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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 Link

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? Link

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!

(al) (vf) (il)

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The Smashing team loves high-quality content and cares about the little details. Through our online articles, Smashing Books, eBooks as well as Smashing Conferences, we are committed to stimulating creativity and strengthening the web design community’s creative forces.

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    Happy birthday!!!

    Continue with the good work!!


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    Happy anniversary and many thanks for a great birthday present. Best of wishes for the next 5 years.

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    Happy 5th B-Day and thank for the tons of awesome articles and other cool stuff :)

  4. 4

    Happy birthday!!! Best magazine!

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    Happy Smashing Birthday and keep on rocking! :)

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    Umut Muhaddisoglu

    September 8, 2011 2:35 am

    Congrats to the Smashing Team. You are making a difficult job in an awesome way.

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    Happy Birthday for your 5th anniversary. Smashing Magazine has always been a source of inspiration. Even the long published lists (“500 best of anything”) were inspiring and informative. In the last two years the quality has increased enormously and it is getting harder and harder to keep pace with your output. Keep up your very good work! Let’s see how the next five years will turn out.

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    Cheers, dear SM!
    Wish you all the best!
    Many thanks!

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    Happy Birthday! And thanks for everything!

  10. 10

    Happy anniversary my dear friends! Keep smashing us with valuable articles and creative projects =)

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    HapPy Birthday and Congratulations, 5MASHING MAG! :D

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    Happy birthday guys and well done for all the hard work. I stumbled by chance on your magazine a few years ago and I have been a happy and regular reader ever since.

    Have a Smashing birthday :-)

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    Congratulations and keep up the great work! You’re my first choice, come-to resource of web knowledge :)

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    Congratulations! You guys have established quite a name in such a small period of time. From just a blog to a well known source of inspiration and information. I have both of the Smashing Books and love them and your site is a daily must for me.

    I’m really curious about the Anniversary eBook too, but the zip file is not working at the moment.

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    Happy anniversary my awesome resource! You are the best.

    P.S. Can’t download .zip file. Link does not seem to work .. check this please.

    Huge Thanks For All You Do!

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      Thank you for your kind words!

      The server seems to be experiencing some problems now. Please stay tuned, we are on it!

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      Hay Nick try to download through Download Manager. Same problem faced when I tried to click to download the Zip.

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    hey its your birthday! but you give us gifts instead??!!!
    haha. Happy birthday!!

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    Congratulation! Happy Birthday! :)

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    thanks and best wishes from France !

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    Happy B-day! Read you for about 4 years! You’re the best! Best wishes and a lot of new interesting posts, Smashing Magazine! =)

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    Thomas Giannattasio

    September 8, 2011 2:50 am

    Happy Anniversary guys! You’ve built a wonderful community and I’m happy to be part of the family.

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    Happy Birthday Smashing Magazine. Keep Rocking. All the best to Vitaly (vf), Sven (sl) and Iris (il).

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    Congratulations!!! Thanks guys you rock the net. Got some problems, i tunes store doesn’t work in Turkey (location only for US) and the Link does not seem to work?!?

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    Have a smashing birthday!

    Keep up the good work

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    Congrats guys!

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    Happy birthday!!!

    Keep up the good work and God bless you.

    Cheer!!! :)

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    Many many Congratulation!

    Happy Birthday! :)

    Keep Rocking & lighting others future!

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    Christian Krammer

    September 8, 2011 3:07 am

    Congratulations and happy birthday! You really deserve where you are right now. I am really proud to be part of this family as an author. Keep doing what you are doing!

    And of course thank you very much for the free eBook.

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    Happy Birthday!! Hoffentlich gibt’s Kuchen!!!

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    Thanks to the team and the best of wishes to keep the good work going and helping us in various ways. :)

    Have a smashing one guys ;)

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    Happy Birthday!


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