Smashing Community Newsletter #1: Redesign, eBooks, Smashing Book 3

We are off to a great start in 2012 here at Smashing Magazine: a fresh user-friendly new look; improved access to our Smashing eBooks; and a lot of plans to achieve our new year’s resolution — which is to support and invest in our community.

The Responsive Redesign

We’ve been working over six months on the redesign of Smashing Magazine1. We’ve spent months cleaning it up, sorting it out, categorizing, optimizing, revising and rethinking and we’re now very proud of the way the design has turned out. Many readers have asked us about the “key ingredient” to our new design.

The answer is simple: all design decisions have been dictated by our pursuit of optimal typographic measure (45–90 characters per line) for a convenient reading experience on every screen resolution. We’ve worked very hard to achieve optimal typography first and then built the layout around that. It was important for us to increase usability, visibility and accessibility for our content.

Heatmap of the previous Smashing Magazine design2 Heatmap of the new Smashing Magazine design3
A heatmap of the Smashing Magazine’s front page before (on the left) and after the redesign (on the right).

The relaunch of Smashing Magazine has sparked quite a discussion in the community. Some of you feel that the design is “too responsive”, others feel that the ads are too prominent, but most of you liked the lean, clean new layout. We hope that the new design makes reading more enjoyable — which is what any online magazine should aspire to, right? We are still working on fixing minor bugs, and we’re continually testing minor layout changes. We encourage you to send us feedback or comments — we’d sincerely appreciate that!

Smashing eBooks in iTunes and on Amazon!

Smashing eBooks are available on Apple iTunes4 and Amazon5. Our products in the Apple iBookstore are now available in 32 countries, a big jump from the initial six. Customers in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland can now shop for Smashing eBooks as easily as our customers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France and Australia.

Smashing's Mastering CSS eBook on Apple iTunes6
All Smashing eBooks are available in 26 stores in Apple iBooksstore7

Smashing eBooks are available on Amazon8
All Smashing eBooks are available on Amazon9.

While you can buy Smashing eBook bundles at special prices in our Smashing Shop10, single eBooks are now available only in Apple iBookstore and in Amazon Kindle Store:

#01: Professional Web Design Amazon11
#02: Successful Freelancing Amazon12
#03: Mastering Photoshop Amazon13
#04: Mobile Design Amazon14 | Apple15
#05: E-Commerce Amazon16 | Apple17
#06: Typography Amazon18 | Apple19
#07: Professional Web Design 2 Amazon20 | Apple21
#08: Mastering Photoshop 2 Amazon22 | Apple23
#09: Mastering CSS Amazon24 | Apple25
#10: WordPress Essentials Amazon26 | Apple27
#11: Mastering WordPress Amazon28 | Apple29
#12: WordPress Tutorials Amazon30 | Apple31
#13: JavaScript Essentials Amazon32 | Apple33
#14: Mastering jQuery Amazon34 | Apple35
How to Create an eBook Amazon36 | Apple37
Professional Workflow Amazon38 | Apple39
The Smashing Book #1 eBook Amazon40 | Apple41

We are very grateful for your trust and confidence in us, and we appreciate your loyal support. We will do our best to provide you with a convenient access to our articles and our eBooks in the future, too!

Smashing Book 3 Is Coming!

We’re very happy to finally announce that we’re working on the upcoming printed Smashing Book 3, a long-awaited successor of our bestselling printed Smashing Books 1 and 242. For the third book we have a truly remarkable line-up of authors, topics and designers that some of you may already know. We’re hoping to shake up the community a bit by making some bold and strong statements. More details will be revealed between February and April. But if you’ve seen our previous books, we’re quite sure that you won’t be disappointed with this third one!

Let’s Grab A Beer!

We’re continually searching out new locations for our meet-ups with our fantastic community. If you’d like us to come to your city (and perhaps even know or could arrange a venue for 50+ attendees), please get in touch – let’s grab a beer (or two)! We’ll certainly keep you posted of other smashing developments: there is a lot more to come out from us over the next months!

Thank you for reading and so long,
The Smashing Family

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/heatmap-old.png
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/heatmap-new.png
  4. 4 http://itunes.apple.com/artist/smashing-magazine/id450442279
  5. 5 http://www.amazon.com/Smashing-Magazine/e/B006PGYDT2/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325
  6. 6 http://itunes.apple.com/artist/smashing-magazine/id450442279
  7. 7 http://itunes.apple.com/artist/smashing-magazine/id450442279
  8. 8 http://www.amazon.com/Smashing-Magazine/e/B006PGYDT2/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325
  9. 9 http://itunes.apple.com/artist/smashing-magazine/id450442279
  10. 10 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/
  11. 11 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004UN457C?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B004UN457C
  12. 12 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005IY59ZY?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B005IY59ZY
  13. 13 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004U7F32E?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B004U7F32E
  14. 14 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004U7LU1W?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B004U7LU1W
  15. 15 http://itunes.apple.com/book/mobile-design-for-iphone-ipad/id456866868
  16. 16 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004UHMMKU?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B004UHMMKU
  17. 17 http://itunes.apple.com/book/how-to-create-selling-ecommerce/id456858921
  18. 18 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004UMFWJI?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B004UMFWJI
  19. 19 http://itunes.apple.com/book/getting-hang-web-typography/id455956496
  20. 20 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004UMFZNG?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B004UMFZNG
  21. 21 http://itunes.apple.com/book/professional-web-design/id455651021
  22. 22 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004YDTDRU?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B004YDTDRU
  23. 23 http://itunes.apple.com/book/mastering-photoshop-for-web/id450442342
  24. 24 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ES0DWI?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B005ES0DWI
  25. 25 http://itunes.apple.com/book/mastering-css-for-web-developers/id452671802
  26. 26 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006M38CCC?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B006M38CCC
  27. 27 http://itunes.apple.com/book/wordpress-essentials/id489851970
  28. 28 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006M38GCS?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B006M38GCS
  29. 29 http://itunes.apple.com/book/mastering-wordpress/id490108602
  30. 30 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006M38JQG?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B006M38JQG
  31. 31 http://itunes.apple.com/book/wordpress-tutorials/id490108730
  32. 32 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006P1BL9M?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B006P1BL9M
  33. 33 http://itunes.apple.com/book/javascript-essentials/id491919581
  34. 34 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006OLGDX2?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B006OLGDX2
  35. 35 http://itunes.apple.com/book/mastering-jquery/id491920668
  36. 36 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PKPF7I?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B005PKPF7I
  37. 37 http://itunes.apple.com/book/how-to-produce-an-ebook/id468021447
  38. 38 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058DIFWE?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B0058DIFWE
  39. 39 http://itunes.apple.com/de/book/professional-workflow-for/id458290817?mt=11
  40. 40 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004UN5RCY?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwsmashingma-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B004UN5RCY
  41. 41 http://itunes.apple.com/book/the-smashing-book-1/id458298626
  42. 42 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/smashing-book-print-bundle1.html

The Smashing Newsletter Team prepares bi-weekly newsletter issues with lots of love and appreciation for the good ol' Web with the latest tips and tricks for designers and Web developers. Vitaly Friedman, Smashing Magazine's editor-in-chief, started this project back in early 2010. Today, we can't imagine a better way of informing and communicating with our fans and readers!

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  1. 1

    Really waiting for the 3rd book!

  2. 2

    Wow! Awesome! At least we have bigger and more readable font! I love it!

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