The Smashing Cartoons


Smashing Cartoons was a regular section on Smashing Magazine in which we used to publish a new cartoon every Friday illustrated by the one and only Ricardo Gimenes1.

All of the cartoons are dedicated to design and Web development, but also have a comic twist about everything happening around the Web as well as give you some insights behind the curtains of Smashing Magazine.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we did, and still do!

Cartoon #61: Sluggish Computers

Cartoon #60: Back To Home

Cartoon #59: Last Minute Ticket

Cartoon #58: Access Restricted? VPN Is Your Friend

Unfortunately, today the Web is not as open as it used to be. Access to some websites (especially website offering video and audio content) is restricted due to licensing constraints. This is especially annoying when you are on vacation and would love to use the services that you have paid for in your country. There are workarounds to make all services work from anywhere. The solution is VPN, Virtual Private Networks.

Smashing Cartoon #58: Access Restricted? VPN Is Your Friend!

Cartoon #57: Tyranny Of The “Like” Button

This cartoon is referring to the article The Insidious Evils of ‘Like’ Culture2 in which the “Like” culture in our society is criticized. The article discusses how in our age of online view counts and retweets, conformity is unfortunately becoming the rule.

Smashing Cartoon #57: Tyrany of the Like button

Cartoon #56: “Exclusive” Social Network

Smashing Cartoon #56: Exclusive Social Network

Cartoon #55: Responsive Design By Default?

This cartoon is referring to the observation which Vitaly, the editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, has made on one of his trips. You can follow3 the4 discussion5 which inspired the cartoon below.

Smashing Cartoon #55: Responsive Design By Default?

Cartoon #54: UX Design

This cartoon is referring to the discussion in the community about the meaning of terms ‘UX’ and ‘UX Design’. Andy Budd presents an interesting perspective on this issue in his article “What’s in a name: The duality of user experience”6.

Smashing Cartoon #54: UX Design

Cartoon #53: The Interface

This cartoon is based upon Oliver Reichenstein’s article “*Why and how Google+’s interface is kicking ass7” in which he discusses the qualities of a good user interface and how they are applied in the Google+ design.

Smashing Cartoon #53: The Interface

Cartoon #52: Back Button

This cartoon is based upon Jared Spool’s presentation “The Secret Lives of Links”, as summarized in Luke Wroblewski’s conference notes8.

Smashing Cartoon #52: Back Button

Cartoon #51: Mobile First

Smashing Cartoon #51: Mobile First

Cartoon #50: Making The Web A Better Place

Smashing Cartoon #50: Making The Web A Better Place

Cartoon #49: Users Don’t Read, They Scan

Smashing Cartoon #49

Cartoon #48: They Just Don’t Care

Smashing Cartoon #48

Cartoon #47: Online Reading Experience

Smashing Cartoon #46

Cartoon #46: Mobile Design Strategy

Smashing Cartoon #45

Cartoon #44: Responsive Web Design

Smashing Cartoon #44

Cartoon #43: Web Design Trends

Smashing Cartoon #43

Cartoon #42: How To Start a Blog and Make Money

Smashing Cartoon #42

Cartoon #41: The Fleaty: Relations With Clients

Smashing Cartoon #41

Cartoon #40: The Fleaty: The Geek Bug

Smashing Cartoon #40

For previous cartoons, check our Smashing Cartoons Archive9.


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  1. 1

    Wow, this is awesome!
    hw did you make it? Phtoshop/ Corel?

  2. 103

    i <3 that its so so relevant..

  3. 154

    WOW really admire the series & the presentation…

  4. 205

    Amazing… liked overall. collective info….

  5. 256

    nice! good job~~~

  6. 307

    #52 cartoon really is funny, sarcastically though.. with no offence to the marketing managers out there such suggestions and unbelievable tips are much frequent on the discussion board for any marketing strategy or project and sometimes just seems uneasy to be dealt with.

  7. 358

    Great fun and humour, also quite informative for some neub webdesigners like me!

  8. 409

    This is brilliant! =D

  9. 460

    Good work Awesome!

  10. 511

    Please let us know what typeface you’re using for your speech bubbles…it is gorgeous

  11. 562

    Why isn’t there a single character that is a woman?

  12. 613

    These seem to be getting worse and worse.

    Not only are a lot of them confusing to read, but the latest one on Social Media “Exclusivity” just makes no sense, I don’t get the point you guys are trying to make here.

    I would prefer if you guys just focus on quality content.

    (also where has all the constructive criticism posts gone?)

    • 664

      While I can follow the comics, the writing does need some work, I agree. Everyone started somewhere, though, and this comic -has- improved over time.

      They’ve deleted all the constructive criticism comments, though, leaving only the praise; this sort of kills any positive feelings I had for this comic. I’m very disappointed in Smashing Mag.

    • 868

      That’s for insiders. Google made their social network “exclusive by invitation”: only invited people are blessed to be the first ones who try the network out. But once they achieved this “exclusive” membership, they’ll find out, that there are millions of other “blessed people”.

      This trick actually makes a network popular in a faster way rather than it would if it was open as from the beginning. They catched it up from women who play “hard to get”…

  13. 919

    The ‘like’ culture is insane. There were some idiots who ‘like’d an obituary notice posted in my facebook wall to inform that one of my colleagues have passed away!!!!! Holy @!@#$%!

  14. 970

    The like thing can be stupid but at the same time I don’t think it’s completely killed people actually writing thought out responses. My friend write thought-out comments all the time. But at the same time if I “like” a photo I don’t have to say it, I can just click a button. I don’t arbitrarily “like” things, though.

  15. 1021

    Great cartoons.
    Though I wish that I could comment on those separately.

  16. 1072

    The art is gorgeous.

    Unfortunately, the writing definitely needs improvement. A couple of the comics just drag on with no real point or humor to them. #49 is a good example of this.

    On the other hand, #57 is written very well. I hope that this is a sign of good things to come for this part of SM. I would really like to look forward to seeing these.

  17. 1123

    I actually like the “Like” culture. It thins out the nonsense in the internet, where just one person is writing nonsense and the others just agree-by-click instead of writing nonsense in response.

  18. 1174

    Fleaty, sorry man, not a fan of the comic. The only thing talked about are things that are blatantly obvious and true, but not particularly interesting, insightful, or funny. It’s like a soap opera with no humor or drama. After reading 7 of these in a row, I have failed to have any type of emotional reaction, positive or negative, toward any of the characters.

    On the up side, I like the clean visual style, character design, and color choices. All flash, no feeling.

  19. 1225

    its really entertaining cartoon.. :-D

  20. 1276

    Very Creative!!
    amazing collection…..
    I like it..
    Thanks for share….

  21. 1327

    Great, Thanks for keeping me busy :)

  22. 1378

    ha ha ha :D i love the way they illustrate things, nice colors and story boarding, enjoyed.

  23. 1429

    I love this style of cartoon. Nice work.

  24. 1480

    Great series of cartoons..nice style…the geek bug reminds me of the Squander Bug from WWII

  25. 1531

    Awesome creations!!!!!!!

  26. 1582

    These cartoons are repulsive.

  27. 1633

    Ricardo mendes? this is a Brazilian name, you came from Brazil?

  28. 1684

    Ricardo Gimenes :) Not “mendes”. Yes, Is Brazilian guy

    Good Work Ricardo !!!

  29. 1735

    Will you guys do a Steve Jobs tribute cartoon? Might be nice.

  30. 1786

    Oh so true! Really clever.
    Love it!

  31. 1837

    Awesome! No words to praise… Good job :) Fleaty rocks :)

  32. 1888

    this is so badly written :( it reminds me of Kartoonist Kelly from The Onion, but this seems to be serious. I lost it at the crying Fleaty in the last panel of a particularly ham-handed strip… This would make a great parody if it were meant as such

    but the art is cool!

  33. 1939

    Cool, a brazilian creating draws to a important website how SMagazine…you “Fuck Yeah” hahahaha

  34. 1990

    Awesome! great work..keep it up!!

  35. 2041

    Great Stuff…. loved it very much. Keep up the good work!

    Also give some proper reply to people who say that you guys have deleted negative comments! If you haven’t, you should convince them with it.

    And shouldn’t let anyone spoil your image.

  36. 2092

    Great work overall! I quite like it! But cartoon 41 have a typo you typed clent instead of client, or you mean to do it

  37. 2143

    I think the flea is gross. I made myself look at these just to see if they were otherwise good, but I can’t get over the flea.

  38. 2194

    Verrrrry cool. It’s nice to see many of our common frustrations visualized through comics. Haters just shouldn’t post here. Bravo, Ricardo!

  39. 2245

    When people draw artworks like this do they usually scan hand drawn drawings or is it straight on the computer? Thanks

  40. 2296

    Why do you actually promise to publish a new cartoon each week if you can’t hold that promise?
    No one forces you to…

  41. 2347

    How to Start a Blog and Make Money # 42 is funny. And cruel.

  42. 2398

    These are gems.. too funny!


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