To Five Smashing Years… And A Free Anniversary eBook Treat!


When we started Smashing Magazine, we didn’t expect anything. We didn’t have a grand master plan for a successful online magazine for designers and developers. We created something that we found useful and that we thought others would find useful, too. We did not lose focus, we relied on instinct more than once, we stayed patient, and we pulled the occasional night shift. That was 2006.

And then you came along.

You have passed the word along, left comments, dropped us emails. You let us know that we matter. You let us know that we are doing something meaningful. And you let us know that our humble work deserved your attention. And we listened — carefully.

Five years have passed, and the magazine has changed. That small, obscure blog of list posts and round-ups has evolved into a professional publication with a publishing policy, editorial structures and a house style guide. The Smashing family no longer has only two members, but rather a dedicated team of experienced authors, research assistants, expert advisors, editors and proofreaders.

We all do our best to bring you the trusted advice, techniques, tutorials, resources and opinions that Smashing Magazine is known for nowadays and that the Web design community around the world has come to rely on.

Smashing Magazine is a quality-obsessed, passionate team, but it is also you: you and every single reader who has been reading Smashing Magazine for all these years. Thank you for being with us; thank you for your support, criticism and encouragement over all these years. We could not exist without you.

A Smashing Magazine Anniversary Treat

Today, Smashing Magazine turns five. It’s hard to believe that the years have passed so quickly. Many things have changed, but when we look back, we realize how wonderful and sometimes even intoxicating the journey has been so far. And you — who made us what we are today — deserve a special thank-you.

To honor the occasion, we have a humble gift for you: the free “Best of Smashing Magazine” Anniversary eBook.

Free download on iTunes3
Free download on Smashing Magazine4 (.zip, 55 Mb)

The eBook is available in PDF, ePUB and Mobipocket formats. This eBook is our gift to you for your support, criticism and encouragement over all these years. We’d like it to be your very own memory box of your last five years with Smashing Magazine — something perhaps to bring back memories a couple of years from now. We’d like you to have a part of Smashing Magazine with you when you are on the go.

What’s in the eBook?

The eBook contains the best articles that have been published on Smashing Magazine in the last five years — and by “best,” we mean the most useful, most interesting or most inspiring. The articles have been carefully edited, proofread and updated for your convenience and reading pleasure on your eBook reader.

It discusses usability issues and the principles of effective Web design. It covers the guidelines for beautiful and effective typography, and it spotlights methods of responsive Web design. In addition, you’ll learn how to master professional Photoshop techniques, explore storytelling in your designs, and focus on three key areas to polish your content strategy. Never thought that harmony between designers and developers was possible? Dig in to see how the two camps can collaborate productively and learn from each other.

We are very thankful for the trust and confidence you put in us and we appreciate your loyal support. We want to keep your access to Smashing Magazine as comfortable as possible.

Cheers, dear friends. And here is to the next five years!

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    HBD !!! Grew up.

  2. 352

    Happy Birthday,
    and thanks for the gift :)

  3. 703

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for the wonderful Free gift! You mag rocks with the terrific articles continuously being published in them :)
    All the best ahead for many more fantastic publications!

  4. 1054

    Happy birthday and thanks for a gift. :D
    Your articles have been very useful.

  5. 1405

    Thanks a lot!

  6. 1756

    So awesome, thanks Smashing Mag! Looking forward to the next 5 years of great articles.

  7. 2107

    Happy Birthday.

    In these years you have changed many lives. Know that you will keep doing these in coming years too.

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    Alexander Stepanets

    November 16, 2011 6:24 pm

    Happy Birthday Smashing Magazine and thank you for awesome site and eBook!

    Keep it Alive! :)

  9. 2809

    Thanks SM, Sure its another good read!

  10. 3160

    hey guys!

    thank you so much for this gift-book – anything you do is just awesome, inspiring & super-helpful!

    happy birthday and many more successful years to come!

  11. 3511

    Smashing Magazine!!! You guys have contributed in no small measure to the person i am today!

    Thank you and here’s to the next five years and beyond

    Cheers and God Bless

  12. 3862

    Happy Birthday!
    Thank for those book. Very useful :)

  13. 4213

    WIN! Thanks for sharing this, you guys!

  14. 4564

    Late but rocks!! Success for all!


  15. 4915

    Happy Anniversary Smashing…

  16. 5266

    Great way to show appreciation! You guys have done a fantastic job of making the web more stylish!
    I am downloading your ebook right now. Pls keep up the good work.

  17. 5617

    Please make the ebook available in worldwide itunes stores please.. i cannot download it from india

  18. 5968

    I’m a little late to the party but HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and thanks soooo much for this very informative, interesting and brilliant ebook! Thank you.

  19. 6319

    I am late here, but wish you a happy belated birthday! :) cheers

  20. 6670

    Happy birthday Smashing M.!!!
    Smash us more. Thanks for the gift book. And many years to come.
    greetings from Croatia (Hrvatska)

  21. 7021

    The iTunes version is “Not available in the Indian Market” :( Have to download it to my computer and then transfer it to the iPad :|

  22. 7372

    Happy Birthday Smashing Mag!

    I have always looked to your amazing collective for inspiration, information and guidance. I loved your first book; and am ordering your second one shortly (as soon as some clients pay me LOL). You guys are so talented and the choices you make in the information you share with the world shows that you totally ‘get it’… and for that I salute you. Thanks for sharing the ebook. It reminds us just how embedded you have been in our design and development lives over the years :-)

    Cheers :-D

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    December 13, 2011 7:19 am

    You are a true smashing team. All your issues have great pertinence and quality.
    Happy birthday!!!!!

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    Though I’ve only known you a short while, you have given credence to my belief that a website should be treated as a story and that the interface design illustrates the story in a manner that gives the user a pleasant experience while visiting and brings them back for more. Nice book and let’s drink a toast (of your favorite beverage) to the next 5 years!

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    thanks for being my good friend and inspiration.
    so many articles which are very helpful and improve my design knowledge.
    greeting from Indonesia!!

  26. 8776

    Happy Anniversary and Thanks a lot for the ebook!! I hope it sure will be very helpful and interesting indeed!!

  27. 9127

    Too bad it isn’t available for Argentina :(

  28. 9478

    Thanks smashing team for your works. Happy aniversary :)

  29. 9829

    Best Of Luck for many many years ahead and more success :)
    Thanx a lot for a beautiful site and content :D

  30. 10180

    Wow thanks for the ebook treat and we love you guys, big ups and keep doing the best.

  31. 10531

    Happy Anniversary guys! I appreciate the yummy treat.
    emag=cake Cheers! More power and keep on rockin’!

  32. 10882

    Happy Birthday Smashing!!!

    Thank you for your sharing. Keep on writing more interesting and inspiring articles

  33. 11233

    What about Android? None of these are in Android Market as a free download? What’s up with that? :(

  34. 11584

    i love your website, congratulations !

  35. 11935

    It’s very cool. And make a person with empty pocket smiling.
    Let me to download and learn. Happy anniversary smashingmagazine.
    Keep make us smarter.

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    Sandeep Banerjee

    March 24, 2012 2:40 pm

    great work …. u inspired me … thanks …..

  37. 12637

    you people really make an awesome blog. Here the beginners and professionals equally learn different techniques. keep posting!

  38. 12988

    Happy Bday

  39. 13339

    Nice job !! Like all your posts and I have bought a couple of your books you are magnificent bloggers and I copy all my css needs from your website cheers !! Happy aniversary good job!

  40. 13690

    Belated happy birthday.

    Thanks a ton for wonderful & knowledgeable articles.

    And the treat is really awesome.

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    Temitope Benson

    June 19, 2012 1:21 pm

    This is great… I love this website.

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    Please Make it Available for Indian App Store, i m not able to download it as im having iTunes for Indian Store……

  43. 14743

    Happy birthday and Thanks for the wonderful Free gift!

    Your articles have been very useful.


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