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The Smashing Editor’s Choice: A Free eBook

Nearly half a year ago, we introduced our eBook subscription model, also known as the Smashing Library. We knew we were onto something good, realizing that the Smashing Library was the next step in offering quality content — at a price you’ll still be able to afford all of the coffee you need to stay up long enough to read the entire library and, of course, the free eBooks.

The Smashing Editor's Choice - A free eBook

To give you a taste of what to expect from the eBooks in the Smashing Library, we are happy to present you with The Smashing Editor’s Choice: A Smashing Library Treata free eBook that contains a wide range of topics, including new coding techniques, user experience strategies and more.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: May 2013

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd.

The Green Bear

This creativity mission has been going on for over five years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for May 2013. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

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Pre-Order Your Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives On Web Design

Update (24.04.2013): A standalone eBook Bundle option is now available as well. The bundle contains two eBooks — for iBooks, Kindle, Nook and most other eBook readers and devices.

It’s that time of the year again: We’ve started working on a brand new Smashing Book! The book will be as ambitious as it is beautiful — a unique, extraordinary artefact, filled with valuable insight for Web designers and developers.

The Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design will consist of two hardcover books, “Coding” and “Design,” each with approximately eight chapters, both neatly packaged into one slipcase. New Perspectives will have practical tips on current practices and common design problems. We strongly believe in print and in the benefits of tangible books. And this time, we’d like to invite you to join us as we embark on the journey of publishing!

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: April 2013 (Easter Edition)

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for over five years now, and we are very thankful to all the designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - April 2013 (Easter Edition)

This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for April 2013. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
  • You can feature your work in our magazine by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?
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Brands Icons And Color Style Guides (100 Icons, PNG, CSS)

Another weekend, and yet another freebie. Today, we are happy to feature a useful icon set, the Simple Icons by Dan Leech. Dan's set contains 100 PNG icons for popular websites, apps and organisations, all in eleven sizes (16, 24, 32, 48, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048 and 4096 pixels squared).

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The white icons have transparent backgrounds, which makes them ridiculously simple to style with CSS. As a bonus, simpleicons.org maintains a list of official background colour values that can be used in conjunction with the icons, thoroughly researched and derived from official branding guidelines of each brand.

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Videos And Interviews With Brad Frost, Andy Clarke and Nicole Sullivan

Today we are happy to release three more exclusive interviews as well as two Smashing Conference videos featuring Brad Frost, Andy Clarke and Nicole Sullivan. You can check out even more conference interviews and talks by Jeremy Keith, Rachel Andrew and Stephen Hay.

Exclusive Videos And Interviews (Part 2)

In case you are wondering whether Smashing Conference 2013 will take place or not, the answer is a definitive "yes!", so please make sure to stay tuned to not miss it this year!

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: March 2013

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for over five years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: March 2013

This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for March 2013. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

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