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Smashing Highlights 2008

2008 was a successful year for us and for Smashing Magazine. Reviewing what has happened on Smashing Magazine over the last year, we could have told a couple of impressive stories that happened here and there, but we won’t do that. Instead, we would like to take a rather critical look back and discuss what we’ve done and what has changed in 2008.

[Content Care Oct/30/2016 – this page is a memorial, no links here anymore]

And in fact, many things have changed. The magazine has grown with the tremendous help of articles written by Steven Snell, Jacob Gube, Vailancio Rodrgiues, Dmitry Fadeyev, Andrew Lindstrom and other truly smashing contributors. We express sincere gratitude to our authors for all the ideas and hard work they’ve put into their articles. We also express sincere gratitude to Andrew Lobo, who has been catching errors, typos and grammatical mistakes in our articles before they get published (since summer 2008).

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We also genuinely thank our readers for your attention, criticism, ideas, suggestions and numerous emails and links over the last year. We have tried our best to improve the quality of our articles and increase its value for designers and developers. In this post, we review what has happened on Smashing Magazine over the last year: smashing highlights, setbacks and small sensations of 2008, in a brief overview, month by month.

You can also compare the highlights of 2008 with those of 2007 (which, by the way, include links to some really useful articles).

January Link

If you need backlinks, try compiling a list of beautiful WordPress themes. Our post 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes has gotten over 850 backlinks since January 2008. Not bad for one post.

In January, we kept busy discussing the hand-drawing style and grunge trend in modern Web design. Some of our readers got excited, some were disappointed, but the trend indeed developed and is still apparent today. Our readers found our article 10 Principles Of Effective Web Design1 useful and the review of innovative designs and devices quite inspirational. And so did we!

February Link

We start thinking about developing the Smashing community and offering new services and new ways to make the magazine even more useful. For instance, we consider releasing freebies and inviting professional authors to post articles. Result: in February, we launch our first “Smashing project”: Smashing Jobs2, and since then several hundred companies with vacancies have been searching for the right talent among our readership.

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We continue to pay attention to essential design elements, such as navigation menus, but also start to pay closer attention to small design details — for example, reviewing best practices for the design of date stamps and shopping carts. The best posts of the month are eye-catching and useful: one showcases (really) stunning desktop wallpapers, another presents powerful CSS techniques for effective coding.

Probably the most inspirational article of the month takes a look at award-winning newspaper designs4. Unexpectedly, we gain a lot of backlinks and references from small and huge blogs. And our commenters are happy! Now, that doesn’t happen too often!

March Link

In the beginning of March, we’re concerned with useful guidelines for creating a successful online portfolio and developing a grid-based design. We discover that many readers find the post about Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Downloads extremely useful and find Adobe Fireworks itself really underestimated. Maybe we should prepare another article on Fireworks in 2009.

We find out that our readers just love to see beautiful photos. The best article of the month is, without a doubt, the showcase of HDR pictures5. Some readers love it, some readers hate it, but traffic never lies.

In March, we launch our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. Everybody can participate and feature his or her work in our magazine by submitting a desktop wallpaper for the upcoming month. Our first is the one for April 2008.

All wallpapers are designed by our readers. We have published over 350 wallpapers from over 100 designers so far. Because we offer them in various resolutions and formats, the result is over 2200 files, with a total size of 770 MB. The series will continue until February 2009, so don’t miss your chance to join in for the next 2 months. By the way, the January 2009 edition is coming soon!

April Link

April at Smashing Magazine is full of beautiful photos. (Really) Stunning Pictures and Photos6 is one of the posts with the most comments in 2008. The photos for the post were collected over two and a half weeks, yet some readers complain that we “push” articles that don’t meet our quality guidelines and that we collect them “in a rush.” We keep it in mind in preparing posts for subsequent months.

In April, we observe a large increase in retro and vintage websites on the Web, which is why we prepare a post on retro and vintage designs. Yes, we love retro, and we love vintage, and we certainly love Web designs that combine these styles!

Apart from that, we discuss Web form design and PNG transparency. And we also pay tribute to beautiful lettering and book covers.

May Link

An outrageous scandal in May! We decide to discontinue our “Best Of” series. Reason? The posts always take way too much work and don’t get enough traffic (compared to other articles). Still, we continue to collect useful references and bookmark them; they’ll all be presented in one-off posts.

At the beginning of May, it’s all about pixels, baby! Pixels Go Mad, and we get a huge amount of backlinks and positive feedback in the comments.

We look for new ideas and new concepts for our articles. We decide to conduct a thorough review of WYSIWYG editors, CSS editors and other source-code editors. We select the most advanced tools in each category, install them all, test them, compare them and present the results over a few posts. A great amount of time went into preparing these three articles. Our readers appreciate it and comment on the articles with new suggestions and some really useful alternative editors.

We also announce a contest that ends up receiving the most entries so far: the Smashing Texture Contest, a collection of various textures that can be downloaded and used for free. We receive over 740 emails from over 600 participants, resulting in way more than 2000 photos.

June Link

We invest three weeks in preparing and conducting a thorough study of the most influential blog designs in the blogosphere. We identify 30 design problems and analyze how 50 popular blogs solve them. The results are presented in two parts: A Small Design Study Of Big Blogs and A Small Study Of Big Blogs: Further Findings. Our readers appreciate our efforts, and we know exactly what articles they want.

We set a new personal (and maybe even world) record: our books giveaway post has 3,875 comments, is 2.5 MB in size and takes 35 seconds to load. Because we don’t want any extra server load, the article isn’t linked. Be prepared: new giveaways are already on the way. We also announce the Style Switchers Contest, with the modest prize of an Apple Cinema 20″ flat-panel display.

For the first time in a long time, professional, profound discussions take place in the comments. The article Flexible Layouts: Challenge For The Future sparked an interesting discussion — in our magazine and in the design community. We are proud of our small but strong and knowledgeable community. And we take pointers and new guidelines for us and our authors.

July Link

In July, we believe in the beauty of pop art. We don’t gain much traffic with the post, but we get a lot of new and interesting ideas and suggestions for further posts. We spark new discussions by publishing the controversial article Should Links Open In New Windows? Some readers think we have no idea, others support us, and readers gain new insight from practice and from professionals. We are harshly criticized, but we are happy: professional discussion is taking place in the magazine, and that’s what we’ve been after for a long time!

Probably the most important contest for Smashing Magazine this year is the Smashing Author Contest in August. Its main goal: find good professional authors for the magazine. We receive 252 submissions. The choice is tough and time-consuming, because we want a nice mix of various articles represented in the contest.

In the end, we select 15 articles and publish them. The winner is the author of a post about the top 10 CSS-based table designs and is awarded an Apple MacBook Air. It turns out the winner lives in Indonesia. You can imagine then that delivery of the prize is quite adventurous… and expensive. But we don’t care.

We also conduct an extensive study of Web Form Design Patterns (part 2) and suggest some guidelines for the design of beautiful and effective Web forms. Our readers are partly overwhelmed, and we are completely off our schedule — and tired, too!

August Link

In August, our magazine is full of posts from the participants in our Smashing Author Contest. Unfortunately, some readers don’t understand why Smashing Magazine suddenly changed its format and publishes briefer articles more frequently.

We try to offer “traditional Smashing” posts as well, and we succeed with appealing posts about 10 Futuristic User Interfaces and 5 Useful Coding Solutions For Designers.

One of the most popular articles is our showcase of 45 Motion Blur Photos7. This is among the very few posts that don’t get the “Worst post ever” comment that starts to wander through our posts in August.

In August, we start Twittering behind the scenes. We have been aware of various lifestreaming applications for a couple of months now, and we decide to try one out and see how it works. To be honest, we are quite skeptical at the very beginning, but we get used to it. And we use Twitter almost every day now.


September Link

In September, Smashing Magazine celebrates its 2nd anniversary. We contact the talented artist James White and ask him to create a beautiful, exclusive poster for our anniversary. We print 10 posters and give them away to our readers. The giveaway post gets over 1700 comments. Please don’t try to load the page now: your browser may crash, and our server may encounter some serious problems.


September is also “toolbox” month at Smashing Magazine. We come up with the idea of collecting the most useful resources and tutorials for the most popular content management systems. We start with WordPress and Drupal, and in the next months ExpressionEngine, Textpattern and Movable Type are covered as well. Thanks to the hard work of our brilliant author Steven Snell (applause, please).

The award for the most inspirational post of the month goes to 40 Creative Design Layouts, with few comments, few backlinks and little traffic, but many truly creative ideas.

We also take a closer look at the programming side of Web development. We review version control systems, present useful JavaScript techniques and suggest best practices for jQuery.

October Link

October sees the most articles published on Smashing Magazine in any month. We offer our readers various types of content, a good mixture of different things, we risk new ideas and release a couple of freebies. And it works!

Well, partly. Some articles don’t get the attention they deserve: Showcase of Pricing Tables gets only 59 comments, and Vintage and Retro Typography only 78 comments.

Our readers complain about too few Web design-related posts. We respond with showcases of retro and vintage websites and beautiful blog designs.

The most successful posts of the month are Jacob Gube’s Ultimate Collection Of Useful Photoshop Actions (applause, please) and Steve Snell’s collection of Best Adobe Illustrator Tutorials. We appreciate it and increase the payment to our authors.

November Link

In November, Jacob Gube strikes again with 15 Helpful In-Browser Web Development Tools. The article spreads like a virus in social media. Steven Snell explores Newspaper Website Design and comes up with interesting trends and examples.

We also declare war on cluttered, unreadable code and present Principles For Keeping Your Code Clean. And in the post about Billboard Top 40 Design Showcase, our community agrees that music industry websites are in trouble: the websites just look bad, both from aesthetic and usability points of view.

December Link

In December, we once more show our love for small design details. We explore various ideas and techniques for designing the search box. Jean-Baptiste Jung shares useful RSS and SQL hacks for WordPress, and Dmitry Fadeyev discusses 10 useful techniques for improving your user interface design.

We also return to our roots and provide our readers with well-researched posts on CSS and graphics: one showcase on dual-screen wallpapers and another on CSS tools. Neither article gets as much traffic as we expect, and we are a little bit disappointed, but we know we did the right thing and that these articles are the kind our readers expect.

Meanwhile, Steven Snell collects custom shapes for Photoshop, Dirk Metzmacher takes care of Christmas Photoshop tutorials, and Jacob Gube looks around for Digital Photography Photoshop tutorials. This has been a trend throughout 2009; in fact, we have never delivered as many tutorials and resources on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks as we did in 2008. And we’ll definitely continue this in 2009.

Freebies, freebies, freebies Link

Since the very beginning of the year, we’ve been releasing freebies in our magazine. In the end, we released so many freebies that we had to create a new category for them. So far, we have released over 60 free icon packs, brush sets, WordPress themes and vector graphics. In fact, many readers complained about “way too many freebies” in our magazine, another reason we ask our readers for their opinion.

The poll results were quite clear, and now we know exactly what our readers expect and what we have to do to meet those expectations. In the next year we’ll release fewer freebies, we’ll revise our quality guidelines and we’ll release only the best ones.

Exemplary results of our cooperation with various designers worldwide are the WordPress theme Notepad Chaos, designed by Evan Eckard, and the Dellipack No. 2 icon set designed by Wendell Fernandes.

Smashing Team in 2008 Link

Smashing Magazine is not just Vitaly Friedman, Sven Lennartz and Michael Dobler. The magazine couldn’t exist without the tremendous support of our brilliant Smashing team. Here are some of the people who helped our magazine over the last year. Thanks, guys, we really appreciate it.

Andrew Lobo is happy to have had a little Smashing in his life in 2008. He edited a good chunk of the magazine’s posts this year. Based in Toronto, Canada, Andrew runs Edit Owl, an editing service for online news and blogs.

Jeff Gardner is a business nerd. He loves Excel, making graphs and helping companies figure out how to perform better. He also enjoys writing, building websites, photography and being outside. You can check him out at his blog or look at some of his photos on his photography site.

Dmitry Fadeyev is the co-founder of the Pixelshell web design studio. He enjoys creating functional websites and is especially interested in all the small details that add up to make great user interfaces. Dmitry also runs the Usability Post blog where you can read his thoughts on good design and usability.

Chris Coyier is a web designer, wannabe developer, and amateur banjo player currently living in Portland, Oregon.

Jean-Baptiste Jung is a 26 years old* blogger/web developper/web designer who lives in the French-Speaking part of Belgium. Jean-Baptiste maintains two blogs: Cats Who Code where he and other authors write about Web Development, Web design, Blogging tips and WordPress, and WpRecipes where Jean shares useful WordPress snippets on a daily basis. When he’s not blogging or having fun with codes, Jean loves to spend time with his wife and cat, and travelling everywhere he can (*until january 12 ;o)).

Jacob Gube is a web developer, designer, and founder of Six Revisions. He has 9 years of experience being a web professional, starting out as a freelance graphic designer building brand identities of small to medium-sized companies and now currently works as a web developer/web designer.

Steven Snell is a web designer from the U.S. who is active in the design blogging world with his own blogs and as a freelance writer.

Andrew Lindstrom is a freelance web designer based in Vancouver, Canada. When not geeking out over design, he’s likely geeking out over film, technology or pretending to play the guitar.

Andrew Gibson is a freelance UK based writer and photographer who writes articles for photography and travel magazines. He’s the owner of Magical Places Fine Art, a photography website for anyone interested in fine art and travel photography.

Torley Wong amplifies your awesome with the useful and fun. His passions include origin stories about art, audio engineering, and using the Web to inspire and enlighten.

György Fekete is a freelance web developer since 2004 also working for other companies. “Living in Romania my main goal is to deliver beautiful and more importantly accessible websites to people. In 2007 I started my own web design company called Primal Skill. I learned a lot on how to run company and deal with large projects. I’m still learning.”

Cameron Chapman is a web designer, graphic designer, and freelance writer based in Northern Vermont. She writes for a number of blogs and is currently working on a variety of fictional works, including three novels.

Sachin Dhall is a Software Engineer and an amateur blogger behind QTP Blog.

When Glen Stansberry isn’t writing about creativity or web development, he’s performing music or running marathons. You can follow him more closely at Twitter.

Vailancio Rodrigues, born and currently living in scenic beauty of Goa, spent most of his childhood in art and creativity. At present a College student doing his studies in Science and Computers, like to try and do different thing at every moment. Also an emerging webmaster – Tiny Goa and author of Technology Tips, which provides reviews, tips and tricks for various gadgets.

Robert Bowen is a freelance copywriter, activist, and celebrated podcaster who explores many facets of the written word. From poetry to prose, from novel to screenplay, Robert lets his pen know no bounds. He is currently writing for five blogs on a regular basis, as he fills his role as the second creative half of the Arbenting dynamic duo!

Ann Edwards is a web designer and developer from the Midwest. Her blog is comprised of the many various issues dealing with web development.

Daved, aka Danny Outlaw has an obsessive fetish with sharpie markers, toys, and all things design-related. He has been working hard at improving his skills and business and has big plans for 2009.

(al, sl)

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Sven is the co-founder and former CEO of Smashing Magazine. He's now writing Science-Fiction and at his Conterest Blog, where he focuses on blogs, content strategy, writing and publishing — all in German.

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    Keep up the good work guys,


    Somebody who lives in Morocco.

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    you guys are great! keep up the good work!

    try and do more design related topics in regards to print :)

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    Yep, it has been a great year.

    Go go 2009!

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    I’ve been a long-time reader of Smashing Magazine and it never failed to deliver. Thanks for the smashing year that we all enjoyed because of this site and hope that more articles are published to help us all out! I’m specifically looking for simple logo design in GIMP (as Photoshop is pretty damn expensive) as well as some typography hints and guidelines (ex: when should we use Georgia and Helvetica, etc.)

    Thanks for all the help this site has provided me – you guys rock!

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    Well done smashing magazine, always there for inspiration. =]

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    2008 was filled with ace content – looking forward to 2009, smashing!

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    Keep up the good work guys. Thanks for your great magazine.
    It makes my day!

    Enjoy 2009.

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    Great work ! Thank you for everything you make me discover this year, and all the great moments I had reading your articles.

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    Hey, I just want to say:
    Thank you!

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    Congrats matt for March!!!!

    Yes awesome year it has been!

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    It’s impressive how much SM has expanded this past year, and I’m very happy for the whole team. No mean feat.

    One commenter has already mentioned print design, and I agree it’d be nice to see a few more features focusing on offline projects (stationery design for instance).

    Here’s a topic that I’m not entirely sure you’d want to address, but personally, I’d like to see the return of the URL through commenter names i.e. the website field in the comment form. I’m sure this has been a bone of contention for you for some time now, but when I see an insightful comment, my curiousity is piqued about the commenter’s own site. At present, this is only possible if they leave a comment signature (something I don’t like doing, and I reckon I’m not alone).

    That said, I can fully understand why it’s gone. A year or so back, when I employed ‘dofollow’, my site was added to a lot of online lists: “comment on this site and get a free link!” Now I’m incredibly sceptical when anyone leaves a comment containing keywords, even though I since re-added the ‘nofollow’ tag.

    Anyway, I’ll let you get back to more important things, and end here. Before I do, however, I hope you have a fantastic new year, and all the very best for 2009!

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    Hope to read same high-quality articles in 2009.
    Thank’s for everything.
    Merry xmas to you

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    thanks for great posts in 2008 and the best wishes for 2009.
    keep up & stay tuned.

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    Thanks for all your work and inspiration.

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    Cheers and keep up the good work!

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    Happy Holidays guys! I loved to meet all the team… thank you all for keeping us inspired and giving us the chance to give you a little tiny-hand every now and then.

    ¡Feliz Navidad! :D

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    Phenomenal work, love the site!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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    Great going in 2008 guys. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for ’09. You continue to be one of my favorite sites on the web.

    David Mihm

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    Great Year For The Great Magazine….
    Hope still GREAT for 2009..

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    Smashing Magzine is one of my favourite sites.Merry xmas to you ! Wish you Better !

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    keep up the great work !!

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    Re: “Maybe we should prepare another article on Fireworks in 2009”

    Why only one? Fireworks has a solid fan base amongst web designers but when it comes to tutorials and other documentation has been treated as a relatively poor relation — even by Adobe. There is an opportunity here for Smashing Magazine to make itself even more indispensable by plugging a much-in-need-of-plugging gap!

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    a smashing year SM

    it would be nice to see some kind of profile section, which might contain interviews, information, tips from professional designer, as i think we could benefit a lot by, sometimes, knowing what the professionals are doing – i know that there are some interviews but not as much.

    thanks SM for such an amazing amount information

    happy holiday

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    good work!

    cheers and merry christimas guys!

    From Poland! (faraway cold country between Germany and Russia when lives two ducks)

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    Love to see this post! Great!

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    Well done smashing magazine, keep up the great work!
    wish you happy new year!

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    I would like SM to post ornament tutorials and tools in 2009. About all asian, arabic, modern … I could not find on the web.
    Thanks a lot. Smashing is the best!
    In hope of reply Komil

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    Thanks for this great year!

    Love from ISRAEL

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    It’s been a great year with Smashing Magazine. We all expect some more of that great stuff you’ve been publishing this year in the new coming year!

    Happy new year and merry Christmas!

    Probably in the reverse order :D

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    Smashing as usual!

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    Nice roundup. Fun to see it in one place.
    A merry christmas to you all!

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    Merry Christmas to all of you. Keep up the great work! I really enjoy reading your articles :)

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    hey you guys are very great out their :) i was thinking if you can do some stuff on 3D as well like tuts and inspirations :) that will be really great

    thanks Naveed Ahmad
    love and peace from Pakistan

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    How should Smashing Magazine change in 2009?

    Just post awesome articles!

    And merry Christmas!!

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    fantastic article ! lots of links to go back to… thanks !

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    Merry Christmas from Italy! Smashing’s no. 1…and so on!

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    Well done and thanks x

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    good job, guys !
    Merry Christmas from France !

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    Thank you guys. The best as usual. Wishing you a merry xmas

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    Thank you guys, Smashing Magzine is one of my favourite sites, good work, year and
    Merry Christmas from Italy

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    I really like smashing magazine, thanks for all the great articles. If you ask in what direction SM should go, i would like to suggest to go the more professional route. Not the way you work, but direct your audience to the next level, to become the ultimate pro. :)

    Growthpath of a professional, lifestyle of a professional, habits etc. Many of us do this as a hobby but could use that little extra push to truly become a professional.

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    Thx for a year full of great articles!

    “Frohe Weihnachten und guten Rutsch!”

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    gr8 resources & inspirations… u engaged me throughout last year…expect d same quality in 2009

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    I love the site and your content!

    Keep up the good work

    Merry x-mas and happy new year from sweden

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    u guys are really

    •.¸¸.•♥´¨`♥•.¸ •.¸¸.•smashing•.¸¸.•♥´¨`♥•.¸ •.¸¸.•

    I love u r site…..

    Merry X – Mas and Happy New Year

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    It’s been a great year. Thanks for so many useful articles.

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    omg !! Vitaly, something wrong with voting module :)

    Thank you for voting!
    Logo design 370%
    Typography 344%
    CMS (Joomla, EE etc, but not WordPress) 176%
    Photography 142%
    Freelancing 196%
    Print Design 200%
    User Interface Design (e.g. in Web Apps) 434%
    I don”t know 6%
    Other: 21%

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    Another smashing year, keep up the good work.

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    Abdulsalam Alasaadi

    December 23, 2008 4:32 am

    Keep it up guys. thanks alot

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    Thank you for all the work! Really interesting and inspiring.
    Happy Holidays!

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    David Bloomfield

    December 23, 2008 5:35 am

    Keep up the good work Smashing Magazine.

    You are indeed super, smashing and lovely.

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    Thank you for you excellent work, Smashing Magazine! Is the best site for webmaster and designers, I like me a lot :-)
    Happy new year for all SM staff!

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    All the best in 2009, Smashing!

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    Thanks for great articles, good job!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2009!

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    Have a samashing 2009, smashing magazine. I wish yhe best of that the year can bring for the magazine and for the staff!

    P.S.: the pool is being multiplying by 100.

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    Hey, Smashing Magazine! Thanks for the great articles in 2008.
    Here’s to another great year…

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    Wonderful year-end review! Congratulations on your success. Your site is my first stop on the web every morning. Here’s to a fantastic 2009. Cheers.

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    great work!!
    leon atkinson – ISRAEL

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    Valdecir Carvalho

    December 23, 2008 7:49 am

    Hi there! Nice to see the faces behing SM! Gr8 work guys! Keep´n moving!
    I have had a nice 2008 following SM and I bet 2009 will be even better!

    Regards and success in 2009!

    Valdecir Carvalho
    Valdecir Carvalho – Fotografia
    São Paulo, Brazil

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    i am very proud to be a diehard fan of this website. Wish you guys a rocking year ahead.. Keep Posting us the good things… ALL THE VERY BEST :)

    Happy Holidays :)

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    Nikki -

    December 23, 2008 8:37 am

    It’s nice to see how far you’ve come throughout the year. Congratulations on your success and thanks for all the great posts. Hopefully 2009 will bring on many more and worlds of future accomplishments. Thanks again for all your hard work.

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    Merry Christmas to the Smashing team – thanks for everything this year. You run one of the best blogs/magazines on the net.

    Look forward to seeing what you have in store for us all next year.

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    Love this site, visit it every morning. Merry Christmas to all, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 09′!!

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    Thank you for a great year of great content. Keep up the good work!

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    I’d love to see some articles written for the freelance developer… Recommended hosting sites, when to use javascript and when not to, and other common questions that people would have (even if it’s just to create discussion).

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    Just to thank you for all of your articles.
    I just discovered your Magazine few weeks ago but eagerly read a lot of your articles since then.

    Pingolin, a new addict to your RSS feed.

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    Just wanted to say its been a pleasure checking and reading this sites several times week and sometimes even several times a day! Fantastic site, brilliant posts/articles/showcase and then it’s nice to see the odd freebie!
    Can’t wait to see and follow what I feel is one of the best sites on the internet!
    John (happy reader!)

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    ‘Smash mag’ is my first daily stop on the net! Thanks!!!

    Merry Christmas and regards from Amsterdam!!!!!

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    Greetings from Poland. You do some great job here guys. I’m with SmashingMag every day.

    I wish You even better next year, full of usefull tips for us.

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    great articles in 2008 and very useful investigations about web design patterns and blogs! it’s nice to see the faces of the team, congrats and best wishes for 2009 :)

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    Happy Holidays!

    I started reading in Q1 and I haven’t missed a post since. I’ve even started emailing links around at work to help people understand what’s actually possible if technology is used properly. I’m jokingly referred to now as the SmashingWhore because most of those links direct people to your site. I really hope 2009 can meet the standard you’ve set in 2008. Looking forward to what 2009 brings.



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    Happy christmas
    You were very helpfull this year.
    Kepp up the good work.
    I can’t say anything more .

    greetings form Greece too

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    Smashingmagazine is my favourite Webdesign source.
    So much inspiration every week: totally my favourite!

    Keep it up and thanks for your important work!

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    Great year, I check this magazine every single DAY.

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    Thanks for the overview Smashing. You guys are doing a great job! I second (or third) the print design suggestion.

    PS. Komodo Media has a crush on Smashing Magazine
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    Dr. Girlfriend

    December 23, 2008 3:42 pm

    Thank you Smashing Magazine for another year of inspiration and awesomeness. My wish for you in 2009 is to grow bigger and stronger (And perhaps you can start by adding more creative and talented women to your team. One? Really? That’s kind of embarrassing for a site like this.)

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    Keep it up, SM!. Chhers from chile :)
    Happy xmas!

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    Thank you for everything in 2008, 2009 will be another Smashing year!!

    Happy Holidays to all!!

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    Thanks for a great year, and for your invaluable resource. This is the first place I come to when I’m researching a new project –I know you’ll have timely, relevant information and techniques –something I pass on to my clients in the work I do. Thank you, and a Merry Christmas to you all! Now, take a rest, won’t you?!

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    Thanks and see you in 2009, another Smashing year :)

    Keep up the good work.

    A fan from Belgium.

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    Thanks for spreading the creativity & knowledge…… :) Keep up the good work guys!

    Wishing you a prosperous New Year ..

  82. 82

    keep it up..can’t wait for 2009 version of SM.. happy smashing Xmas and New Year!

  83. 83

    Happy Holidays!

    I started visiting smashingmagazine in mid of Feb’08…And after that me and you never turned back as you guys never failed to deliver. I really admire your creative and inspirational work.

    It’s impressive how much SmashingMagazine has expanded this year with unique and creative content.

    It’s been a wonderful year being with you guys. Keep Providing us the inspirational things. I hope you guys have a smoking new year, and all the very best for next year 2009… ALL THE VERY BEST :)

  84. 84

    I started reading Smashing Mag while taking a job involving web design so …. it was quite a life and time saving :)

  85. 85

    Go Smashing Go! 2009 is waiting… Cheers

  86. 86

    Learned a lot from smashingmagazine, keep it up guys.

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    You did an awesome job in the past – making smashing magazine one of my absolute favorite website and ressources. There’s not much for wishing for improvement, as you are covering quite an interesting and dynamic mix of themes – I could’nt be happier.

    thanks for the great work guys, all the best for 2009!

    all the best from munich, germany!

  88. 88

    thank you very much for your great effort you are the best!

  89. 89

    Thank you for all you’ve done

  90. 90

    i come here everyday to get infomation

  91. 91

    Great work! Thank you for all your suggestions!

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    Leandro Corrêa

    December 24, 2008 4:26 am

    Great year, great blog.
    Thanks, SM :)

  93. 93

    One Smashing year indeed!

    Keep up the good work and great research!

  94. 94

    Hi “S” Team,
    You’re making a very goog job for us. Thanks a lot.
    Best Regards from Poland

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    December 24, 2008 8:53 am

    Thank you, guys! We appreciate your support and we’ll do everything possible to meet your expectations. Merry Christmas!

  96. 96

    Live from Brazil:
    Happy New Year, guys!
    Thanks for everything!

  97. 97

    Happy Holidays Smashing!
    Thanks for the continued inspiration throughout 2k8!

  98. 98

    Great job !!

    Keep it up guys.

  99. 99

    Best resource for Web Designers anywhere, including print! Thanks for all the great stuff!

    My only request is for more Fireworks related articles.

  100. 100

    All I wanted to say is ‘You guys really ROCK!!!’, Thanks a trillion for the excellent articles, freebies, and inspiring tips and tricks. I love it!!!

  101. 101

    Wish you guys a very happy and smashing new year!!!

  102. 102

    thanx thanx thanx thanx again!!!

  103. 103

    Amazing job guys! It’s always great to read your articles!

    It would be very interesting next year to read about:
    – E-mail newsletters and marketing mailings design trends and best practises
    – b2b websites, knowledge databases and web based application trends
    – banners and other online advertisement trends, inspirations

  104. 104

    I think that there should be an article on the importance of good grammar online. I hate to see all the bad grammar and spelling in all of the comments. Even though it’s a casual setting that doesn’t mean that we can’t speak properly, and I would hate to think that it overflows into our webpages, blogs, etc.

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    Thanks & Happy 2009!

  106. 106

    Thanks for making my job(s)easier, I visit the site daily and sometimes more than once. I’ve suggested this site to countless other developers, designers and can’t thank you guys enough for all the freebies. I look forward to a Smashing 2009 and wish only the happiest of New Years to you all
    Kansas City, USA

  107. 107

    Wish you another great and successful year.

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    I gave some pointers since there was a poll, but to be honest, keep on writing like you’ve been doing till now, I really have no special questions.. Smashing is great as it is.. Just surprise me ;)

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    I want to thank the entire smashing team for a splendid year.
    I dont know what I would have done without your inspiring articles
    and freebies.


    Greetings from Dubai.

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    What a Smashing year it’s been. I’m honored that I was able to contribute — thx for your guiding hand and attention to aesthetics, Vitaly — and look forward to more creative flow in 2009! Lovely to see each & all the comments encouraging further awesomeness. =)


  112. 112

    thanks for single handedly improving my skills this year. cheers

  113. 113

    Have a good 2009!

  114. 114

    Thanks a lot for a great year, and all the best for 2009. Smashing Magazine is a great resource for web design, GUI stuff and general inspiration. Keep it up!

  115. 115

    Hi its really good to hear and get introduce with such team.

    how can I will be the part of your team?


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