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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    As long as the news-letter isn’t just a summary of the submitted articles I would love to get more quality content.

    Also, I would really love to get one of those books!

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    Cheers from Brazil!

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    i (heart)!

  4. 604

    i’m in

  5. 805

    Subscribed… Yesterday lol

    wow that was real quick, what was the average signup rate must of been very high


  6. 1006

    Waiting for the first newsletter haha!

  7. 1207

    Didn’t somebody say there will never be a Smashing Mag newsletter?

  8. 1408

    Yeah, Subscribed!
    So I’m waiting for the first newsletter too.

    Greetz from Germany, Tommy

  9. 1609

    This is cool news, especialy after Smashing Magazine saying “Smashing Magazine doesn’t have a newsletter. And we won’t have one in the future.”

    Yep, check thier contact us page (if they haven’t removed it by now… :-) )

  10. 1810

    Hope to win :)

  11. 2011

    Hope to win :D

  12. 2212

    Great Idea!
    I’ve signed up and i’m waiting for the first newsletter on my italian mail!


  13. 2413

    Subscription is done! let’s celebrate my first comment on Smashingmagazine! C’mon dudes! :P

  14. 2614

    Hi all from Turkey. I’m in! :)

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    subscriber #14,621

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    Hope I win. I like book.

  17. 3217

    Can’t wait for the newsletter!

  18. 3418

    hey guys
    i have been following smashing magazine since a long,
    but never bothered to leave a comment except the author of article drives me to do so:)
    your posts are all time awesome
    and talking about The 10,001 Subscriber Challenge you will get 10 times oversubscribed.

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    Subscribed, but never got an email to confirm… !

  20. 3820

    Good idea.
    The winner will be one lucky person!

  21. 4021

    Yay! Subscribed!

  22. 4222

    someones gonna get some good stuff, woot! hopefully im in that group of people! :]

  23. 4423

    Am I 10,001th ?

  24. 4624

    Signed up for it just now! Can’t wait for the first newsletter to come out. I will be waiting on the edge of my seat!

    ~ Deamonic Angel

  25. 4825

    yup…subscribe already… can’t wait what will come up in my first newsletter….

  26. 5026

    I’m a fan already – yes, bring on the newsletter!

  27. 5227

    Nice! I can’t wait!

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    Sometimes i get so caught up with work…. The newsletter will deliver the best of smashing right into my inbox…

    thanks smashing… best… nirmal

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    Waiting from long time.

  30. 5830

    Signed up… got the newsletter… no winners of the prizes were announced. =(
    I want those speakers… lol

  31. 6031

    Subscribed yesterday. The confirmation email went into my Junk mailbox… I just find out today… Hope you guys don’t make the same mistakes.

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    i m waiting for the annoucments :(

  33. 6433

    awesome~~~!!!I’ll subscribe

  34. 6634

    soo..? how are we doing?

  35. 6835

    Subscribed. Hope you meet the challenge.

  36. 7036

    Oh this looks like fun, will follow this for sure. But I think it may be too late to submit, will check though. Nice post, thanks..

    Jans J
    What’s the point of life said the guy up there? There is no point he said!

  37. 7237

    Great!! I’m glad it’s not just a straight duplication of content. I like how the RSS and Twitter account have “some” content overlap but are different from each other

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    Hope different from other newsletters too and will not have list of **21 awesome**, **43amazing** kinda list.

    Its my trust I am subscribing, Its my love I am demanding and Its my possessiveness that I am doubting. :)

    Good luck

  39. 7639

    The Smashing Team are professionals. This so will rock!


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