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Smashing Highlights 2009

2009 was a very successful year for Smashing Magazine. It was a year of ambitious goals and an intense time schedule, which brought many changes over the past year. In 2009 we published more posts than ever (on average, 8 posts per week). We broadened our areas of interest: for instance, we explored freelancing and the business side of web development, but also tackled user interface design and mobile web design. We also discovered new formats, such as the “Global Web Design” series and Q&A-Sessions — unfortunately, the latter (the Ask SM series with Chris Coyier) lasted only a couple of months.

Smashing Highlights 2009

None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support of our authors, contributors, and editorial staff. We express sincere gratitude to them for all the ideas and hard work they’ve put into articles published here on Smashing Magazine. We also want to thank you, the readers, for your attention, criticism, ideas, suggestions, emails, tweets, and links over the past year. Smashing Magazine is driven by your support which is why we are always listening to you and we truly appreciate every message we receive.

We have tried our best to improve the quality of our articles so as to increase their value for designers and developers. In this post, we’ll review what has happened on Smashing Magazine over the past year: smashing highlights, setbacks, and small sensations of 2009 — which we present in a month by month timeline. You can compare the highlights of 2009 with those of 20081 or 2007 (which, by the way, include links to some really useful articles).

January Link

The year starts with a rather lengthy post 100 (Really) Beautiful iPhone Wallpapers2 which actually doesn’t gain a lot of attention in January, but gains traffic significantly throughout the year. We start gathering material for this ultimate collection of iPhone wallpapers in early December and four writers help by selecting the most useful resources and the most beautiful wallpapers.

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By far the most popular article of the month is Web Design Trends For 20095. We carefully examine what’s happening on the web in 2008 and came up with a couple of trends that we think will appear in the web design landscape in 2009. Some of our predictions turn out to be correct. And yes, we’re already preparing a similar post for 2010.

Letterpress6 in Web Design Trends For 20096

February Link

In February, Paul Boag reveals 10 Harsh Truths About Corporate Websites7. His article seems to speak from the heart of thousands of designers and developers. The article gets positive feedback and we even receive tweets from two corporate site owners who agree to keep the key points of the article in mind for future redesigns.

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Also, Alexander Makarov takes a couple of work days off, tests 9 popular PHP IDEs, and presents a very detailed review of popular PHP IDEs in the article The Big PHP IDE Test: Why Use One And Which To Choose9. He also prepares an extensive spreadsheet for public review. An editable version is available as well (we hope that other developers will voluntarily add reviews to other IDEs), however we are forced to close editing because of vandalism.

Ides Best in The Big PHP IDE Test: Why Use One And Which To Choose10

February is also a busy month for us and our readers. We announce a Hardware Giveaway11 with almost 9000 comments — more comments than WordPress can handle at the time. Newer versions of WordPress offer comment pagination – probably added for that reason. We also announce the Smashing Book12 — our most important project in 2009. As you may know, there was a long road leading up to its final release in early December.

March Link

In March, we get technical. We publish articles related to Ruby On Rails13, MySQL14, Subversion15, and PHP16. The latter is a first-ever rebuttal of one of our previous articles; it’s written by PHP gurus Chris Shiflett and Sean Cotes. They take a closer look at the previously published article, explain its errors and reveal what is right and wrong in its theory and practice. From this point on, we consider getting experts to technically review articles before they’re published.

The most popular post of the month is 70 New, Useful AJAX and JavaScript Techniques17, prepared by Noura Yehia. We get back to our roots, to the good old days when we picked the best coding and design-related resources and present them in a well-researched round-up. Although many people have criticized the “list” article format, most readers still find such round-ups useful, so we continue publishing them. Over the course of the year we pushed lists back a bit, trying to publish more unique and thought-provoking content.

Ajax-js-techniques36 in 70 New, Useful AJAX And JavaScript Techniques18

The most controversial inspirational post of the month is definitely Bizarre Surreal and Dark Art Pictures19, prepared by Aquil Akhter. The post doesn’t seem to leave anyone unaffected; some readers hate it, some readers love it, and it brings a large spike in traffic.

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This month we also announce the Smashing Community Icon Set21 where we ask readers what icons they need with plans to design the icons together with a professional icon design agency, then release them for free. Unfortunately, the winner — portfolio icon set — is still not ready (the design agency is working on some nifty features), but we hope to finally release the set in early 2010.

April Link

In March we start discussing with Jacob Gube what would be an interesting twist for April’s Fools Day and we come up with a nice idea. As a result, we publish Jacob Gube’s article Breaking: Internet Explorer 8.1 Eagle Eyes Leaked22. The article takes a look at the new version of Internet Explorer and claims that it has Mozilla Firefox extensions support, excellent performance against the Acid 3 test, and a server-side code decompiler. The news spreads across social media and the article gets a nice traffic spike through StumbleUpon.

Intro in Smashing Highlights 200923

In April, Rob Morris presents 5 Simple Tricks To Bring Light and Shadow Into Your Designs24. In general, April turns out to be one of the best months of the year. We publish 47 articles related to very different topics (freelancing, graphics design, typography, CSS, conversion rates, logo design) and thus manage to cover a wide variety of topics — resulting in much positive feedback. Many readers, however, complain that we publish too often, so in the following months we begin to publish at a more moderate pace.

Fig 1 in 5 Simple Tricks To Bring Light and Shadow Into Your Designs25

May Link

May turns out to be a practical month. We re-discover round-ups with very useful resources. We publish a round-up of useful glossaries26, the ultimate general guide to industry terms that should get our readers well on their way to understanding what web designers are talking about. We also discuss ways to put your content in front of more people27.

Typeface in Useful Glossaries For Web Designers and Developers28

The most popular posts of the month are graffiti artworks29 and Free WordPress Themes for 200930. Inspirational posts work well, but the appetite of our readers is growing. Over the coming months we begin to see a rise of resistance against inspirational posts which are labeled “lazy content”. We listen and do our best to improve the quality of inspirational posts while reducing the number of such posts and making room for more practical articles.

Loves in 40 Stunning and Creative Graffiti Artworks31

June Link

June turns out to be a time for experiments. Because we observe a large number of Mac-users in our stats, we decide to publish a couple of Mac-related posts. We started slowly in May, and continued in June with Exposé tips32 and tweaks for your Mac33. However, in the articles we’re not just praising Mac. As it turns out, if you want some traffic and discussions on your blog, banter Apple, its products, or fans. We do it and the article Why Web Developers Don’t Need A Mac34 gets 655 comments. However, focusing articles on Mac is not a good idea — the feedback is very negative. After June we focus on more general design-related topics and let the Windows-Mac debate rest in peace.

Win in Smashing Highlights 200935

The most remarkable posts of the month are Inayaili de Leon’s challenge to take your design to the next level with CSS336 and Gareth Hardy’s discussion of common mistakes in logo design37. One of the most useful posts of the year is Cameron Chapman’s round-up of web design checklists and questionnaires38 which performs fairly well in terms of traffic and user feedback.

Rgba in Take Your Design To The Next Level With CSS339

In general, through the first six months of the year, CSS-related articles perform best. We notice this and start looking for more professional CSS/JS-developers who have time for writing. We also intensify our cooperation with our current writers. The results are seen in the months to come.

July Link

July is another month with a wide variety of design-related topics. Our advanced readers learn about clever PNG optimization techniques40. The most-discussed article of the month is The Roadmap To Becoming A Professional Freelance Web Designer41. We start to get more requests for freelance-related topics, ranging from pricing to organization to project management. We carefully write down the most promising ideas and assign topics to regular and new authors.

8grid-bad in Clever JPEG Optimization Techniques42

We try to take our inspirational posts to a new level, making them more extensive and less random. Our first result is Diogo Terror’s article about Lessons From Swiss Style Graphic Design43. The article goes to extreme lengths explaining various techniques from the time as well as showcasing beautiful Swiss style artworks. Unfortunately, very few readers appear to be interested. Although the article takes a couple weeks to prepare, the traffic is very low and it gets just 75 comments.

52 in Lessons From Swiss Style Graphic Design44

We present the results of our Typographic Layout Design Contest in which we aim to collect beautiful typographic (X)HTML+CSS-based layouts created by the design community and release them for free. The response is overwhelming and we release 45 free typographic (X)HTML/CSS templates45. Unfortunately, this is the last contest we offer in 2009. But no worries, new contests are coming in 2010!

August Link

In August we present the findings of our large study of typographic design practices46 in modern web design. We identify 13 general typographic problems and issues related to typographic design and present answers to them that we found through our research. Among other things, we discover the most popular typefaces, average font sizes, line height, and the number of characters per line. The study is extremely time-consuming, but we don’t care. The results are very useful and that’s what really matters.

Aiga in Typographic Design Patterns and Best Practices 47

We publish a quite controversial article If Famous Graphic Artists Were Web Designers…48 in which our author Francisco Inchauste explores inspirational paintings and artists who have influenced modern design. The article gains a lot of attention and instigates some rough discussions in the comments to the post.

Article Cover in Smashing Highlights 200949

We explain how to code your first HTML 5 layout50 and your first iPhone application51. And, of course, we publish probably the most bizarre post ever: Unique TV Series Episodes That Inspire Creativity52, written by Louis Lazaris. It’s a review of how particular TV episodes were different from what came before, and how this can serve as motivation for future designs. The article doesn’t make sense for some readers, but most are quite intrigued, which is a good sign.

September Link

September starts unpleasantly for Smashing Magazine. We are under siege. Someone attempts to infiltrate our main server and manages to manipulate some HTML data. The consequence: a new server (we moved from a cluster to the cloud), a new internal security policy (which still causes some problems for us and appears to be a bit too restrictive), secure FTP and, of course, more costs.

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We need a little time to recover, but get back on track quite quickly. We follow the attack with a few involved, thought-provoking articles: in the article CSS Wishlist: New Ideas, Debates and Solutions54 Kayla Knight discusses the current state of CSS and describes some alternative CSS syntaxes and CSS programming concepts as well as already-available techniques and tools. We reveal professional team management tips55 as well as the findings of our portfolio design study56.

Banner in Professional Team Management Tips For Creative Folks57

Many coding articles on Smashing Magazine cover various WordPress-related tips, tricks and techniques. Almost every month we published at least two articles related to WordPress; in September we published one of the most popular WordPress-related posts of the year: How To Integrate Facebook With WordPress58, written by Thiemo Fetzer. You can bet that we will continue publishing more WordPress-related articles in 2010.

Also in this month, Jon Tan helps us to create the Smashing Experts Panel: because some articles were incorrect or contained factual errors, we invite experts and professional designers and developers to do paid reviews of Smashing Magazine’s articles before they’re published. As of this writing, we have over 25 experts in the panel. This turns out to be bittersweet news for our authors: editing and feedback now need more time and authors need to be more precise in their articles.

October Link

Louis Lazaris explains CSS Differences in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 859 which is a new format for Smashing Magazine. For the first time, we’re publishing a useful reference article that can be looked up when our readers are handling browser inconsistency issues. And it works; the article has 238 comments and gains organic traffic from search engines. Also, in October we start our new series “Global Web Design” in which we feature web developers and web designs from different countries of the world and explore what’s happening in the web design scene worldwide. We start with Russian Web Design60. The new series is a success, so you can expect more exciting posts in the series in 2010.

145-russian-web-design in Showcase of Web Design in Russia61

Apart from classic CSS and usability posts, the month brings many original articles. For instance, Brand = User Experience: The Interface of a Cheeseburger62. Our readers share their excitement about the original content and want to see similar posts on Smashing Magazine in the future. We listen and start preparing other thought-provoking articles in the months to come. And, of course, it was pretty cool to put the image of a tasty cheeseburger on Smashing Magazine’s front page. We’re sure no design-related blog has done that before!

Cb in Brand = User Experience: The Interface of a Cheeseburger63

Important to us was Smashing Magazine’s Redesign and the Smashing Network64. The redesign is done by Liam McKay and his design agency, WeFunction. However, we subsequently tweaked a couple of things in the design (and Liam is still unhappy about these changes). Footer and sidebar illustrations are designed by Pasquale D’Silva. The idea behind the network is to promote high-quality content on the Web design scene and to make it worthwhile for publishers to produce useful and interesting design-related articles. We want our community to benefit from these articles and support the publishers with direct traffic from Smashing Magazine.

Editorial in Smashing Highlights 2009

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November Link

November is another important month for us. Finally, after 3 years of working in different cities, we move to our first joined office in Freiburg (Germany). This is also the reason why the rest of the year is a bit hectic: there are literally hundreds of things that had to be considered, discussed, and taken care of.

Probably the most practical article of the month is Kat Neville’s post about invoice design66. The article presents some general guidelines, best practices and examples that will help you make sure your invoices are up to spec. Some articles need tremendous work and vivid discussions before they finally get published. One of these is The Ails Of Typographic Anti-Aliasing67 by Thomas Giannattasio. Can you spot all the hours of work that were put into it?

Nancyroy Thumb in Invoice Like A Pro: Examples and Best Practices68

In November we have quite a surprise for our readers. Together with Paddy Donnelly, we discuss creating a spectacular post that covers a recent trend in modern web design: magazine-style blog post designs, or art-directed blog posts. Paddy refers to it as a ‘blogazine’. After four weeks of preparation, the article The death of the boring blog post?69 finally goes live. The surprise is that when a user clicks on the link to the post, he lands on a page which has a layout and design that’s completely different from the rest of Smashing Magazine. According to our stats, many users reloaded the page wondering where the “usual” layout had gone.

Jason1 in The Death Of The Blog Post70

The article is one of the best posts of 2009, as it manages to spark a huge discussion in the design community and gains over 550 comments. The readers are in disagreement about the design of the article, but the idea is inspiring and shortly after it’s published we start to see a couple of emerging new ‘blogazines’.

December Link

Finally. The Smashing Book is released71. Announced in February, and discussed in several posts throughout the year, in December it finally arrives. Actually, you can buy the Smashing Book right now, available exclusively from Smashing Magazine — all orders are now shipped right away. This one was really hard work and most things didn’t work out as we had planned, but the positive reactions and impressions of our readers are definitely worth it. We see huge involvement from our readers who post their images, videos, tweets and reviews in social media. Feedback is overwhelming and users’ expectations are high. The coming months will show how well we did our job with the book.

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Among other news, in December we hire our regular writer Cameron Chapman — she becomes the editorial manager on Smashing Magazine. Cameron is a professional writer, web- and graphic designer with over 6 years of experience. She will still be writing articles for Smashing Magazine, but now she also handles communication between many of our new and regular authors, discussing article ideas with them.

In terms of content, December turns out to be a slow month with less traffic and fewer comments — apparently, our readers have other things to take care of. Still, we keep publishing useful and original content. We explain how you can push your buttons with CSS374 and support IE and still be cutting-edge75.

In December, we publish the most challenging article of the year: we encourage our readers to design something every day76 for the next 365 days. We encourage participants to tweet each new design along with #daily365 so that everyone will can see the progress of each project. Some designers are already participating! So are you up for the challenge?

What should you expect in 2010? Link

We’re planning some big changes in the coming months. Soon we will release the Smashing Network Widget for your website and a mobile version of Smashing Magazine. Well-known authors and experts are currently writing articles for us. You can also expect to see more new team members and newly released books in cooperation with a publishing house. Also, the translation of the Smashing Book to other languages (currently only Korean version) is being prepared. We also have some interesting plans for Smashing Magazine and the design community, so you better stay tuned to our updates in 2010.

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We’ll do our best to deliver useful and inspiring high-quality articles in the new year. We’ll come up with new ideas to keep Smashing Magazine an exciting place. And we’ll be listening to your ideas, suggestions, complaints and criticism. Have a truly smashing, successful, healthy and peaceful new year in 2010!

What was the most memorable Smashing Magazine post in 2009? Link

Your opinion has always been very important to us. Please share your impressions about our work over the last year and let us know what you would like to see changed on Smashing Magazine in 2010. Also, what was your most memorable Smashing Magazine’s post in 2009? We’ll do our best to improve Smashing Magazine in the new year!


Footnotes Link

  1. 1 /2008/12/22/smashing-highlights-2008/
  2. 2 /2009/01/06/100-really-beautiful-iphone-wallpapers/
  3. 3 /2009/01/06/100-really-beautiful-iphone-wallpapers/
  4. 4 /2009/01/06/100-really-beautiful-iphone-wallpapers/
  5. 5 /2009/01/14/web-design-trends-for-2009/
  6. 6 /2009/01/14/web-design-trends-for-2009/
  7. 7 /2009/02/10/10-harsh-truths-about-corporate-websites/
  8. 8 /2009/02/10/10-harsh-truths-about-corporate-websites/
  9. 9 /2009/02/11/the-big-php-ides-test-why-use-oneand-which-to-choose/
  10. 10 /2009/02/11/the-big-php-ides-test-why-use-oneand-which-to-choose/
  11. 11 /2009/02/23/hardware-giveaway-5000-comments-challenge/
  12. 12 /2009/02/24/the-smashing-book-join-in/
  13. 13 /2009/03/19/getting-started-with-ruby-on-rails/
  14. 14 /2009/03/25/mysql-admin-and-development-tools-round-up/
  15. 15 /2009/03/10/ultimate-round-up-for-version-control-with-subversion/
  16. 16 /2009/03/24/10-useful-php-tips-revisited/
  17. 17 /2009/03/08/70-new-useful-ajax-and-javascript-techniques/
  18. 18 /2009/03/08/70-new-useful-ajax-and-javascript-techniques/
  19. 19 /2009/03/20/30-beautiful-surreal-and-dark-art-pictures/
  20. 20 /2009/03/20/30-beautiful-surreal-and-dark-art-pictures/
  21. 21 /2009/03/18/smashing-community-icon-set-join-in/
  22. 22 /2009/03/31/breaking-internet-explorer-81-eagle-eyes-leaked/
  23. 23 /2009/03/31/breaking-internet-explorer-81-eagle-eyes-leaked/
  24. 24 /2009/04/20/5-simple-tricks-to-bring-light-and-shadow-into-your-designs/
  25. 25 /2009/04/20/5-simple-tricks-to-bring-light-and-shadow-into-your-designs/
  26. 26 /2009/05/29/useful-glossaries-for-web-designers-and-developers/
  27. 27 /2009/05/12/10-ways-to-put-your-content-in-front-of-more-people/
  28. 28 /2009/05/29/useful-glossaries-for-web-designers-and-developers/
  29. 29 /2009/05/06/40-stunning-and-creative-graffiti-artworks/
  30. 30 /2009/05/18/100-amazing-free-wordpress-themes-for-2009/
  31. 31 /2009/05/06/40-stunning-and-creative-graffiti-artworks/
  32. 32 /2009/06/20/how-to-make-os-x-e2-80-99s-expose-work-5-productivity-tips/
  33. 33 /2009/06/04/30-must-have-tweaks-for-your-mac/
  34. 34 /2009/06/10/why-web-developers-dont-need-a-mac/
  35. 35 /2009/06/10/why-web-developers-dont-need-a-mac/
  36. 36 /2009/06/15/take-your-design-to-the-next-level-with-css3/
  37. 37 /2009/06/25/10-common-mistakes-in-logo-design/
  38. 38 /2009/06/29/45-incredibly-useful-web-design-checklists-and-questionnaires/
  39. 39 /2009/06/15/take-your-design-to-the-next-level-with-css3/
  40. 40 /2009/07/15/clever-png-optimization-techniques/
  41. 41 /2009/07/09/the-roadmap-to-becoming-a-professional-freelance-web-designer/
  42. 42 /2009/07/01/clever-jpeg-optimization-techniques/
  43. 43 /2009/07/17/lessons-from-swiss-style-graphic-design/
  44. 44
  45. 45 /2009/07/08/free-typographic-xhtmlcss-layouts-for-your-designs/
  46. 46 /2009/08/20/typographic-design-survey-best-practices-from-the-best-blogs/
  47. 47 /2009/08/20/typographic-design-survey-best-practices-from-the-best-blogs/
  48. 48 /2009/08/27/if-famous-painters-were-web-designers/
  49. 49 /2009/08/27/if-famous-painters-were-web-designers/
  50. 50 /2009/08/04/designing-a-html-5-layout-from-scratch/
  51. 51 /2009/08/11/how-to-create-your-first-iphone-application/
  52. 52 /2009/08/13/10-unique-tv-series-episodes-that-inspire-creativity/
  53. 53
  54. 54 /2009/09/10/css-wishlist-new-ideas-debates-and-solutions/
  55. 55 /2009/09/03/professional-team-management-tips-for-creative-folks/
  56. 56 /2009/09/17/portfolio-design-study-design-patterns-and-current-practices/
  57. 57 /2009/09/03/professional-team-management-tips-for-creative-folks/
  58. 58 /2009/09/14/how-to-integrate-facebook-with-wordpress/
  59. 59 /2009/10/14/css-differences-in-internet-explorer-6-7-and-8/
  60. 60 /2009/10/17/global-web-design-russia/
  61. 61 /2009/10/17/global-web-design-russia/
  62. 62 /2009/10/24/brand-user-experience-the-interface-of-a-cheeseburger/
  63. 63 /2009/10/24/brand-user-experience-the-interface-of-a-cheeseburger/
  64. 64 /2009/10/31/smashing-magazines-redesign-and-smashing-network/
  65. 65 /the-smashing-network/
  66. 66 /2009/11/05/invoice-like-a-pro/
  67. 67 /2009/11/02/the-ails-of-typographic-anti-aliasing/
  68. 68 /2009/11/05/invoice-like-a-pro/
  69. 69 /the-death-of-the-blog-post/
  70. 70 /the-death-of-the-blog-post/
  71. 71 /2009/12/03/smashing-book-its-out-now/
  72. 72
  73. 73
  74. 74 /2009/12/02/pushing-your-buttons-with-practical-css3/
  75. 75 /2009/12/01/how-to-support-internet-explorer-and-still-be-cutting-edge/
  76. 76 /2009/12/22/design-something-every-day/

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  1. 1

    A 2009 timeline of Smashing Magazine. What a great article that really shows how far this amazing site has come. Good job putting this together.

  2. 2

    Great post! I love your yearly round-up!

  3. 3

    Keep up good work! Thanks for all great articles, tips and resources. SM definitely going in the right direction and is my first bookmark opened every morning (well, weekdays mornings).

    Happy 2010 to SM and all readers!

  4. 5

    Callum Chapman

    December 29, 2009 6:14 am

    Can’t wait for the updates in 2010, looking forward to them!

  5. 6

    2009 was an eventful year for the SM. You give new ideas, start edgy discussions and challenge the design community to learn and create. Keep up with this in 2010 :)

  6. 7

    Great year!

    Thanks Smashing Magazine for the great content you gave us in 2009!

  7. 8

    Too many good 2009 articles to choose from in my opinion. Keep it up!

  8. 9

    Francisco Carle

    December 29, 2009 6:38 am

    Nice year for you, Smashing pals.
    Congratulations for everything you’ve done and written. Your website was my favorite during this 2009 and I hope keeps in the highest place of my most visited websites.
    Unfortunately I’m still waiting for my smashing book…it seems it will never reach my home…. :'(

  9. 10

    I’ve only started web design this year and this blog has been a great help to me.

    Unfortunately my only let down has been my book still not arriving almost a month after ordering, not a great finish to the year for me :(

  10. 11

    The study of typographic design practices was the most memorable and useful for me, but looking through this roundup there were quite a few great ones to be honest!

  11. 12

    Smashing Magazine is by far my favorite toolbox and inspirations website. Your articles are fantastic and very detailed. Congratulations.

  12. 13

    Steve Heinrich

    December 29, 2009 7:14 am

    Great article. Thank you for a great year. I don’t think there is anyone here who doesn’t appreciate this great resource. I am a better web designer because of this website. Well done!

  13. 14

    These useless people also removed the User website info and also do not allow to post any links to your own website!!!!

    So that any one else’s website cannot be displayed and they do not get traffic!!!!!
    These people just suck!!!!!!!!

    these people are selfish!!!!

    People do not visit this website or click on ads,,,, and do not buy their useless books!!!!!!!!!!
    These people only wanna earn money and nothing else!!!!!!!

    You suck, this site sucks

    • 15


      December 29, 2009 7:39 am

      …what a whiny little b*tch… don’t like it, don’t come to it…

    • 17

      Exactly.. These people run a nice blog with a lot of great info and tips, the site isn’t here for you to profit from financially. If you don’t like it, leave.

      Thanks Smashing Magazine for a year full of great stuff!

  14. 18


    December 29, 2009 7:37 am

    WHAT!!?? no mention of the infamous SM Comic Strip!!!
    I thought you were proud of it since you never apologize for that!!!

    Just joking, love what you have done, keep the good work!

  15. 19

    @wdom: Magazine. It’s right there in the name. When is the last time you picked up a magazine and didn’t see an ad in it? Oh, and if you happen to have a job, I’m assuming you kindly ask your company to not compensate you. Because, why would anyone want to earn money? That’s just crazy talk.

    • 20

      okay bro, forget those ads (which they have in excess)

      But what about the links in the comments…….. Don’t you think, they are selfish in not letting anybody post any link to their website or blog.
      Atleast along with the name and email, there should also be a link to the commentors website.

      • 21

        It’s better than the myriad of spam comments we had to wade through, I can only imagine how annoying moderating those was.

      • 22

        Smashing Editorial

        December 29, 2009 8:41 am

        @wdom, you probably haven’t visited Smashing Magazine last year, when URLs field still was there. The problem was a permanent linkdropping and spam. You see, we don’t want to have spam in our comments. You see our point?

  16. 23

    What a great year to be with you!!
    Thank you, boy’s ‘n girls, for a big time on the internet.
    Going on like this you will not only get fans but friends.
    It is very exciting to even just witness the edge of digital design in a way that you like to follow. Go on – and stay healthy.

    Berlin is wishing all the best

    Cheers to you – looking forward to 2010.

  17. 24

    Still haven’t received my copy of the book…I am sad :(

  18. 25

    Great job. All the best for the next year. I’m sure in 2010 your work will improve quality of mine.
    The best for me was this one about 2009 trends in web design. I’m just looking forward for 2010 edition.

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    Char-Lou Benedict

    December 29, 2009 8:56 am

    It was a great year for me since I found you with this article
    just as my company was going through a new design. Can’t say that I could change the political process that ended up designing our site – but I could smile through it all knowing we were not the only company with this problem.

    Later on in 2009 I started my own webdesign company and make it a morning ritual to read your blog.

    Thanks for all the inspiration – Looking forward to 2010!

  20. 27

    I’ve been with you guys since October and its been an awesome 2 months!!!!
    You’re an inspiration! Great job…
    Can’t wait to see what 2010 brings.

  21. 28

    Yeh! It was a great year and I have learned so much from SM’s articles and tutz. I can’t wait for 2010. I will be visiting again. Happy New Year to all.

  22. 29

    Fabulous recap – thanks for the walk down memory lane, Smashing! ;-) Tough to pick favorites but I loved “The death of the boring blog post?”

  23. 30

    Thanks SM for your articles!

    Happy 2010!

  24. 31

    First of all congrats for another great and successful year. You guys are doing very well and we are learning a lot from the resources shared here.
    All the best for 2010 and Happy New Year to SmashingMag Team

  25. 32

    Re: “According to our stats, many users reloaded the page wondering where the “usual” layout had gone.”

    Um… IIRC many users were reloading the page wondering where the STYLESHEET had gone, because for at least 48 hours the special stylesheet for the unique page was missing, resulting in plain unformatted black text on a white background.

  26. 33

    It was a great year, Happy 2010 4 all!

  27. 34

    I’ve been a loyal supporter/follower for years but your practice in putting a bunch of ads in front of your RSS feed data is pissing me off ( I use Netnewswire). I hate having to wait for the ads to load so I can scroll past to read your post. Note my words… “scroll past to read your post”. It’s incredibly annoying to have to have to do this. I don’t want to read your ads and don’t want to have you cram them down my throat. Can you put the ads somewhere else so I can ‘choose’ to look at them rather than have to be punished into looking at them and being forced to wait for them to load before I get to your content? After all, I subscribe to your feed for the articles, not the ads. If this is what you are going to continue to do, count this loyal supporter out. I’ll go elsewhere for my CSS/HTML fetish rather than be forced into wading through your ads before I get to the meat. I understand (perhaps…) the need to use ads on your website but please put them in a place where I can choose to look at them rather than being forced to.

  28. 35

    This site has definitely been my favorite site in 2009. As I was reading the roundup, I’m like “Oh yeah, I remember that…. wow, I’ve been reading this site consistently for a long time!”

    So congrats on all your successes, and getting another internet surfer hooked on your ‘mag’ (I even bought the book!) Looking forward to 2010!


    p.s. I DO have to agree with FlyboyArt though, the “scrolling past the ads” thing is kind of annoying. :)

  29. 36

    Smashing! Simply SMASSSSSHIING!

  30. 37

    Thank you and best of luck for the coming days.

  31. 38

    Actually, I do see @wdom’s point.

    I understand Smashing Magazine doesn’t want spam, but eliminating the URL field from the form doesn’t really address that issue. It’s VERY COMMON to have the URL included in a comment area in a blog (such as this site). I find it useful. What about sites like ? The entire Envato network allows URLs among 100s of other blogs. Maybe Smashing Magazine should streamline their comment box to allow this “new” feature. I think it would create more of a community feel.

    By the way…I just got your book in the mail and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks

  32. 39

    Congratulations SM. One of the first sites I visit every single morning at the office. Good luck for 2010.

  33. 40

    Congrats on a great year!

    Love the site and hope keep coming back all next year!

  34. 41

    I thought it was a delivery service!

  35. 42

    getting addicted to smashing magazine…. my first comment though…. nice article.. sm has been a great source of inspiration and info… cool stuff

  36. 43

    Congratulations on the achievements in 2009. For one, you won me as a regular reader.

    One side note: I know that WordPress is quite popular, but it would be nice to see some coverage of new and coming up Content Management Systems. E.g. Symphony CMS truly seperates HTML and PHP by using XSLT as templating language.

  37. 44

    Camilo Oliveira

    December 29, 2009 4:15 pm

    I love your tought-provoking articles. They are surely great.
    Posts about art history and design concepts are very good too.

    I also like this move from list-articles to more original articles.

    But the best article of the year was ‘Design something every day’. No doubt about it.
    I was wondering why I don´t was already doing it, and the article came in a perfect time. I don´t know if I will make it the entire year, but I´ll try.

    Congrats Smashing Magazine, you rock :)
    Best regards from Brazil.

  38. 45

    Great! peaceful 2010 :)

  39. 46

    Matthew Aebersold

    December 29, 2009 7:26 pm

    Thanks for this post! I’ve had a great time following you guys this year, and will continue to do so!

  40. 47

    Cre8ive Commando

    December 29, 2009 8:05 pm

    What a great year!

  41. 48


    December 29, 2009 9:49 pm

    Congratulations on the achievements in 2009.

  42. 49

    SM have been really important to me this year, great authors, great post for everybody and all tastes
    (and yeah i digg your book…!and your tweets…)

    Just keep us the good work and hope you won’t get too big to keep a human sight…

    Hope to see some surprising post in 2010…technicals, artistics, all that makes this a community…

  43. 50

    U will have a rocking 2010 & beyond…
    SM has helped me a lot as I am shifting from print to web, words like thank you are limited to express the help this site has been…

    Happy New year to all of you

  44. 51

    woooow Smashing WordPress will be your 2nd book? hope I understood well :P
    btw I just started to read the Smashing Book ;)
    a big THANKS for what you do, guys ;)

  45. 52

    I am following SM for the last 2 years. From then I actually open the website in one of the browser and read all the article while working the whole day. I have enhanced my designing skills by visiting all the great articles since then. There are many web designing Blogs around the web, but I didn’t found anything matches SM’s quality content. Last week I received the SM book, and its great to have it holding in hand. I am sure that next year 2010 will be very entertaining as SM will showcase many more great brilliant quality article for all the designer community. I am writing an article for SM and wish that they will accept me as an author. In my resume I write the Institution from where I have learnt Designing. The top name I have written “SMASHING MAGAZINE”.

    Dibakar Jana

  46. 53

    Thank you Smashing Magazine for this fantastic year. I especially appreciated all the CSS- and HTML-related articles. Nevertheless I read almost all of the articles published by you because there is something in every article which will help me one day.

    I wish you all the best for the new year/century!

  47. 54

    This was fun to read! A great recap of 2009 for SM.

    I still remember the April Fool’s piece I wrote. Vitaly and I were on IM just brainstorming on features that IE 8.1 would have. I laughed a whole heck of a lot during that day!

    Also, there are Easter eggs throughout that post in the image ALT tags and the image screenshots themselves, not many noticed them.

  48. 55

    My most memorable post in 2009?

    That was definitely your article about php “best practices” which turned out to be “not so good” practices.
    Thanfully you posted a quite good follow-up.

  49. 56

    bye 2009, welcome 2010…congrat ^_^

  50. 57

    Good round up of 2009

  51. 58

    Thanks Smashing Magazine for the great content.. Good 2010

  52. 59

    I have REALLY enjoyed this website and have the RSS feed on my iGoogle home page in the number 1 spot. Every morning I start work, I check three sites: Smashing Magazine, Six Revisions, and Abduzeedo. As a former President of a local Art Directors Club, I find your articles and research are top notch and I regularly forward information to other designers in the area. Thanks for the amazing information and keep up the great work. Here’s to a great 2010!

  53. 60

    as a not-designer-person, I have to say I love Smashing. I get some great ideas here about how content fits with design that I can incorporate into my writing.

    Good reading here. Thanks.

  54. 61

    Congrats SM for your awesome and refreshing work in 2009…..and expecting more of
    the same smashing stuff in the year ahead. Actually I’m not an IT or web design guy,but
    your articles which are even handed as far as the tech lingo is concerned,has helped me a lot in keeping abreast about the coolest developments in the feild…THANKS, SM.

  55. 62

    Simply, I love you.

  56. 63

    SM was honestly the Best Online Mag in 2009 , its the first bookmarklet i put in my browsers after installation , and im a returning visitor on a daily basis !!! keep on It SM ur the Best !;)
    and Definitely the SM Book release was the big addon from SM in 2009

  57. 64

    I’ve been reading SM for over a year now, but have never commented. This summary of the year, along with your excellent content, shows that you are serious about creating a community of designers online. It’s rare to find such dedication and quality in one place. Thank you so much and I look forward to all that’s to come in 2010!

  58. 65

    Jean-Baptiste Jung

    December 30, 2009 10:27 am

    Best wishes for the new year guys! Talk to you soon.

  59. 66

    I’m still waiting for a book. 6th August paid in pre-order mode. Smashing Team this is ridiculous!

  60. 67

    This was a great recap, and very exciting to see two of my posts highlighted! Smashing Magazine has done wonders this last year, and I simply cannot wait to see what happens in 2010. I just got my Smashing book today, and am excited to start reading it. :)

    Thanks for all of the spectacular content, and keep it up!

  61. 68

    Thank you for your great jjob
    the most memorable post was the call to action buttons.
    I changed my professionnal life since I became more convincing;
    I would like to read more about e-enwsletters and emailing.
    By the way, I enjoyed the footer post.
    THANK YOU and please keep going

  62. 69

    Even though SM provides a reliable source of plentiful inspirations, I really enjoyed and re-read the Death of the boring blog post this year. Thanks for this amazing collection of creative websites & people!

    Have a great start into 2010 and keep up the stream of your surprises!

  63. 70

    I like the scattered reach this blog owns in terms of its attention from over the globe. I thank the makers for how the blog provides a platform for people to discuss even the most controversial articles in uncontroversial manner.

  64. 71

    Smashing. Enjoying the book too!

  65. 72

    Thank YOU SM! Happy New Year 2010!
    We’re waiting for “2010 web-design trends”!

  66. 73

    Thanks for an awesome 2009 SM. I look forward to 2010 and to the Smashing WordPress book! I saw it on the Borders Website weeks ago when looking for books and will definitely be buying it come March! Also, the smashing book is awesome! You truly are the best resource for designers.

  67. 74

    thats fantastic


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