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Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Add Your Name To The Book!


Update:(30.01.2011) The Smashing Book 2, with 2.970 names of our readers, is now available in the Smashing Shop1.

Update: (30.01.2011) If you are planning to write an article or review of Smashing Book 2, please feel free to use the Smashing Book 2 Media Kit2 (.zip, 7 Mb). The kit contains images, illustrations and photos that you might find useful for your article. Also, please don’t forget to tweet the link to the review with the hashtag #smbook2, so we can track it and add it to our list of reviews. Your help is sincerely appreciated. Thank you for your time and your efforts, guys!

We’ve got some exciting news: the printed Smashing Book 2 is coming. We will launch pre-orders in January 2011 and will start shipping the book in February 2011. We are just putting the final touches on the brand new book, and we are confident that it will be a valuable, timeless and affordable book for you, our dear readers, and all designers and developers worldwide.

After much difficulty with the first book, we have learned our lessons: Smashing Book 2 will have a much better stitched binding, a hardcover, more pages and a bit larger in size.

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Our Readers Deserve Credit Link

It’s not unusual for authors to dedicate their books to people they care about: loved ones, family or perhaps friends or colleagues. In our case, we would like to dedicate this new book to all of our readers: you. But we don’t want to just do it with a short acknowledgment in the preface. Anyone could do that! We have a slightly better idea.

We would like to print the names of our readers in the book. To do this, we have reserved a double-page on which we will print together all of the names of readers who comment on this article in the shape of the Smashing Magazine logo: ASCII art at its best! If necessary, we will add two more double-pages so that everyone fits.

Leave a Comment and Add Your Name to the Book! Link

It’s simple: just write a short comment on this post and tell us why you read Smashing Magazine and how we can improve it. You may use your full name or an alias; the length allowed is between 4 and 35 characters. Your name may consist of at most four parts (for example, Patrick Michael Philips or John F. Doe or Alberto de la Cruz). Special characters are allowed. Please note that we will moderate the names, and spammy submissions will not be accepted.

What’s So Different About the New Book? Link

The Smashing Book 2 will be published in February 2011 and can be pre-ordered at a big discount in January. It will cost $39.90 and will contain 360 pages. It is a real hardbound book (+ free eBook), with sewn binding, a bookmark and four-color printing. Just as we did last time, we will pack it well, too.

Delivery times and shipping are different this time. All orders will be shipped via air mail. The shipping cost will be low and will be the same for every customer, no matter where they are located.

As with our first printed book4, The Smashing Book 2 is a collaboration of talented and knowledgeable folks, among them Mike Rundle, Christian Heilmann, Francisco Inchauste, Vivien Anayian, Susan Weinschenk, Alexander Charchar, Matt Ward and others. The book will feature exclusive full-page illustrations for each chapter. Here we’ve got something special for you as well, but more on that next time.


Rules and Guidelines Link

  • How to participate?
    Just write a short comment on this post and tell us why you read Smashing Magazine and how we can improve it.
  • How many names can fit onto the two pages?
    Of course, it depends on the length of the names. We expect around 6,000 readers will be able to fit onto the two pages.
  • How much time do I have to join in?
    The deadline is 26th of November 2010, 11:59 PM CET. We do want to make it to the printer on time after all.
  • Can anyone take part?
    Yes, but you’d better hurry: first come, first served.
  • Are there any restrictions on the names?
    The length of the person’s name (both first and last) must be between 4 and 35 characters. It may contain at most three empty characters. Please note that we will moderate the names, and spammy submissions will not be accepted.

Extra Goodie: Exclusive SM Book 2 Poster! Link

To make participation even more enticing, we are giving away 50 exclusive Smashing Book 2 posters to participants. The winners will be picked randomly from among all users who comment on this post.

We are working very hard to make the Smashing Book 2 an extremely valuable and useful resource for all designers and developers. We hope to meet your expectations with the new book. Please stay tuned for updates. And don’t forget to leave the comment.

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  1. 1

    What I like about SmashingMag: your approach to articles. Some articles are not for everybody, but I appreciate the hard work you are doing to put the high quality content together. More articles on Fireworks would be great!

    Regarding the SM Book 2: what an excellent idea! I am really excited about the book, especially with the remarkable line-up of writers you’ve got there. Looking forward to Francisco Inchauste’s and Alexander Charchar’s pieces, as I have been reading their blogs for a while.

    Exciting! :-) Nice work, guys!

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    Norbert Haacks

    November 23, 2010 1:36 am

    I read Smashing Magazine because you have thoughtful and thorough articles about everything web development and design. Most of the articles are easy to read, even if you’re not a web developer. My favorite articles are those on design and typography. I’d like to see some articles on the visual design of games in the future, that would make SM an even more must read for me. I’m really looking forward to the second book, this is a must buy :).

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    Philipp M. Moore

    November 23, 2010 1:38 am

    I really enjoy the Smashing Network – it helps me to think outside the box; gives me inspiration outside of my daily work. And I also like Smashing Magazine’s articles, they keep me up to date!

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    Smashing Magazine is all about the inspiration. While having new order on design, one of my simple first steps is visiting SM, running through some latest posts, and here they are – brand new creative ideas. Thank you for that! Looking forward to the book.

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    If the Smashing Book II is better than the first, we’re all in for a big treat.

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    To me it’s one of the best resources on the web, can’t live without it anymore ;)

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    Great to hear it will be hardcover, can’t wait

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    Tomáš Kapler

    November 23, 2010 1:47 am

    I read SM because it is the only e-zine, where every single article is worth reading.

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    José Manuel Lucas

    November 23, 2010 1:47 am

    Smashing Magazine is always looking for the last and best web designing/developing techniques, offering clear articles plenty of good stuff.

    I hope this book will be as good as the last one.


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    Just.. don’t go away. Smashing Magazine has to stay. :)

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    Francesco Spreafico

    November 23, 2010 1:47 am

    I read Smashing Magazine (and follow it on Twitter and Facebook) because it’s the best blog about web design there is, simple as that!

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    Dejan Dimitrovski

    November 23, 2010 1:47 am

    I read SM because it keeps me up to date with trends in the web design community

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    Andreas G Pagitz

    November 23, 2010 1:48 am

    What I like best about Smashing Magazine? You guys alone have already delivered enough inspiration to keep me in the business for the next five years. And although I’m not one bit concerned with site programming, your articles provided interesting insights into the worlds of the poor guys who have to convert my designs into working web sites, helping ME build better designs and helping THEM have an easier time bringing these designs to life, so to speak.

    Keep up the good work, folks.

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    Smashing Magazine continues to be my top place to find inspiration, learn and read quality articles on web design and everything that’s moving around on the web! I loved the first book and am sure the sequel will be even better!!

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    Matthew Deloughry

    November 23, 2010 1:48 am

    I’ve read Smashing Magazine since I started my web development job since graduating and I must say I’ve truly enjoyed every article and has helped gain knowledge and Ideas that I have would have never been taught in uni, for this I thank you and will pre-order this book the second it’s available

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    Smashing Magazine is my number one resource for web based design inspiration and has helped funnel and direct me in my career probably more than any manager I have ever had.

    If possible, it might be nice to see some more tutorials on specifics, similar to those you might see on Soh Tanaka’s website, amongst many others.

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    Caroline Amilhat

    November 23, 2010 1:49 am

    Smashing magazine & book are major sources of inspiration; I never start a project without checking all articles related to the subject.

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    I read Smashing Magazine because it rox! :D

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    Matthew Hartman

    November 23, 2010 1:49 am

    Yay! =D

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    Niklas Koistinen

    November 23, 2010 1:49 am

    Smashing Magazine is my main source of inspiration when it comes to web design!

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    Christer Olsson

    November 23, 2010 1:49 am

    I loved the first Smashing Book and have recommended it to several friends and collegues. Both the book and the site is a great mix of design and tech. BTW: thanks for improving the binding in the new book!

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    Mathias Bynens

    November 23, 2010 1:49 am

    For some specific topics I wish Smashing Magazine hired more skilled technical reviewers. That’s one area where you could improve a little bit…

    Other than that, Smashing Magazine is great! ♥

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    Tons of web design stuff that you would barely find elsewhere and the professionalism of the articles. Reading @smashmag articles actually helps me to be more professional and widen my knowledge of the field.

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    Muhammad Yoosuf

    November 23, 2010 1:49 am

    absolutely awesome news, awaiting for my name printed on the book :)

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    Smashing Magazine is awesome. I don’t know any other digital design resource that is as well presented and as in depth as SM. Keep up the good work guys! Thank you for pushing the boundaries of design and shared information in the internet forward!

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    Smashing Mag is the Wikipedia for web designers and developers.

    It’s lit by the knowledge of many talented designers and shines by bringing this knowledge to all of us for free. So it helps people move into the right direction and show them that art and coding are like brothers and sisters. Sometimes it’s tough to make them understand each other but the rest of the time they are a great combo!

    Excellent work, I’ll keep reading those articles!!

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    Aldis Plotnikovs

    November 23, 2010 1:50 am

    I read Smashing Magazine daily, it’s a great resource of inspiration. I also like the Smashing Network on this blog, it helps find out what’s new on other design blogs.
    It would be interesting to see some video tutorials on Smashing Magazine in future.

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    Smashing Magazine is an iconic resource in web design trends. I cant wait for the second Smashing Book :)

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    Giuseppe Hentenaar

    November 23, 2010 1:50 am

    Smashing magazine is the best in its genre. Keep up the good work! :-)

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    I read SM because you are the best! Keep doing your great job :)

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    Can’t wait for the next book :*

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    Smashing Magazine has answers to most of my questions related to design, css and all kind of inspiration. Whenever I have a new design project or need inspiration for small design elements i-e buttons, banners etc, I come back to SM. Moreover, daily articles play great help in keeping up with new design/coding techniques and developments.

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    Mahabubul Hasan Uzzal

    November 23, 2010 1:51 am

    wow hard cover will be great!

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    Got to love the indepth articles and consistency of each, smashing mag is always on the fore front of new developments and trends.

    I read the last book on the train to work so looking forward to doing the same with this one.

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    Smashing Magazine has become one of the default pages that opens every morning. It inspires me and informs me on the latest trends and news within the design/development world. I’m enjoying the increase in mobile/touch related articles especially lately.

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    I really enjoy the Smashing Network because it’s one of the best resource to give me inspiration, to keep me up to date and to know new ideas,products and ways.

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    Smashing book is like music … it’s inspiration for doing better things!

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    inception of an idea = Smashing ! ;)

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    Thomas S. Lindstrøm

    November 23, 2010 1:53 am

    I read Smashing Magazine because it fills me up with inspiration and keeps me up to date with the latest design trends!


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