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The Smashing Book: Vote For The Book Cover Now!

The Smashing Book1 project is now entering its next phase. Based upon your tremendous feedback, we have finalized the concept and the outline for the book. In fact, the topics have been selected and our writers have already started to brainstorm the ideas for their chapters in the book. The one thing that still remains to be discussed is how the book will actually look like.

The Smashing Book

And since the Smashing Book is supposed to be the community book, we would like you to decide what design would fit the book best. In this post we present 6 book cover designs that were designed by the community for the Smashing Book Project. We let you decide what book cover the Smashing Book will have. Please vote in the poll below – it’s your turn now!

Details about the book cover Link

We have picked out 6 most interesting book cover designs amond a number of drafts suggested in the forum. We think that every design presented below is appropriate for the Smashing Book. However, what cover makes the book look really smashing?

Please notice:

  1. the book will be a paperback, not hardcover as shown in some drafts below,
  2. the book will not be available in stores or any retail stores — it doesn’t have to fight for customer’s attention against numerous other books in stores.
  3. the book should make a really good impression online.

What cover design should the Smashing Book have? Link

Below you’ll find a brief overview of the 6 book cover designs. You will find more detailed information and preview of each design below, under the poll. You can click on the image for a larger preview. You can vote for multiple designs. Please vote now!

Book Covers2
Book Covers3


What cover design should the Smashing Book have?4
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Participants Link

Here are more details and images of each design. Thank you to designers for participation!

  1. jokr (1)
  2. jokr (2)
  3. briannelsondesign
  4. motd
  5. Static44
  6. mjmonserrat

a) jokr 1

Cover Proposal

b) jokr 2

Cover Proposal

c) briannelsondesign

Cover Proposal

Cover Proposal

d) motd

Cover Proposal

Cover Proposal

e) Static44

Cover Proposal

f) mjmonserrat

Cover Proposal

Cover Proposal

Thank you for participation, folks! And please feel free to let us know your ideas, thoughts and suggestions in the comments to this post! Thank you for your time.

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  1. 1

    please after completion give me one for free

  2. 2

    That’s odd, my comment were removed as spam when i edited it and added:
    A on the picture is the same as B in the list, btw.

  3. 3

    I love A and C

  4. 4

    C and D look very nice! I hope it’ll be C

  5. 5

    C is by far the best, nice and sleek like the site

  6. 6

    Andrew Philpott

    April 8, 2009 9:29 am

    I would really like C if it used the arrow on the “G” in the word “Smashing”.

  7. 7

    Hmm… they all are a bit too cheesy. I had high hopes, especially for a site like this.

  8. 8

    I love b – it brings out the British meaning of smashing a little more.

  9. 9

    I like D, it’s clean, simple, elegant, and timeless

  10. 10

    I’m liking C.

  11. 11

    C. Simplest design, not too literal, not overbearingly a design book.

    Bada bing!

  12. 12

    F i just fantastic :)

  13. 13

    ‘C’ looks great, very striking. :)

  14. 14

    I hope the book has less grammatical errors than this post!

  15. 15

    A & B = Definitely not liking both. Especially the two reload icon next together look terrible.
    C = Simple, clean. Love it.
    D = Mashing book? No Thanks ;)
    E = Too much.
    F = Is this book only about code? If not, then it doesn’t work.

    Winner = C

  16. 16

    Im buying it, but only if it’s the cover i picked, which was C.

  17. 17

    D, sober, clean…and black.

  18. 18

    Well… ‘C’ Looks neat and clean !!

    DKumar M.

  19. 19

    I love A, B & C. I can’t see how people don’t like these first 2…

  20. 20

    kenny rogers

    April 8, 2009 10:01 am

    a b c D e f

  21. 21
  22. 22

    Please proof read your posts for grammatical errors…really annoying.
    Book Cover = C

  23. 23
  24. 24

    F not only looks good, but it’s clever as well.

    Even if the book isn’t “only about code”, as Vince correctly pointed out, in the end it all ends up as code. Using the actual code from makes it our own little secret in the bookstore. :)

    (oh… and I think you vote in the voting panel above… not the comments here. ;) )

  25. 25

    Chris Shiflett

    April 8, 2009 10:08 am

    “I hope the book has less grammatical errors than this post!”

    I think you mean fewer. :-)

  26. 26

    C & F

  27. 27

    Why don’t the images for C match up? Which one are we voting on; the one with the solid redish background or the one with the redish background and orange “swoosh” going across the top?

  28. 28

    It came down to C & E, but C gets my vote.

    Great confidence in the brand. But remove the gloss. Flame away, but for a book I want that sweet, solid orange. There is no Book 2.0.

    Good entries all!

  29. 29

    Brian Nelson

    April 8, 2009 10:19 am

    Hey Ian,
    I designed ‘C’ and I had submitted the solid reddish background before they had released the vector logos for the design competition. So, I resubmitted the design with the actual logotype and the orange swoosh in the background. Not sure why they put the first image up there. I appreciate the positive feedback, everyone.

  30. 30

    My vote goes to D

  31. 31

    hi… i just love smashing magazine.. i think its an great evolution for the design world… its my bible now… please send me a copy once its released… please please…

  32. 32


  33. 33

    b !!!

  34. 34

    B and E are my favorites, but more so B

  35. 35

    I think A and F look the most professional. I think the Broken glass (E) is a little Obvious.

  36. 36

    I really like the C

  37. 37

    Jorge Linares

    April 8, 2009 10:35 am

    I liked F the most, however since the book it’s probably not just about codes the perfect for this book would be C

  38. 38

    I vote for C. Hands down. Clean, simple, timeless.

  39. 39

    I like C and D!

    I want it!

  40. 40

    i like design ‘A’ – something about the simplicity and muted colors that appears very much appealing to me :-)

  41. 41

    I like the f cover

  42. 42

    Wow, they all look gorgeous.

    But my favourite is of course the black (d). Stunning. :)

  43. 43

    I go for C… would like A, but the arrowy ‘o’s just don’t do, IMHO.

  44. 44

    maneesh Prabhalayam

    April 8, 2009 10:54 am

    I liked
    a (but its not that visually appeling),

  45. 45

    C and D are great… but D takes the cake! I love the black, it looks very sleek and awesome… kind of like the “black book” of design. It also stands out really nicely, and would look great on my book case!

  46. 46

    imo “C” is nice but it would not work as a paperback, it would look a bit cheap. “A” as a paperback though would look great with a matte finish.

  47. 47

    I vote for C, very smashing design.

  48. 48

    que llege argentina la concha de tu madre ehhhh amigitoww

  49. 49

    a – i don’t like the big reload icon (and the small ones too in “book”)
    b – i like it more than a, but still don’t like the small reload icons
    c – i like it
    d – i like it (if it ends up as “smashing” instead of “mashing” like mentioned before)
    e – i’d prefer a non-distorted clean cover like the previus
    f – i like it (i’d prefer using different sizes of the font instead of code)

    voting order for me: [ c, d, f ] b, e, a – i’m voting for the first three

  50. 50

    Man, NOT C. D or F work for me.

  51. 51

    I’d go with “F” or “A” (as a close 2nd)

  52. 52

    not to be a negative nancy, but these designs aren’t that impressive.
    i’ll vote C and i think F and A have potential, but the reloads in “book” need to go.
    i still love smashmag and will continue to check it about every hour – ha.

  53. 53

    C… Absolutely C.

  54. 54

    I vote C, most definitely. Simple and appealing.

  55. 55

    lovin’ the f

  56. 56

    C is just too simple and to evident: deceiving for a creative community… the F proposition cannot be seen very clearly compared with the other propositions, it’s hard to compare!

    But as a print graphic designer, the F is the best by far (b coming after)

  57. 57

    These look like yearbook covers :D

  58. 58

    They are all really good. D caught my eye though.

  59. 59

    D! The black book

  60. 60

    Congratulations to all the designers. I’d be happy with any of them. Well done.

  61. 61

    b is best. but without the reload arrow :)

  62. 62

    solution is D :-D.
    Realy nice work. Simple Clean and Strong.

  63. 63

    I think B is looking like Pepsi logo and C is inpired by Adobe :)

  64. 64

    Jamison Smith

    April 8, 2009 11:58 am

    I like C and D… .. it would have to be D… but they all look pretty good!

  65. 65

    If the book should make a really good impression online, the cover “C” it’s the best. I loved all the covers, the designers did a great job but the “C” cover it’s just the Smashing Magazine face! I mean, look that cover… I want this book! And I am pretty sure you want it too! :)

  66. 66

    I really not like WHOA on any of them but F is the best of the rest!

  67. 67

    Tony O'Donohoe

    April 8, 2009 12:12 pm

    I can’t believe there are so few votes for F. It is the only choice!!!
    C is ok, but just ok
    D is like web 2.0 on a book!
    E is tacky and dated
    A is boring
    B looks like it should be a software box!
    F people, F!!!

  68. 68

    Peter Skenandore

    April 8, 2009 12:15 pm

    D is the standout for bookstore shelves and the one I want on my bookshelf.

    F works for the back cover maybe markup interspersed with reviews, credits etc.

  69. 69

    A – Nice unique design
    B – Looks like the french flag
    C – The only design that truly carries the Smashing Brand. Love it!
    D – Clean design, would be my second choice
    E – Interesting smash concept, probably my favorite design, but it’s just not smashing magazine
    F – Does not catch the eye.


  70. 70

    Kristina Kerbel

    April 8, 2009 12:18 pm

    I vote for D! It’s really very nice cover

  71. 71

    Sara McAllister

    April 8, 2009 12:22 pm

    It would be helpful to know what the concept for the book is before voting on a cover. The fact that a concept has been decided on was mentioned, however, the actual concept wasn’t stated.

  72. 72


  73. 73

    F shows the design side of SM as well as the technical part. A beautyfull cover in my opinion!

    And it will look awesome between my other books!

  74. 74
  75. 75

    Matthew McManus

    April 8, 2009 12:38 pm


  76. 76

    I like D. It’s simple and elegant, and I think would be the most eye-catching in a book store.

  77. 77

    I like D and C

  78. 78

    SM in black is beautiful = D

  79. 79

    adrian boioglu

    April 8, 2009 12:50 pm


  80. 80

    First choice: F
    Second: D
    Third: C

  81. 81

    C is easily the best, but F is second with D a close third.

  82. 82

    C would be amazing if the cover was that digital illustration of the Smashing Book – it would be like one of those recursive pictures that doesn’t quite work

  83. 83

    I love the second version of C.

  84. 84

    No doudt about it. I love D! Less is more.

  85. 85

    D is the best.
    The black color looks precious, sober and clean.
    Nice job!

  86. 86

    C is very good and it should be cover for Smashing Book. I’ve voted C and A.

  87. 87

    C – go for it!

  88. 88

    I like option A the best but those two reload symbols in ‘book’ bother me. I think the design would be much better if the typography was kept very clean and minimal, leaving the uniqueness of the pattern to shine on its own. Other than that, I really am not crazy about any of the others.

  89. 89

    Smashing Editorial

    April 8, 2009 1:49 pm

    308 votes were done using the same IP ( and have been removed now.

  90. 90

    Option C is by far the best, with a few tweaks.

    1. Rotate the “S” about 10-20 degrees counter-clockwise. You want to mimic how the “S” would look if its bounding square were level, as it is when confined within a book shape.

    2. Use the layout in the “photograph” version of the 2 samples. This means including 2 shades of red-orange and the arrow on the “g.”

    3. You may want to test out a version of C using the same gradients as the logo uses. First because it would be a more solid tie-in branding-wise, and second because I think it could look sharper than solid blocks of color — because of the simple design, you can get away with fancy-pants 2.0 type gradients and highlights with this design.

    C is clear and strong and will be eye-catching on a shelf. Most of the other designs are too, though D is a close runner-up to C.

    Great work briannelsondesign and motd!

  91. 91

    Could have went either way, C or D. I thought D was something different, minimalistic, professional, basic. Basic in a good sense, as in, getting back to basics. No marketing hype, no time wasters, but real substance. Also thought it laid out a foundation for future book covers, with perhaps changing/adding to the image/color, a concept similar to O’Reilly colophon. Last choice was, A. Way too busy.

  92. 92

    Marc Ambrose

    April 8, 2009 2:06 pm

    D obviously

  93. 93

    A is my first choice. F the second.

  94. 94

    Matt Palmer

    April 8, 2009 2:47 pm

    for the love of god, it does not need to have BOOK written on the cover. Once it’s printed everyone will be able to work out that it is infact a book.

    Keep it at “Smashing” and don’t dumb it down.

    If you go to a store and buy a t-shirt with an adidas logo on it, you don’t see “adidas t-shirt” written on it as well. We all know what it is, so get to the point.

    No. 3 is the best book cover here, the others are trying a bit too hard and not capturing anything.

  95. 95

    C… definitely C

  96. 96

    C is the best by far.

  97. 97

    Voted C but D is also nice.

  98. 98

    (a) is much too busy (reminds me of a colony worms …)

    (b) Why the color blue?

    (d) and (e) . Looks too much like a stamp placed randomly on a page and , please, no need to mention it is a book! We know it!

    (f) it does not work for me. Too busy and what is the point of this html code on the cover?

    We are left with (c). Clean . ..too bad it also says “book” …remove it and it will be really nice.

    I am sorry for being critical. I recognize that designing a book cover is not a trivial exercise .
    I have tried …:-(!

  99. 99

    Voted f it’s original and the code gives it a nice touch, I’m sure I’ll buy this book for my collection, and I’ll love to have one with that cover. Excellent work of the designer in my opinion…

  100. 100

    Love the theme and color feel of C. If we saw that even from a distance we get to know it was great SMASH.

  101. 101

    I like C the best! The “S” stands out and colors fit the Smashing brand!

  102. 102

    D. The others…meh.

    Although it wont be on a bookshelf in my local store, I try and imagine what will make me pick it out from the hundreds of other similar (but not as good) books. The black coloured spine doesnt leap out at all. Its not trying to capture my attetion but it has an air of mystery that will make me want to know whats inside.

    Then again, i’ll probably see the Smashing logo and pick it up anyway, regardless of the colour !

  103. 103

    absolutely joker2

  104. 104

    This is way too hard.
    I love them all!

  105. 105

    I like B the most..

  106. 106

    I love C~~lalala~~

  107. 107

    Caroline Schnapp

    April 8, 2009 6:40 pm

    The results of this poll are disappointing. Designs a and b are superior, and by far. They’re in a different league. Amazing work, jokr, congratulation!

  108. 108


  109. 109

    “С” is like a favicon. =)

  110. 110

    I really think that, choose he cover you choose, should have the: BY THE AUTHORS OF SMASHING……

    Marketing, I think.

    And , my favourite cover is the first C, and it seems is the winner until now!

  111. 111

    I Love A. It looks sleek. When you look at it you want to open it and see what’s inside. The other ones are OK. However, the designs are not “smashingly” unique in my opinion. they almost feels like you’ve seen them before.

  112. 112

    Hehe, is motd an arab?

  113. 113

    red said fred

    April 8, 2009 8:13 pm

    B just does it for me…

  114. 114


    April 8, 2009 8:17 pm

    C’mon! Choice ‘a’ is very original and unusual. It would stand out and grab the attention of your wandering mind and any passing coworker. The content is already great, you don’t hide it in another generic looking cover.

  115. 115

    “C” is attractive in its simplicity but I really like “A” a lot and “F” would also get my attention.

    Ditch the arrows on the O’s though. In more than a year browsing here I never even noticed the arrow on the G until trying to figure out why they were incorporated into this design. The red and white S is the strongest element of the Smashing brand.

  116. 116


    April 8, 2009 8:19 pm

    A does it for me. By the way, surely the open book under “Participants”, “d) motd”, would result in the book jacket being the wrong way round???!!!

  117. 117

    A is too cluttered

    B has potential, but copies the whole MLB logo thing a bit too closely.

    C is a very strong design. Dare I say “iconic”

    D is just another free icon image

    E is the same as D with a background image

    F is just as cluttered as A

  118. 118

    Adeline Chong

    April 8, 2009 8:27 pm


  119. 119

    C, D are good :)

  120. 120

    I vote for C

  121. 121

    thumb up for E

  122. 122

    I go for D.

  123. 123

    Raman Sharma

    April 8, 2009 9:13 pm

    I love D & F.
    1. F
    2. D

  124. 124
  125. 125

    I go with (A) – – I like to suggest you the curved arrow for “G”as a branding icon. and i like to see the back side design of A.

  126. 126

    no competition for me… C all the way :)

  127. 127

    of course the last “F”. It’s great and serious.

  128. 128

    f) mjmonserrat

    i like it. it’s full of mystery, and the “s” is consructed by domain name.

  129. 129

    Robert Heine

    April 8, 2009 10:22 pm

    Is there a chance, that the book will be publish in german (language) too ?

  130. 130


    April 8, 2009 10:28 pm

    They’re all great!!

    It’s really hard to make a choice but, at the end, I’ve voted for “d”.
    Olso “e” design is really beauty.

  131. 131

    winner: “C”

  132. 132

    Definitely A ! Look more professionnal!

    C is good, but too simple and no use of the “arrow G”, wich is very cool!

  133. 133

    I think that all covers are ok, but it’s nice that you let us choose.
    My favourite is A

    PS is there a possibility to include a CD/DVD in the book?

  134. 134

    I’ve voted for C, as it’s clean, has Smashing colors, and will be readable even in little thumbs of e-stores.

    a & f : too “noisy”
    b : the shape is great but colors… Looks like french flag, sorry :P
    d : smashing logo lost in this black sea
    e : It’s a nice one, but I don’t feel the rusty look match with Smashing image.

  135. 135

    F is my favorite

  136. 136

    c is standart, cliché, normal
    f is different, geek, abnormal THUS great and simple
    a is also great but not so simple.

  137. 137

    “C” design is really clean and cool

  138. 138

    Christian Skog

    April 8, 2009 11:15 pm


    Clean, simple, informative – but yet not too descriptive and obvious.

  139. 139

    I look at C, D, and E and just see adobe for some reason…

  140. 140

    I like C.

  141. 141

    i like D

  142. 142

    C is my favorite! D looks nice as well but its too common somehow.

  143. 143

    i like f …i feel typo’s very good

  144. 144

    I like f and e are very nice

  145. 145

    Marin Todorov

    April 9, 2009 12:09 am

    I wanted to ask you guys if it is possible to put my photo on the front cover ? I think any of the proposed variants above + my photo will sell millions of copies , I almost guarantee it :) lol

    Anyhow, if you re-read your own articles on clean design you’ll see C is the only option :)

  146. 146

    C! Simple, Sublime, Smashing!

  147. 147
  148. 148

    C is my pick out of the bunch. Clean. Bold. Smashing.

    A is nice too, but I’m thinking replacing the grey with black would give it a lot more contrast and it would definitely pop more. I would also remove the 2 refresh icons in “Book”. It’s too much.

  149. 149

    F. Really cool

  150. 150

    D, it’s very stylish for a stylish way of thinking as you do

  151. 151

    I like F. But if the book is not all about coding, it dose not work.
    If it has to make a good impression online, A failed.
    How about a combination of B and C? Use B’s layout and C’s color: keep it simple with only orange color; the tilted “S” bleed of the edge of the cover in design “B” balances better with logo than in design C.

  152. 152

    I like C and D.

  153. 153

    This book is going to be amazing!!! cant wait

  154. 154

    C is simple yet very nice! fits smashing!

  155. 155

    F – is cool ;)

  156. 156

    Zoltan Sebestyen

    April 9, 2009 1:14 am

    My vote goes to B, but IMHO the curves of the “S” should be fine-tuned.
    If you’re interested in my detailed opinion, please feel free to email me.

  157. 157

    “C” – Crisp ‘n’ clean!

  158. 158

    Definitely C!

  159. 159

    E is great, but doesn’t suit the concept of the smashing book, imo.
    Love D and C !

  160. 160

    I like C.
    Message for Natasha at comment 14: I hate to do this to you but you actually hope the book will have “fewer” grammatical errors than the post, not “less”. Less means “not as much”, which isn’t right for your sentence’s structure. Fewer means “not as many”, which conveys the meaning you wanted to. It’s always a risk to correct grammar in public…

  161. 161

    B looks a bit pepsi.

    and after reading someone elses comment, C now looks adobe inspired.

    F for the win

  162. 162

    Of course “C” gives me smallville feeling

  163. 163

    Gregory Franz

    April 9, 2009 2:15 am

    C, C, C, C, C, C…

    Keep it “Cimple”.

  164. 164

    I think you scrap all of them and let me design one for you, failing that go for C and have nothing but the big S on the front.

  165. 165

    D and F

  166. 166

    1st) A
    2nd) F
    3rd) B

  167. 167


    April 9, 2009 2:48 am

    i like F

  168. 168

    I’m going for D

  169. 169

    C. Suits best with the style of this site.

  170. 170

    April 9, 2009 3:48 am

    For me, C.

  171. 171

    For me C & F

  172. 172

    black is always beautiful – d and f

  173. 173

    A and F!

  174. 174

    I love F

  175. 175

    It’s all about A for me!!

  176. 176

    C – D – F

  177. 177

    Andrew Turnbull

    April 9, 2009 5:23 am

    F “good design, it stands out from the others.” Customers who walk around a book shop seeing that cover would be drawn to it.. Thats how i came to my conclusion. My eyes kept locking on at F cover.


  178. 178

    Mayank Singhal

    April 9, 2009 6:04 am

    D is too supermanish…
    i like superman
    but smashingmag’s bigger ;)

  179. 179

    Vote for F, I want this cover in my bookshelf!

  180. 180

    vote for F!

  181. 181

    Mephisto )*(

    April 9, 2009 7:11 am

    I think “F” is the most representative for your work !
    Vote for F.

  182. 182

    WOW Yes as I already said, C is the option because it toked me 1 sec to identify it and 2 sec more to relate it to your logo and the favicon. AND I realy realy want one :)

  183. 183

    Sean McCambridge

    April 9, 2009 8:01 am

    I like B all the way. Imagining myself browsing books at B&N, the B cover is the one that would catch my attention.

  184. 184

    absolutely C
    clean and very cool

  185. 185

    James Inman

    April 9, 2009 8:04 am

    A and C, but I like B too.

  186. 186

    d is clear thus have a smashing identity.

  187. 187

    vote for F! got a sexy look and a sense of network like matrix!

  188. 188

    please, C!
    and i want a smashing book!

  189. 189

    Brea Sandness

    April 9, 2009 8:52 am

    They were all very well done!! I could never be as creative as these designers. Personally, cover designs A & C stand out amongst the rest. The bright orange cover for C will definitely make the book stand out on a shelf or table. In A the background was a nice change in pace from solid colors, but agree with the person who didn’t like the arrows on the “oo” in the word book. The background is very busy (in a good way), however, the title should be clear and stand out from the chaos in the back, and not add more disorder to the design. I thought B looked nice with the multiple colors, but found it reminded me of a software box, not a book. Selections D, E, and F were all also very well done, although, the choice of black as a primary color for the background put them at a disadvantage. It is easy for a wandering eye to look right over a black tinted book, potentially causing a loss in a sale. I choose C because, the edges are very clean, and the title was thoughtfully placed. Overall, the appearance did not come off as “plain,” but stylish. This designer did a great job with keeping with the modern taste of the younger generations, while not going overboard. This designer was able to produce a cover that would be able to compete and stand out amongst rows of other well designed covers and books. Great Job briannelsondesign!!!

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    Hardly waiting this book…

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    I need one ! looks great

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    I will vote for D… As when it’s on a book shelf.. It makes it more stands out… It’s looks informative and more valueble informations.

    C is shouting too much i guess…

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    can we not have a black background? I feel its too much a default, white needs more love

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    Merewald Valletta

    April 9, 2009 9:30 am

    Definitely C. I think it’s clean, minimalist and absolutely dashing. I think, out of the choices (though they’re all great) that C should be the one chosen. Gosh, I’m so excited for this book. I simply cannot wait! :)

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    Chris Robinson

    April 9, 2009 9:43 am

    voted C, clean and simple with clear branding

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    Casey Parker

    April 9, 2009 10:15 am

    I’d put C on my coffee table…clean, sleek design with impact…power.

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    I like B n D and also C, but not as much as BnD X-)

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    D. Nice contrast and 2.0 trend for the era.

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    I went for C myself, really like it. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy once it’s done!

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    Eduardo Ascencio

    April 9, 2009 10:35 am

    Me gusto mucho el diseño de la F y la D, me parece un tremendo recuento de ideas.

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    i like F

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    Daryn St. Pierre

    April 9, 2009 10:46 am

    I think all of them are awesome but C stands out for me. When I view the covers, C is the one that I think brands Smashing Magazine the best. Plus I like how it uses negative space. It’s really nice. Awesome work!

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    Personally I like the d) design and f)

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    Aimee Greeblemonkey

    April 9, 2009 12:44 pm

    All are quite nice, but I was especially drawn to F. Second fave is D.

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    I like C the best but it would be nice to see how the design for the back of the book was tackled. It would be a good idea to include “from the authors of Smashing Magazine” like comp A did.

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    C of course !
    It looks like an evidence. When you look at it, it cannot be anything else than the Smashing Magazine book.
    It reflects everything Smashing Magazine fights for : simplicity and efficiency. And I don’t even speak about the timeless design.
    C !

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    Is it just me, or does option “B” look way too much like an NBA logo?

    I vote for option “A” and “F”.. though option “D” is good too.

    Hum, maybe make a limited edition of each cover type? (Or include printable cover overlays for each design… hosted here at SmashingMag as jpgs?… that would fit in with the “customize it out you want it” goal of design)

    Thanks, can’t wait for the book!

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    “C” version for the win!

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    E, because it’s not C. No, really, it actually uses the idea of “smashing” in the design. Not just patterns.

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    I like the option “A”

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    I like them all!!! A the least, but they are all good for me. Good luck!

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    Eric Kelsey

    April 9, 2009 6:52 pm

    I think “C” fits your branding well and is the best option. “A” comes in a distant second.

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    ‘C’ the best :D

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    C. My opinion is the same as in comment #213.

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    My vote for “e) Static44”.

    Being the only design expressing the word smashing, it adds interest, and makes you want to pick up the book, and see what it’s all about.


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    D = The Gentleman

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    I really like proposition a.
    It really gives a original and recognizable touch.
    Congrats to the author!

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    Bjørn Friese

    April 10, 2009 2:58 am

    I voted for b, but as it seems now, c is winning! But c is also nice, good luck with the book guys.

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    the “D” is the very usual. Don’t use it! :)
    My choice is “A”. Where I can get it? )

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    Design D is simplistic yet effective, my kind of book cover for my to-be favourite book :D

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    I think that C really captures attention the best. And I would immediately know what it was for when I saw it in a bookstore, since that’s the logo that’s in my bookmarks, etc.
    Many good choices though!

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    Andre Morgan

    April 10, 2009 6:08 am

    D to me is the most effective considering the current smashing identity. Simple yet effective and not departing too far from current smashing graphics.

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    I love both C and D. Would definitly say D if it didn’t have “mashing book” on the bottom. You should go with one of those.

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    I know it is currently in third but the winner should definitely be F. Please F, if you go with F I might even buy two! Can’t wait for the book any ideas on publish date and where it will be available?

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    A combination between C and E would work great!

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    D. Solid, clean and effective.

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    Are you kidding me, hands down B!!!

    All the rest are too generic, too dark and dingy, or too…unclear in what they are.

    Speaking words of wisdom, letter B.

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    My choice is F without out a doubt.

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    Can we expect the soft copy to be free :)

    My choice is either a Or d.

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    VERY BEST IS D</strong

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    Camilo Oliveira

    April 11, 2009 9:10 am

    a) is undoubt the best cover. Very different. Congrats jokr

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    D Simple and Attractive Design. A, B, C, E, F are to shocking to the eye as far as color goes.

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    Seraphim Collective

    April 11, 2009 9:48 am

    I vote for C cause it fits the overall branding. :0)

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    briannelsondesign “C” !!!

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    I think F has more design value and will stand out on the shelves.
    Only comment is to reduce white from the text and UV that area to make it prominent.

    And no need to repeat the logo again. Only “THE SMASHING BOOK” is enough as in design C. Smashing in red and the rest in grey.

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    To be honest I like some of the other designs better, but like F or A due to the fact that they represent sort of a “collective” of mini images. I think that since the book is about group think and a collective approach to making it, the cover could reflect that. The giant S is striking but is singular in vision. I really think that a sum of multi parts represents the concept of the book more.


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    can’t wait for the book :)

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    I like F the most

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    A is awesome, but seems like it’s gonna be C :(

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    A dans B are awesome, though I don’t like the arrows on the word “book”.

    About C and D… Helvetica, one more time? Come on, guys, there are some other font in the world!

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    I like F the most, VOTE for F!!!
    let’s put F on top!

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    I’ve heard F is made by a ‘Pinoy’….
    no doubt….
    it’s great

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    WOW…. thanks for the support guys(entry F)! keep the votes coming!

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    I’m the designer of F cover… ha ha ha, thanks for those who vote my design. Specially those who posted their comments. Thanks to the “F SUPPORTERS”:Pandjarov,Kane,Matt,Tim Ward,Jorge Linares,Luca,maneesh Prabhalayam,Nick,durnin,stiggs,bren,Katia,culvi,Tony O’Donohoe,Peter Skenandore,Sythe,adrian boioglu,Lea Verou,Ben,midas,Eric,Raman Sharma, zuodao, smailfish,Lien,thanh truc,Stefano,cem,lpociask, Mike,Farzad,Dave,ferocesalatino,Bartp,Dörthe,Adam Alyan,kuve,micce,Andrew Turnbull,FFF,ziosteve,Mephisto,snu1031,Eduardo Ascencio, ray,Design Jar,Aimee Greeblemonkey,Aaron,kolle,Jim Hanifen, Colin,Paul Cypert,Ehsan,brent, and dennis

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    All the designs are nice. . . I prefer Cover F

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    I liked ‘B’

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    It is obvious that the better cover is the smashed one (e).
    Really great effect on screen so terrific for advertising and pdf version.
    e 1+

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    i voted for F! F as in Fantastic and Futuristic! go tutep!

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    “D” is excellent.

    My Opinions :

    “A” – Great work but it seems a pattern like gift cover.
    “B” – looks old Book. And the Shape “S” is not correct.
    “C” – looks ok. What is the special in that book(no creativity).

    “D” – great look. why i choose this is – smashing magazine website main attachtion is the highlight colors are logo and darkgray. The logo in the black is excellent work. and the back side also so nice.

    “E” – It looks some kind of retro

    “F” – Great work. i feel some thing is missing on that cover.

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    Susie Blackmon

    April 14, 2009 1:21 am

    Love D.

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    Quakeulf >:3

    April 14, 2009 3:13 am

    Everytime I see this poll I vote C.

    Vote C for great justice.

    C for president.

    C is the best.

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    Ronan Murphy

    April 14, 2009 4:01 am

    For me its C, I think it will look nice as a hardback at a4.

    Well done to all who got shortlisted.


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    “A” has a strong layout with the Smashing icon motif pattern. But there is way too much going on here with this design. The nice cool pattern juxtaposed on top of the competing orange reload graphic is way too overpowering. The reload mark really is not necessary for this design. The pattern does enough. Get rid of this and you have your winner! :-)

    “B” Nice concept but “A” in my opinion portrays the brand better.

    “C, D” Simple is always better but these are too simple.

    “E” This design has a nice background texture portraying the “smashing” idea. However I am a little put off by the Smashing Icon on top. Too much contrast here. And the grittiness added to the icon I think is a bad move for the brand. I understand the idea but it’s not working for me.

    “F” Nice idea with the play on code integrated with the S icon. But the design has too much contrast. This design needs more whitespace. And let’s not kid ourselves; code is hidden behind the scenes for a reason. But if you are going to use code in your design, make it more interesting without it dominating the entire design.

    “B-F “ all use the giant “S” icon in their designs. And they all share a common technique but neither of them really sticks out except for “A.” Make the changes suggested to “A” and you have your winner! Cheers!

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    C of course:-)

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    can you give me one after it finished? :D

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    D of course

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    I choose designs A and B. A has the tessellation pattern going on, which is really striking, and B has the clean contrasting colors.

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    I loved E!
    Perhaps you can treat the cracked glass image to make it look more ‘2009’

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    F, definitely F.

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    Me parece exelente que se este realizando un proyecto como este por parte de SmashingMagazine. Soy Diseñador gráfico, y en realidad que me han encantado las entradas de este sitio.

    Por favor, publiquen la publicacion del libro pronto!…

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    D looks like cool book BUT C is smashing as smashing magazine
    all other are behind

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    I like a) . . . maybe because it’s mine . . . but that’s not the only reason:

    lets start with the others:
    b) also my design (I chose blue as the second color because it’s the complementary color to the reddish-orange on the smashing logo) . . . I knew the second I finished the design that it contained too many elements for a book cover, it was to complicated and that’s why it not my first choice
    c) probably the best design for an inexperienced eye . . . sure it’s a clean design . . . but also its the smashing logo spread onto the whole page . . . way to simple . . . where’s the design work in that . . . it’s the first idea that popped into everyone’s head -> lets make the logo as big as the page . . . NO NO GOOD show me some real design work please.
    d) the same as c) way too simple . . . a logo thrown onto a black page . . . and please take some time to consider the typography is that the first font that come up in the list or what?
    e) it sure took a bit more to design than the others . . . it also involved an idea rather than a simple logo onto a page . . . it’s not bad . . . unfortunately it’s not ehat the smashing book is all about it doesn’t say design nor coding nor typography . . .
    f) too much code . . .not enough design . . . sure black looks nice . . .also does red . . . but give me something more than a few lines of code

    And finally . . . why a)
    because it’s simple but not boring . . . the pattern is gray, easy on the eye, and focused your attention on the orange logo . . . it shows that some design work has been done to complete the cover . . . and also it’s by far the best design here :D . The two reversed “O” ‘s in BOOK show you that the book takes you back through all the articles on the site, through all the experience accumulated in time by smashing magazine and gives an overall look on design, coding and everything smashing

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    abed el salam

    April 18, 2009 7:40 pm


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    ‘A’ is like a gift wrapper, I think it’s not applicable as a book cover. No wonder why it’s at the bottom 3

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    You should publish this book with a POD provider like No cost for you and saves trees by not printing a gazillion books that may or may not sell. POD is the way to go and Lulu seems to have more size, printing, and binding options than anyone else out there.


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