The Smashing Cartoons

Smashing Cartoons was a regular section on Smashing Magazine in which we used to publish a new cartoon every Friday illustrated by the one and only Ricardo Gimenes.

We all have our favorite client stories, embarrassing design flaws and never-ending user requests which are all just a part of what we, as designers and developers, encounter very often in our daily work routine. In this new post series on Smashing Magazine, we’d like to put some of these situations into the spotlight and discuss them with you. The cartoons are all dedicated to Web design and also have a comic twist about everything happening around the Web and latest trends.

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The main character of the cartoons is Fleaty, a talented, hard-working designer with big ambitions yet not that much luck when it comes to clients. Hopefully, Fleaty will put a smile on your face and maybe remind all of us of the flaws we have, and help us finally get rid of them.

All of the cartoons are dedicated to design and Web development, but also have a comic twist about everything happening around the Web as well as give you some insights behind the curtains of Smashing Magazine. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did, and still do!

Cartoon #61: Sluggish Computers

Cartoon #60: Back To Home

Cartoon #59: Last Minute Ticket

Cartoon #58: Access Restricted? VPN Is Your Friend

Unfortunately, today the Web is not as open as it used to be. Access to some websites (especially website offering video and audio content) is restricted due to licensing constraints. This is especially annoying when you are on vacation and would love to use the services that you have paid for in your country. There are workarounds to make all services work from anywhere. The solution is VPN, Virtual Private Networks.

Smashing Cartoon #58: Access Restricted? VPN Is Your Friend!

Cartoon #57: Tyranny Of The “Like” Button

This cartoon is referring to the article The Insidious Evils of ‘Like’ Culture in which the “Like” culture in our society is criticized. The article discusses how in our age of online view counts and retweets, conformity is unfortunately becoming the rule.

Smashing Cartoon #57: Tyrany of the Like button

Cartoon #56: “Exclusive” Social Network

Smashing Cartoon #56: Exclusive Social Network

Cartoon #55: Responsive Design By Default?

This cartoon is referring to the observation which Vitaly, the editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, has made on one of his trips. You can follow the discussion which inspired the cartoon below.

Smashing Cartoon #55: Responsive Design By Default?

Cartoon #54: UX Design

This cartoon is referring to the discussion in the community about the meaning of terms ‘UX’ and ‘UX Design’. Andy Budd presents an interesting perspective on this issue in his article “What’s in a name: The duality of user experience”.

Smashing Cartoon #54: UX Design

Cartoon #53: The Interface

This cartoon is based upon Oliver Reichenstein’s article “*Why and how Google+’s interface is kicking ass” in which he discusses the qualities of a good user interface and how they are applied in the Google+ design.

Cartoon #52: Back Button

This cartoon is based upon Jared Spool’s presentation “The Secret Lives of Links”, as summarized in Luke Wroblewski’s conference notes.

Cartoon #51: Making The Web A Better Place

Smashing Cartoon #50: Making The Web A Better Place

Cartoon #50: Mobile First

Smashing Cartoon #51: Mobile First

Cartoon #49:They Just Don’t Care

Smashing Cartoon #48

Cartoon #48: They Just Don’t Care

Smashing Cartoon #48

Cartoon #47: Online Reading Experience

Smashing Cartoon #46

Cartoon #46: Mobile Design Strategy

Smashing Cartoon #45

Cartoon #44: Responsive Web Design

Smashing Cartoon #44
Smashing Cartoon #43

Cartoon #42: How To Start a Blog and Make Money

Smashing Cartoon #42

Cartoon #41: The Fleaty: Relations With Clients

Smashing Cartoon #41

Cartoon #40: The Fleaty: The Geek Bug

Smashing Cartoon #40

Cartoon #39: Web Battle

Smashing Cartoon #39

Cartoon #38: Designer's Conscience


Smashing Cartoon #38

Cartoon #37: Modern Jobs

Smashing Cartoon #37

Cartoon #36: Back to work

Smashing Cartoon #36

Cartoon #35: Happy New Year

Smashing Cartoon #35

Cartoon #34: Wishes

Smashing Cartoon #34

Cartoon #33: The Beatles

Smashing Cartoon #33

Cartoon #32: iPhone 4, White

Smashing Cartoon #32

Cartoon #31: Cookies

Smashing Cartoon #31

Cartoon #30: Children

Smashing Cartoon #30

Cartoon #29: Search III

Smashing Cartoon #29

Cartoon #28: Search II

Smashing Cartoon #28

Cartoon #27: Search

Smashing Cartoon #27

Cartoon #26: New Experiences

Smashing Cartoon #26

Cartoon #25: Evolution (Some Things Never Change)


Smashing Cartoon #25

Cartoon #24: Food Delivery

Smashing Cartoon #24

Cartoon #23: Ping Without Pong

Smashing Cartoon #23

Cartoon #22: Open Standard Live Streaming

Smashing Cartoon #22

Cartoon #21: Face and Places

Smashing Cartoon #21

Cartoon #20: The Smashing Cartoons

Smashing Cartoon #20

Cartoon #19: Forbidden Apps

Smashing Cartoon #19

Cartoon #18: Twitter Birds II


Smashing Cartoon #18

Cartoon #17: Twitter Birds

Smashing Cartoon #17

Cartoon #16: Crime Scene

Smashing Cartoon #16

Cartoon #15: Hell's Meeting


Smashing Cartoon #15

Cartoon #14b: Summer Holiday

Smashing Cartoon #14

Cartoon #14: Summer Holiday

Smashing Cartoon #13

Cartoon #13: How To Choose a Smartphone


Smashing Cartoon #12

Cartoon #12: Comments

Smashing Cartoon #12

Cartoon #11: The Flash Guy

Smashing Cartoon #11

Cartoon #10: Adobe vs. Apple

Smashing Cartoon #10

Cartoon #9: Jessica Talk Show (Cont.)


Smashing Cartoon #9

Cartoon #8: Jessica Talk Show


Smashing Cartoon #8

Cartoon #7: Smashing Team and Ricardo Gimenes

Smashing Cartoon #7

Cartoon #6: The Intern

Smashing Cartoon #6

Cartoon #5: The Intern

Smashing Cartoon #5

Cartoon #4: How to make money from iPad

Smashing Cartoon #4

Cartoon #3: iPhone OS 4

Smashing Cartoon #3

Cartoon #2: iPad

Smashing Cartoon #2

Cartoon #1

Smashing Cartoon #1

Pilot

Smashing Pilot