Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Add Your Name To The Book!


Update:(30.01.2011) The Smashing Book 2, with 2.970 names of our readers, is now available in the Smashing Shop1.

Update: (30.01.2011) If you are planning to write an article or review of Smashing Book 2, please feel free to use the Smashing Book 2 Media Kit2 (.zip, 7 Mb). The kit contains images, illustrations and photos that you might find useful for your article. Also, please don’t forget to tweet the link to the review with the hashtag #smbook2, so we can track it and add it to our list of reviews. Your help is sincerely appreciated. Thank you for your time and your efforts, guys!

We’ve got some exciting news: the printed Smashing Book 2 is coming. We will launch pre-orders in January 2011 and will start shipping the book in February 2011. We are just putting the final touches on the brand new book, and we are confident that it will be a valuable, timeless and affordable book for you, our dear readers, and all designers and developers worldwide.

After much difficulty with the first book, we have learned our lessons: Smashing Book 2 will have a much better stitched binding, a hardcover, more pages and a bit larger in size.

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Our Readers Deserve Credit

It’s not unusual for authors to dedicate their books to people they care about: loved ones, family or perhaps friends or colleagues. In our case, we would like to dedicate this new book to all of our readers: you. But we don’t want to just do it with a short acknowledgment in the preface. Anyone could do that! We have a slightly better idea.

We would like to print the names of our readers in the book. To do this, we have reserved a double-page on which we will print together all of the names of readers who comment on this article in the shape of the Smashing Magazine logo: ASCII art at its best! If necessary, we will add two more double-pages so that everyone fits.

Leave a Comment and Add Your Name to the Book!

It’s simple: just write a short comment on this post and tell us why you read Smashing Magazine and how we can improve it. You may use your full name or an alias; the length allowed is between 4 and 35 characters. Your name may consist of at most four parts (for example, Patrick Michael Philips or John F. Doe or Alberto de la Cruz). Special characters are allowed. Please note that we will moderate the names, and spammy submissions will not be accepted.

What’s So Different About the New Book?

The Smashing Book 2 will be published in February 2011 and can be pre-ordered at a big discount in January. It will cost $39.90 and will contain 360 pages. It is a real hardbound book (+ free eBook), with sewn binding, a bookmark and four-color printing. Just as we did last time, we will pack it well, too.

Delivery times and shipping are different this time. All orders will be shipped via air mail. The shipping cost will be low and will be the same for every customer, no matter where they are located.

As with our first printed book4, The Smashing Book 2 is a collaboration of talented and knowledgeable folks, among them Mike Rundle, Christian Heilmann, Francisco Inchauste, Vivien Anayian, Susan Weinschenk, Alexander Charchar, Matt Ward and others. The book will feature exclusive full-page illustrations for each chapter. Here we’ve got something special for you as well, but more on that next time.


Rules and Guidelines

  • How to participate?
    Just write a short comment on this post and tell us why you read Smashing Magazine and how we can improve it.
  • How many names can fit onto the two pages?
    Of course, it depends on the length of the names. We expect around 6,000 readers will be able to fit onto the two pages.
  • How much time do I have to join in?
    The deadline is 26th of November 2010, 11:59 PM CET. We do want to make it to the printer on time after all.
  • Can anyone take part?
    Yes, but you’d better hurry: first come, first served.
  • Are there any restrictions on the names?
    The length of the person’s name (both first and last) must be between 4 and 35 characters. It may contain at most three empty characters. Please note that we will moderate the names, and spammy submissions will not be accepted.

Extra Goodie: Exclusive SM Book 2 Poster!

To make participation even more enticing, we are giving away 50 exclusive Smashing Book 2 posters to participants. The winners will be picked randomly from among all users who comment on this post.

We are working very hard to make the Smashing Book 2 an extremely valuable and useful resource for all designers and developers. We hope to meet your expectations with the new book. Please stay tuned for updates. And don’t forget to leave the comment.


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    Bought your first book and it is a good companion to have, looking forward to your second.

  2. 1252

    Smashing Magazine has been an amazing source of inspiration, I’ve reading all the posts almost like a year ago. The way you can improve will be making some articles with gallery inspirations.

  3. 2503

    Smashing Magazine is my source for inspiration. Every time I need a pick-me up, tip, or place to start looking-I start at Smashing.

  4. 3754

    smashing mag is my default page! cant wait for the book.

  5. 5005

    Thank you Smashing Magazine for having a great website that helps me keep up to date on news but also a great stopping place for inspiration, ideas, and tutorials. Please keep up the good work.

  6. 6256

    Awesome! I can’t waiting for this book :) I love SmashingMagazine.

  7. 7507

    Smashing Mag Makes Me Smashing

  8. 8758

    Very good articles to keep up with current trends in web design. I really appreciate the articles on UI usability. I wish some of the “Examples and Best Practices” articles would end with a tutorial on how to replicate some of the examples shown.

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    Sascha Milivojevic

    November 23, 2010 8:17 am

    Great news! I love your first book and I’m really looking forward to #2.

  10. 11260

    Smashing Magazine is the quintessential example of everything good about the Internet: collaboration, design, and education.

  11. 12511

    If you have a problem, if no one else can help – smashingmagazine: you know where they are…

  12. 13762

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    Without Smashing Magazine, and specifically the Smashing Network, I wouldn’t be in the loop as much as I’d like to be :)

  13. 15013

    Just the best online source for web design ! (And now offline as well)

  14. 16264

    I’ve ended up bookmarking many Smashing Magazine articles for reference later. I always enjoy seeing a new Smashing article in my feed reader.

    I’d love to see more coding related articles.

  15. 17515

    I like smashing because they interact where others stop, they create where there needs to be creation and most important they stimulate people to have their own ideas in stead of picking of on other people’s originality/posts/creations.

  16. 18766

    Every webdesigner should read Smashing Magazine, so do I.

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    luis herrero jimenez

    November 23, 2010 8:20 am

    I work as a web development teachet and I always recommend Smashing Magazine to my students for daily info about web trends, techniques and hot to make things right!!

    Keep the good work, folks!

  18. 21268

    Smashing Magazine is like the sportcenter of webdesign to me. I’m from Argentina and I read it to get specialized points of views of the web and get inspired by the fantastic showcases. The only thing I don´t like (and this happens with all online magazines) is the fact that you loose the magazine experience, where you flip the page and there’s a hole new L&F for a specific topic, I guess there’s not much to do about that :)

  19. 22519

    I read Smashing Magazine to keep up to date with this ever changing industry. I prefer short articles since they are easier to consume when you’re busy.

  20. 23770

    Coffee and Smashing Magazine. A perfect start to your day.

  21. 25021

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  22. 26272

    Smashing Magazine is a go-to resource for all things web design/development and is becoming more and more a resource for all things creative. You have a large user base for a reason, unique articles. The material posted on SM is often the only resource available for some topics and this creates a huge funnel in the creative community.

    A valuable resource in online education for design and development, SM is constantly publishing controversial, thought provoking and inspirational topics.

    Thank you for all that you do Smashing Magazine!

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    Michael G Musgjerd

    November 23, 2010 8:21 am

    Smashing has elevated my knowledge & creativity as a designer on a daily basis!

  24. 28774

    I love Smashing Magazine, i visit this site practically every day. This site is like a school. Most of what i know on web development was learnt here. Keep up the good work guys.

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    Tom McCracken | NewEvolution

    November 23, 2010 8:21 am

    I’m a Smashing Magazine fan!

  26. 31276

    I have the first one, can’t wait to buy the 2nd! Keep ’em coming!

  27. 32527

    I really enjoy the work Smashing Magazine which is one of the handful of Web Sites whose RSS feeds I read everyday. Thanks for helping push our community further!

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    Elise Del Vecchio

    November 23, 2010 8:22 am

    Smashing Mag has been my refuge since I left design school. Love you and thanks so much!

  29. 35029

    Smashing Magazine is the de facto standard and a must-read for each and every web designer. Keep it up!

  30. 36280

    Smashing Magazine keeps you up to date with the web!

  31. 37531

    My most inspirational web design book ever i read. Its a really big big inspiration to move my career to web development even I’m an electronics graduate.:)
    Hatz of to the great team.

  32. 38782

    I love Smashing Magazine for creating really good articles with good content! Looking forward to the next book too :)

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    Totoliciu Gabriel

    November 23, 2010 8:25 am

    I can’t wait to get it :D
    I know that SM focuses mainly on design topics, but it would be great to see more security related articles. While most of the readers might be designers, I’m sure many of them also write code.

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    Erik Awesome Kerr

    November 23, 2010 8:25 am

    Love Smashing! A great mix of clever and educational articles as well as some beautiful lists of creative designs. The only thing I could think of making it better is writing more articles per day! I don’t get enough!

  35. 42535

    Smashing is the best design related blog out there, and it’s just pure awesome. I love that the site is not cluttered, easy to read and the articles are always well thought out and interesting.

    Hooray for the #2 book!

  36. 43786

    Great concept.

  37. 45037

    Smashing Magazine inspires! The Smashing editors stay on the forefront of web innovation and give the Smashing readers inspiration to achieve better results and creative ideas.

  38. 46288

    This is a wonderful publication with lots of tips and tricks for the designer. I look for the email each week to see what new goodies are packed inside! Thanks and keep up the good work!

  39. 47539

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  40. 48790

    Really cool idea!

  41. 50041

    Creativity + Design + Inspiration + Cool + Knowledge + Sharing + Friends = Smashing magazine…

  42. 51292

    I thoroughly enjoyed the original Smashing book and am looking forward to the follow-up.

  43. 52543

    Smashing Magazine is my goto blog everyday. Loved the first book but it fell apart in minutes…yes, literally minutes.

    How about an iBooks version…?

  44. 53794

    Smashing Magazine is in my top 3 RSS feeds that I check every day. As an Art Director in Maine you keep me intouch with the newest tech info and internet/design tips. Your articles contain quality content without the overdone fluff of other blogs and sites. Keep it up and thanks for making me smarter!

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    Marko Teodorović

    November 23, 2010 8:29 am

    Smashing Magazine has a very good and educational articles, and me as a student exactly that what is needed. Good job!

  46. 56296

    What an awesome idea that really shows your appreciation for us readers. Smashing Magazine is the place to be for all designers, the leading blog of the industry. It offers a good balance of freebies, tool reviews, tutorials and industry news. Keep on the good work!

  47. 57547

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  48. 58798

    Smashing Mag is a top reference in the design blog universe. I read it because each new post is a small Christmas!

  49. 60049

    I’ve found out the Smashing Magazine about a couple years ago and, honestly, it’s the most inspirational media ever! You keep me move forward as a professional, you inspire, you make all of us, readers, better. Thank you for the great job that you do! Congratulations on the new Smashing book, I’m sure it’s gonna be huge, even more than the previous one!

  50. 61300

    Great idea. Can’t wait to be published !


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