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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 Gimenes1.

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’ Culture2 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”3.

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 ass4” 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 notes5.

Cartoon #51: Mobile First

Cartoon #50: Making The Web A Better Place

Cartoon #49: Users Don’t Read, They Scan

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

Cartoon #43: Web Design Trends

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

For previous cartoons, check our Smashing Cartoons Archive6.


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  1. 1

    Hillary Hopper

    April 8, 2011 9:47 am

    This is pretty cute and very funny. I enjoyed this a lot.
    There should also be a girl geek bug too. ;)

  2. 2

    I love the CLIENT DON’T CARE part

  3. 3

    IE9 may not like a geek bug but I bet it’s riddled with other bugs…

  4. 5

    Ingvi Jónasson

    April 8, 2011 12:18 pm

    Funny stuff, specially “Relations with Clients”.

  5. 6

    Thomas McGee

    April 9, 2011 9:41 am

    Nicely done comic series and well drawn. One thing that would be nice is to see each comic in its own post, rather than consecutively on one page, though the new archive helps. It would make it a bit easier to share one specific comic as well. Just a thought at this point, but again, nice work!

  6. 7

    Love the cartoon. Especially First one :)

  7. 8

    Love the fonts used! Anybody know what is the font used in the captions? Love the cartoons too, by the way.

  8. 10

    The Clients Don’t Care was quite realistic :)
    Love the series and looking forward to upcoming ones.

  9. 11

    The blog comic is very true :-)

  10. 12

    Very Creative!!
    I like it..
    Keep it up…Waiting for Surprising Cartoon!!

  11. 13

    Great Job.

  12. 14

    I really like the “lady bug” in the “Best design innovation award”. If design ideas could really get girls to run around web designers… :-D

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    Chanaka S Irugalbandara

    April 18, 2011 3:02 am

    Love the cartoons. specially First one :) awesome

  14. 16

    ha ha..really them all..but my fav “Cartoon #42: How To Start a Blog and Make Money”

  15. 17

    so cute loved them keeps me happy whilst up designing, designing…

  16. 18

    Very cute…LOL.

  17. 19

    Really! these are all what happening in designers or developers life, who love to use new technologies. Because the client and testing department are still using lower version of IE. Finally removing all new technologies are removed to ensure its working perfect in IE 6 or 7…..So sad :( .

  18. 20

    I like this one How To Start a Blog and Make Money. nut all are amazing

  19. 21

    Very funny stuff. Keep em comin!

  20. 22

    Why do you delete all the negative comments people leave here?

    • 23

      Smashing Media Customer Support

      April 27, 2011 2:58 pm

      Dear Jeph,

      We never delete negative comments. We just sort out comments with keywords or domains as names, spam and advertising.

      Best regards,


      • 24

        I don’t think so…

        Last time I looked at this page there was some objective critcs from some people. They had nothing to do with spam and are all gone now…


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