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Limited-Edition Posters Giveaway: Comment And Win!

Yesterday we described who we are1, and today it’s your turn to tell us your story. Looking back at where we’ve come from and where we are today, we see that one principle has not changed a bit over the years, and it is one of the core elements of our work: that is, we’ll go as far as it takes to deliver value and substance to you, our dear reader.

Smashing Cat has already got into the party mood.
We’re celebrating our sixth anniversary. Apparently, the Smashing Cat has already got into the party mood.

We measure success not by traffic and not by the number of advertising spots sold, but by the amount of value an article provides you with. And to measure that, we quantify the attention an article receives and the overall feedback it gets in comments, blog posts and social channels. We listen to you, and we listen carefully. Our team reads through each and every email and tweet sent to us, and we also double-check comments that get marked as “spam” and approve the legitimate ones. Every meaningful comment contributes to the discussion and helps us further improve the quality of our content. And that’s a huge deal for us.

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But with such rigorous standards and high expectations, failing is very easy. Therefore, it’s crucial for us to learn how Smashing Magazine has helped you over the years, what you like and dislike and what you’d like to be different in future.

And since the greatness of a birthday party depends on how much the guests are into it, we kindly ask you to share your feedback, thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Where do you live? How well recognized is Smashing Magazine in your area and among the people you know? How has Smashing Magazine helped you in your career? What has been the most memorable article for you? Which author drives you nuts most often? What do you miss in Smashing Magazine? Whether you feel like replying to all of these questions or just to one, we are genuinely interested in hearing what’s on your mind, and we look forward to reading your answers:

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Among all the commenters, we’ll raffle 30 sets of exclusive poster prints. Each set contains six prints of some of the best entries from our “Redesign the Web, Redesign the World” poster competition. The prints are limited editions and were printed especially for this giveaway. They would definitely look nice on your office or studio wall!

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Some of the best entries in the “Redesign the Web, Redesign the World”3 poster competition.

We sincerely appreciate your time and support, and we look very much forward to your feedback!

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    Happy birthday!
    Thank you for all the great tutorials and of course for the great smashing books!

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    Happy Bday SmashMag! Every single details of Smashing Magazine inspiring me. When I need a bit of creativity boost and not in the mood in reading articles, I randomly picked any Smashing Magazine archive and start from there. The pictures, the colors, the hue, the font, the gradient, the curve, the lines…sort of offer me a starting creative point. In the future I hope Smashing Magazine feature more rich multimedia contents and more tutorials(short or lengthy doesnt matter-both graphic and web dev) for webdevNdesign newbie like me.

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    Happy BirhDay Smashing Magazines !

    Four year i’am here, thank’s a lot for all.

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    Smashing Magazine has been a part of my digital life since 2008, you guys are awesome! Happy 6th Birthday, Looking good!


    I wanna win, I wanna win, I wanna win…

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    happy birthday!!

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    Wooo happy bday guys! :)

    I’ve followed the website for the past year or so. I think your articles are great and really really helpful. I’m just a hobbyist and your articles are still easy to read and understandable.

    Also love your monthly wallpapers! I think it’s great you showcase so many different designers across the web.

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    Happy Anniversary Smashing Magazine, Thank you for bringing us knowledge.

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    Hey happy birthday!

    I am writing form Italy and both me and my boyfriend are following you since long time!
    I am mostly interested in web design, social media and SEO ’cause it’s my business.
    Thank you for the giveaway BTW

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    Happy anniversary Smash Mag!

    I’m a Technical Analyst from London, UK and I was recommended this site by a work mate a few years ago when I decided to delve into the world of web development. I started to frequently read the articles on this site and I gradually gained valuable information on development concepts, key points to keep in mind when developing efficiently and various ways to improve my work. I now check this site every day without fail!

    At first I was a beginner but now I consider myself proficient in coding; I believe this site was one of the main reasons I am now a professional in the development field. I have progressed from creating basic HTML/CSS sites for individuals to project managing and coding for larger corporate sites and CMS systems.

    I always recommend this site to anyone looking to get into coding and design and will continue to support the awareness of this site when I can.

    Once again happy anniversary!

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    Happy B’day SmashingMagazine. Would like to say thank you so much. You are GOOGLE in the web and mobile world. Cheers!! to it and keep posting the amazing stuff..

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    6 years! :) You have done well in these 6 years. Wishing smashing mag a smashing time ahead! Happy Birthday!
    I come here for sound advice on WordPress, some quick tips – its always refreshing to surf through smashing magazine. And ofcourse we all like the freebies.
    What could be improved – maybe smashing mag can have hangouts some time so the smashing mag fans can pick up some tips here and there.
    I am from Kashmir running a small graphic design studio – and smashing does provide inspiration indeed!

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    Happy birthday and thank you for all the great work you put into great tutorials and articles. And of course for the great books, loved every single one =) Please keep up the good work .

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    Happy B’day SM. You are one of my inspiration and favorite. Looking forward to see more info, inspiration and useful articles along the way when you get older ;).

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    Abhilash Ramadasan

    September 6, 2012 11:17 am

    Congratulation Smashing magazine for completing your “6” Successful years.
    Regards to smashing cat :) Would like to meet him someday :)

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    Every day, first thing in the morning, I am heading to your site looking forward to get new stuff to read and view. You enable us to be always on the front in terms of technology and design. Especially your galleries are an inspiring source. Even for the time I am offline, you provide your books.
    You definitely make the web a better place! Keep your quality!

    One negative issue: you shut down the smashing network news feed. :-( That feed was awesome and made it quasi impossible to miss anything in terms of web design.

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    Happy Birthday Smashing Magazine !
    I have been following you guys almost daily, as a daily read with my morning cup of coffee.
    The thing i like about this place is probably not the daily update’s and articles,
    but the discussion that some articles tend to create between fellow webmasters and designers. Very usefull!

    I would say, keep up the good work!

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    Happy birthday and thank you for all the great work you put into your tutorials and articles. And of course for the great books, love them!

    I’m an art student from germany, so this site is quite popular within my university. We often use interesting articles and tutorials to upgrade our work, so very helpfull so far – please keep up the good work ;)

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    Smashing magazine was introduced to me during an internship while I was still at university. Since then it’s been my go-to for web tips, typography oggling and vectors. In my current job (an ecommerce graphic designer in London), there is a running joke between my old line manager and I – when I first started I had loads of interesting web design chat, and he would always ask me where I had read these things and how I knew all these random bits. I would reply “oh it was an article on a design blog – I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, it’s called smashing magazine”. After that introduction, he became an avid reader and would start telling me all of the interesting articles he had read, always finishing with “I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, it’s called smashing magazine”. Even now he’s left, he still emails me about articles he’s read here, asking if I’ve heard of the ‘little known’ blog called smashing magazine.

    Anyway – happy birthday! Thanks for all the tips, anf for keeping me in the loop.

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    Webdesign is a tough job, exploring all the cool stuff you do, without the chance to step further here in germany because people here are slow. Smashing Magazine has set standards for me since I started my carreer. Thank you so much for this!

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    Yes – happy birthday Smashing Magazine! Thanks to help me learn about the web and improve my skills throughout all the years. Cheers!

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    Just a quick thanks for all the great work you put here day in and day out.

    Keep on!

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    You learnt me such amazing things through each of you posts!
    Just an amazing source!!

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    Happy Birthday!

    As a web design student, SM has been a great source of information! All the articles are fresh and inspiring. The whole site adds perfectly to the material I get taught in school and allows me to expand my knowlegde.
    My carreer is only just beginning and I hope SM will be there until the very end of it!

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    Love the SmashingMagazine website – great tutorials and information. And the books are also really cool – and more importantly correctly priced!! Would really love those posters!

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    Oh dear! We already wished you a happy birthday yesterday on Twitter, but Smashing Magazine is such a muse and essential resource for our work that we have to wish you all the best one more time. Not just a year older, but a year better. Keep up great work! (Yeah, we want poster!)

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    kathy kyle bonomini

    September 6, 2012 11:41 am

    i am confident i can count on you and your team to help with expert advice, inspiration, and insight. thank you and felicidades!

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    Great tutorials and interesting reads that keep me up to speed with the forever changing web. And you always have the best free to use fonts. Thank you Smashing Magazine, you are truly awesome!

    Happy Birthday!

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    Happy Birthday Smashing Magazine!

    Thanks for all the great advice and resources that have helped to develop my skills and become a better web designer/developer :-)

    Please keep the great content coming!

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    Happy Birthday Smashing Mag.

    You helped me through a lot of problems and I also won a AppsWorld 2012 ticket :)

    Your awesome :)

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    Happy birthday Smashing Magazine !

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    Hazzar for Smashing Magazine and congratulations on your sixth birthday. I applaud the success of your fine work! I know that I, and many others in the fields of design and development, would have much harder working lives without your daily doses of fantastic technical and inspirational wizardry!

    Thanks for helping my career out! And one more thing…may I please have a poster?

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    happy birthday!!!! i read you everyday, and your books are so useful. thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, i’m learning and enjoying a lot!

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    Firstly happy birthday! in South africa you would be in your first school year…which is relevant because I have been designing for almost more than a year and smashingmag has been my main go-to site to learn everything webby. When I see that orange bird in my twitter timeline I go from coding mode to reading mode. Thank you for all the great content and for expanding my knowledge.

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    Happy BIithday, SmahingMag!

    When will be the next MeetUp in your office!? :)

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    Herzlichen Glückwunch SM!!!

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    Happy Birthday ! Thx for all the amazing work!

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    Happy Birthday <3 from Moldova, republic of.

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    Monica Messaggi Kaya

    September 6, 2012 11:59 am

    Happy Birthday Smashing Magazine!
    I’m a designer/developer – tough combination sometimes (it is not always easy to do both properly!) and your articles kept my sanity in check! I really like the technical stories and software/tools tips and tricks. But I have to say that some of my favourite ones are about Inspiration and how to let the “creative juices” flowing and instigate innovation. The latest post “Changing Perspective: A New Look At Old Problems” reached me in a moment of need! And so many other posts that helped me to either improve production or the creativity in my work. Many thanks for that and please continue writing great posts!!! :)

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    Happy Birthday! Zum Geburtstag! С днем рождения! Joyeux anniversaire! ハッピーバースデートゥーユー

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    Hi! Happy birthday Smashing magazine! I follow you always, and I learned a lot from you! You are a reference point in the web. Thanks of all!

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    Happy Birthday SmashingMag!

    A truely big round of applause for insightful articles, useful commentary, a high frequency of posts and a wide variety of content. Please please please keep the opinionated articles coming, they inspire us all to comment and give our own opinions.

    One thing I’d love to see get a little more attention is any “friends of smashing” you have. My favourite thing about the web dev blog industry is the cross linking, I love to move from one site to another picking up the latest and greatest articles, tutorials and opinions.

    Great job – keep it all coming.

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    Happy Birthday Mr/Ms Smashing! ~ As sung by Marilyn Monroe!!

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    smashing magazine is my first web magazine because of its awesome content
    happy birthday Smashing magazine
    and special Thx to Smashing Team.

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    Happy Birthday and thanks for the interesting articles you post!

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    Happy birthday my Freiburg friends!
    Hope to see you grow and get better and better everyday!

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    Smashing Magazine has changed my life

    After leaving school in 1999 I was left with a choice. Apply for college or go out to work? As the economy was booming at the time and it was so easy to walk into a job i decided to start working and skip college. I got my first job in mechanics which I did not like, however I stayed at it for four years before moving on and joining the building trade. The next six years were spent working on building sites in the cold weather doing a job I also hated. Then the recession hit and things just couldn’t get any worse. No job, no skills and what seemed like no future. Then one day I found a site called it felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders and a path had been set for me in my life. I suddenly started to think positive about my future and I am now half way through studying for a degree in computer science (distance learning) and working as a web developer.

    That is cutting a long story short of how the discovery of smashing magazine changed my life. I wake up happy, love going to work and love life. Find a job you enjoy and you will never work a day in your life. Never thought that was possible before, but now I know it is.

    If I had never stumbled across smashing magazine I would probably never have found the path I was supposed to take. Thank You.

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    After five years of studying at the university, I was ready to take on the world (and a job). While domination has not been achieved, buta job has been landed and it was so very far away from what my Masters degree was in.

    One day, a co-worker said to me I should look at Smashing Magazine and suddenly I started to “get” what my job was about. I started to appreciate all the little details on web design, and design overall, and started to get a better understanding of what I could do, and should do, when working with clients and making everything better.

    So while Smashing hasn’t been in my world for more then a year, it’s been a year of redefining myself and what I see as the internet, and how it is built. I’ve started to understand more and see more, and Smashing has proven a daily source of insight and new ideas that I can bring with me to discuss at work or at home with my girlfriend. It’s made my life much more awesome, and thats really pretty cool. It also makes it really easy to say happy birthday, and thanks for (probably) keeping me employed

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    Smashing Magazine did not help me become a better designer/developer/etc.. It’s true … it didn’t. Should they be blamed for this fact? Maybe…

    Now you’re wondering why i am bringing a critical point of view into discussion on the day SM celebrates its birthday. I am doing it because it is a correct point of view.

    The truth is the one stated in the first paragraph but with a little salt and pepper to be added.

    The salt and pepper states that SM did not help me become a better designer/developer but it did help me understand why i am working in this business, why we all create designs and code back-end interfaces which is, in my opinion, the true purpose of this website. The articles reach the deepest questions (about web tips, typos, vectors, layouts, responsive media etc.) you have about how you can become a creative mind and answers them in a way anyone can understand.

    That made me a better individual who, now, can look at the world with a different view!

    Thank you Smashing Magazine (+ all the staffz0rs) and have a happy birthday!

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    Happy Birthday to you, the SmashingMag Team!

    I’ve been one of your passionate readers for 3 years now, adore everything – your books, website design, newsletter. I’ve been a content manager, a copywriter, and an advertising manager, so I do love your content style, and yes get inspired a lot by it!

    I’m from Minsk, Belarus, and can tell you that we have lots of Web and Digital companies, agencies, and studios, who keep an eye on everything you do. Hey, you are kind of trend-setters – so keep up the great work ;)

    That’s such a miracle I once found your website, googling for some content ideas. You are truly awesome, thanks for being with us all this time!


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    Smashing Mag is invaluable to me; I use it to both be inspired by the work of others and also to keep up with everything that’s going on in the web design and development world. My favourite article recently has been the one on the Art of Staying Up to Date– something that Smashing Magazine helps me to do on a daily basis. I work as a graphic, UX, and web designer, and it’s awesome to have a place to go that has insightful articles and resources for everything. It can be overwhelming in the web world to keep up with everything that’s going on, so thanks for being so discerning and thoughtful in your writing– it’s saved me countless headaches. Thank you and happy birthday!


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