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The Smashing Editor’s Choice: A Free eBook

Nearly half a year ago, we introduced our eBook subscription model, also known as the Smashing Library. We knew we were onto something good, realizing that the Smashing Library was the next step in offering quality content — at a price you’ll still be able to afford all of the coffee you need to stay up long enough to read the entire library and, of course, the free eBooks.

The Smashing Editor's Choice - A free eBook

To give you a taste of what to expect from the eBooks in the Smashing Library, we are happy to present you with The Smashing Editor’s Choice: A Smashing Library Treata free eBook that contains a wide range of topics, including new coding techniques, user experience strategies and more.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: May 2013

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd.

The Green Bear

This creativity mission has been going on for over five years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for May 2013. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

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100 Vibrant Brands Icons For Free

Another weekend, and yet another freebie. Today, we are happy to feature a useful icon set, the Simple Icons by Dan Leech. Dan's set contains 100 PNG icons for popular websites, apps and organisations, all in eleven sizes (16, 24, 32, 48, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048 and 4096 pixels squared). [Content Care Dec/02/2016]

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The white icons have transparent backgrounds, which makes them ridiculously simple to style with CSS. As a bonus, simpleicons.org maintains a list of official background colour values that can be used in conjunction with the icons, thoroughly researched and derived from official branding guidelines of each brand.

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Videos And Interviews With Brad Frost, Andy Clarke and Nicole Sullivan

Today we are happy to release three more exclusive interviews as well as two Smashing Conference videos featuring Brad Frost, Andy Clarke and Nicole Sullivan. You can check out even more conference interviews and talks by Jeremy Keith, Rachel Andrew and Stephen Hay.

Exclusive Videos And Interviews (Part 2)

In case you are wondering whether Smashing Conference 2013 will take place or not, the answer is a definitive "yes!", so please make sure to stay tuned to not miss it this year!

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16 Lovely St. Valentine’s Day 💖 Icons For Free

Today, it is our great pleasure to present to you a fantastic St. Valentine's icon set  —  exclusively designed by our illustrator Ricardo Gimenes for Smashing Magazine and its loyal readers. The icons presented are available in transparent and non-transparent PNGs (256×256px, 512×512, 1024×1024px), as well as in EPS format and are perfect for any projects you have coming up for St. Valentine's Day. Enjoy!

St. Valentine’s Day Icon Set (16 PNG/EPS Icons)

This icon set is completely free to use for commercial or personal applications without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word.

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Welcome To The Smashing UX Design Section!

There has been a slight change in the UX Design editorial team. Unfortunately, Francisco Inchauste is stepping down from the UX Editor role to pursue new opportunities. We'd like to introduce you to our new editor, Chui Chui Tan, who will continue to publish high-quality articles in this section. Whilst we wish Francisco only the best in his new adventures, we hope you'll continue supporting and enjoying the future articles published in this section.

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48 Pleasant Polaris UI Kit + Linecons Icons For Free

Today we are pleased to feature the Polaris UI icon set that includes useful UI components and 48 beautiful icons. This freebie was created by the team at Designmodo. As usually, you can use the set for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions.

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The Polaris UI Pack is a set of beautiful UI components, which includes Edit Boxes, Check Boxes, Radio Buttons, Page Navigation, Menu, Buttons, etc. You can use this set in any of your projects, and even learn with it, by examining each component to see how it is put together.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: February 2013

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for over five years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: February 2013

This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for February 2013. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

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600 Gorgeous Black & White Icons + PSD Source

Today we are pleased to feature Gemicon, a set of over 600 original high-quality icons in resolutions of 16 × 16, 32 × 32 and 64 × 64 pixels. This set has been designed by Turqois and is being released to the design community.

Gemicon

You can use the set for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. You may freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes.

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