Nine years after the publish button was hit for the first time on Smashing Magazine we want to take this anniversary as an opportunity to give something back. We dived deep into our books on the look out for timeless treasures and neatly bundled them up in this free eBook. A humble gift to our dear readers who made it all possible and with whom we’ve grown and evolved over the years.


To make the eBook as diverse and valuable as possible, we decided on excerpts from all our printed books for this special occasion: the Smashing Books 1-5, the Mobile Book, Digital Adaptation and the Mobile Web Handbook — a panorama of Smashing’s past and current publishing history and a journey through typography, psychology, responsive web design, performance optimization and more. Will you join us?


  • Typography: Rules, Guidelines And Common Mistakes
    by Alessandro Cattaneo
  • When They Click: Psychology Of Web Design
    by Susan Weinschenk
  • Redesigning With Personality
    by Aarron Walter
  • Responsive Design Patterns
    by Brad Frost
  • Robust, Responsible, Responsive Web Design
    by Mat Marquis
  • Performance Optimization Roadmap
    by Vitaly Friedman
  • Becoming A Mobile Web Developer
    by Peter-Paul Koch
  • Grassroots Change
    by Paul Boag
  • Beyond The Boring: The Hunt For The Web’s Lost Soul
    by Joshua Johnson

Technical Information

  • Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
  • Pages: 236
  • Language: English
  • Released: September 2015
  • Publisher: Smashing Magazine GmbH
  • ISBN (PDF): 978-3-945749-34-0
  • ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-945749-32-6
  • ISBN (KINDLE): 978-3-945749-33-3

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