Smashing Email Newsletter Turns Two Years Old: Comment and Win!


Update (12.03.): Thank you to everyone who has participated in the book giveaway. The happy winners are: José Luis Almagro, Dustan Curtis, Daniel Mckendry, Betinho Soares, David A. and Malou. Stay tuned for more giveaways, folks!

Two years ago, we launched the Smashing Email Newsletter1. Today, we’d like to reflect on some of the greatest newsletter articles of the past year and celebrate this anniversary with our 100,000 readers with a fabulous book giveaway!

Back then2, we planned to launch the Smashing Newsletter only if we had at least 10,001 subscribers who were interested in receiving the newsletter; and indeed, we managed to reach over 17,300 subscribers! Up to the present day, our newsletter is being sent out to more than 100,000 readers and we have promised ourselves to do our best to make their subscriptions worthwhile. Every two weeks, we hunt down obscure blogs, useful tools, valuable techniques as well as quality goodies, and present them to our readers in short bits and pieces in our newsletter issues.

Smashing Email Newsletter Turns Two Years Old3
The Smashing Newsletter has been traveling quite a lot in the past two years!

We work very hard to ensure that each and every article featured in the newsletters has a purpose, a value and a meaning—something tangible for our subscribers to take away from each issue. The Smashing Newsletter is a collective effort of the entire Smashing team: the editors, eBook producers, support team, proofreaders—the initials of the team members are what the mysterious signatures at the end of every piece actually stand for. It’s our little team project that involves everyone here at Smashing Magazine and is dedicated to the best interest of our dear readers. Also, the feedback that we receive from our subscribers is what truly motivates us to keep up our work and helps us to constantly improve on its quality.

Of course, no birthday bash is perfect without a little fun and games—that is why we have selected a handful of outstanding design books to give away! If you’ve found the newsletter issues useful to you, please feel free to share the Smashing Newsletter4 with your friends and colleagues. And in case it still hasn’t found its way into your inbox yet, you can subscribe anytime:

How Do I Win A Book?

It’s quite simple actually. Post your opinion about the Smashing Newsletter in the comments section below. Tell us which of last year’s posts was your favorite, or why someone should subscribe to the Smashing Newsletter, or what you’d like to see featured, or even other newsletters you’d like to recommend. The 6 winners will be randomly selected and announced on the 12th of March 2012.

PANTONE: A Color History of the 20th Century5 The Icon Handbook6 Adaptive Web Design7

Malcolm Gladwell: Collected8 Saul Bass9

Notations 21: 165 Musicians Visualize Sheet Music in Unusual Ways10 Inside the Sketchbooks of the World's Greatest Type Designers11 Street Sketchbook: The Creative Process of Top Graffiti Artists12

  • PANTONE: A Color History of the 20th Century
    by Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker. Chronicle Books, 204 pages.
  • The Icon Handbook
    by Jon Hicks. Five Simple Steps, 323 pages.
  • Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement
    by Aaron Gustafson. easyreaders, 144 pages.
  • Malcolm Gladwell: Collected
    by Malcolm Gladwell. Little, Brown and Company, 768 pages.
  • Saul Bass
    by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham. Laurence King Publishers, 428 pages.
  • Notations 21: 165 Musicians Visualize Sheet Music in Unusual Ways
    by Theresa Sauer and Mike Perry. Mark Batty Publisher, 320 pages
  • Typography Sketchbooks
    by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico. Princeton Architectural Press, 368 pages.
  • Street Sketchbook: The Creative Process of Top Graffiti Artists
    by Tristan Manco. Chronicle Books, 272 pages.

Best Of Smashing Email Newsletter: Year Two

Last year, the Smashing Newsletter delivered 183 short articles in total. The ones below were the reader’s favorites:

Cinemagraph: Animated Photography

If you ever feel drained, Jamie might be able to help. Jamie collects vintage cameras and old typewriters, and he makes a living off of his photography in New York City, occasionally using film. From Me To You13 is his impressive photography blog, a collection of scenes from around the world, memorable events, food, people and small personal universes. The interesting part is that the photos are animated (hence the name); they come to life using good old animated GIFs.

From Me To You14

The author’s experimental cinemagraph posts not only seem to come alive, they really do! Your jaw may drop as you scroll through the colorful entries, perhaps catching a model winking at you or seeing those curtains rustled by the wind. Just sit back for a moment and let Jamie take you on a journey. Did a taxi really just drive by? Did this girl in the right upper corner really smile?…

If From Me To You has aroused your interest in the Cinemagraph technique, then pay a visit to the article Positioning an animated gif over a jpg image15. His short tutorial explains how to save on bytes when putting GIFs and JPEGs together, without losing too much quality. (sp)

Works Of Art Done Entirely In Light

Light painting is probably one of the most beautiful forms of photography. Using nothing but various lighting tools and a single long exposure, beautiful shapes are created seemingly from nothing. In true light painting, no post-processing or retouching work is done.

Works of Art Done Entirely in Light16

David Gilliver17 creates beautiful light paintings using a variety of light tools. The one shown above, Ribbon Dance18, shows beautiful reflections in the water, and bright, vibrant colors. The photographer is “present” in all of his paintings, although he isn’t visible because he wears dark clothing and is constantly moving. Be sure to check out his website and his photostream for even more great light paintings! (cc)

A Lyric A Day

Take one lyric from a song every day and create art or shoot a photograph inspired by it. That’s exactly what Lukes Beard has been doing for almost a year now. The result is fascinating: A Lyric a Day19 is a remarkable collection of artwork, all dedicated to powerful statements in songs and heavily influenced by the music and the designer’s personal mood and interpretation of the songs.

A Lyric A Day20

The designer’s commitment to the project is both encouraging and challenging: are you ready to commit yourself to designing something every single day21, too? A Lyric a Day is a good example of a creative side project, which in this case helps the designer explore his creativity and imagination and study new ways to connect music, lyrics and visual design. (vf)

Tilt Firefox Extension: DOM Inspection In 3-D

How much time do you spend traversing the DOM in Firebug, exploring the relationships between nodes, analyzing the structure of code and trying to manipulate it with nasty (or not so nasty) JavaScript? Well, perhaps you’d like to try a different approach to DOM inspection for a change. Mozilla’s new tool, Tilt Firefox Extension22 lets you visualize the DOM tree of any Web page in 3-D. Because the DOM is essentially a tree-like representation of a document, the developers of the tool have decided to layer nodes based on the nesting in a tree, creating stacks of elements, each with a corresponding depth, and textured according to the Web page being rendered.

Tilt Firefox Extension: DOM Inspection in 3D23

Unlike other DOM inspectors, Tilt allows for instant visual analysis of the relationship between various parts of the Web page, but it also makes it easy to see obscured and off-page elements. On request, developers can pull in further information on each node’s type, ID, class or attribute, providing a way to inspect (and edit) the inner HTML and other properties. The driving force behind the visualization is WebGL. The latest build of the extension is available for downloading and should work in the latest version of Firefox. Who knows? Perhaps playing with the DOM can be fun after all. (vf)

Thirty-Three Vintage Album Covers

Some people collect postcards, others collect stamps or pencils. The guys behind Jive Time Records, a Seattle-based store specializing in used vinyl, collect — guess what? — vintage album covers. More than that, they group and classify them according to their shapes: circles, dots, squares, lines, stripes or arrows.

Thirty-Three Vintage Album Covers24

The result is Project Thirty-Three25, a growing collection of vintage album covers that convey their messages with only simple shapes and typography. The website features over 430 covers and the collection keeps growing. Now, that’s an interesting source of inspiration for your next cover design or poster! (vf)

Things Organized Neatly

Being organized may be very helpful in our everyday lives. Some people are naturally organized, and without noticing it, create patterns and rules for systemizing their objects. In case you’re one of those talented people who makes a hobby out of this mania, you’d certainly like to visit Things Organized Neatly.26

Things Organized Neatly27

In the blog curated by Austin Radcliffe, you’ll observe perfectly harmonized compositions that vary in shape, size, material, color, category and related objects. Some examples are vintage matchboxes, headphones, keys, cups, to name a few. There’s also the possibility of posting one of your compositions, in case you’d like to show your friends that organization can also be an art in itself. (tt)

Art Of The Menu

The days of boring laminated restaurant menus are finally over. The good old UnderConsideration, a legendary website that chronicles the most curious, creative and notable projects around the world, has come up with a new category: “Art of the Menu28” which catalogues the underrated creativity of… menus.

Art OFF the Menu29

Pay the website a visit and discover how scanning a menu in a restaurant or bar does not have to be boring. Does your favorite bar or diner have a menu worth looking at? Submit it, and make it part of this inspiring collection, which covers various cuisines. Hopefully soon, the menus will cover many countries and continents, too; until they do, enjoy the creative outbursts of the field’s pioneers! (sp)

Cutting-Edge Web Typography Experiments

Modern Web technology allows for remarkable interactive and visual experiments with media that used to be static and monotonous. Those times are long gone, and the project Web Typography for the Lonely30 proves just that. Christopher Clark, creator of the website, celebrates the power and beauty of Web typography through various visual experiments.

Cutting-Edge Web Typography Experiments31

The website is essentially an ongoing collection of experiments and writings on Web typography and the possibilities of cutting-edge standards-based Web design. Christopher is pushing the boundaries of what is both possible and practical in Web standards in a way that is compelling and exciting to the visually minded creative. At the moment, five experiments are presented, among them creative works that play with SVG, HTML5 canvas, CSS and JavaScript. All examples are documented, and the source code can be downloaded and studied on GitHub, along with related techniques and resources. (vf)

Fractal: Valid Code In HTML/CSS Emails

CSS support in email clients is all over the map. Some have great support, some have almost no support, and most fall somewhere in between. Figuring out what to use and what to leave out is tricky at best, especially if you constantly have to refer back to charts and graphs that tell you what does and does not work in each client.

Fractal: Valid Code in HTML/CSS Emails32

Fractal33 is a tool developed by Campaign Monitor that validates your HTML and CSS and lets you know which clients your email will and won’t work in. Fractal gets even more useful, though: in addition to flagging the parts of your code that are unlikely to work, it also gives you suggestions on how to fix the problems. You can even contribute your own fixes to make the app even better. (cc)

HTML5 Canvas Vector Graphics Scripting Tool

HTML5’s canvas opens up whole new opportunities for creating vector graphics right in the browser. You can work with the canvas directly, of course, but using a wrapper has added benefits. Paper.js34 is more than just a wrapper, though. It’s a full library with a lot of highly useful tools that canvas alone doesn’t provide.

HTML5 Canvas Vector Graphics Scripting Tool35

These tools include highly optimized and accurate mathematical calculations for bezier-related manipulations (such as bounding-box calculations) and a well-designed scene graph and DOM. Paper.js makes it easy to create paths and add segments, and it comes with handlers for mouse and keyboard interaction and assets such as symbols (which let you place multiple instances of an item in your project). Some useful Paper.js tutorials36 are available, too. The library is being developed by Jörg Lehni and Jonathan Puckey and is distributed under the permissive MIT license. (cc)

DesignersMX: What Tunes Keep Designers Rolling?

Music. Design. Inspiration. The three have gone hand in hand ever since homo sapiens have walked the earth. DesignersMX37 is dedicated to finding out which tunes keep designers around the globe rolling and get their creative juices flowing. Blake Allen and Josh Sullivan kept it simple: just sign up, log in and share your own compilation of fresh beats and bright tunes. Let the world out there know what music is worth playing during those brainstorming sessions and periods of focused concentration.

DesignersMX: Which Tunes Keep Designers Rolling?38

Every featured compilation consists of 10 tracks. All of the tracks are playable on the website, so you can cycle through the playlist or enjoy the entire compilation. Last but not least, the designers’ reviews of album art are worth a glance or two. (sp)

David Rumsey’s Map Collection

David Rumsey’s Map Collection39 is a large collection of maps of the world from 1700 to the 1950s. The project was started over 25 years ago and contains over 26,000 high-resolution images of maps, with new ones added regularly. A good number of historical maps are also mapped to Google Earth and Google Maps. so you can track them on current geographic data.

David Rumsey's Map Collection40

The project provides access to carefully catalogued high-resolution images of maps, as well as a variety of tools for comparing, analyzing and viewing items in new and experimental ways. The website is updated monthly. (il)

Mr. Stacks: On-the-Fly Layer-Comp Storyboarding

For us designers, an effective workflow is all about having a solid collection of little time-savers, each of which eliminates some mundane task and helps us focus fully on more pressing and creative responsibilities.

Mr. Stack: On The Fly Layercomp Storyboarding41

Mr. Stacks42 is a tool that helps exactly with this. It is a small Photoshop script that can quickly generate storyboards, stacks and PDFs for project CDs, client presentations or anything else — right from the Layers Comps in your Photoshop file. The script would be useful for a series of animations, storytelling elements in a design and advertising.

You can take any normal-sized banner and spit out paneled storyboards in just a few clicks; or you can use it to email the latest PDFs of your work to clients (although an installed version of InDesign is required for that). To use the tool after installing it, go to “Scripts” in the File menu in Photoshop and select “Mr. Stacks.” Unfortunately, the script works only in Photoshop CS5. (vf)

Method and Craft: The DVD Extras of Web Design

Looking into the methods (and sometimes madness) of other designers can be fascinating and insightful. And reconsidering our own work habits after observing the habits of others sometimes results in higher productivity or better results. Finding that kind of information in a single place, though, is challenging at best. It often requires going to a bunch of different blogs, each of which focuses on a different designer.

The DVD Extras of Web Design43

Enter Method and Craft44. Describing itself as “the DVD extras of design,” it offers a behind-the-scenes look at different designs, including how they were achieved, the techniques used and how the designers have grown in their professional careers. It offers articles, interviews, videos (showing designers at work) and notes (offering short tips and links). Eight authors are currently contributing to the website, all with varied design backgrounds. (cc)

The Current State of HTML5 Forms

HTML5 has many new features intended to make the process of creating websites easier and to improve people’s experience in using those websites. Among the features are many enhancements to Web forms. Because HTML5 is fairly new and not all of its features have been worked out yet, not every browser supports HTML5 features the same way.

The Current State of HTML5 Forms45

On Wufoo’s HTML5 Forms website46, you can explore all of the new features to learn which browsers support which features and to what extent. The list of browsers includes various versions of Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer. Unfortunately, IE9 is far from wide HTML5 support in terms of HTML5 Forms. (tb)

Moshik Nadav’s Typography

Moshik Nadav’s true love is typography and typeface design. He sees typography as a distilled form of design. He is currently a fourth-year student in Jerusalem specializing in typography. Below is only one of the many great experimental type designs47 that he exhibits on his website and that are worth checking out.

Moshik Nadav's Typography48

Nadav’s portfolio49 is full of inspirational typographic artwork and creative projects. Especially interesting is his project “Playful Ampersand” which features hundreds of experimental designs of the traditional Ampersand sign. Moshik worked for two years as a graphic artist at a prominent advertising company in Israel and now works as a freelancer, practicing typography and typeface design. (ik)

The Art of the Title Sequence

This Web resource of film and television title designs from around the world is free to the public and updated monthly. The Art of the Title Sequence50 is dedicated to the brief history of title design, and it features opening titles for film and television. High-resolution thumbnails from the titles are presented, the works are extensively cataloged, and the variety of tools allow you to compare, analyze and view items in new and experimental ways.

The Art of the Title Sequence

The works, which are intended to foster creativity, are accompanied by stills and video links, interviews, creator notes and user comments. Also, check out A Brief History of Title Design Video51, a short film that features some memorable and remarkable title designs. Hats off to all the designers who have created and are still creating excellent title sequences! (il)

Diptych, Triptych and N-tych for Photoshop

Every photographer and Web designer who has spent time arranging images and photographs knows that scaling and resizing takes time. But even existing templates are unnecessary when you try out Reimund Trost’s latest little Tych Panel for Photoshop52. It completely automates the n-Tych creation process, and it has a lot of layouts to choose from. “Tych Panel comes with a fresh aroma of speed and feel of simplicity.”

Diptych, Triptych and N-tych53

Diptych, Triptych and N-tych54

Here’s how it works. After installation, the panel is available through the Adobe extensions manager. Once open, just select the images you want to use, tell the panel your target width for the whole Tych, and then select the quality of the automatically resized images and whether you want the single images to be saved separately. Each image will be opened in a separate layer, and the document will be ready to be tych’d!

Pick a Tych variant, and you are ready to go. Applying the script repeatedly will add further rows and columns to your layout. (sp)

A Paper Record Player

There are some sleek invitation cards out there, and this is surely one of them: a wedding invitation with a paper record integrated in it that amplifies the sound of a sewing needle moving along the grooves of a flexidisc record. Kelli Anderson55 and her boyfriend Daniel have come up with a remarkable way to invite Karen and Michael’s loved ones to their wedding.

A Paper Record Player56

Not only did they design a fine cover for the invitation card, but they managed to bring the simple paper card to life with Karen and Michael’s wedding song, which they composed themselves. And to think this is only a taste of what’s to come. (il)

Death To Comic Sans

Not a day seems to goes by anymore when you don’t come across some instance of Comic Sans being used completely inappropriately. Police communications, office memos, church bulletins, restaurant menus: the list goes on. For whatever reason, your average DIY graphic designer thinks that Comic Sans is the perfect font for every occasion.

Death to Comic Sans57

The next time you see someone using Comic Sans inappropriately, consider sharing with them a link to Comic Sans Criminal58, which lays out the reasons why Comic Sans is misused and offers some helpful alternatives. Apparently, the only appropriate uses for Comic Sans are when your audience is under 11 years old, when you’re designing a comic and when your audience has stated that they prefer Comic Sans. (cc)

PayPal Fee Calculator: I Wonder What I’ll Be Left With…

If you haven’t heard about it, it’s about time: PPCalc59 is what you need on days when you shoot money over the Web via PayPal. If your clients pay your invoices via PayPal or you are an active eBay’er or just a regular online shopper, you might want to know PayPal’s fees in advance before making a transaction. PPCalc shows you the exact amount you would have to charge a buyer if you wanted to sell your item for, say, $100, and not $100 minus the $3.20 PayPal fee, which would leave you with a net $96.80.

I wonder what will be left...60

This PayPal fee calculator supports different PayPal rates, including the standard and merchant rates, as well as different countries and currencies. It even lets you calculate the 2.5% currency conversion fee due in some multi-currency transactions. The MassPay File option allows for up to 5000 simultaneous payments, charging the fee to the sender, not the recipient. PPCalc comes with a button generator for any possible call to action you might need on a commercial website. The online mobile version of PPCalc61 might also be helpful.

If you have been wondering why the money you receive via PayPal tends to vary, check PPCalc before accepting your next payment. Thanks to Ryan Olbe for his development efforts. (sp)

Sprite Cow: Generate CSS For Sprite Sheets

When it comes to optimizing the loading times of pages and reducing the number of HTTP requests, CSS Sprites is one of the most popular techniques to use. With sprites, you store small images in a larger master file and then “grab” them using the background-position property in CSS. The technique is often used for icons, user interface design elements and buttons in various states. However, manually calculating the values of the background-position property can be quite tiresome. There has to be a better way.

Sprite Cow: Generate CSS For Sprite Sheets62

Indeed, there is. Sprite Cow63 is an online tool that helps you get the background-position, width and height properties of sprites from a sprite sheet as a nice bit of copy-able CSS code. To get the CSS code, just upload the master sprite, click on the image in the sprite that you’re interested in, or select an area by clicking and dragging. The tool also works with master files that do not have transparent backgrounds, but to use them you’ll need to select the color using the “Pick background” feature.

Overall, a quick, simple and useful time-saver. The tool currently works in Chrome and Firefox, but doesn’t play well with Safari on Mac due to a lack of HTML5 File & FileReader support; hence, you might want to consider alternative tools, such as SpriteMe64, Sprite CSS Generator65 and Smart Sprites66. (vf)

GreatAster: The Online Art Boutique

Museums around the world stockpile the great works of art, making them inaccessible to most people. GreatAster67 has chosen to grant the world access to its fine collection of historical and contemporary art. High-resolution scans of illustrations from antique textbooks, as well as engravings and renowned masterpieces make up this treasury of art. Simply search the collection by entering your query, and specify the desired size and resolution prior to purchasing.

GreatAster: The Online Art Boutique68

If GreatAster is unable to find your desired style, theme or technique, it will put all of its wheels in motion to get it for you. You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get constant updates on the collection. If you are a true art lover, you can not only download, but purchase pieces as wall art. GreatAster also has a “Free for web69” section in which the owners of the project allow to freely employ any available images from their gallery but require a link back to the site. The whole collection is updated constantly, so check back daily. The website might at least trigger your creativity anew. (sp)

Meeting Notes Made Easier

Take the hassle out of creating meeting notes with minutes.io70. This is a neat little Web app for creating and sharing notes quickly and effortlessly. We all know how writing down ideas and suggestions from meetings can be time-consuming, and yet the best time to note those comment is either during the meeting itself or right after it has ended.

Taking Meeting's Notes Made Easier71

This tool can be used at both times very easily. essentially gives you a detailed template in which you can track attendees and record agenda items, with due dates and owners. Once the meeting has finished, you can email the notes to all of the attendees before they get back to their desks. The tool uses HTML5 local storage, so your drafts are saved in the browser even if you are offline, waiting to be sent when you’re online again. You can even use keyboard shortcuts for quicker notes. (ar)

So, You Think You Can Build A Website?

We all know how it works: you have a great idea, get all worked up about it, only to realize moments later that you would have to recruit just about every freelance programmer, designer and copywriter you know to get it done. That’s when disappointment strikes. But there is a solution (well, kind of).

So You Think You Can Build a Website?72

Vitamin T has come up with a handy flowchart “So, You’ve Got an Awesome Idea for a Website?73” to determine whether you’ve got the drive and talent to launch that rocket and make your idea fly. Simply start in the center and work your way through the question filters. It sounds a bit dry but is actually quite entertaining once you start recognizing yourself in some of the answer paths. You’ll end up with advice either on who could greatly enrich your project or to consider bartending. Let’s hope for the former: go try to be the next Web sensation! (sp)

World Time Buddy: Simplified Coordinated Universal Time

Companies with collaborators around the world, as well as people who live far away from their dear ones and people who simply have many friends abroad can now count on a new tool. World Time Buddy74 is a tool that helps you coordinate time zones. Choose a home zone, and add up to nine other places. The interface is easy to use and shows concise information: the days and times of the locations you have selected are conveniently listed in a column.

Simplified Coordinated Universal Time 75

To help you avoid scheduling a video conference at 3:00 am, the hours of the day are differentiated by color. Working hours are shown in light yellow, early morning and evening hours are in light blue, and nighttime hours are in dark blue. Once you’ve decided on a time by clicking on the relevant column, you can send it via Gmail, insert it in your Google calendar, copy it to your clipboard or share a Web page that lists the details. Another simple idea that works. (tt)

More Than A Facelift For Browsers

The conceptual design of browser windows has not changed much over the last decade. Address bars are where they have always been, unnecessarily taking up space at the top of the window. How wonderful would a real native full-screen view of a website be? Inspired by the recent release of Mac OS X Lion, and in an attempt to address the complications that arise with mixing old and new interaction paradigms, Henrik Eneroth took on the challenge of developing a mock-up of a new browser concept76.

More Than A Facelift for Browsers77

Henrik suggests getting rid of address bars and combining some of the functions found in existing browsers that have not matured enough to conquer a spot in the minds of users. Henrik has grouped related tabs together, applying name tags that describe the contents of the groups. The user also has the option to save groups. Do you have suggestions of your own, or do you find the topic especially interesting? Join the discussion and help innovate the browsing experience! (sp)

TileMill: A Map Design Platform

The guys over at MapBox have come up with something that will save many of us the hassle of making maps look good. They’ve created TileMill, a modern map design platform that enables designers to easily create map designs using custom data. The tool is built on the open-source map-rendering library Mapnik and covers a variety of maps, from globe to street level.

TileMill: A Map Design Studio78

Selecting exactly what TileMill79 should display is easy. Styles, markers, heat maps, you name it: TileMill will render them accordingly. The instant preview allows you to target specific areas and styles using styles.mss and labels.mss, which is the intuitive Carto language (similar to CSS). You can export your maps to PNG, PDF and MBTiles formats. The tool can be used on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows (using VirtualBox). How much more useful can it get? (sp)

Open-Source Exchange Rates and Currency Conversion

So, you’d like your customers to be able to purchase your products in various currencies, but how exactly do you build this functionality into your product? Sure, there are plenty of free currency conversion services, but finding a free and reliable API for developers to access the rates data is darn hard.

Open-Source Exchange Rates and Currency Conversion80

Joss Crowcroft has created an Open Source Exchange Rates API81, which provides up-to-date, flexible and portable currency-conversion data that can be used in any application, framework or language (not just JavaScript). It has no access fees, no rate limits, no nasty XML: just free, hourly updated exchange rates in JSON. Even better: Joss has also built money.js, a JavaScript currency conversion library82 that can be easily integrated in any website. A demo playground and detailed documentation are provided on the website, and the source code is available on GitHub. (vf)

Format Dates And Times With Moment.js

Properly formatted dates and times are often a common headache when it comes to websites where users have to provide either a specific date (time) or a date (time) range. Of course, your interface should be forgiving and accept all meaningful input that your users provide  —  independent of the format they choose to use. But what you need apart from that is a fine-tuned control and the ability to manipulate how they’re formatted.

Properly Format Dats and Times with Moment.js83

Moment.js84 makes it easy to do just that. It’s a lightweight JavaScript library which lets you format, parse and manipulate dates. You can add or subtract dates from one another, as well as parse things like Unix Timestamps. Display options include formatted dates, time from now, difference, time from another moment, native date, support for leap years, and much more! (cc)

Easier Number and Currency Formatting

Proper, consistent formatting of numbers and currency is a tiny detail that makes a difference in design. But you can’t always count on those who update the content to adhere to the preferred style. Some will use numbers with commas, while others will leave them out; some will use the proper currency symbols, and some will not; and some will add more than two decimal places. You end up with a mess that someone has to go in and manually fix.

Easier Number and Currency Formatting85

Not so if you use Accounting.js86. This simple, tiny JavaScript library will solve your currency and numbers-related formatting hassles, and it even includes optional Excel-style column rendering to line up symbols and decimals. It will make all of your numbers and currencies look much more uniform and professional than they would if left to many content creators. (cc)

jQuery Credit-Card Validation Plugin

So, you have to integrate credit-card validation in your next project? Where do you begin? Should you break out that trusty book on regular expressions? Should you look up the numerical structures of various credit-card types? And how many credit card providers are there anyway? Good news: it doesn’t have to be that difficult.

jQuery Credit-Card Validation Plugin87

Smart Validate88 is an off-the-shelf solution that ensures users have entered a valid credit-card number before processing the transaction. The plugin supports American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Diner’s Club and Discover. Now, that’s a plugin that will save you headaches in your next e-commerce project! (vf)

Typing With Style Requires Inspiration

Typography is one of the most important elements of design. It can make all the difference, turning your product either into a useful, usable delight or the audience’s worst nightmare. Rather than commit the common mistake of setting type randomly, why not study and explore resources on typography offered by Typetoken89?

Typing With Style Requires Inspiration90

Typetoken offers not only examples of good typography, but also interviews with designers, discussion on typography, visual language artwork, typefaces, and book announcements. It certainly is a goldmine for explorations in typography for your next design. (tt)

The Web Developer’s Wonderland

We love to create wonderful things for the Web. But as in any other profession, Web development comes with truly enjoyable, creative tasks and some mundane, boring ones. Probably the most frustrating task is having to reload the browser page during development or debugging every time you make a change to the page. It doesn’t have to be this way.

The Web Developer's Wonderland91

LiveReload92 — a “Web developer’s wonderland,” as the authors describe it — is a desktop app that monitors changes in your file system. As soon as you save a file, the file is preprocessed as needed, and the browser is refreshed. Also, every time you change a CSS file or image, the browser is updated instantly without you having to reload the page, which might save you some time that you could invest in more meaningful tasks. The tool supports CoffeeScript, SASS/SCSS, LESS, Stylus, HAML and Jade, and it ships with all of them included. A great useful time-saver for every Web developer’s toolbox. LiveReload is currently available only for Mac. (ld)

CSS Tilt-Shift Technique and Animated Background Patterns

CSS is powerful. Just when you think nothing else can be done with CSS, a creative front-end developer comes along and develops a striking new technique that shows the possibilities of the technology and pushes its limits.

CSS Tilt-Shift Technique and Animated Background Patterns93

Simon (“Simurai”) has been experimenting with various CSS properties for a while now, and his experiments are certainly worth checking out. In his CSS3 tilt-shift technique94, he uses text-shadow and adds a bigger offsetY and blur-radius to the top and bottom edges, so that the text appears to have a lens blur that is typical of the tilt-shift effect. There is also some rotate, rotateX and skewX to make the text match the perspective of the background image. This is a great example of what can be achieved with text shadows and rotations when properly used. Also, last week Simon created animated CSS3 background patterns95 using Webkit keyframe animation and radial gradients and dozens of background-image properties. Have you experimented with CSS recently, too? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

HTML5 Whiteboard Magnets

There are a number of ways to produce wireframes or just to discuss the structure of a design or of code at an early stage of development. You could use a whiteboard, paper, wireframing kits… or you could combine them all. Cameron Moll has produced HTML5 Whiteboard Magnets96 which can be used on a whiteboard to show and discuss mark-up and to explain and communicate design decisions.

HTML5 Whiteboard Magnets97

It’s very simple, too. Just buy magnetic sheets that are compatible with any inkjet printer, or print labels for magnets. Put them on your whiteboard with enough space for hands-on HTML5 instruction and for writing the actual mark-up. You can download Cameron’s AI files for the magnets98, and add your own HTML5 (or CSS, JavaScript, etc.) elements if you wish. A very simple idea that could prevent misunderstanding and confusion. (vf)

A Curiosity a Day

Did you know that Apollo 11 had only 20 seconds worth of fuel left when it landed? Or that the tone for an incoming message on a Nokia phone is “SMS” in morse code? Or that the first smiley ever written was in 1982? Or that Pablo Picasso was accused of stealing the Mona Lisa? If you are eager to learn more curiosities like these, you should check the website Learn Something Every Day99.

A Curiosity a Day100

Two years ago, the designers of Young studio started gathering information about various areas of interest, such as popular personalities, the natural sciences and worldwide curiosities. Every day until August 2011, they published a new illustration, presented as a humorous comic with a vibrant colorful illustration. You can check out most of them online, but they are also released as special paperbacks. A simple idea, yet so many surprising facts. (tt)

CSS3 Image Styles

Did you know that if you apply CSS3’s inset box-shadow or border-radius property directly to an image element, the browser won’t render the style perfectly? But if you apply the image using background-image, then you can add any style to it and it will render properly.

CSS3 Image Styles101

Nick La’s article “CSS3 Image Styles102” shows you the possibilities of using the background-image CSS property to create basic circles, a card style, an embossed style, a cut-out style, morphing and glowing, a glossy overlay, reflections and a feather circle. And to make it dynamic, you can use jQuery to wrap the background image dynamically for every image element. The techniques work in every browser that supports border-radius, box-shadow, :before and :after. Unsupported browsers will fall back to the image without any styling. (ld)

Useful Document Templates for Web Designers

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to the Web design industry, various documents are a vital part of your day-to-day business, everything from contracts to invoices to client worksheets. In practice, though, we usually don’t spend enough time refining them in order to improve our workflow.

Useful Document Templates for Web Designers103

DocPool104 aims to change that by sharing commonly used documentation, created and submitted by designers and developers worldwide. So far, the website offers examples from a variety of designers, including a business planning template, an invoice template, an estimate worksheet for Drupal consultants, and a financial planning spreadsheet for startups. You can use them as is or adapt them to your needs. If you have a document that you’d like to share, you can do that, too! (cc)

Battle of Drawings Between Designers

What began as a game between two designers went in directions and acquired dimensions that no one expected. In the game, one designer draws a powerful character. Then, the other player has to draw a character whose powers can overcome the first character’s strengths. And repeat. The game eventually turned into a collection of heroes and villains. You can relive all of the battles by checking the website The Superest105.

Battle of Drawings Between Designers106

You will get to see how Opus Rumpus vanquished Antler Enchanter and was in turn defeated by Vic Hume. Seeing the contestants’ drawing talents and creativity in inventing new heroes for every situation is a rather engaging affair. The result of this ongoing drawing game between illustrators Kevin Cornell and Matthew Sutter was not only hundreds of drawings: in 2009, they turned the concept into a printed book. As designers say, “The battle is over, but there are still scars to show and stories to tell.” Perhaps it would be worth finding time for a similar game in your design lab, too? (tt)

Easy Scheduling With Doodle

The name may be familiar, recalling that famous search engine, but the product is different. Doodle107 is a tool that helps you pick the best time to schedule a meeting or event. There are no restrictions if you are a sporadic user and want to invite friends over for the occasional barbecue. Choose a name for your party, suggest a date and time, add a location, and then invite your friends (via email) to choose a time slot. The address is conveniently linked to Google Maps.

Easy Scheduling with Doodle108

There are other options for those who need daily organization support. MyDoodle is the free account for frequent users. MeetMe allows you to coordinate meetings with other users. And Doodle Mobile connects your account to your iPhone or Android. One can also combine the Doodle Calendar with Google Calendar, Outlook Express, Exchange, Lotus Notes and other calendars. A simple and useful tool than can save you a lot of time and frustration. (tt)

3-D Animation With JavaScript

Producing 3-D objects and animations for the Web has becoming increasingly easier as new technologies emerge. But actually creating those objects and animations isn’t quite easy. The process can be intimidating and confusing to those who aren’t expert developers.

3D Animation with JavaScript109

Three.js110 is a lightweight JavaScript engine that makes 3-D animation a whole lot easier. It can render with Canvas, SVG and WebGL. One great example of the library in use is the WebGL cars demo111. You can play around with two luxurious cars and drive them around a track. You can change camera views, control one or both cars, switch from day to night view, and enable and disable motion blur. Suddenly, the idea of having games like Need For Speed right in the browser doesn’t seem so unrealistic! (cc)

ASCII Character Pronunciation Rules

Most programmers would recognize ASCII characters on a website and know how to use them in their own work. But how many know what to call all those characters? Could you have a conversation about those characters with another programmer and actually be able to understand each other? Do you know what a quadrathorpe is? What about a scratchmark? Prime? What about square and unsquare? Did you even know there were so many varied words to describe all those common ASCII characters?

ASCII Character Pronunciation Rules112

ASCII Pronunciation Rules for Programmers113 gives a pretty thorough rundown of common and not-so-common names for ASCII characters. It’s a useful guide if you’re ever at a loss when listening to another programmer speak about coding. (cc)

Testing Your Typography Skills

If you are passionate about typography and have fun experimenting with glyphs, then you will certainly like the rather unusual type-design game created by the interaction designer Mark MacKay. This JavaScript-based letter-shaping game is called Shape Type114.

Testing your Typography Skills115

The idea is simple: you get 10 modified letters from various classic typefaces, and you have to try to make them right by dragging curves along their axes. You can hold Shift to snap to an axis and hit Alt for a quick preview. After adjusting a letter, you can compare your results with the original letter and measure their similarity. Once you have passed the 10 levels of the game, you can tweet your final score. It’s an engaging way to explore what makes or breaks a glyph. (tt)

Get Rid Of Tasteless Restaurant Menus

Do menus on restaurant websites really have to be so terrible? All you want is a quick peek at a menu to see whether the establishment serves something to your liking… and you end up just getting lost. The folks at Unit Interactive have a simple mission with Clear Menu116: to demonstrate how easy it is? ?to create a menu page that works on any screen size, that is easy to update, but that delivers a consistent and delightful experience.

Eradicate Tasteless Restaurant Menues117

This little project showcases three examples of responsive HTML/CSS/JS-based restaurant menus. Unit Interactive encourages restaurant owners and marketing managers to demand better from their Web teams, and it shows Web designers how easy it is to provide useable, contextual, branded experiences to their clients. Learn how to accent and highlight correctly in order to make a restaurant menu clear and striking. And above all, never stress out a hungry user! (sp)

Food Illustrations By Lana Porter

You’ve most probably seen a great variety on food artworks, such as paintings, drawings and even photograps. If you’ve had fun exploring these possibilities of food art, you will certainly provide your eyes with a treat by checking out this postcard exhibition by Simplifood118.

Food Illustrations by Lana Porter119

With quite simple shapes and colors, Lana Porter manages to show the everyday items we usually have on our menus by adding little details which help differentiate a bagel with cream cheese from a slice of pineapple or a hot dog from a bratwurst. The perspectives and colors used are also very appetizing, so mind the warning: you might get very hungry by the end of the album! (tt)

An Animated CSS3 And jQuery Calendar

When it comes to the design of small elements such as breadcrumbs, pagination and calendars, having some techniques that are ready to use when you actually need them is handy. One CSS3 and jQuery calendar120 was started by Jepija as part of a larger project to create a shared calendar-subscription service. It includes a lot of useful features for designers and developers, including elegant animations and color-coded event markers. You can customize the color, length and padding of events with CSS.

An Animated CSS3 and jQuery Calendar121

It also includes a jQuery accordion so that you can expand each week to view events in more detail. You can view a demo of the calendar122. There is a downside, though. The code for the calendar isn’t very semantic, so tweaking the script first before using it in production is required. (cc)

Subway Map Visualization jQuery Plugin

If you often deal with government projects, university departments or any websites of sophisticated organizations, every now and again you’ll be asked to design a nice visualization that would explain the various divisions, structures and internal hierarchy of those organizations. Where would you start? Well, creating a Subway Map-alike visualization is an option worth considering.

Subway Map Visualization jQuery Plugin123

Nik Kalyani’s Subway Map Visualization jQuery Plugin124 provides a framework for creating subway-alike maps to convey real-world ecosystems, e.g. evolution of a product’s design features. The plugin uses HTML5 Canvas for map rendering and an unordered list as the markup. The plugin has a detailed documentation and demos that can be used and reused right away. (vf)

Zara Picken’s Vintage Illustrations

It’s remarkable how sharp an eye visual artists have for various things. They can find inspiration in unthinkable sources. The artist Zara Picken has managed to show an inspiring side of everyday objects with her patchwork of textures, scrapbook-look effects and vintage color palette.

Zara Picken's Vintage Illustrations125

Women with radio heads and pixelated images of old high-tech objects, such as a photo camera and a joystick from a 1990s video game, are examples of illustrations by Picken that you’ll see in her Flickr stream126. Have a look, and you’ll see the creative side of everyday objects, too. (tt)

Interactive CSS3 Lighting Effects

While CSS3 is becoming mainstream, designers keep experimenting with CSS3 features and come up with quite impressive coding techniques. Things that were once possible only with Flash now lie at the doorstep of anyone who is willing to try it. Even better is what CSS3 is capable of in combination with just a bit of JavaScript.

Interactive CSS3 Lighting Effects127

Our editor Tom Giannattasio has come up with an interactive CSS3 lighting technique128. He used 3D transforms with CSS gradients and masks; the cast shadow was created using box shadows and transforms. Have a look, move your mouse around, and get ready to be pleasantly surprised. Then look at the code and start imagining what you could do with it! (ld)

CSS3 Bitmap Graphics

CSS3 has opened many possibilities for creative Web designers. The trick is to connect the various dots available in CSS3 to produce remarkable results. Thomas Giannattasio has created a CSS3 bitmap graphics demo129 that doesn’t require any extra markup, images, canvas or data URIs. It’s drawn entirely with gradients that are sized precisely to pixel boundaries. As the developer says, “There are certainly more practical uses for this technique, but none quite as nostalgic.”ù

CSS3 Bitmap Graphics130

If you are looking for some not-so-nostalgic techniques, have a close look at Justin Schwinghamer’s CSS3 Daft Punk LED demo131 animation or Cameron Adams’ interactive CSS3 dodecahedron132. So, what are you capable of? (cc)

Responsive Multi-Column Data Tables

When it comes to responsive Web design, we need to carefully consider many design elements and adjust them to particular contexts. Responsive design isn’t just about images and layout, but also navigation menus, videos, forms, font sizes, links and even tables. In fact, have you ever thought about how you would adapt a complex multi-column data table from your desktop version for convenient viewing on a mobile device?

Responsive Multi-Column Data Tables133

Well, the creative guys behind Filament Group have. They’ve come up with a technique134 for always displaying a manageable subset of table columns for common screen sizes, and also for allowing the user to easily change the visibility of columns. Essentially, the technique displays a limited set of columns on smaller screens, while providing quick access to the hidden data. The technique uses JavaScript to adapt to smaller screens and Respond.js for cross-browser compatibility. And if you’re really fancy about tables, you might want to look at David Bushell’s responsive calendar table135 as well. (vf)

Color Palette Generator: Color Thief

Starting a new design concept takes creativity, talent and special skills. Sometimes all your new client gives you is a single picture, from which you have to create an entire color palette. Due dates are always too soon, and you would always like more time to invest in conceptual development. Does this sound like a common predicament? How about easing the process with the help of Color Thief136?

Color Thief137

Created by Lokesh Dhakar, this tool uses a script to identify the dominant color from a picture and the adjacent colors with which to compose the palette. Try incorporating this little service in your workflow next time and you’ll find you have more time for creative brainstorming sessions. (tt)

Notification Control: Fighting Email Notifications

We’ve all been there: email notifications from popular social networking websites keep polluting our inbox, informing us of new messages, birthdays, recently uploaded images, random acquaintances and unsolicited invitations to groups, circles and games. Unfortunately, most websites don’t make it particularly easy for users to turn off all email notifications at once, so just deleting the message itself rather than going into the settings to disable each notification category often seems easier. Well, not anymore.

Notification Control: Fighting Email Notifications138

Notification Control139 is a little service that helps you get rid of notifications in a few clicks. The website essentially presents a list of pointers to notification settings pages on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Forrst and other websites. Take a couple of minutes to actually go through the links, tick off some settings and make your inbox a bit cleaner in one fell swoop. (vf)

Showcase Of Typographic Posters

When the subject of typography comes up, the first things that come to most people’s minds are text, fonts and arrangement of space. Indeed, the main function of typography is to make language visible and understandable. But this function can also be applied to expressive artwork.

Showcase Of Typographic Posters140

Good examples of how type and art can come together well can be seen on Typographic Posters141, curated by AndrÈ Felipe, a graphic designer who loves typography and its unorthodox uses. The project features literally hundreds of posters, a great resource that could be either a new platform to show your talent or a reference for your next design project. (tt)

HTML5, Please

With all the excitement surrounding new HTML5 and CSS3 features, perhaps we sometimes overlook the problems some of them might introduce as well. HTML5 Please142 is a resource that offers us the collective knowledge of professional developers who have worked deep in the trenches of HTML5.

HTML5, Please143

The website lets you look up HTML5 and CSS3 features, see whether they are ready for use and, if so, learn how to to use them — for example, with polyfills, fallbacks or as they are. It features both well known and obscure features and explains how well they are supported today. You can sort features according to browser, mobile device, whether they require prefixes, polyfills or fallbacks, and coding language (i.e. CSS, HTML, API or JavaScript). And you can type the feature that you want to look up as well. A useful resource worth bookmarking. (vf)

Facebook And jQuery Bootstraps: Strap Those Boots

If you have been looking for a toolkit to get your Facebook app development rolling, consider Fbootstrapp144 by Clemens Krack. The toolkit helps you develop iframe apps at appropriate sizes, and it includes the basic CSS and HTML that you need to match the typography, forms, buttons, grids and navigation to Facebook’s style.

Facebook and jQuery Bootstraps: Strap Those Boots145

You might also want to look at the jQuery UI Bootstrap146. Its live preview feature lets you see buttons, file inputs, error messages, sliders, progress bars and calendars in the style of jQuery UI. Download the stable version to start building your apps, or get in the game and help develop the Bootstrap theme further. (sp)

Spicing Up Your Navigation Menu With CSS3

Do you remember those days when we used nasty JavaScript libraries with onMouseOver effects for “advanced” navigation menus? Comparing those nasty techniques with the simplicity and power of CSS3, we understand how far we have actually come up in our industry over all those years. Mary Lou’s technique for a sliding navigation with images is a vivid example for that.

Spicing Up Your Navigation Menu With CSS3147

A very simple CSS navigation technique148 allows you to add an image for every menu item and slide it out on hover. Essentially, it uses very basic HTML, CSS transitions and the nth-child selector. A very simple and useful technique — especially if you are working on a portfolio site, a gallery site or a slideshow. (vf)

Free Font Family: Exo Font Family

Free quality fonts always come in handy. However, because creating a rich typeface always requires a lot of time and attention, typographers rarely release them for free — which is perfectly understandable. But there is a way for type designers to actually release fonts for free and still get some revenue for their work.

Free Font Family: Exo Font Family149

For example, Free Exo Font Family150 is a successful Kickstarter project which made it possible for Natanael Gama from Portugal to create and release the typeface publicly. Exo is a comprehensive geometric sans serif font family with nine weights — both in Regular and in Italic. Each font comes with many OpenType features such as small caps, ligatures, alternates, oldstyle figures, tabular figures and fractions. Both OTF-version and source files are available to download for free — now that’s the power of community at play! (vf)

Design Seeds: For All Those Who Love Color Palettes

Our universe offers us a huge variety of tones and hues, but we seem to pick similar palettes every time we start a new design. Does this happen to you, too? Then maybe it’s time for you to explore the endless possibilities of color palettes on Design Seeds151

Design Seeds: For All Those Who Love Color Palettes152

In her blog posts, Jessica — a passionate lover of colors and color palettes — features palettes for various situations: travel, fashion, furniture materials, decoration, among others. You can search by color value or the overall theme of a palette. So for your next project (or even your new house) this may be a site worth revisiting for a delightful color combination. (tt)

Exploring The Beauty Of Content: Contents Magazine

Instead of presenting useful tidbits of knowledge, many sites force the reader to glean cunningly hidden information through a mountain of visual data. This often exhausting exercise of reading online often results in a tossed salad of diverse information, where an article on postmodern art seems to somehow be related to dating (or whatever current popular pop-up ads endorse).

Exploring The Beauty Of Content: Contents Magazine153

So, if you’d like to learn about conten and content strategy practices, take a look at Contents Magazine154. You’ll find inspiration, motivation and a good visual example of how to integrate content strategies into visually pleasing, non-distracting frameworks. They showcase helpful notions and interesting articles on the role of content in Web development. (jc)

Quick Peek At A Designer Hall Of Fame

Whether you are a design enthusiast or a company marketing director, you’re likely to be always looking for new and exciting designs to spice up your wallpaper/company website. Browsing for nuggets on the Web can be a lot of fun, but sometimes you wish someone would take the time to put together a little designer “Hall Of Fame”… actually, ‘he’155 did.

Quick Peek At A Designer Hall Of Fame156

365 Awesome Designers157 is a “no-frills” — but lots of “design-thrills” — project, that features interesting, creative, (pick your “awesome” adjective of choice) designers and some of their creations. Every day the avid design fan can discover a new craftsperson. And should your interest in a designer go deeper, the website’s creators provide you with all the necessary information to either stalk your new favorite designer online or on Twitter. (jc)

Common Patterns Of Markup and Style

Whatever project you’re working on, the chances are high that you’ll be using the same snippets of code that you’ve used in your previous projects as well. Whether it’s a data table, a search, breadcrumbs or pagination — wouldn’t it be nice to have a library of bulletproof reusable CSS/HTML components and just grab them when you need them for your work?

Common Patterns Of Markup and Style158

Pea.rs159 might be just the tool you’re looking for. It’s an open source WordPress theme that lets you collect, test and experiment with interface pattern pairings of CSS and HTML. You can easily have your own pattern library setup and running quickly. Essentially, each pattern is a post in WordPress, code snippets are added using custom fields, and the main content field is used for optional notes. Very useful! (vf)

The Great Discontent

Many paths lead to the same destination. Perhaps many of us were destined to become part of the creative industry in one way or another. Think back: what really made you choose the path you took? Did you have an “a-ha” moment? Did someone motivate you, or did you simply wake up one morning knowing exactly which route to take?

The Great Discontent160

Many people in this industry became what they are today by taking totally different paths. And still, everyone featured on The Great Discontent161 is a creative individual somewhere in this world. Find out what they were doing before discovering their calling, and learn about what drove them. You’ll be surprised at how simple or complicated their choices have been. “The Great Discontent is about understanding the human side of creativity and our innate drive to create that keeps pulling us forward, united in the sense that there’s something more.” You’ll see why the page is called the way it’s called. (sp)

Small Is Good: Showcase of Tiny and Beautiful Stuff

Almost everyone collects something that they have a fondness for: postcards, coins, key holders, stamps. Even without consciously thinking about it, we start collecting whatever we find beautiful, interesting or special. In most cases, these objects are a reflection of our personality. If you feel part of the “collecting community,” then you will certainly like LessThan100g162, a blog dedicated to tiny and beautiful stuff.

Smaller is Better: Showcase of Tiny and Beautiful Stuff163

Specially developed to showcase objects that weigh less than 100 grams, this website presents a unique selection of bottle caps, vintage erasers, old stamps, buttons and even little paper animals. Every issue comes with a brief history of the collection, including the owners’ names, curious facts and conversation starters (such as “Is bigger really better?”). A wonderful small resource that makes us think about the elegance of the simplest things that surround us every day. (tt)

Chemical Design

When joined hand in hand, design and science can result in an explosion of color, shapes and ideas — without the environmental damage. The collection of designs by Simon C. Page titled International Year of Chemistry164 confirms this.

Chemical Design 165

Atoms, ions, structures of elements, theories of relativity and combustion are among the themes of the creative graphics on display, all referencing major scientists in chemistry. In this centenary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Marie Curie, the only unforeseen effect you might feel from examining this collection is a spontaneous overflow of visual delight. (tt)

Getting Sticky With HTML5

With the growing support of HTML5, more designers and developers have experimented ever since, creating useful but sometimes also not so useful techniques and demos. There are indeed no limits to creativity and there are definitely a good number of demos out there that will keep you busy for a while. For example, the “Sticky Thing166“, created by Daniel Puhe, provides us with evidence that almost everything is possible.

Sticky Thing with HTML5167

This sticky “thing” can fly across whitespace and sticks to the borders of the browser’s viewport. You can adjust the stickiness, stiffness, size and gravity of it  —  and guess what else? It works offline as well as online, and runs both on iOS and Android. The experience is even more engaging on mobile devices with multi-touch sensitivity, gyroscope and which support HTML5 features. (af)

Cut The Rope: An Addictive HTML5 Game

If you’ve got some work to do, you should probably skip this post and move right along to the next one. But if you do have time to spare, make sure to check out Cut the Rope168, an HTML5 game developed by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer development team, Pixel Lab and ZeptoLab (which created the original game for iOS devices) to showcase advances in Web standards. The game features canvas-rendered graphics, browser-based audio and video, CSS3 styling and WOFF fonts.

Cut the Rope: An Addictive HTML5 Game169

The developers also provide an interesting case study170 on how the game was ported from Objective-C to HTML5. In fact, the browser version contains about 15,000 lines of code. Now that’s an effort worth our appreciation! (cc)

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    Thank you very much.. Keep up the good work!!!

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    The showcase articles are always great stuff to shorten my daily train ride and to do something useful (as are most of, not all of them off course, the smashing articles).

  9. 9

    Congrats! Your newsletter is one of the best newsletters in creative industry. Most of you will agree that newsletter which was having Cinemagraph was mind blowing. This technique was totally new and inspiring for me!

  10. 10

    Daniel Mesquita

    March 6, 2012 4:08 pm

    Every single one about typography… I love it!

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    Love it, I’m also a fan of the showcase articles. A great source of inspiration!

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    thank you! knowledge is always welcome :)

  13. 13

    The Smashing Email Newsletter has to be one of the most looked forward to newsletters that I get. I can always garuntee that there is something new for me to learn from it. The one article that really caught my attention was “The Current State Of HTML5 Forms”. We are currently implementing some of the new features in HTML5 and it helped out a lot.

    Please keep up the amazing work.


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    José Luis Almagro

    March 6, 2012 4:10 pm

    Congratulations guys! Great job on achieving this milestone. Due to a lot(!) of work i have still got less and less spare time to keep updated about the latest developments on the web. The Smashing Newsletter updates me in just a couple of minutes wich makes me select the articles worth reading in the weekends. With a lot of various articles Smashing newsletter always has something interesting for every web-geek. With so many good articles it is hard to choose only one. So i will pick the one article that impressed me visually and that has to be the article about animated GIF’s with beautifull photography. “Cinemagraph: Animated Photography”.

    Keep up the good work guys!

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    Martin Bentley Krebs

    March 6, 2012 4:12 pm

    Please sign up and become immersed in the design community. Friends don’t let friends design uninformed…

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    Stella Papantou

    March 6, 2012 4:12 pm

    Happy birthday Smashing Email Newsletter! I hope you keep sending us these beautiful emails!
    As far as I am concerned I really enjoy your proposals about new frameworks and new techniques which make our lives easier! :)
    Keep it like that!

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    The Smashing Email Newsletter is unlike anything else that I receive in my inbox each week. With Smashing, I know that I’m actually going to learn something that will be useful in my design projects (Design Seeds, anyone)? I love the easy-to-understand copy combined with some of the best graphics I’ve seen, and I definitely would recommend the newsletter to anyone with a passion for creating beautiful and functional things.

  18. 18

    I love reading the newsletter, it keeps me up to date every time!

  19. 19

    After following Smashing Mag on FB for ages I recently started getting the newsletter. I highly recommend it as another engine to receive SM’s excellent resources and ideas.
    Keep up the great work!

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    Such a joyful jurney to the past. :) congrats…

  21. 21

    :) Every morning at my desk I start my day off with a good smashing lesson, and hot cup of coffee….

  22. 22

    I’ve only subscribed to the Smashing Newsletter recently. But already it’s one that is consistently interesting (most newsletters I receive barely get a second glance), with useful items inside.

    I’d recommend anyone to read it, because it’s easy, and quick to read. You don’t need to read for hours to get useful information from it. I also enjoy the fact that the layout is nice and calm, which I can’t say for most newsletters, without being boring.

    I always get impatient when you announce a new one coming in on Twitter, because I know it will be a while before I actually get to read it. Too much competition in the database. ;)

  23. 24

    Your newsletter is the only apart from the “HTML5 Weekly” Newsletter I read every time they find the way in my inbox.

    The quality is always top and more then often you provide useful links.

    Thanks for having this.

  24. 25

    I don’t really like newsletters, but seriously I am signing up right now! I have just looked throught the best stuff you listed above, and it’s awesome!

  25. 26

    I’ve been following The Art of the Title Sequence blog for quite some time so when I saw it featured as an article it made me really happy!! I have found some really amazing blogs to follow because of the work you guys do, keep up the great work!

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    maureen theisen

    March 6, 2012 4:24 pm

    Smashing magazine is amazing! Thanks for all the great work

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    My last years favorite was “Little Big UI Details That Make the Difference”. It showed me the importance of “infinite detail” in design. This little big ui details make the difference between an average designer and a good designer.

    I recommend the smashing magazine to any of my fellow student. What I like about a newsletter is that the most important articles are picked for you. A newsletter feels different compared to browsing to the smashing website. It feels kinda special.

    I really don’t think there’s anything you should change to the current way the newsletter is made. I think it’s a perfect mix between inspiration, developing, design and business-help.

    Thank you for making this awesome website (and newsletter!)

  28. 29

    Gratz on 2 years of the newsletter I was unaware that you had a newsletter until you posted it on facebook!

  29. 30

    I recently subscribed. I was afraid to be informed twice (I follow the RSS feed), but not at all! This newsletter is full of fresh and useful information, very complementary with the rest of the site. Thank you !

  30. 31

    Matthew Deloughry

    March 6, 2012 4:27 pm

    Well what can I say the Smashingmag newsletter has help me actually get a Job, it has drastically increased my knowledge so much so some of the stuff I read on the newsletter I mentioned on a interview and help me get the job!

  31. 32

    this is so full of #win

  32. 33

    I love all the HTML5 tips and the occasional humorous website like Comic Sans Criminal. Keep it up.

  33. 34

    The Smashing Newsletter is about the only newsletter I always open and review – without just sending it to the trash. As for featured stories, I’d like to see more articles on responsive design, CSS3 tips/tricks, WordPress and jQuery.

  34. 35

    I actually recently started subscribing to the e-newsletter towards the end of last year, so I have not been around to appreciate all two years of smashing email goodness. That being said, what emails I have received have always been helpful and I’ve usually walked away learning something new after reading. I will say that as someone who is a compulsive “refresh” clicker, its nice to just get one lump of articles in my inbox, rather than constantly checking your website for updated pieces.

    As a side note, I do like Roger Sievers idea with the “This month’s WordPress feature” etc… I think it would save me from scrolling through the information I may not necessarily be interested in reading. Otherwise, keep up the good work!

  35. 36

    John Moore Williams

    March 6, 2012 4:30 pm

    As this post so comprehensively proves, the Smashing Newsletter is a fantastic resource for the latest tools, tips, and fun time wasters. In future issues I’d love to see something like an “assignment of the month” based on some inspirational web resource–a kind of assignment to reminds us all of the value of creative side projects and a spur to keep on them. (Typography Sketchbooks for me please!)

  36. 37

    Smashing Magazine is wonderful!!

  37. 38

    The Smashing Newsletter is one of the newsletters that i open and not just send to trash like the most of the others. I would love to see more on responsive design. Keep up the good work!

  38. 39

    SM is the greatest resourse about webdesign on the internet. Now that you cover WordPress topics, well, what could I do without Smashing Magazine???

  39. 40

    Love the newsletter. Keep up the great content! Thanks.

  40. 41

    I would like to see a newsletter based solely on “Gamification” and how it can be implemented to UX. Gamification is really becoming a hot topic and I think Smashing Magazine guys may have perfect ideas and examples to demonstrate on this subject.

  41. 42

    I love the curation that Smashing Mag does, not just in their emails, but also through twitter. They are one of my trusted sources of new, web development information.

  42. 43

    The newsletter is truly one item I always look forward to seeing in my mail. Every designer who is not subscribed is really missing out.

    For the future, I would love to see more coverage on video and motion graphics techniques, but not at the expense of all the other great things covered!

  43. 44

    Though I already get way too much email, I look forward to reading the Smashing Email Newsletter. It is another way to stay up with the latest web, design, and dev trends and practices. The content in the newsletter is often different than the content in SmashingMag’s tweets and Facebook shares. I’m looking forward to year three!

  44. 45

    I’m a subscriber since the first number, every newsletter I get it’s a great resource of informations for my job. Danke!!

  45. 46

    Dnyanesh Mankar

    March 6, 2012 4:41 pm


    I’ve been an avid reader of SM right from it’s initial days. You guys just get better and better each day. It’s nice to see you churn out great articles at a regular pace to keep us enlightened. I have Smashing Book 1 & 2, waiting for the delivery of the 3rd one.

    I would love to see more articles about branding and logo design. The art of the menu & Document formats for web designers were my fav articles.

  46. 47

    I’ve been a big fan of Smashing forever and the newsletter keeps me inspired and en vogue when it comes to design, techniques and trends. Please continue with the responsive design, html5, css3, graphic techniques and all the great stuff you cover!

  47. 48

    Fantastically large but awesome article, still am and always been a subscriber.

  48. 49

    Hey folks,

    Been a fan for a while now. I love the posts about typography/fonts. (anything going off on Comic Sans always makes me smile). Thanks a bunch and keep up the stellar work.

  49. 50

    I <3 the smashing magazine newsletter – it is always filled with great resources, so much so that I can't use the half of them! I love the parts that focus on design and great visual projects!

  50. 51

    I’ve enjoyed reading Smashing’s frequently helpful posts, and they have turned me from a person with a small interest in design to someone who’s comfortable designing logos and t-shirts. Thanks!

  51. 52

    I love this newsletter, , i learn something new. I’m a fan of wordpress, so, il like to read articles about wordpress.

  52. 53

    The Smashing Email Newsletter is a must for any webby. It allows me to take a break from work and really focus on WORK. I love learning new and interesting things from each post on the site and in the newsletter.

  53. 54

    I love receiving your e-newsletter especially when there are articles on css3 and HTML5. Thanks!

  54. 55

    I’m a Smashmag addict.
    Great articles! Interested mainly those relevant to UX and design…
    And Malcolm Gladwell’s book seems to be amazing!

    Happy birthday :)

  55. 56

    I love smashings newsletter! Thanks for all the great work.

    I hope in the future you guys have more stuff on responsive design and branding.

  56. 57

    I love most thing Smashing Magazine puts out. The Newsletter is no different. It’s one of the best resources at keeping me current and not just recycling the same content everyone else is putting out.
    I don’t always read Newletters, but when I do, I prefer Smashing Magazine.

  57. 58

    Congratulations On the anniversary!!! The Newsletter is one of the few im subscribed to. Im a graphic design student so for me its great to keep up with the latest trends and awesome resources.

  58. 59

    Subscribing is smashing beautiful!

  59. 60

    Congrats guys! Lookin’ good.

  60. 61

    At some point I’m going to take the plunge into web design as more than just a hobby. Until then, I’ve been bookmarking inspirational sites like crazy. And honestly, probably two thirds of those links have come from Smashing and the newsletter. Thanks!

  61. 62

    The quality of the articles featured in the Smashing Magazine newsletter continues to impress me! – Whenever I see that a new SM newsletter has arrived, I can’t wait to open it and see how it is going to make my day easier!

    It’s been said many times by SM readers, but you guys seem to know exactly what I’m working on at any one time and then post an article (or e-mail it directly to me, thanks to the Newsletter!) about how to make my job easier or more professional. – How do you know???

    – I figure I owe you about 75% of my salary. And, yet, you still keep on giving! :-)

    Thank you for everything SM!

  62. 63

    I’ve been a subscriber for well over a year and I always enjoy the new tricks, tips or websites it introduces me to. I develop WordPress sites and am a bit of a CSS nerd, so I love it when there’s some new little tidbit I wasn’t aware of before.

  63. 64

    The best newsletter you want to recieve.

  64. 65

    I’d have to say my favorite was the “CINEMAGRAPH: ANIMATED PHOTOGRAPHY”, anything to do with new techniques or alternative ways of using old technologies are great.

  65. 66

    Two years already eh? Where is the cake? Well congrats and thanks a lot for all this wonderful info.

    More of everything please!

  66. 67

    I JUST discovered Smashing Magazine and I don’t know where you’ve been all my life. (As such, I signed up for your newsletter 4 minutes ago but I’m sure I’ll love it!!) I’ve been devouring as much information as my brain will take is and, so far, my favorite article from last year has been “Death to Comic Sans”. (I cannot properly verbalize how much I despise that font.) Thanks, Smashing! I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. C:

  67. 68

    Been a subscriber since the very beginning. Every time I stop doing whatever it is I’m doing and I read the newsletter because I know, *I know* that at least one amazing thing will be in it.

    So… subscribe!

    And thank you, SM.

  68. 69

    I love when the Smashing Newsletter hits my inbox. Since I check the Smashing Magazine website daily, I’m thankful that I get content in the newsletter that’s different from what’s just on the site.

    There are always neat tips & tricks that inspire me and even occasionally shock me! I would be hard pressed to pick just one favorite article from last year!

    If you’re not already subscribed to the Smashing Newsletter… What are you waiting for!?

  69. 70

    Typo — see comment below.

  70. 71

    We love your Monthly Calender.
    New Month, New Energy, New Inspiration, New !dea,
    We are really thankful to “Smashing Magazine”!!!!
    :) Congrats for completing 2 year of newletter!!!

  71. 72

    This blog is by far one of my favourites online. I check it daily for new approaches to my daily marketing and design work. I’ve purchased many of your books (especially during last year’s holiday sales) and have been highly impressed by the quality of the content and tutorials you produce. Congratulations and Good Luck on the next year of your newsletter. I look forward to many more.

    I liked so many of your articles it’s hard to peg down just one (or even a few). I’ve bookmarked and clipped a fair number to come back to later on. I really liked your biography/interview articles of leading designers like your “The Great Discontent” article. I also really like the tutorials and opinion pieces you do like “A Paper Record Player” (I even made that one in a similar fashion for a project) and “Comic Sans Criminal” (I’m a typography nut and had to chain that out to a few friends and family members for a laugh.

    Anyway, keep up the great work. I’ll be staying a faithful follower!

  72. 73

    I loved the idea “A Lyric a Day.”

  73. 74

    Every-time I Google for “WEB TYPOGRAPHY”, No-one have given best result about it but i got it from Smashing Magazine. I love your post “CUTTING-EDGE WEB TYPOGRAPHY EXPERIMENTS”

    Thank you for such wonderful experience!!!!

  74. 75

    I have been a fan for a very long time and the newsletter is smashing useful!

  75. 76

    Danny Hoogendoorn

    March 6, 2012 5:20 pm

    Its just the only newsletter i actually love reading!

  76. 77

    You should subscribe to the Smashing Newsletter because even if you are reading it with your favorite rss reader there are some articles you can miss. I am subscribed, because I do not want to miss something important or relevant to me.

  77. 78

    Ah. Two years of receiving great tips/tricks and the latest on the web. Thank you Smashing Magazine and Smashing Magazine Newsletter. You’ve made me a better designer. So many great articles, look forward to it every fortnight. I remember the Method & Craft article, was quite useful to me at that time. Would love to see more on Branding/Logo Design and maybe some tuts on Graphic Design. Cheers.

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    Mr. Andrew Hein

    March 6, 2012 5:27 pm

    Whether it’s through Facebook, Twitter, or email, the SM articles have become the most reliable source of quality info I receive in regards to web development/design – a trusted resource I recommend to all!

  79. 80

    Who knew newsletters could be so awesome?

  80. 81

    I liked many articles of last year’s newsletters, actually. Free quality fonts are always nice, and one of the best articles was the one about Cinemagraph-thing..

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    Alexander Kazachkov

    March 6, 2012 5:30 pm

    I am a new subscriber and stopped now at the past newsletter section.
    It is amazing how much information you pack in every of your issues. I saw only two, but they are very good!
    I’ve found good information which you wouldn’t find in that short time!

    Will see further in reading your upcoming issues!

  82. 83

    It’s the best resource for designer… HANDS-DOWN!!! LOVE IT!

  83. 84

    The Smashing Newsletter is the only one I’ve ever looked forward to. It’s always a nice surprise to find one in my mailbox because I know that there will be new things for me to learn.

  84. 85

    Congratulations for the anniversary. I subscribed to your rss feed instead of newsletter. I think your writes are very useful, clear and distinct. And of course I’d win a book with pleasure. :) Keep on this good job.

  85. 86

    I’d love to see an in depth look at fireworks, discussing whether or not is actually a viable tool in a large studio setting.

  86. 87

    Everyday day after work’s lunch I read a little of smashingmag and always find something interesting to read. If I my memory is right, I’ve had this routine since around 2008 and I can’t believe that it was that far ago…
    The post the amazed me most was the one about the incoming lunch of the first SmashingMag’s book.

  87. 88

    As someone trained in Cognitive Science who went on the pursue a career in web design, I am so thankful for Smashing Magazine! Very few places on the internet feature the variety, quality and thoughtful analysis of interactive design as Smashing Magazine does. Your Coding, Design, Graphics, UX and WordPress divisions do an excellent job at rounding out your content and providing modern and reliable information.

    Thank you!

  88. 89

    So much good stuff, and I’m sure the newsletter has been mentioned before but I’ve never thought to actually subscribe. (Maybe I should address that … there.) So perhaps more examples like this kind of thing every so often would be a great way to promote it further.

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    The best click click in the web :)

  90. 91

    If you need a source of good inspiration or you are in hunt for latest Web technologies and tools Smashing Magazine Email Newsletter is something you need to subscribe on

  91. 92

    (^o^)/ Winning!

    I’ve only been reading Smashing Magazine for the last couple of months and it’s an invaluable resource for people who are interested in getting into web, graphic, UX and UI design, or brushing up their skills. I share your articles whenever I can, and your Best Of list already vouched on how cool this site is.

    Love it! Keep it up!

  92. 93

    I recommend people to subscribe to the newsletter because of all the well written, original content. It’s always a good morning read at work.

  93. 94

    Must read for any designer or developer, packed with more info than you could ever need! If you haven’t already, get signed up.

  94. 95

    I love the SM newsletter because it’s diverse, but consistent, inspirational but thorough, and not least because it usually arrives at a great time of the day – winding down afternoon.

  95. 96

    I love your “best of” showcases as well as anything on blending psychology and design. Keep the good stuff coming!

    (but why can’t I paginate for search results?)


  96. 97

    Congrats on 100k subscribers and two great years! My favorite post from last year was your Email Newsletters Worth Subscribing To, but I’m biased, because it featured my Hacker Newsletter project. Keep up the inspiring work!

  97. 98

    If you subscribe to the Smashing Mag Newsletter, I guarantee that you will experience at least one of these with ever issue: 1) you will learn something new, 2) you will be inspired, or at the very least… 3) you will be intrigued.

  98. 99

    I love the SM newsletter because it doesn’t focus on the basics. It gives us people who know what we are doing still a chance to learn something.

  99. 100

    Happy Anniversary, Smashing!! Looking forward to another smashing year of excellent and useful articles. Keep up the GREAT work !!

  100. 101

    Two years already? Congratulations! The Smashing Mag newsletter is a great resource for anyone involved in web development or design, and I always set aside some time to follow the links and discover new techniques and resources. Thanks for compiling the best links and sending them out regularly!

  101. 102

    SmashMag is such an awesome blog! As a young, self-taught web designer(/dabbler), I find your information invaluable! I love reading almost all of the posts, from typography, color palettes, and visual design, to analyzing user experience and psychological patterns, and even the technical tutorials. Thank you guys for everything ya’ll do! You are great teachers, and I love reading your stuff!

  102. 103

    Congrats! Excellent newsletter, you guys do a great job!

  103. 104

    Love the newsletter been subscribed since day 1! Keep up the good work!

  104. 105

    I’m almost overwhelmed by all the great content that followed the post. I use the newsletter to stay current on web trends and new ideas. I’d recommend it to any designer. I think I first subscribed because of content dealing with designer to client rapport. I’m often in my own world, and the newsletter is a great way to eventually touch base.

  105. 106

    Hi Smashing Folks,

    I have been coming to your website for quite some time now but had never checked out your newsletter. Great stuff! I am a wannabe designer so I am always looking for tips/ideas/inspiration particularly on the data visualization front. Keep up the good work.

  106. 107

    Mario F. Machado

    March 6, 2012 6:28 pm

    I’ve learned a lot from the Smashing Magazine newsletters, but the cinemagraphs blew my mind the first time I saw them. Definitely one of my favorite posts, although not the most informative for my work itself. Keep up the good work guys!

  107. 108

    All the tutorials, guides, and resources are great, they’ve been a huge help.

    What I come back to Smashing Mag for, however, is the curation of ideas. I’ve been teaching myself web and graphic design in the non-profit world for just under a year, and Smashing is the first place I go for up-to-date articles and essays. Without a solid teacher guiding me and telling me what to learn, Smashing has been a quality stand-in.


  108. 109

    I enjoy the articles related to trends in website development. Also can’t get enough typography articles. Thanks!

  109. 110

    I love this site because it features modern up to date issues that are interesting to a web developer.

    I come here for tips and tricks on bettering myself. What more can I ask for?

  110. 111

    The Smashing Magazine is a great source of information, it has drastically increased my knowledge.

  111. 112

    I loved the feature of “Lyric A Day,” but honestly, the newsletter itself is beyond invaluable – I take something away every time.

  112. 113

    Loved the newsletter about Notification Control!

  113. 114

    Lots’ of great and carefully chosen posts worked just perfect for me. The thing is, when you get the Smashing newsletter you read it immediately without labeling it as “Read Later”. Frequency of newsletter and amount of topics covered works just great for me. Great job.

  114. 115

    Every front-end and back-end hobbyist and professional should subscribe to the Smashing Newsletter. It’s so nice to get practical “cool kids” stuff straight to your email box from time to time.

  115. 116

    I’m new to the newsletter, but I love the links out to inspirational sites.

  116. 117

    I like your newsletter because it keeps me informed in all the different areas of design that affect me day to day. From inspiration to usability techniques, i read them all and try to implement them in some way. Others should definitely sign up for that reason alone.

  117. 118

    I do love reading this newsletter : )

  118. 119

    where do people get unique and creative ideas about the website and design , this was the question in my mind few years back, but joining smashing magazine i have entered the world of colors and ideas, many many thanks to the SM

  119. 120

    Love this newsletter, the site, and everything Smashing! Been a follower since college and it definitely has helped me grow and succeed as a web designer & developer. With the wealth of information and inspiration that comes out of Smashing, I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite. However, I do love recommending it in my list of resources for budding students or colleagues that want to learn more about anything web or design-related.

    Happy 2 year anniversary to the newsletter! <3

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    What can I say? I’m really Smashing Newsletter-dependent. Hardly waiting the new issues, they are so inspiring and useful!

  121. 122

    Have a Smashing Birthday!

    The only newsletter I keep up with regularly.


  122. 123

    It’s an amazing source of tips, information and inspiration. Great for begginers, seniors and pretty much everyone!

  123. 124

    Everyone should subscribe to the Smashing Newsletter because Smashing help us focus on useful article, freebies, techniques that help each of us become better , productive and skillful designer and developer.

  124. 125

    christopher pantoja

    March 6, 2012 7:26 pm

    Hey, Happy Anniversary!! I truly enjoy your site and it has been a wonderful follow. Although I haven’t subscribe to your newsletter; you have been part of my RSS feeds I read daily. Keep up the great work!

  125. 126

    I love when your newsletter arrives. I always find things to facinate and educate. It is definitely one of the most helpful things to land in my inbox.

  126. 127

    I love it! Smashing Mag Newslatter is great tool. Congratulations for the anniversary! :)

  127. 128

    I just subscribed because all these examples are amazing! Thanks!

  128. 129

    Congratulations for newsletter anniversary, Smashing Magazine is a very useful web magazine about webdesign, or others assets on development. Thanks to deliver a lot of amazing articles.

  129. 130

    You are the best!!!
    Thank you very much.. Keep up the good work!!!
    Awesome articles, still am and always been a subscriber.

  130. 131

    I am:
    – a recepient of your newsletter since 2010
    – 100% sure that this is knowlegde which I am looking for
    – aware of the fact that when I got it in my inbox, all other projects will be postponed ;-)

    So, dont’t hesitate and subscribe right now. You will regret that you did it so late.

    Thumbs up for all the good work your are doing. Thank you.

  131. 132 was an awesome find thank you as always!

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    Anders Grimsrud

    March 6, 2012 8:11 pm

    Your newsletter is informative, elegant and to the point. Keep up the good work!

  133. 134

    Cannot believe how 2 years have flown past so quickly although so many things have changed and changing in the wonderful world of design and development but thanks to your Newsletter that helps highlight those gems that may have slipped us by. Keep it coming :)

  134. 135

    Hard to pick one favorite when so many articles are useful. But “Death to Comic Sans” certainly strikes a responsive chord. Life’s too short for boring colors, bad food, or even bad typography.

  135. 136

    I’ve been a subscriber because Smashing magazine gives the best content to what’s out there in the digital design industry. I love their icon freebies as well!

  136. 137

    I like to read the newsletter, great articles !

  137. 138

    Michael Froseth

    March 6, 2012 8:22 pm

    Swore I signed up for this a long time ago but don’t recall ever getting an email. Well, we’ll give it a shot again, maybe win something this time!

    Love the site by the way, I check it every morning as well as Noupe. Part of my morning routine once I get into the office. After coffee, that is =P

  138. 139

    Wow! Two years already. Congratulations! Your newsletter has always been something I enjoyed and look forward to. It always contain useful informations, not like the other newsletters which mostly contains unnecessary promotions.

    Keep up the good work! Thanks for all you’ve done to design community.

  139. 140

    Congrats for these fantastic two years!!

    The best thing about Smashing is how you change between visual inspiration and usefull information to let us learn and enjoy.
    Thanks so much for your work.

    The next step: smashing in spanish! :D

  140. 141

    Congrats on two extremely educational and productive years. I leapt back into development but I’ve been working hard at improving my design skills and all of the articles on typography and especially links to all the great color scheme designers have been invaluable.

    Keep up the great work!

  141. 142

    Smashing magazine is the go to spot for the latest trends in web design and development. All self-respecting designers & developers in our industry should have this site bookmarked and subscribed to the newsletter ;)

    My favorite articles are the showcases, I appreciate your team taking time to find the most inspirational works for us to all admire and learn from.

    I hope I win a book :D

  142. 143

    Congrats on the milestone!

    As a developer on the constant hunt to improve my design skills, your articles on typography and especially all the links to the great color palette tools are invaluable in my ongoing education.

  143. 144

    I loved Smashing Newsletter all these years. Brought me excellent tips every time :)

  144. 145

    The Smashing Newsletter is one of the few sources I trust to distill the community’s content into links I care about.

    Thanks for doing an awesome job!

  145. 146

    Congrats SM!
    The most memorable article in the last year… Hmmm…
    The typography guides & references.
    When i saw this article i said: Awwwww, wonderful!
    I enjoyed also the newest html5&css3 news everytime.
    No one can exceed this site.
    I love you Smashing Magazine!

  146. 147

    happy birthday!
    Your website and your twitter are always a great inspiration for me :)
    You rocks!

  147. 148

    Definitely CSS3 Bitmap Graphics. But that is my nostalgia talking. Love the newsletter!

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    Congrats Smashing Newslettter! One things that make me wondering. Every I receive a new email newsletter, it was about new knowledge, new idea, and very usefull for me. Thank you.

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    Congrats Vitaly et al.! All of your content and products are awesome :) way to go!

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    lots of good stuff. i liked the fractal email “validation” tool.

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    Congrats! My choice – Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement by Aaron Gustafson. easyreaders, 144 pages.

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    I enjoy your design and UI/UX articles. I enjoyed Chemical Design.

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    I like Useful HTML-, CSS- and JavaScript Tools and Libraries. I am always on the look out for new tools and it is nice to have a bunch layed out to choose from.

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    thank you for great 2 years of content :)
    Recently I really liked

    I hope I win… But never do :D

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    Smashing Magazine newsletter is a must read for every web designer, web developer or whatever you want to call yourself! So many creative ideas and inspiration….it’s hard to keep up with. I love you Smashing Magazine and your newsletter! Happy 2nd Birthday!!

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    Gustavo Sillero

    March 6, 2012 10:09 pm

    I’m a huge fan of the newsletter. It’s a great selection of articles, always keeping you updated and bringing new and solid insights on all web design related subjects.

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    Great resource. Keep it up!

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    Congratulations on the anniversary. As a web enthusiast I always enjoy the Smashing newsletter, you guys really put a lot of effort into editing. It’s really hard to pick the best but I must say I really enjoy when you write on typography and general design. That is also highly relevant in all kinds of different aspects of life, when writing invitation letters, designing figures for papers, creating photo albums and the like… Thanks for a great and inspiring read.

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    Happy Anniversary, I hope it’s a SMASHING good time! Love your site and newsletters; great way to stay up with the web trends!

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    I absolutely loved Jamie’s “From Me To You” series. It was so stunning and different from anything I’d seen, that I had to pass it around to my fellow co-workers.

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    Great newsletter enjoy it immensely, also another great one is Hacker News!

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    I really enjoy the Smashing Email Newsletter! Happy Birthday. It’s a great way to see how to make a newsletter work!
    i liked the fractal email “validation” tool.

    Thank you all.

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    Happy Anniversary, you’re an endless source of inspiration!

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    I don’t know how I can decide on just one favorite! I think all of the WordPress tips, hints, tuts, and instructionals are my favorite right now.

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    First of all: You’re awesome – your blog, your meetups, your books,… AND..of course..your newsletter!
    I have to say that I’m not a subscriber since the first hour, but at least since 6 months!
    What makes your newsletter so cool?
    It’s easy to say… there’s really so much great information in only a small letter, that’s just fascinating.
    I can’t remember read any unnecessary content. I’m happy every time if I see a mail from you in my mailbox.
    Keep on with this high quality paper…please!

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    Happy b’day SM! I have an email folder dating back to no.1. Excellent reference!

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    Steve Castaneda

    March 6, 2012 11:17 pm

    I have no clue why I never subscribed to the email newsletter. I actually have been an SM reader for years (via RSS). I’ve been looking over past issues and I see SO much that I could find useful.

    It’s easy to recommend who should be reading your newsletters; everyone. Why not? The web is a huge part of our daily lives now and the articles you feature are the cutting-edge of what’s next.

    Everyone should be interested in this.

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    Best newsletter that I am currently subscribed to because you guys rock!

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    My favorite newsletter article?! are you kidding! There are too many to choose from. Smashing Mag and their newsletter is exactly the kind of web stuff I am interested in. Design, programming, infographics, typography…. Shall I continue? It keeps me up to date on new things and expands my skills in both the design and programming aspect of web design. I love you smashing mag.

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    COMIC SANS CRIMINAL – I started getting the newsletter and visiting the site everyday after that. Tweeted, emailed, Facebooked you name it, I shared it!!

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    Congratulations. You guys are awesome, thanks for sharing so many wonderful and useful articles. I really enjoy your newsletter it helps me stay abreast with the latest in web development. Being a developer it mostly like articles related to jQuery, CSS3 and HTML5.
    Keep it up.

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    Dustin Montgomery

    March 7, 2012 12:08 am

    The Smashing Newsletter is legit. Getting this information in your email is great, you won’t forget to read up on good news!

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    Happy birthday! I loved the article on Tilt-shifting with CSS3. It’s always cool to see how the rigid parameters of the web can get stretched.

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    Keep up the good work! Your newsletter always makes me get lost in new horizons! :)

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    Congratulations Smashing!! You have become my go to resource for everything web and graphic design over the past 2 years and I am constantly referencing your site to my clients and co-workers. I look forward to your newsletter each week!! My favorite newsletter topics so far have been TILT Firefox extension, Testing Typography skills and CSS3 Bitmap Graphics- I love showing the posting to my IT department and watching their heads spin! Keep up the great work!!

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    Andrés Laplace Kellogg

    March 7, 2012 1:03 am

    You have to suscribe to the best web designer (design world related) newsletter, i did find something usefull in every newsletter received in my inbox (the big list of posts above certifies what i say).

    Cheerz! and keep it going for more and more years!.

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    This is what i like the most “Works Of Art Done Entirely In Light” truely expirering photos ! And thanks alot for a nice newsletter and a worldclass blog!

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    Congrats, Smashing Magazine. The newsletter and website are part our daily ritual. Looking forward to celebrating more accomplishments!

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    Uncanny how spot-on your timing is. I was doing a logo and modifying text in outlines was trying, then I read your newsletter with a post on modifying text which was timed perfectly.

    Happy anniversary!

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    If i win this or not the only thing I read everyday morning is smashingmagazine, But with a newsletter itll make more easier me to go through it before i head in to my office even while on the train, that’s what make me so creative in my office.

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    Just love it!

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    Shannon Dillman

    March 7, 2012 2:15 am

    How to choose…. it’s like choosing your favorite pie at Marie Callendar’s. The 3D DOM tree is my fave – today. Congratulations and happy birthday!

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    Smashing Newsletter is awesome.. at times i can have trouble managing my news feed with all the great content out there but with the smashing newsletter i can ensure that the important articles are delivered directly to my email inbox

    Thank you and keep those smashing articles coming

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    Congrats Smashing! I look forward to every new edition of the Smashing Newsletter! Incredible info with the latest technologies and tips!

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    I’ll be “boring” and pick this one: “Ten Things To Think About When Designing Your iPad App”. This one was awesome too!

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    Great email! bookmarked most of the resources :-)

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    Smashing Magazine was introduced into my life this last year and cannot explain how much it has helped me in becoming a professional designer. Keep up the good work with many years to come.

    Smashing Magazine kicks X word!

    C. Ley

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    Smashing Magazine is a wonderful initiative to help you to explore new technologies / UX / design and more. I Love the website. its my daily routine to read smashing post on daily morning…. Thank you for such a good website. and all the best for the future and me, wait and expecting for more.. All the Best.. CHEERS..

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    2 years! Congrats. And for my sake, here’s to wishing smashing newsletter another 10 smashing years!

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    Its great to take that break in a hectic week to sit back and read over the articles. Always interesting and helpful, they inspires you to push on and improve improve improve.

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    Each Smashing Newsletter terrifies me! What if my clients were also subscribers? They might discover my main information source in Web Design! Your Newsletter is always interesting and useful. But hush! It should remain a secret between us, the 100 000 subscribers! Then let’s say softly: Congrats for your second anniversary!

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    Congrats on turning 2! Looking forward to more awesome emails in the years to come :)

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    I would love to read smashing newsletter from the very first day!!! i would recommend to subscribe smashing to every designer and frontend developer to improve themselves and grow as a designer and also as a person. And new UX section makes you more than a designer… Try it now!!!! :)

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    First and for most, I would like to personally congratulate Smashing Mag.
    It’s been two great years of the email newsletter and hope for many more.

    In general, this newsletter has been more than just another subscription to me. The newsletter has basically grown with me over the past two years and to this day, I have a special folder with previous newsletters to refer to in my inbox.

    As a college student with little to invest in expensive books and materials, this simple newsletter has been my savior. I have not only learned so much from the bits and pieces in each but also remained competitive in the web technology and development field.

    Thank you for two amazing years of knowledge, for allowing me to go from developing simple HTML sites to full WordPress Themes, for teaching me about the importance of typography, the “simplicity” of creating responsive designs, and just plain and simple for being there when I was “bored” and needed something to read.

    Overall, I am truly thankful for the newsletter and, in general. You guys are great. I also did not intend to write such a thorough comment in the interest of winning. I simply wanted to say thanks and this was the perfect time to comment on the success of your efforts.

    I wish you all the best and hope to one day create and or contribute on such a great concept.

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    Happy 2nd B’day!
    Its great to know that you have successfully completed 2 years. SM has been a driving force and a one stop informative kiosk for users like me. Each day with so many articles from multiple networks is a boon. Its helped me day in and day out for multiple issues, be it font selection, design development, etc. Your clean layout without cluttering ads helps focus on the content. Wishing you all the best!

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    Subscribing to a newsletter is a good way to get the best of the best article in one email. Glad to have subscribed and received and read these wonderful articles. Keep up the good work and keep smashing.

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    I feel myself a budding web designer from the city of Kolkata in India. It’s whole new world to explore everyday for me when I sit in front of my workstation and starts to gather knowledge about the new innovations into the web world, Smashing magazine is that guide for me to hold my hands tightly and never let me fall short of my course of this knowledge fidelity.

    Now a days, sometimes it happens that I don’t get enough time to explore the website, but still I never felt a seconds away from all the great resources that smashing magazine is providing , that’s just become possible since the day I joined as your newsletter subscriber.

    It’s a brilliant and praiseworthy approach from the smashing house to provide such a useful newsletter to all of us, to the vast world of web and design lovers.


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    SenthilKumar Rajendran

    March 7, 2012 7:53 am

    Best wishes for 2nd B’Day

    Being a UX Developer, I like the article HTML 5 Please and CSS 3 Techniques last year.

    This year I’m looking forward for more articles related to HTML 5, CSS 3, Adobe Fireworks and more towards future trends in designing, UI for Mobiles etc.

    Also I’m glad to be participating here and being one of the member getting newsletter from SM.

    :-) :-)

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    Too many good choices, hard to pick just one! Please keep up the great work!

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    SM is a great resource for advice and inspiration…and giveaways!

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    This is the first newsletter that I still read after 2 years!! Most of the regular newsletter won’t survive a month because of they get very boring overtime. Keep it up with those Smashing Newsletters, looking forward to receive them every time!

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    SM newsletter is really great, useful in its kind, full of inspiring articles and well executed! a really good job keep it up!

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    Although I visit SM about every day, I’m always looking forward to the newsletters! They are always full of useful information. Thanks! :)

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    Smashing Newsletter is the only newsletter I really read :
    – because it’s easy and pleasant to read (well illustrated articles)
    – because I’m always interested for at least 5 out of 10 topics
    – because of its blog look-and-feel ;)

    This comes in complement of the Smashing website and Smashing posts on the Facebook page, so there’s always something interesting to read, any time of the day !

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    Congratulations Smashing Magazine!!
    I really like your posts, and always waiting for the newsletters.

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    it´s great that there is something out there bringing good stuff to the people to make the net a little bit better. keep on posting and writing….

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    Hello SM,

    I have just recently been checking out your site, and I’m about to subscribe to your newsletter. I’m a first year design student, so the information I have attained thus far has been great, and I’m sure from what I have read from others comments the newsletter will be very helpful to me. Thanks for the giveaways too!

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    Happy B-day! SM, you help me to be my best every day, thank you!

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    Congratulations on your newsletter’s birthday! It is one of the few – that I know – that really feature new and interesting content. I keep them all as a reference.
    The wide range of topics on Smashing Magazine really helps me to broaden my mind and be open to all sorts of inspiration.
    Thanks a lot!

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    The “Smashing Newsletter” is a comprehensive web design and web development source of tips, tricks, technologies and new ideas.

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    Whoah great, happy birthday! I’m reader of SM since 2007, I found very usefull information and inspiration here, with jaw-dropping resources. Like Samuel Yu wrote: “Too many good choices, hard to pick just one!”. I would like to see more mobile ui design inspiration and designing techniques and how to manage and build smart,rich content website :) Anyway subscribe to the newsletter, NOW! :D You won’t regret it, seriously … DO IT NOW! :]

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    Congratulations Smashing Magazine!!

    Thank you all at Smashing Magazine for all Tips & Tricks you given and for all good inspirations. Being an html developer, I like the article Responsive Web Design Guidelines and Tutorials last year. Love the newsletter because it keeps me informed on all modern web technologies.

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    Martin Martinez

    March 7, 2012 9:51 am

    Being a web designer and not liking Smashing is like saying your a catholic but you’re just not into that “jesus character”.

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    The Smashing Newsletter is one of the few mails I’m happy to find in my inbox ;) Love the way it keeps me creative and informed about the world of web and graphic design! Love it, keep up the good work and the high quality of your posts!

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    I would love recieve one of those books!
    I do enjoy your newsletter a lot, most because of information about coming web- and developer-trends :)

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    What I love about the Smashing Newsletter is the massive variety there is to each newsletter – it doesn’t matter what your creative profession is as with the Smashing Newsletter there’s sure to be at least a couple of relevant articles to you. It’s great that you can reach such a wide audience and still manage to feel like you’re personally providing us with targeted info and what we want to see and read.

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    I don’t remember the exact letter that it was included in, but my fav or at least most memorable was the tip about the “Jquery Timelinr” plugin, I hadn’t seen that before. On that day I was working hard to visualize a “Company history”-page in a nice way for a client, and that newsletter just made my day and the history page looks awesome now!

    So thanks for pointing it out for me! :)

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    Great step !!! Congrats Smashing Mag !!!

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    Alexander Bickov

    March 7, 2012 11:03 am

    SM is a place of high quality content for designers

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    Congrats guys!

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    OMG! You have a newsletter? How could I have missed it?!
    I TOTALLY have to subscribe!

    EDIT: Subscribed :)

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    Its impossible to name only 1 !! Those were all great!!
    ~ CONGRATULATIONS ~ to you SM and to us subscribers too.

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    I have been reading the Smashing Newsletter since it first launched 2 years ago. I find it very useful – it’s my favourite web design/development newsletter. I wouldn’t know about a lot of these resources if they hadn’t been mentioned in the newsletter. The ASCII pronunciation rules post was particularly interesting. The DocPool site is also very useful. My favourite book on the prize list is the one called “Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement”.

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    First of All Congratulations! and amazing giveaway :)….would really love to have a book from the collection,specially Adaptive Web Design.
    I Really love the way you guys have designed the structure for newsletters.
    However i would love to see more links on book reviews ,HTML5 /CSS3/ JavaScript , Usability(currently ur offering some great links on twitter as well ).
    Lastly All the best and thanks for Inspiring.

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    Always fresh and inspiring! Keep it up, please :)

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    That’s the most interesting recopilation on the web! Great inspiration. Thanks SM team! I want one of those books :)

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    Smashing newsletter is always great reading – it nocites me of articles I have missed on web. I have no particular favorite posts – you usually select really good ones!

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    I’ve always been a regular reader of smashing magazine’s newsletters and all I can say is, “They are amazing!!!” I absolutely loved all the posts- especially the ones that instruct freelance designers. I’d like to see more of them in future…
    Turn 20 and I’ll still be here to comment!! I LOVE IT!!!

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    Wow! I didn’t realize i was receiving Smashing Newsletter for so much time: subscribed before #4! It’s always great to read awesome resources about new ways to develop my work better. Thank you very much for Smashing Mag Team. Greetings from Brazil!

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    March 7, 2012 12:30 pm

    It’s rare to find an email newsletter that you actually want to subscribe to and would look forward to receiving in your inbox. I’ve just signed up after seeing the quality of the content and the inspirational design and art contained within. Very good job!

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    I’d love to see a feature of wordpress sites pushing the boundaries of what people think WP is capable of. It’d be a nice “in your face” on people who keep saying wordpress can’t do this and that and a great “tool” for us developers to use when trying to persuade clients hesitant to the CMS.

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    Congratulations, it is almost impossible to just pick one article – or even a few. Sometimes i have to go all the way back to old articles – besides looking up the current posts – because they are still accurate and crisp.

    I often catch myself looking up a certain post and end up getting stuck on the site because i discover this, and that and “oh, this one is very nice as well”.

    Thanks for covering such a variety with that quality.
    Keep up the great work. I’m looking forward to see what is coming up next!

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    Congratulations Smashing Magazine!! .. Congratulations for WEB WORLD

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    Just want to say thanks to all of Smashing magazine’s team for all the great work they have done for 2 years.

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    The smashing mag newsletter amongst a couple of others are a major source of learning new techniques. The smashing books are great too, the writers are to the point and obviously have an in depth knowledge of the subjects being discussed. If I were to recommend another newsletter it would be appsumo they offer great deals everyday all related to web design and development.

    Congrats on 2 years and hopefully we will see more great articles in the future. Cheers.

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    Smashing Magazine newsletter is very usefull, every web designer should read it!

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    Its quite difficult task to pick the best, as all are best… !!! Keep igniting the minds….. cheers !

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    Smashing Newsletter?
    Very usefull tools, tips, guidelines, tutorials, showcases and much more!
    Pure R’n’R for Web Professionals ;)

    Congratulations guys!


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    Congratulations Smashing Magazine!
    In fact, SM are the only news that really read. Thanks!

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    Smashing Newsletter are always elegant and eloquent. Full of color and inspiration. Good job :)

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    Great content! Very timely and useful info. Thanks!

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    I get a lot of my interesting news, reviews and web design tips from Smashingmag. I just subscribed to the Smashingmag newsletter and I am excited to recieve more great web features directly through email! I already recommended following @smashingmag to my friends on Twitter! If you like web design, try subscribing to Smashingmag as well!


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    Wow ! Happy birthday smashing newsletter :)
    Best wishes

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    Congratulations guys!

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    I’m using the HTML5 WHITEBOARD MAGNETS quite often and they keep on remembering me on your newsletter! Thank you!

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    Emil Grochulski

    March 7, 2012 2:05 pm

    Smashing Magazine is a great source of knowledge for all people who create the Internet content. Always the newest information and a professional aproach! I like SM very much, but till today I didn’t know that you distribute your newsletter!
    I’ve just subscribed and I’m sure that I won’t regret :)

    When I subscribed your newsletter I was moved on page: “… Check Your Email”.
    I’m just wondering if it was’t be good to display the subscribed e-mail address on that page.
    For example:
    “We’ve just sent you a confirmation email at your address:

    Then I would be sure that I gave a correct address.
    (That thought came to me when I waited for a while for your confirmation e-mail)

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    Keep it going :) we surely enjoy Smashing Magazine and we couldn´t live without it.. :)

    I am bit ashamed to say that I did not subscribe to the newsletter, I guess I was too lazy to do it, I prefer selecting my articles

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    Really inspiring and informative. Keep up the good work!

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    The smashing newsletter is amazing. It is probably the only newsletter I actually read and look forward to getting :).

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    K . S . Karthick Murari

    March 7, 2012 2:15 pm

    You are rocking!

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    Loved the one about Design Seeds, did not know that existed! I visit Smashing mag more than once a day every day, its a great source of information!

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    Happy anniversary smashing newsletter!

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    Great newsletter.

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    giovanni marascalchi

    March 7, 2012 2:31 pm

    Keep up the good work, while I choose my favourite SM post!

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    Congrats on 2 years. As I get more and more into Web Development and design work, I find your newsletter has articles that really help me learn. Keep up the great work.

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    Congrats on 2 years of newsletters. I love reading it in the morning and always save it for later, there is so much great info and articles in it. I bought the first Smashing book a while back and just got 2 and 3 for my kindle, and the newsletter is a great extension of these. My favorite article was the one on “how to chose a typeface” really informative and I go back to it alot.
    Keep up the great work.

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    Congratulations Smashing Magazine
    Two years and still the same success – you do really a great job.
    I really like your posts, and always waiting for the newsletters.
    Thanks and keep the great work!

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    Smashing Magazine has been nothing but an inspiration to me for years. I started design at 16 y/o in high school and now 5 years later I could have never imagined I’d be where I am! Also the Smashing Network is fantastic, so much powerful information for designers & web developers.

    kudos to the Smashing Team for a wonderful 2011 and much love from the US out to the Germany HQ!

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    Vlad Zinculescu

    March 7, 2012 3:33 pm

    I get really excited when I see the GMail notification popping up with the Smashing Newsletter. It’s a great source of inspiration, but it’s sad wasn’t featured… yet! :)) Have a smashing birthday!

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    I’ve never received the newsletter but I just signed up for it. Smashing Magazine has always been a great resource for me and my marketing firm. Thanks!

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    I (probably) WIN!

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    Hey guys at Smashing magazine, I must say that its been a few weeks since I signed up for the newsletter feed and I gotta say I am very pleased with the high quality content that you guys have provided us with in the newsletters that it has really helped me become a better designer. Right now I’m a beginner, just starting out and constantly search on this site for not only tutorials but with the high quality content provided here in terms of tips as well as inspiration has really helped me polish my design skills. Even though I signed up to the newsletter a few weeks ago, I have gone back through the archives and looked at past newsletter editions and I was very happy with what I saw in terms of content.

    I strongly recommend people to sign up to the Smashing Newsletter as they will provide designers with the latest tips, tutorials and techniques that are used out in the industry right now as it is vital to keep up the latest skills sets being adapted. I feel it is a great resource for designers to have and would greatly benefit their overall development as a designer, I know it has done that for me.

    So for that I say thank you to the team at Smashing magazine and have a pleasant and successful 2012 :)

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    The Smashing Magazine Newsletter is truly the first newsletter I have ever subscribed to where I read every article from every newsletter…and I’m no spring chicken. I use the newsletter as one of my main resources for learning new design techniques and trends. It’s a valuable source of information to me. Please keep them coming!

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    Since I bought the first smashing magazine book, (lol I remember there were delays on production because it was the first. I want the lastest books, but will have to wait til my student budget allows it.) which was worth the wait btw, I have been recieving and reading the newsletter.

    I have been particularly interested in the typography postings as I am a print designer and I do some web design as well. I am a Master’s student and I find this site helpful for some of my course work which says a lot. There is always something that draws my attention in the newsletters, and provides some sort of inspiration and draws me back here to check on other posts. I highly recommend subscribing… =)

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    Cristina Almanza

    March 7, 2012 4:19 pm

    I love love smashing magazine. In a world where there is so many pseudo designers and so much bad design you guys always keep in mind the good standards and the importance of typography and the aesthetic design elements, that so many forget. Not only that, but you merge the new ongoing technology trends and good online standards. Being a graphic designer that started before the web revolutionized; its always refreshing to find a place where I can approach this area and good advice on it. This is something that as designer is fuel for the mind. There is nothing better than coming to your website and reading or just looking, when the daily routine can get on the way of great design, All I can say is I always look forward to your newsletter thank you again and please keep the good work.

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    Alexander Kazachkov

    March 7, 2012 4:21 pm

    I am a new subscriber and stopped at the past newsletter section.
    It is amazing how much information you pack in every of your issues. I saw only two, but they are very good!
    I’ve found good information which you wouldn’t find in that short time!

    Will see further in reading your upcoming issues!

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    Smashing Magazine newsletter is really great, useful in its kind, full of inspiring articles and well executed! a really nice job keep it up!

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    Stephane Duplessis

    March 7, 2012 4:38 pm

    “THE ART OF THE TITLE SEQUENCE” has been a good source of inspiration for a Fashion related web site project I’m currently working on. I really do like the tiling concept and will be introducing some flavor of it in one of my proposals.

    Smashing content is always top notch… please keep it coming.

    Can’t wait for my copy of the Smashing Book #3 (pre-ordered) the ebook bundle ;)

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    Your newsletters are nice and useful as always!
    Hope i get these books! ;)

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    While I haven’t been a subscriber for two years, I can definitely say that the information that I have always received from Smashing Magazine is always useful, relevant, and insightful. Here’s to another two years!

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    I really love your newsletter. Congratulations Smashing Magazine!!


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    The Smashing Magazine newsletter is amazing. Typically I stop everything I’m doing when it hits my inbox so I can glean cutting edge knowledge. The articles are always relevant and I learn something from every newsletter I receive. Thank you for providing such an awesome resource!

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    Happy birthday, Smashing Email Newsletter!

    So you wanna know why I read it? Well, ’cause it’s awesome! Want specifics? Well, in addition to providing excellent tutorials, tools and resources for web designers, you go the extra mile and always find something that brightens my day. I love that you include links to things like DesignersMX and Death to Comic Sans. Once you add up all those little extras with the top-notch web design resources, you get the best email newsletter around!

    Thanks and know that we appreciate your hard work, Smashing Mag!

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    Oh, I need to get my hands on that Tilt: Visualizer today!

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    Happy birthday, Smashing Email Newsletter!

    great info and resource I can get from email newsletter.


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    Love your articles, I find nearly all of them very helpful. I hope I win a book :)


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    Happy Birthday Smashing Newsletter! Your “twos” will most certainly not be terrible.

    I love reading about the projects that other designers have come up with, and I always take something away from each issue – even if i don’t utilize it right away.

    Thank you for helping me become a more thoughtful designer!

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    There are countless referencess on the web for web design and development and it can ofthen feel overwhelming if you look in your Google Reader and see 40 new articles in just one day. The first articles I read are those of the Smashing Magazine because you can rely on their information quality.
    What I really like are the many great ressources I found through your articles.

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    Louis-Philippe Dea

    March 7, 2012 5:54 pm

    The Smashing Newsletters make me discover (every week!) a lot of new websites and ressources about new technologies or just about inspiration. Keep the good work going guys!

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    Happy 2nd Birthday!

    I’m a new to Smashing Magazine and new to web design in general, and I’ve browsed all kinds of sources on the web for great articles. Smashing Magazine has the best. I’ve been recommending it to my classmates at college!

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    Andrea Robertson

    March 7, 2012 6:37 pm

    I wasn’t even aware there was a Smashing newsletter until this post, and now I wonder how I’ve lived without out. Looking forward to receiving some great content in my mailbox in the near future!

    Keep it awesome, Smashing!

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    Bagshik Ghulumian

    March 7, 2012 6:39 pm

    Congratulations to the Smashing Team !

    I’ve recently subscribed to the Smashing Newsletter to get the latest updates. Every time I get a new mail I’m excited to read it because of the great content !

    So if you’re a designer / developer, then you’ve already heard of the Smashing Magazine. To get even more out of it, subscribe to the newsletter !

  283. 284

    Keep up the great work Smashing Mag. Your newsletter is probably the only one I actually look at in my inbox.

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    Wow 2 years already! Congrats. I remember the first post when you were talking about launching it.

    I think the best thing about the newsletter is the consolidation of information into one package. Instead of skewering the web looking for the latest coding projects, library’s or Photoshop tutorial, you consolidate a lot of it.

    I often click on the majority of the links and check them out tab by tab.

    I encourage you to send more as a lot of designer/developers time is limited, it’s impossible to keep up without driving your wife and family insane.

    Thanks again for all your efforts

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    2 years? wow.. That’s gone quick…

    Congrats guys, keep up the amazing work =)

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    Great way how to be in touch with latest things from the world of design!!!!!!

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    Suleiman Leadbitter

    March 7, 2012 9:24 pm

    The reason I believe anyone with the slightest interest in web design or development should subscribe to the newsletter is because it is a handy digest of the quality & exclusive articles that have been posted on Smashing Magazine. I have seen the quality rise over the years & it is quite evident. The articles are not only free but they are at the level of the leading printed magazines & more up to date.

    I have used Smashing Magazine as one of my main news (as well as handy wallpaper) resources for some time now but even now & then something cool slips past me that I notice on the email newsletter. It seems easier to skim & pick out certain topics this way also.

    Thank you, keep up the superb work & congratulations on the beginnings of your newsletter success :)

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    Smashing Magazine is my favorite go-to place for help with coding, design, wordpress and typography. The articles are insightful, free and current.

    Thank you!!!

  289. 290

    Two years already, you must be kidding me. I just love, i constantly refresh my mailtool to see if something smashing rolls ing.

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    Your newsletter is a ‘must read’ – condensed, resourceful and, surprisingly, never boring. Good luck!

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    Smashing Newsletter is one of the few valuable newsletters, and the only one that I read top to toe.
    Keep it up!

  292. 293

    I’ve read the newletters from #1 (2 years!). They’re full of useful, interesting, entertaining articles. Continue. Thanks!

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    I love the website as a whole! A fellow web designer passed the URL onto me and now it’s my first stop for everything. Staying atop of the market is knowing the craziest, latest technologies that make it such a fun place to be! This site goes above and beyond, congrats on such a great job!

  294. 295

    I didn’t know about the Smashing Newsletter – but I do now and I’ve subscribed. Looking forward to getting it!!

  295. 296

    The Smashing Newsletter is one of the few newsletter I’m happy to receive in my inbox. Love the way it keeps me creative and informed about the world of web and graphic design! Love it, keep up the good work and the high quality of your posts!

  296. 297

    Your newletter is awesome!! The thing about Smashing is you guys are always on top of the game, which in turn keeps me up to date and on top of my game. It really is what i enjoy about the newsletters, keeping up on everything. The new trends, new standards, etc. Love it! Please keep it coming! And keep up the Great Work!!

  297. 298

    I’ve been subscribed since the first one, and I have been thrilled with the content. Needless to say, I have picked up quite a few tips and tricks from the Newsletters over the past couple years. Thanks for helping to keep me focused and excited about Design and Development!

  298. 299

    I don’t know why I didn’t subscribe before, if you are giving such great knowledge as what you put on this post…..either way, I’m on it now. I can’t wait to see what else you bring.

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    It’s Simply SMASHING!

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    Love the blog and newsletter. Would love to win! I just like staying updated on the latest web design trends and find it very useful when creating my own website.

  301. 302

    this newsletter is great.
    Very informative. :)

  302. 303

    Great newsletter.

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    sheik mohaideen A

    March 8, 2012 7:20 am

    No one can simply compare smashing with any other websites.
    The encyclopedia for web design and development … :-) :-) ..
    The great newsletter is prety cool and informative with nicely crafted rich articles …
    Thank you smashing!

  304. 305

    This is the only newsletter I have ever subscribed for. I like that all the interesting things are in one e-mail, and I can take cup off tee and simple enjoy all new and useful stuff without browsing around. Thank you SM team!

  305. 306

    I think all you newsletter are highly relevant, and a great read. Keep up the good work!

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    Please (randomly) select my comment and let me win. Yeach!

  307. 308

    That’s how we should design a newsletter. Very interesting articles, nothing to change.
    Keep it the same way dudes!

  308. 309

    Keep rocking smashing… you guys always have the best quality content, and written articles and newsletters!

  309. 310

    keep the pace! amazing works here! :D

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    Vladimir Komarov

    March 8, 2012 11:28 am

    Wish you all the best!

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    Daniel Mckendry

    March 8, 2012 11:32 am

    I never subscribe to newsletters, but i signed up to the Smashing Magazine newsletter at the end of may last year and it’s great, they keep me updated on what’s going on and never full my inbox with useless stuff, a new newsletter 2 or 3 times a month with plenty of things i want to know, very much worth signing up to, i even have a folder in my inbox exclusively for the smashing magazine newsletters so i can read through them all again. I check this site everyday, the amount of detail that goes into every post is great for me and even more now with the new site design the website responds to my blackberry browser which it never did before, so when i’m away from the computer and can’t do any work, instead of bringing out an old design book (usually a ‘smashing’ book) i’ve already read over and over i can bring out my mobile and read through the smashing magazine archives, you could say that i’m addicted to reading smashing mag on my mobile now,
    anyway definately worth signing up to the newsletter, and happy birthday smashing newsletter, more than 100,000 readers is a hell of an achievement.

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    Smasing newsletter is one of those few which you don’t unsibscribe after a couple of mails, but wait for it every single week.

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    The Smashing newsletter is amazing. So many great articles! I only wish it came every week instead of every other.

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    Great Newsletter!

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    Smashing magazine is one of the best resources I’ve found for designers and web developers. I find the Font articles the most interesting. Signing up is a no-brainer for designers/developers.

  316. 317

    Gosh…I have been visiting you guys for last two years and I didn’t thought of subscribing to the newsletter until right now:)) may be it wasn’t visible enough?? but definitely looking forward to the great stuff and insights.

    God Bless You SM

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    Win! :D

  318. 319

    I think I don’t need the newsletter because i’m “watching” the website almost everyday :P

  319. 320

    Love the blog and posts are always very interesting and educating. I would love to win!

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    The Smashing newsletter is a reminder of having a break at work. I honestly sometimes don’t even open it, but I go straight happily to the Smashing webpage as soon as I see it. Smashing is a great source of very inspiring articles, resources and conversation starters. If I need to recommend another good newsletter I would said brainpickings, and I read about it here last year, in an article about newsletters.

  321. 322

    I absolutely love everything about Smashing Magazine and their newsletter! All the articles are so inspirational and really make me want to be a better and more creative web designer! My favorite part of Smashing Mag is the freebie icons! I have a small icon addiction. :-D Thanks SM!

  322. 323

    Love love your newsletter! I often find almost all information useful and interesting, so thank you for that! My fav. article you have sent out in the past few weeks is probably the “The Future Of Screen Typography Is In Your Hands” Thanks guys for the hard work :)

  323. 324

    The newsletter I look forward to most. Great content and layout. Keep up the good work!

  324. 325

    Thank you, thank you thank you! I absolutely love the Smashing newsletter and website.

  325. 326

    It’s simply a great Newsletter…

  326. 327

    I appreciate your magazine – from information on fonts and HTML to your help with Photoshop and ideas for design. Thank you.

  327. 328

    The best place to come for design tips and tricks, and everything that is web design. Hard to pick a favorite out of all the wonderful newsletters – each outdoes the other (and then again when you look back).

  328. 329

    You guys are amazing…….. Awesome magazine for web designers & developers.

  329. 330

    As a Graphic & Web Designer breaking the mould by working in Zimbabwe, I find the newsletters extremely beneficial at staying on the front foot in this industry. Without much inspiration or designers around these parts its great to be inspired & see what is possible to strive for through others work!

    I love the diversity of design & help that comes through these updates, they really keep the excitement & endless possibilities of this industry high for me!

  330. 331

    ‘PANTONE The 20th Century in Color’ is my favority. People must subcribe newsletter for best works.

    Thanks Smashing…

  331. 332

    I’ve all your Smashing Newsletters starting from “Smashing Newsletter #1″ till “Smashing Newsletter #54″ in my mailbox. When I don’t have web access, I read the newsletters which is downloaded to my machine and that’s one advantage of the newsletter. I’ve the two Printed “Smashing Books” too. Smashing Magazine is at its best and I always love it and I recommend this to anyone either a Designer / Developer. I never wanted to miss any article here because I feel that each and every article is really useful and interesting to every Designer / Developer. Personally, I feel that we can have the article details short in the Newsletter so that we can add up more interesting articles and a short newsletter. Anyways we’ll be going to the website to check out the entire content.

    Keep up the great work!

  332. 333

    Its one of the few newsletters I actually read! It’s great!

  333. 334

    + 100.000 subscribers, that’s huge.

  334. 335

    Smashing magazine is always Inspiring

  335. 336

    The best Newsletter I recive!

  336. 337

    A friend just sent me your site and highly recommended it so I subscribed – now to go peruse your past issues :) Judging by the books you’re going to give away, I’d say I’m really going to love your newsletter. Thanks so much!

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    Abhilash R nair

    March 9, 2012 5:57 pm

    Smashing magazine has always been the first place that i had in mind whenever i wanted any inspiration or an advice. It has helped me whenever i was stuck during the regular deadlines. There had been times when we had less time and had to do a lot and the creative section in my brain used to be on strike sometimes. It was those times when i got a great help from smashing mag.

    Be it the website, the books or the smashing cat. smashing magazine is unique and rocks.

    And as far as the newsletters are concerned, smashing newsletters are among a couple of newsletters that i like subscribing to. They are very helpful to me. They are unique because they are educational and inspirational unlike most of the others which have mostly annoying adverts or offers.

    Dear smashing mag, YoU RoCk!!, YoU AlWaYs RoCk :)

  338. 339

    I subscribed as soon as I knew about your newsletter and I was never unsatisfied by its content. In each one I find something that interest me, and this is great :) I was a bit short of money lately, but I didn’t doubt about pre-ordering your Smashing Book #3 as well! I know it’s going to have great content in it.

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    Kinda sweet. Didn’t know there was a newsletter.

  340. 341

    For me, the year 2011 at SmashingMagazine isn’t highlighted by a single article but rather by an entire section: coding. Smashing published 82 articles in this section last year. All of them were excellent.

    As a self taught web developer, I can appreciate the difficulty of finding thorough, well written coding tutorials. Most sites contain poor code highlighting, abysmal CSS and unstructured articles. Smashing’s use of established designer/coders ensures a … of quality across all of its articles.

    Harry Roberts’ “Technical Web Typography: Guidelines and Techniques” is one of the standouts from last year’s Coding section. The author presents clear ideas in a well structured layout that is enhanced by the Smashing CSS. I worked through every tutorial in the article and by the end had a full understanding of the 960 Grid layout.

    Smashing makes learning easier. Keep up the good work.

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    Congrats! Here’s to 5 times as many years!

  342. 343

    Subscribe to this makes me one step ahead than others that don’t.

  343. 344

    Really like the newsletter, best thing is that content isn’t just compilation of latest posts from website.

  344. 345

    The Smashing Newsletter is just amazing. I always look forward to the next mail, the articles are just that great!

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    I wanna be a pro designer, I wanna win!

  346. 347

    Love the fact I don’t need to go to the website to read the full information, what I need is right there in the newsletter.

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    Philippe Comtesse

    March 11, 2012 3:44 pm

    I have just suscribed. Let’s read what’s hot about that!

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    Javier Gonzalez

    March 11, 2012 6:57 pm

    I love the smashing magazine newsletter! It’s one of the few newsletters in my email that I actually read! I’ve recommended it to so many people!

  349. 350

    i’m a web designer and Smashing Magazine is definitely my favorite reference/guide site for design. It has become my daily ‘paper’ every morning!

  350. 351

    My personal favourite HTML5, Please Use the new and shiny responsibly. Great newsletter from a great community, no reason not to sign up!

  351. 352

    I don’t really like newsletters, but when I do, it’s the Smashing Magazine Newsletter!
    It’s actually my favorite newsletter.

  352. 353

    I just started getting the newsletter last year. I’ve been subscribed to the Smashing Magazine feeds for a while now, so I’m surprised it took me so long to get on board! Even in addition to the feeds, it is an invaluable resource. Some of my favorite posts that I look forward to each month are the monthly wallpapers, and WordPress posts in particular.

  353. 354

    I LOVE your newsletter, the way excellent content comes to me and I just have to check my feeds not having any trouble in searching for it. Keep up the excellent work.
    Also keep up with the smashing book bundles…

  354. 355

    I love Smashing Magazine and its invaluable newsletter. It’s incredibly useful for inspiration, especially the showcases.

    I also recommend the Social Media Examiner newsletter for social media marketing insights.

  355. 356

    I love the site very much, now its becoming a necessity for every web developer and designer either novice or professional. It really helps alot in every aspect. I constantly get updated with latest technologies and tutorials. Yoou guyz rock

  356. 357

    Smashing Magazine always come up with awesome resources! Thumbs up!

  357. 358

    my favorite blog and newsletter update is very much helpful.


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