Smashing Freebies


This page collects all of the freebies that have been released by or through Smashing Magazine over the last few years. We regularly look for creative and talented designers, icon designers, graphic artists and developers. If you think you are one of them, we can offer you the broad coverage of our magazine, and we’ll pay you as well. Are you interested? Contact us!1

Free RSS/feed icon set

Smashing Icon Set2

This set contains eight icons available for both Mac and Windows users, in resolutions of 16×16 pixels, 24×24, 32×32, 48×48, 128×128, 256×256 and 512×512. The set was designed by Dirceu Veiga3 of Brazil especially for Smashing Magazine as a gift to its readers.

You can use the icons freely for private and commercial projects, blogs and websites. However, please take a close look at the license agreement: for example, it’s forbidden to sell the icons; and, in order to use them, you are asked to provide a backlink to the designer.

Free Smashing Typeface: Anivers

Release information7 | Anivers page8 (with download) | Sample in PDF 9




Smashing WordPress Theme

A professional WordPress theme created in recognition of Smashing Magazine’s first anniversary, and designed by DesignDisease13.

Release post14 | Test Page15 | Download Smashing Theme!16

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Dilectio: A Smashing WordPress Theme

A WordPress theme designed especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Dilectio WordPress Theme20
Main content area and horizontal navigation

Dilectio WordPress Theme21
The comment area

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars

Smashing Wallpaper - April 200825

Smashing Wallpaper - April 200826

Smashing Wallpaper - June 200827

Smashing Wallpaper - June 200828

Smashing Wallpaper - June 200829

Smashing Header Graphics

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Here are the results of our blog headers contest. Thirty-eight designers participated and created 45 beautiful blog header designs, which you can use for free in your private and commercial projects. In the original post, the designers also describe their themes, reveal their intentions, and show us some examples of how these header graphics can be used.

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Smashing Textures

A variety of interesting, exotic and creative textures from Smashing readers all around the globe. There are textures for wood, stone, metal, nature, ice, sand, fabric, paper, glass, fire, food and plastic; a large number of routine, daily things observed from a completely new perspective.





PDF versions of articles

Webinale 2008 Talk

Smashing Magazine was chosen as the Most Valuable Design Website59 in the Webinale Awards 2008, an awards competition put on by Webinale, an international Web conference that took place in Karlsruhe, Germany, from May 26th to 28th. The competition awarded the most useful and innovative websites related to design and technology.
Vitaly Friedman, the chief editor of Smashing Magazine, was in Karlsruhe for the event and also gave a talk: “Designtrends 2008: What’s Next?“. You can download the slides of the talk below:


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    The Webloglearner

    June 21, 2008 10:25 am

    This is simply amazing. I tried to search other free stuffs and resources you have and now i am seeing a good listing. I want to subscribe here but i cannot with the rss since i change computers/laptop from time to time. How can i subscribe with email? I looked around but could not find one.

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    just wanted to say you guys rock, big time…keep it up

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    Try using a web-based newsreader like NewsGator or Bloglines and you can take your RSS feeds with you no matter which computer you’re on!

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    I want to make comment on my site, how can i?

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    how can i control my WS?

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    very good and useful information for a designer

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    I finally found the source for the RSS on park bench guy I have seen all over the place.

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    i liketh teh desgns yuo gyus hath. wery impessive11111

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    Thanks for your wonderfull website

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    Hey you smashers!!

    i’ve never seen such a informative site in my life. You deserve an award.
    thanx for freebies!!!!

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    I love the wordpress themes. Unfortunately, I’m a livejournal user, which is a bummer at times like these, beacuse I’ve seen loads of wordpress themes I’ve totally fallen in love with. Maybe some livejournal themes could be uploaded soon too? I’m sure millions of livejournal users will be thrilled!

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    Beautiful. It was such a pleasure to browse around on this site. Downloaded your dilectio-cannot wait to use on my blogsite. Thank you.

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    Define Web Design

    August 11, 2010 5:32 am

    These are really great, thanks.


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