prizes, I’m in!

  3. 203

    Did I win the new car yet?

  4. 304

    Yay, Subscription Confirmed! :D

  5. 405

    Hope to see something new, bring in the read! Subscribed!

  6. 506

    Signed up! HK SoundSticks plz :) come on 10k +1!!

  7. 607

    Signed up and looking forward to it!

  8. 708

    The first time I submitted I never received a confirmation E-mail. The second time it worked though (tried probably an hour later) – it wasn’t a typo because I used the browsers auto complete for the address. Just thought I’d let you know.

  9. 809

    Subscribed… good luck to all :)

  10. 910

    So, all I have to do is subscribe to the newsletter to have a chance to win one of the prizes?
    I dont need to register on the site and stuff too?

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    subscribed. gluck

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    i want a book yahhh

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    Carla | Green and Chic

    February 24, 2010 10:40 am

    Cant wait to read the newsletter!

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    Done, cool gifts, even better info!

  16. 1516

    Here we go!! I’m feeling good about this one!

  17. 1617

    I am in! :)

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  19. 1819

    5,400+ subscribers on the first day.. How dare ya to threaten that you won’t publish?? {:evil-laugh:}

  20. 1920

    Awesome! I am looking forward to this I hope you make the minimum limit!!
    Thanks for continuing to be awesome! :)

  21. 2021

    oh noooo, not a newsletter… you can’t do this. Newsletter is so retrominded.

    sorry i’m not in… except in case you promise to send full text mail. (a mail is not a f*ckin’ html page >.<)

  22. 2122

    good luck getting 10,001. Can’t wait to read more from Smashing Mag.

  23. 2223

    signed up! good luck! Love the prizes

  24. 2324

    *like* – and great prizes too! I’m in!

  25. 2425

    Awesome idea guys, I think it will be a success, live data, live RSS feeds are great but they are not comparing to a weekly (or monthly?) mini magazine with round-up last-week-happenings maybe or quiz, best part is you can archive it easily.

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    Wonderful idea!
    I love to read your articles and often make reference to them to my students, so having a concise publication weekly will be fantastic. Oh and the prizes aren’t a bad incentive either!! Thanks :-)

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    Guys at Smashing Magazine, your e-mail confirmation page for the subscription to your Newsletter looks like an error page, at least to me, that red background scared the LS out of me, and it made me feel like I just did something wrong, something that YOU actually made me do: click on the link in the e-mail to confirm my e-mail address.

    It actually reminded me of the red, scary, warning page Firefox displays when you visit a website that has been flagged as a phishing site (I think IE displays a red page too, right? lol).

    I nice green gradient image like the one used in the ‘Post Comment’ button here, would make us feel better :)

    Hope you get that fixed.

    I already subscribed too, looking forward to the Newsletter.

  28. 2728

    I look forward to the RSS feeds so now I can doubly look forward to the newsletter :)

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    Yeah i’m with Ricardo Zea, I have think that was the page alert of google chrome when he find a website infected by a malware, i was terrified ><

  30. 2930

    Awww, I would give anything for that wacom. <333 Especially since I do a lot of retouches.

    Already subscribed! :)

  31. 3031

    Great idea, a newsletter so that I do not need to look for the latest and greatest every week. The only thing I would change is in this slick: link the Wacom prize to their site instead of the Apple Store so that their is no confusion with a PC user thinking it is only a Mac device

  32. 3132

    Great idea! I look forward to the newsletter!

  33. 3233

    Wow! That’s all i got! From nearly 800 subscribers when I first saw it – to around 6500 when I just checked..
    I think we’re safe to say that it won’t be long before you guys reach your goal of 10001.
    So when can we expect the first issue?
    Thanks for all the work you do guys!

  34. 3334

    Great idea! You’d reach 10, 001 subscribers even without extra incentive. I’m planning to run my own design blog, however, I’m smashing magazine shy from writing anything. Good luck with all your projects and thanks for being so valuable source of development.

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    Fantastic! Subscribed!

  36. 3536

    I’m in too.

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    Looking forward to reading the first newsletter!

  38. 3738

    I just subscribed

  39. 3839

    Subscribed!! :)

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    not seen this before

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    February 24th

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    subscriber +1

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    Hernando Gisinger

    February 24, 2010 3:09 pm

    #hernando {
    subscribe: on;

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    I’m in.


  45. 4445

    Interested, I like many never win anything, wouldn’t mind a prize, if not, I’m sure it will be a good read nonetheless.


  46. 4546

    Prize or not, still subscribing! =D

  47. 4647

    This is my first ever post on this website (longtime reader). I just had to say I didn’t have any second thoughts about subscribing. Not because of the prizes, but because I’m excited to see the newsletter. Of course a prize isn’t a bad thing either :D


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    I never comment (Till now) but I’ve always read all of the articles and taken various tid bits to heart. Love SM and can’t wait for the newsletter! Less than 2,000 subscribers to go for it to happen!

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    I’m waiting for the newsletter..

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    Happy to be a newsletter subscriber. I visit your site almost every day and the newsletter makes getting info a little more simpler. Kudos.

    Suggestion for this article… Do to SmashingMagazine’s usual article template I automatically thought the subscribe form was an image… even after I have read the article. It might be just me though… How about including a link or a modal window.


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