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Smashing Newsletter Challenge… And Giveaway!

It's time for something brand new and exciting on Smashing Magazine. Actually, we have quite a few things in the works, and today we are happy to reveal one of them. Over the years, we have published many lengthy articles, and now we want to write some shorter ones for a change. We want to launch the Smashing Email Newsletter and we prepared some nice prizes for our subscribers.

Every week our editorial team will work on short, entertaining and (of course) relevant articles for the upcoming issue. The newsletter will be sent out once a week, probably on Tuesdays, and will contain unique tips and tricks for designers and Web developers, written by us exclusively for our email subscribers.

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The 10,001 Subscriber Challenge: and to make it a bit more interesting, we decided to create a challenge for us and our readers. Here's the deal: the Smashing Newsletter will be published only if we get at least 10,001 subscribers. (The earliest we would send it out is next Tuesday.) So, it's up to you to decide whether we should launch the newsletter. And you can help right away: just type in your (valid) email address, confirm the subscription (opt in) and you're done!

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The Smashing Book: Already Got Yours?

Have you gotten your copy of The Smashing Book yet? If not, it may still be worth spending $29.90 for this printed book. The book shares technical tips and best practices on typography, usability, UI design, marketing and color usage. It contains interviews with high profile designers and developers. And you will also get a peek behind the curtains of Smashing Magazine. You can buy the book now, it is available and can be shipped right away! And you can also check more details about the book.

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Also, in this post we are giving away 35 exclusive Smashing Book Posters (folded, limited edition), and if you want to win one, just leave a comment on this post and tell us what you would do with it! So, let's find out who are Smashing Magazine's biggest fans? And we also have a new book chapter available for free download as PDF to serve as an appetizer.

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Smashing Highlights 2009

2009 was a very successful year for Smashing Magazine. It was a year of ambitious goals and an intense time schedule, which brought many changes over the past year. In 2009 we published more posts than ever (on average, 8 posts per week). We broadened our areas of interest: for instance, we explored freelancing and the business side of web development, but also tackled user interface design and mobile web design. We also discovered new formats, such as the "Global Web Design" series and Q&A-Sessions — unfortunately, the latter (the Ask SM series with Chris Coyier) lasted only a couple of months.

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We have tried our best to improve the quality of our articles so as to increase their value for designers and developers. In this post, we'll review what has happened on Smashing Magazine over the past year: smashing highlights, setbacks, and small sensations of 2009 — which we present in a month by month timeline. You can compare the highlights of 2009 with those of 2008 or 2007 (which, by the way, include links to some really useful articles).

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The Smashing Book Is Released: Buy Now!

Here it is, the brand new Smashing Book. Announced several months ago in a couple of posts, it has finally arrived. You can buy the Smashing Book right now. And in case you didn't know, it's available here exclusively. The book is available and can be shipped right away.

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The Smashing Book is a printed book about best practices in modern Web design. The book shares technical tips and best practices on coding, usability and optimization and explores how to create successful user interfaces and apply marketing principles to increase conversion rates. It also shows how to get the most out of typography, color and branding so that you end up with intuitive and effective Web designs. And lastly, you will also get a peek behind the curtains of Smashing Magazine.

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The Smashing Book: Pre-Order Now!

Although The Smashing Book won't be published until late September, you can secure your copy today. Now, why would you do that? For one reason, you will get the huge discount: 20% off the regular price. If you pre-order now, you'll pay just $23.90 USD. And, of course you will be among the first to get The Smashing Book fresh off the press.

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The Smashing Book is a printed book about best practices in modern Web design. The book shares technical tips and best practices on coding, usability and optimization and explores how to create successful user interfaces and apply marketing principles to increase conversion rates. It also shows how to get the most out of typography, color and branding so that you end up with intuitive and effective Web designs. And lastly, you will also get a peek behind the curtains of Smashing Magazine.

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8 Days Left To Enter The Typographic Layout Design Contest

You have 8 more days to submit your entry for our Typographic Layout Design Contest. The goal of the contest is to collect beautiful typographic (X)HTML- and CSS-based layouts, created by you, and release them for free as a gift to the Web design community.

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So far, only 12 entries have a nice spot reserved in our release post, which will be published at the beginning of July. So, you still have a good chance of winning one of our prizes and showing off what you are capable of on the front page of Smashing Magazine!

Of course, as always, we have various prizes for our participants. The winners of the contest will be determined by the Smashing Magazine Editorial Team. Each winner will receive a prize, such as The Typographic Desk Reference, a quick reference guide of typographic terms and classification, with definitions of form and usage for Latin-based writing systems.

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The Upcoming Smashing Book

Our biggest and most important project of the year, the Smashing Book, has come in swinging. Eleven extensive articles have been written, as decided by our readers. They are at various stages of completion. Creating a book ultimately requires more effort and dedication than online articles because, in the end, nothing can be changed, and readers have to pay for a physical product.

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We have tried to keep errors to a minimum; several correction cycles were required: hard times for our proofreader Andrew Lobo. The writing was done (in alphabetical order) by Adelle Charles, Alessandro Cattaneo, Andrew Maier, Chris Spooner, Darius A. Monsef (Colourlovers), David Leggett, Dmitry Fadeyev, Jacob Gube, Jon Tangerine (partial editing), Rene Schmidt, Steven Snell, Sven Lennartz and Vitaly Friedman.

The book will have 313 pages and 11 chapters, printed completely in color.

We have reserved 100 copies for review purposes. These are for magazines, blogs and other editorial publications in our industry. All publications, both small and new or old and large, are eligible to receive a free copy for review. But copies are limited. Simply head over to our email form, select "Book Review Copy" as your subject (this is important), type in your name, your postal address and the title and the URL of your blog / magazine / publication (this is important, too) – and that's it!

Unfortunately, we have received way too many requests already – no requests are accepted any longer.

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