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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 Link

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! Link

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! Link

  • 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

    good, i will subscribe.

  2. 3

    Fantastic idea, I’ve signed up! :)

  3. 4

    I’ll subscribe if you fix Thord’s name. :P I don’t think TDH would like being called Thor Haedengren.

  4. 5

    More awesome give-aways from SM! bring it on, and a newsletter to boot?!

  5. 6

    retweeting this now. i want a smashing magazine book!

  6. 7

    signed up *thumbsup* (:

  7. 8

    Looking forward to seeing the newsletter. I believe this is a great addition for Smashing Magazine :)

  8. 9

    #187 here!
    …when I saw the post it was 132!

  9. 10

    #261 !
    I can’t wait for more great articles from you guys !

  10. 11

    Signed in, too. I hope, the content of the Newsletter will be (at least a bit) different to the RSS-feed and its topics?

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    I’m so gonna make this work in my home town of Perth Western Australia – you guys are the bomb and I’ve been digging your freshness for years now and you deserve everything that comes your way – Cheers for all the inspiration over the years!!

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    Jacques van Heerden

    February 24, 2010 5:37 am

    Subscribed. Awesome to have something new finally launched.


  13. 16

    Excellent! I signed up (even if my iPhone autofill did give me fits).

  14. 17

    finally! i cant wait too read your newsletter. thanks and keep up the inspiring work

  15. 18

    Wacom is awesome!

  16. 19

    great idea! look forward to the first edition :)
    … and maybe reviewing it on !

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    Bariski |

    February 24, 2010 5:39 am

    I probably won’t receive “good news” after this comment.. but hey, at least I will receive a great newsletter always. Well why do you think I want to win it? I have never won anything in my whole life! and it’s a pretty cool idea I guess.. I do hope I win though.

  18. 21

    Subscribed and retweeted….

  19. 22

    Wow, that’s really great! :)) Wonderful idea! :)
    I’ve signed up and looking forward to the first Smashing Magazine newsletter ;)

  20. 23

    I welcome the addition of the newsletter to my daily dose of SM =)

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    Signed up! Are you going to build a pretty one using more modern code and css principles for those of us who run up to date email clients?

  23. 26

    You always inspire me so much! Love the site, the book, everything. Looking forward to the email newsletter.

  24. 27

    Yup! I signed in, too. I can’t wait any longer.

  25. 28

    Nice to hear that news… just cool tricks to become with email :) Thanks You Smash.mag. :)

  26. 29

    Finally we may rejoice!

  27. 30

    Seems something different. Subscribed and waiting for the smashing newsletter :)

  28. 31

    Signed up ! very good idea

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    Julien (JaXX) Banchet

    February 24, 2010 5:56 am

    I’m in :-)

  30. 33

    I was wondering when you guys are going to start doing a newsletter! With so much excellent content – there is no way I’m going to miss the chance!

  31. 34

    “Smashing Magazine doesn’t have a newsletter. And we won’t have one in the future.” => wondering why you have that on ?

    Great initiative though. As always, your tips are mighty helpful. This can only get better.

  32. 35

    Subscribed and ecstatic about your new idea and look forward to interesting things ahead. Keep up the fantastic work SM!

  33. 36

    Subscribed! Great idea guys…

  34. 37

    This will be interesting to read. However, I hope SM doesn’t see this as another revenue stream and fill the newsletter with advertising?

  35. 38

    Subscribed. Thanks for this giveaway. Cheers

  36. 39

    I´m on board. Greetings from Germany :-)

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    I subscribed! :) sounds great! look forward to the first issue!!

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    I joined the newsletter emediately at the front page because of the hardcore awesomeness. Then I wacthed up the whole article and saw the prices – WOHOOO!

  39. 42

    subscribed… waiting for the free gift :).. Hope that will come on Tuesdays.. hehe :)

  40. 43

    Sweet, this will save me checking the rss feed regularly. Straight to my email :)

    Good work guys.

  41. 44

    Im in! Hello from Ukraine!

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    Subscribed from Spain!

  43. 46

    Hope you meet the challenge. I’m sharing with my friends for sure.
    Also, Mailchimp is awesome – good choice!

  44. 47

    i signed so everybody should sin up.

    I dont think it will take long to fill 10,000+

    I have been reading for a long time and it rocks.

    Keep it rocking as you always do..

  45. 48

    I’m in !!
    Haricot from France having a truly smashing day ;)

  46. 49

    I am in to it too… :D

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    All signed up! Cheers!

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    Great stuff, can I ask why you chose Mailchimp?

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    Ronald | Naldz Graphics

    February 24, 2010 6:56 am

    done :). wacom plz :D.haha

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    subscribed! Looking forward to this. 10K subscribers is a big challenge, but seeing as though it is already @ 2K I’ll be watching my inbox!


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