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The Smashing Book #2 (Printed, Hardcover + Free eBook)

Quick Overview

This book shares valuable practical insight into design, usability and coding. It provides professional advice for designing mobile applications and building successful e-commerce websites, and it explains common coding mistakes and how to avoid them. You’ll explore the principles of professional design thinking and graphic design and learn how to apply psychology and game theory to create engaging user experiences.

By purchasing your printed Smashing Book #2, you get the eBook version for free! Have the printed editions on your office book shelf while the digital editions accompany you everywhere you go on your iPad, iPhone, Kindle or any other mobile device.

360 pages
5.83 × 8.27 inches (14.8 × 21.0 cm).
Full-color images on coated paper. Hardcover.
Sewn binding, orange head and tail, round spine.
English. Released January 2011 by Smashing Media GmbH
ISBN: 978-3-943075-06-9

Availability: Out of stock

$29.90 + $4.90 shipping

$29.90 + $4.90 shipping

Full Product Description

Well-respected professionals have worked with us to provide exciting and comprehensive chapters:

The Principles of Good Graphic Design, Matt Ward and Alexander Charchar

This chapter looks at some key concepts of graphic design as they relate to modern Web design. It looks at a number of the central elements and methodologies that drive the act of designing itself, and it discusses the sometimes subtle but always significant divide between the merely good and truly great.

Smbook Chapter 1 in New Year, New Book: Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Pre-Order Now!

This chapter is about: The meaning of graphic design. The difference between good and great design. Timeless design. Relational minimalism. Importance of contrast, space and tension. Typography. Visual voice.

Visible vs. Invisible Design, Francisco Inchauste

Basic principles and techniques of producing the visible layer of design in tools such as Photoshop are widely covered in books and online. Design is generally understood to be only what we see: a visual and primarily artistic medium of communication. However, the invisible part of design takes on several forms. When we design a website or application, we don’t (and shouldn’t) start from scratch. We start with certain patterns, and we need to understand their limitations in order to create effective solutions and experiences. Balancing invisible and visible designs enables us to create effective and meaningful interfaces for websites and applications.

Smbook Chapter 2 in New Year, New Book: Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Pre-Order Now!

This chapter is about: Seeing the invisible in design. Designing how users think. Mental models. Excise design. Design patterns and interface guidelines.

Designing Mobile User Experiences, Mike Rundle

The best apps work well, but building an app that looks good and works well isn’t easy. Designing a mobile app’s user experience is particularly challenging because it requires skill in a variety of disciplines: interaction design, graphic design, information architecture and ergonomics, to name a few. User experience design is a combination of disciplines, and so designing a fantastic mobile app calls for a combination of perspectives and skills.

Smbook Chapter 3 in New Year, New Book: Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Pre-Order Now!

This chapter is about: Building and selling apps. Peculiarities of mobile software. Principles of good app design. User interface design patterns for mobile apps. Visual design of mobile apps.

Sketching, Wireframing and Prototyping, Janko Jovanovic

Every design process starts with an idea. Many ideas, actually. The truth is, only a few of them prove to be good, and the others are just bad. Many people believe that they have an excellent idea and know the path to realizing it, yet most fail. And that’s not surprising, because having an idea is not enough. Knowing how to choose an idea, shape it and develop it is crucial to success. This chapter describes the process of moving from abstract ideas to concrete solutions and explains the workflow, tools and techniques available when designing websites and user interfaces.

Smbook Chapter 4 in New Year, New Book: Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Pre-Order Now!

This chapter is about: Design process. Ideation through sketching. Storyboards. Techniques and tools. Wireframing. Prototyping. Testing and refining.

Red Flags (Warning Signs) in Web Development, Christian Heilmann

We spend a big part of our lives working hard to clean up and maintain products, rather than building great things to make the lives of our users easier. That’s just the way it is. If your code is hard to clean up, then you’ll be eating up even more time in the already short development process. Discovering that the product you’re having trouble extending or fixing is your own from some time ago is all the more aggravating. That’s when you start thinking that something must have gone wrong along the way. Well, something has. A few things will make good solutions go bad and start to smell, and this chapter goes over them.

Smbook Chapter 5 in New Year, New Book: Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Pre-Order Now!

This chapter is about: Building for maintenance, not the moment. Why HTML and CSS code go bad. HTML painting and convoluted CSS syntax. Issues with JavaScript and back-end code.

The Future of Web Typography, Vivien Anayian

In the foreword to The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst points out that the underlying principles of typography are independent of any particular typesetting medium. Yet it is only after almost 20 painful years of setting type on the Web that designers can finally breathe better and apply the essential elements of style without compromising on detail or execution. Recent years have been pivotal in shaping the future of typography on the Web; what was unthinkable only a few years ago has become possible today, and it will get even better tomorrow.

Smbook Chapter 6 in New Year, New Book: Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Pre-Order Now!

This chapter is about: Evolution of Web typography. @font-face. WOFF. The open-source type movement. Font licensing. Web font services. Current problems in Web typography. Fonts Module and CSS3. Exclusive interviews.

Applying Game Design Principles to User Experience Design, Christoph Kolb

The ultimate goal of a business is simple: to engage as many people as possible in favorable interactions. These interactions could include buying a product, spreading the word, advertising or just generally becoming a fan. Such objectives clearly require us to explore paradigms and perspectives that go far beyond aesthetics and traditional user interaction. This is where game design theory comes in handy. We can apply game design to certain areas of interaction to create user experiences that engage people and bind them to the company. In this chapter, we will learn how to apply some of techniques and theory of game design to website design, user experience and business.

Smbook Chapter 7 in New Year, New Book: Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Pre-Order Now!

This chapter is about: Combining social psychology, game design theory and economics. Game mechanics: world, players and rules. Winning strategies for users and companies. Playbook and strategy for interaction designers. Game design techniques and real-life examples.

When They Click: Psychology of Web Design and User Behavior, Susan Weinschenk

From the chapter: “I’m a psychologist by training and education. This means that I consider design in the context of the mental model of the user. Whether the design is of software, a website, a medical device, online instructions or product packaging, I can’t help but see it from a psychologist’s point of view. I enjoy applying what psychology research tells us about how people think, learn, play and work to design challenges. I take research and insight into the brain, the visual system, memory and motivation and extrapolate design principles from them.”

Smbook Chapter 8 in New Year, New Book: Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Pre-Order Now!

This chapter is about: Different views on design. The importance of social interactions. Unconscious decision-making. Social validation. Goal-gradient effect. Using distractions to grab attention. “Satisficing.” Mental models. Error handling. Inattentional blindness.

Design Patterns in E-Commerce Websites (Study), Steven Bradley

Designers of e-commerce websites have to take into account many things that designers of informational websites don’t. How to design the check-out process? How will the website establish trust so that visitors are willing to hand over sensitive credit card data? Common design patterns have evolved over time, and this chapter explores how well e-commerce websites match up with theory and best practices. What’s the average number of check-out pages for an e-commerce website? Do certain patterns emerge from the data to show how different websites approach such issues? Shopping websites were chosen and surveyed each based on a set of elements in several categories.

Smbook Chapter 9 in New Year, New Book: Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Pre-Order Now!

This chapter is about: Layout. Information architecture. Navigation. Color. Product, check-out and shopping cart pages. Wording and design of call-to-action buttons. Contact and support pages. On-site marketing.

How to Make a Book (Like This One), The Smashing Editorial Team

Holding your very own book in your hands for the first time is a truly remarkable experience. You suddenly realize that you’ve given your ideas—ideas conceived in some abstract state in your mind—a certain shape, a physical reality, making them tangible, visible and enduring. The feeling is overwhelming: it fills your heart with pride, in the way that a painter admires their creation. The feeling has not been alien to those who have participated in book manufacturing over the centuries, and yet experiencing it has never been so affordable and accessible as it is now.

Smbook Chapter 10 in New Year, New Book: Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Pre-Order Now!

This chapter is about: Printing a book on your own or with a publishing house. Writing, editing and preparing the book for printing. Pricing, marketing and fulfillment. eBook production: PDF, ePUB, Mobipocket. Print on demand.

Names of Our Readers in the Book

In November 2010, our readers and fans had the opportunity to add their names to the book. We sorted all of the participants alphabetically and created an exclusive double-page feature on pages 6 and 7. Overall, 2970 names form the “S” in Smashing—ASCII art at its best.

Free Sample (PDF)

You will find more information below, and you can read a sample chapter “Visible vs. Invisible Design” (PDF, 5.6 MB) by Francisco Inchauste — for free.

Exclusive Artwork for the Book

The Smashing Book 2 features exclusive full-page illustrations for each chapter. And here we’ve got something special for you. The illustrations were created by the talented Australian illustrator and our dear friend Yiying Lu, who is well known as the designer of Twitter’s famous “Fail Whale”.

Yiying-fish in New Year, New Book: Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Pre-Order Now!Yiying lovingly cares about her cat on the wall. You can see this illustration in the chapter “Visible vs. Invisible Design,” written by Francisco Inchauste.

Features Of The Book

  • A solid printed hardcover book,
  • Dimensions: 5.83 × 8.27 inches (14.8 × 21.0 cm),
  • Hardcover with round spine and high quality binding
  • 360 pages with full-color images on coated paper,
  • Worldwide availability,
  • Reduced air mail shipping,
  • Risk-free purchase with a 100-day money-back guarantee,
  • Free bonus eBook with four chapters,

But That’s Not All, Right?

Right! Initially, the book was supposed to contain more chapters, but because most of our contributors delivered (much) more content than the book’s size could accommodate, we couldn’t include them all. (We could have added more pages, but then shipping costs would have increased significantly.) So, we released four chapters as a free bonus eBook, called “The Lost Files.” This eBook is available in PDF, ePUB and Mobipocket formats. Every registered customer can download the book for free. Please notice that you don't have to buy anything: the registration is free and takes just 30 seconds. No strings attached.

Lost-files in New Year, New Book: Smashing Book 2 Is Coming: Pre-Order Now!

Here are the pieces that are presented in the free bonus eBook:

  • “The Ultimate Web Design Questionnaire and Checklist”, Kat Neville,
  • “Plagues in Web Design and How to Deal With Them”, Speider Schneider,
  • “Interviews: Expert Tips From Renowned Designers”, Steven Snell,
  • “Web Design Community: Where Are We Going?”, Paul Scrivens (Drawar).

The Smashing Book is available in the Smashing Shop... and nowhere else!

The Smashing Book 2 is a hardcover book with quality sewn binding, 360 pages and a bit larger of a size than its predecessor. We want to make the book affordable to everyone, so Smashing Magazine will pay a large part of the shipping costs and ship the books at a fixed price of only $5.00 per copy, no matter where you live in the world.

And it gets even better: books will be sent only via air mail (except within Germany and surrounding countries). For details on the estimated delivery times please refer to the delivery times table. The books will be shipped from Berlin, Germany. And of course, if you are not satisfied, there is a 100-day money-back guarantee.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Take a look at frequently asked questions and answers. If you have a problem not discussed here, please contact us via the contact form or @SmashingSupport on Twitter. We would love to help you in any way we can!

Customer Reviews (96)



The book are taking oale the things you need to know before starting eweryting from affiliate prod, to start whit web design, and promoting advirtising both social and creativ. I reale preseate it


Posted on 2/4/13

Sonali Agrawal:

Can't wait!

I am going to pre-order it tonight! Can't wait to hold it in my hands!


Posted on 8/8/12



Looks great... will it be available also in PDF version?


Posted on 8/8/12

Terri Ann:


Wanted: Books to drop with the iBooks, Kindle or other electronic reader or even just PDF format. Will pay near full price to not clutter up my bookshelf or weigh down my commute.


Posted on 8/8/12

Smashing Media Customer Support:

Electronic Editions

There are currently no plans to release the Smashing Book #2 as PDF, or any other eBook format, sorry. Our goal was to print a large, unique, comprehensive and extremely valuable physical book.


Posted on 8/8/12


Going To Order Once Again

I ordered the first edition of this book and it was incredibly amazing. So helpful that it actually solved so many confusions regarding design usage. Ordered it and received after a long delay, but the it was more worthy than the wait. Thanks again for a new publish. Going to order it soon :)


Posted on 8/8/12


Grt booking..

Woww... Was eagerly waiting for this..


Posted on 8/8/12


Inquiry from the Philippines

Hi Smashing Magazine Team!

Can the Smashing Book #2 be shipped to the Philippines? Will there be additional fees? (Hope not..)


Posted on 8/8/12


Electronic Editions

I'm one of the fan of SM, so I would like to say something about PDF versions. It's very good that SM didn't published their PDF or ebook versions (and hope not publish till 5-10 years...) because if they publish they couldn't stop peoples who share books in PDF (free version) without permissions and so on, they peoples don't think that how much someone efforts to bring this treasure for us.
SM is one of the best who improving my career as a web designer. so I always pray for them.

Thank you SM all team with my best wishes


Posted on 8/8/12

Smashing Media Customer Support:

Worldwide Shipping

Hi Ticky,

we ship worldwide, including the Philippines. There will be no additional cost, just the $5:00



Posted on 8/8/12


Very nice follow-up

I'm looking forward to the next chapter of the smashing book series! The subjects handled in the second book seem very interesting and I can't wait to get started! Great discount offer by the way!


Posted on 8/8/12


Very promising and inspiring

Looks like it's going to be a fantastic piece of knowledge straight from the industry professionals. Great job, Smashing Team! Wish you the best of luck in print and distribution of the Book. And I'm pre-ordering a copy myself!


Posted on 8/8/12


The best!

I bought the first one and it really opened my eyes. There's a lot more to design than just the beauty of things!

I'm buying it!


Posted on 8/8/12

Jonathan de Jong:

More educational than course-litterature

I've read the first one and found it to be much better than many of my school-litterature (I'm studying similar subjects) and I cant wait to learn some more :)

February is going to be awesome.


Posted on 8/8/12

Mads Fuhr:

Counting the hours 'till it gets here!

Finally! I will order it right away - living in Denmark, so it should be here in no time, right?! ;)

Great offer as always.


Posted on 8/8/12


Piffy Magazine

I highly recommend this book - I hope there's a third one coming soon because I wasn't able to write my name in it.


Posted on 8/8/12



looks exciting.


Posted on 8/8/12


Worldwide Shipping & Book Cost

I am quite confused

Why is the book cheaper in USD?
Why are the shipping costs also cheaper in USD?

Reduced air mail shipping—just $3.50/€3.50 per copy, (€3.50 = 6.00 USD)

BOOK cost $23.90 USD = 18.50€

Can you explain the logic behind your pricing...


Posted on 8/8/12

Smashing Media Customer Support:

Currency Differences

The exchange rate was different when we originally set the prices. Since the book is being produced in Europe, Europeans are paying a fair price. With the current exchange rate, Non-Europeans are a bit lucky, but that might change any day depending on the development of Euro/Dollar rates.

With shipping costs, it is basically the same, although we did round the us price indeed to get a more uniform number. Still, the difference in shipping is not as high as you claim. 3,50€ would currently be 4,50$. Both prices are extremely cheap for airmail shipping.


Posted on 8/8/12


Gr8 Book

This book is gr8 knoledge bag. I really like the efforts you guys have put into building the books 1 & 2. The content from the writers is superb. I am looking forward to buying book #2, though i am a technical guy.


Posted on 8/8/12


book's artwork

great theme :)
loved that ♥+


Posted on 8/8/12



I cannot wait! Already reserved my copy!! Make sure you send mine out first!! =) I'd buy every book you guys offer if they weren't all in PDF, let's get some of those eBooks in hardcover, gloss, laser babay!


Posted on 8/7/12


Can't wait

Looking forward to getting my copy. Just one quick question, how big will the book be in size? Will it be bigger than the first one, it was a pain trying to keep the pages open enough without nearly rippin it apart.


Posted on 8/7/12



The first book really wide opened my eyes about web design coding and development. I can't wait to see all the best from second one.

Wish you all the best!


Posted on 8/7/12

Smashing Media Customer Support:

Book Size

@Rob: The Smashing Book #2 will be similar in size to the first Smashing Book. It'll be slightly larger, but the difference is not much. It will, however, have a much better (stiched) binding, so it will be easier to handle and you should have no trouble keeping it open.


Posted on 8/7/12


Great !

All the best! Eagerly Waiting


Posted on 8/7/12

Jenar Idn:

pre-order discount

When the pre-order discount end? Thanks!


Posted on 8/7/12

Smashing Media Customer Support:

End of Pre-Order Discount

We currently have no definitive end-date for the pre-order phase, but you can expect it to end around the end of this month. Rather sooner than later.


Posted on 8/7/12


For all those insirational helping hands

I usually have about 20 tabs open at any one time on Firefox. I realised that of them, 20% are usually Smashing articles and related links. Smashing is EASILY number one design blog. Buying the book is just my way of saying thanks* for all the design cul de sacs you helped me out of.

*also I'm getting what is sure to be a classic book.


Posted on 8/7/12


This is Awesome !!

Can't wait to get my hands on this one too..
Smashing has always rocked my Web Design world ! ;)


Posted on 8/7/12


Keep the Collection Coming!

I just ordered the Smashing Book #1 a little while back, and finally got it in my eager hands last week, I’ve already read it twice! Lol…I love Smashing Magazine and follow religiously, this is my go-to website for learning everything I can (beginning web designer/developer). Already Pre-Ordered the Smashing Magazine #2…plus all of the PDFs…can’t get enough!


Posted on 8/7/12


I really like your blog

I really like your blog and I hope the quality of smashing book #2 will be high standard as well. I going to pre-order today, do you think I will get the book before end of February?( I live in Vancouver, Canada) Because I am planing to travel in the first week of March.


Posted on 8/7/12

Smashing Media Customer Support:

Delivery Status

We cannot give you definitive dates, yet, but we are very well within schedule. It won't take long anymore.

@deenbaki: Delivery times to Canada are expected to range between 3 and 10 days, so it should arrive well before your departure.


Posted on 8/7/12


unsucessful pre-ordering

I have tried to order the book twice, in a gap of 10 days, using two different cards and 3 different browsers. So, I would assume the problem is not at my end. Not just that, there is was no reply from LIVE SUPPORT as well, when i sent them a message regarding this issue.
Should i drop the plans to order the book altogether?


Smashing Media Customer Support: We have no record of your request to the live support. It seems that something went wrong and your request didn't reach us, sorry. We are currently not aware of any problems with our credit card payment gateway. Could you send us a more detailed description of the error? Maybe we can help. Since the message to live support seems to not have worked for you last time, it would probably be better if you send it via email to


Posted on 8/7/12


Reprint of Smashing Book #1?

Quick question... Are there plans to reprint the first book (which is amazing), as a hardcover with the stitched spine? I would totally buy it again and keep the nice one for my home copy. Think about it! =)


Posted on 8/7/12


eBook available for iPad?

Will this be available as an eBook for iPad? Save the trees! And also my I prefer to keep everything in my iPad if at all possible. Makes life simpler.


Smashing Media Customer Support: No, sorry. Our goal was to print a large, unique, comprehensive and extremely valuable physical book. We don’t have any plans to release it as an eBook yet.


Posted on 8/7/12



I ordered both book#1 and book #2, at once (hopping to save shipping cost)

can you please let us know if the book is shipped yet?!
I so~ looking forward to it!!


Posted on 8/7/12

Smashing Media Customer Support:

Reprint & Shipping Status

@Bart: There are currently no such plans. It is a nice idea, however. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

@kabuki: Thanks a lot for ordering! :) You will be notified once the Smashing Book #2 has been shipped. Smashing Book #1 will be shipped immediately (usually on the next business day), so your copy is probably already on its way to you.


Posted on 8/7/12


Never comes to Nepal

:( It never comes to Nepal. But try to figure out how to get it


Smashing Customer Support: We do ship to Nepal. If you have trouble placing your order, please contact us via so that we can help you.


Posted on 8/7/12


Amazing piece of info

Smashing book is just amazing. I have so much faith in the team that whatever product it comes up with, it will always have something amazingly good to offer.



Posted on 8/7/12


Seems crazy that it's not available as an ebook or PDF

Many of us simply don't do paper anymore, and not just for green reasons, but because it makes no sense to have to lug and store a physical book when we've all got PCs, laptops, iPads, etc.


Posted on 8/7/12


Pure awesomeness!

Can't wait to get it!


Posted on 8/7/12


Amazing content but no digital format

Sounds fantastic except....... no ebook :( i would love to own a physical copy, but i move around alot, and dont have much storage space. any chance of a pdf or something?


Smashing Media Customer Support: No. We don’t want it to be just one of the many books available everywhere. Rather, we want it to be an exclusive annual event. Our goal was to print a large, unique, comprehensive and highly valuable physical book with unique packaging. We don’t have any plans to release it as an eBook.


Posted on 8/7/12

Rob Eardley:

Very Very happy

Received this on Saturday and I am very happy :)

The book is a great read and the materials used in its construction are far better than the still commendable SB #1.

I'm also chuffed that my name is in the Smashing 'S' which is nice.

Thanks guys and girls and here's to The Smashing Book #3!


Posted on 8/7/12

Usman Arshad:

Got SM Book#2 in my hand

WOAH! I got my SM Book#2 in my hand and feeling very gladly, just taken an overview of the e-commerce chapter and notice that it's nice experience, my current project is related to e-commerce portals and I hope it will help me a lot.
Thanks you SM,


Posted on 8/7/12

Samir Tuladhar:

Received my SB#2

Got my SB#2, SB#1 was awesome hope same from #2. Can't wait to read it.


Posted on 8/7/12

Jamal Moghrabi:

When can i expect my book?

I can't wait to look over this book. I live in canada and i'm just wondering when it should approx. arrive. I pre-ordered it and haven't heard anything since. Thanks! :)


Smashing Media Customer Support: Shipping to canada usually takes between 3 to 10 business days. Depending on when exactly you pre-ordered, your book has been shipped by February 1st the latest. So it could arrive any day now, but also could take until next week.


Posted on 8/7/12

Jamal Moghrabi:


I pre-ordered this book and i cant wait! I'm just wondering when it should be in canada by. Thanks a lot!!


Smashing Media Customer Support: See answer above. :) Thanks for ordering!


Posted on 8/7/12


We can't resist

Love the number 1, hurried to read this !

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Posted on 8/3/12


Book Arrived

I got the book :) thankyou so much couldn't stop jumping when I got it will start reading as soon as possible.


Posted on 8/3/12


Waiting in jakarta :)

I got the first smashing#1 book in 1 week after delivery. Now i am waiting for the #2 book is it already shipped?


Smashing Media Customer Support: Yes, all books have been shipped. Pre-ordered books have been shipped in a bulk process over several days, so your book has been shipped by January 31th the latest. Shipping to Indonesia is expected to take 7-12 business days, so there is no need to worry yet.


Posted on 8/3/12

Marko Teodorovic:

Serbian post office charge postage... :(

Quality is good, good job SM! Serbian post office charge about 8 euros for postage, just to know for Serbian readers.


Smashing Media Customer Support: Sorry to hear that. :( We obviously ship all books with complete postage, so no recipient should have to pay any postage afterwards. Is it possible that the post office charged something like an import duty instead?


Posted on 8/3/12

... is arrived !

The Book is arrived :-)
Thank you very much !
The quality is very very good.


Posted on 8/3/12


The Smashing Book #2 just arrived

The Smashing Book #2 just arrived to my home! The postman charge me $1 for postage lol. Great book, love the layout, content and everything!

from: Bandung, Indonesia


Smashing Media Customer Support: Glad to hear that you like the book! :) And also sorry to hear about the strange postage. We still suspect it might rather be a kind of import duty. At least it was only $1.


Posted on 8/3/12



I just received my shipment! cool package btw :)

AMAZING BOOK (quality, design, everything) and most of all its CONTENT! thanks a lot Smashing team :)



Posted on 8/3/12


Another Great Resource from Smashing Magazine!

I bought the first book, and I was very impressed with that! - So it made sense to get the second one, and I wasn't disappointed! - Fantastic content, premium quality book!...and at a bargain price!

Well done SM!


Posted on 8/3/12


If the first one blew my mind, this one will drive me crazy

Well I'm currently finishing reading the SM1 and so far I have to say that is one of the nicest books I have read about web design, thanks for releasing it and well, I will definitely going to put my eyes over the 2nd one :D...


Posted on 8/3/12



Appears to be excellent! I want to win a copy!


Posted on 8/3/12


Good Job

just got my copy today! Thanks guy!
wishes from Malaysia


Posted on 8/3/12


A small university of its own

I run a small web shop, with a few young professionals. Since all things web aren't exactly taught in university classrooms in our country, we try to buy as many books as possible to further our knowledge. Sometimes we hit a jewel, like when we bought the smashing book vol. 1. Every read that book, and we keep it in our small library for reference. We certainly appreciate your work guys. Please keep on doing them.


Posted on 8/3/12


Nice one

From the look and feel, this is going to totally rock


Posted on 8/3/12



I really really really want it, here in mexico, now LoL


Posted on 8/3/12


A perfect balance between design & development.

It is awesome, especially chapters 1,2 & 4. Keep the great work going. :) . my best wishes to the smashing team, the writers, editors and especially to Yiying Lu. :-)


Posted on 8/3/12


Didn't receive it yet.

Any Romanians that pre-ordered it received it yet?



Posted on 8/3/12

Smashing Media Customer Support:


Pre-ordered books should have arrived in Romania by now. We'll check your order and get back to you with more information via email. Don't worry, we'll make sure that you receive your book.


Posted on 8/3/12



I want to win a copy!


Posted on 8/3/12


Ooo ... how exciting!

I NEED this book ...


Posted on 8/3/12


Didn't receive it yet...

Hi, I've read the Smashing Book #1 and it's fantastic! Now, I pre-ordered the SB #2 in january and didn't receive it yet, is there an estimated time of arrival for Uruguay?

Great job guys! :)


Posted on 8/3/12

Smashing Media Customer Support:


Can you please send your order details to We'll check the status of your order.


Posted on 8/3/12


incredibly pleased

this book is packed with fantastic and authentic information. the fact that this book is also charming and pleasant in its design, size and layout is just the cherry on top. great read!


Posted on 8/3/12


Please release as an eBook

If you guys release an eBook version, consider me sold !


Posted on 8/3/12


did not receive the book yet

Hi! I would like to ask if anyone from Philippines has already receive their book? It's almost 1 month now and I've order it since Jan 22. Thanks thanks...


Posted on 8/3/12

Smashing Media Customer Support:


Your book has been shipped by 1/31 the latest. Shipping to the Philipines is estimated to take around 6-12 business days. However, these are only estimations and there can be exceptions to the rule. Can you give it a few more days? If it still does not arrive, please send your order details to so that we can investigate and make sure that you receive your book.


Posted on 8/3/12



Great book!


Posted on 8/3/12


Need PDF

I have no desire to wag around a big printed book. Although, I do appreciate the time and craftsmanship that goes into such a production as the printed copy, it just doesn't fit my lifestyle. If I carried around printed copies of all of the books I have on my iPad/Android phone, I would need a trailer everywhere I went.

Unfortunately, even though I love your brand and publications, I will not be purchasing your print-only book.


Posted on 8/3/12


Tired of waiting

It took them 1 week before they realize that there's been a problem with their order management software. Now its almost 3 weeks and I haven't receive my book yet.


Smashing Media Customer Support: Sorry to hear about your trouble. :( If you contact us (again) via email with your order details, we can look into it.


Posted on 8/3/12


Thanks a lot for your hard work!

Receive the great book, it's one of the best book I get!


Posted on 8/3/12

Julio Vasel:

Really perfect

Nothing bad to say about this book! NOTHING! Oh, and my name is in the book! hahaha
high quality content and production. The SB#3 could come with videos, hãn?


Posted on 8/3/12


Still waiting for my book :(

I ordered on feb 3rd and haven't gotten it yet. I'm in Chicago. It should be a way of tracking the package. Hopefully is not just lost.


Smashing Media Customer Support: Please send your order details (including the order number) to so that we can check your order. Don't worry, we will make sure that you receive your book!


Posted on 8/3/12


Its absolutely fantastic book no words to explain!!!

I really don't have words to explain how each and every words and spaces are placed so nicely and it has no meaning when I go thought the sample pages


Posted on 8/3/12


Amazing customer service

These Guys really Rock! I met the problem during shipping and my copy of book was lost somewhere in transfer. I wrote the email to support and they replied within hours although it was Saturday. They explained why it could happen and shipped a new copy of the book. They also provided me with little compensation for these delays.

Awesome customer support.

Hopefully my book will be delivered soon. :)


Posted on 8/3/12



I love how book is looks and reads. Very solid and colorful, fully packed of useful information.
I get my book here in Ukraine, thanks. I thougth that I can have troubles with delivery (not so cool services in my country), but only 5 days and I'm unpaking my copy - fantastic!!
Very appreciate your work!


Posted on 8/3/12



Printed book

Awesome and I'm very much interested to buy books from SM.


What if I wanted to share this book with the next generation after some 5 years? Book will be half torn? Damaged? Lost? Time to reconsider for a E-book :)
E-book is always convenient :)


Posted on 8/3/12


Things that make u happy!

Became a member on Smashing only to buy this book.
Delivered to my home 3 days after ordering it; very nice!!
Really like the whole look and feel of the book as well as the content. It's the sort of book that u want to pick up and read. Looking forward to finishing it.


Posted on 8/3/12


Finally Received it.

After a few email with customer support, I finally received my book. I pre-ordered the book on 4th of January 2011 and received it today.

I'm hoping at a discount for Smashing Book #3 :)

The wait was worth it, the book is simply beautiful.

Thanks SM


Posted on 8/3/12


Great Book - but I don't agree with "How to make a book"

Just reveived your book and was amazed about content and and the detailed information it offers about design, design fundamentals and history, usability, web typography and more. But I do not understand Chapter 10 "How to make a Book". Within 36 pages you try to explain how a book is structured, conceived, designed, produced and marketed. Like "Making Websites", "Making Books" is not a "small side project" like you mention in introduction of chapter 10, it's much more a complex discipline with it's own design history, guidelines, rules, habits. Think of paper quality, haptic, product design - how the book feels in your hands - binding, layout, typography...

I think we, as web designers/developers, have to honor and see this. Web is Web, and Print is Print. Both need professionals to clearly communicate. Imagine a book about print design expertise including Chapter 10 "How to make a Website - and earn money".


Posted on 8/3/12


Loved It!

Book was shipped fast to Montreal.
Great chapters! Lost me a bit in the developers' chapter being on the account side but overall awesome writing, very relevant!
Just downloaded the lost files and looking forward to more great reads.
Great Job!!!


Posted on 8/3/12


Great i loved it!

I think we, as web designers/developers, have to honor and see this. Web is Web, and Print is Print. Both need professionals to clearly communicate. Imagine a book about print design expertise including Chapter 10 "How to make a Website - and earn money".


Posted on 8/3/12

Djurica Bogosavljev:

Great chapters, easy to understand! Loved it...

@Marko Teodorovic:
I'm from Belgrade, and I've got my Smashing Book #2, but no additional charge from post office. I have pre-order book in January, and receive it in February after few days (4-5 days) when Smashing site officially announce that book is coming to their readers.

Book is fantastic! I've enjoy reading it. Great chapters, tips and advice. Binding of the book are great, as well as hard covers! Good Job!

Expecting Smashing Book #3, you have great potential...


Posted on 8/3/12



I think the content of the book was a great mix of design and development – which suits me perfectly as I work in both these worlds. I particularly enjoyed chapter seven about the bringing the gaming mindset into the user experience, it’s a fun and clever way to capture an audience. Excellent work!


Posted on 8/3/12


not so smashing

i would have ordered this right away if there was an ebook version. i think i'll wait on it...


Posted on 8/3/12



INCREDIBLE READ! You bring a whole new look into modern web design and more importantly, WEB CONVERSIONS. Ultimately, web design has gone beyond the goal of looking good and is now responsible for actually doing things. Your expert panel of authors covers each aspect beautifully. THANK YOU!


Posted on 8/3/12


Great book!

Thank you! Today received at my post office in Kyiv :) Package also liked! )


Posted on 8/3/12

klevis miho:

Just bought it

I just bought the Smashing Book #2, together with #3 1/2.


Posted on 8/3/12

Smashing Media Customer Support:

Delivery Status

We cannot give you definitive dates, yet, but we are very well within schedule. It won't take long anymore.

@deenbaki: Delivery times to Canada are expected to range between 3 and 10 days, so it should arrive well before your departure.


Posted on 8/3/12



Any word on the day these will hit the air mail freight planes!? I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve!!


Posted on 8/3/12

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