The Smashing Book Review…Win a Copy!

Buy Now!Pretty much everyone in our field has heard of The Smashing Book from Smashing Magazine. Published in 2009 with 313 pages, The Smashing Book offers a collection of modern design, usability, coding and best practices in the web world.

The book had plenty of information to offer that I didn’t know about and, although I didn’t agree with all of it, it was well worth the price. I’d like to share my review of the contents and book itself and give you, loyal readers, a chance to win one of five copies for yourself!

Initial Thoughts

Opening my mailbox on that fateful day, I could tell immediately that the book had arrived. The Smashing Book was wrapped in a cardboard box container that matched the front of the book exactly. Pretty cool!

I was slightly disappointed in it both size and print-wise. However, this disappointment wasn’t unexpected, due to several reviews I read before I purchased the book.

In a nutshell, the text is a bit small and printed in sans-serif, which is a difficult font to read in print, especially at the size they used. The binding wasn’t great and it feels like it could fall apart with more than one reading. I also felt that $30 was too expensive for a paperback book, especially one that made these crucial readability mistakes.

The thick glossy pages did not bother me at all, like it has some readers, and it made the design and color portions of the book stand out. There were, however, several typos I noticed, mostly in the captions. One caption even completely misnamed a site’s country. (The “Chinese” site wasn’t Chinese, it was Korean.) However, let’s not judge this book too harshly by its cover…or pages.

Individual Chapter Reviews

The chapters were short enough to read easily in one setting, but long enough to convey the message of each topic. I had expected Smashing to talk about best practices in code, but they only touched upon that topic lightly. Many of the chapters were more about theory and usability rather than actual tutorials.

Most of the chapters though, had great bits of information, and since they’re all by different authors and on different topics, I’d like to rate them separately.

  • Chapter 1: User Interface Design in Modern Applications.
    The author talks mostly about web and software applications, but a lot of what he mentions can also apply to regular websites. I learned several useful tips for my own sites. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Chapter 2: The Art and Science of CSS Layouts.
    Seeing that CSS is my expertise, I thought this was going to be my favorite chapter, but unfortunately this chapter was way out in left field. None of it really applied to me or my clients in any sense. Most of it was about fluid (expanding) and arbitrary layouts. Unfortunately, in the real world, I don’t see a client going for this. Every designer and client I’ve ever worked with wants pixel-perfect layouts. And there was a lot of weird math involved, along with guessing and the use of em, which I also, personally, never use. I give it 2 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter 3: Typography Rules, Guidelines and Common Mistakes.
    I’m a huge fan of typography, so this chapter was great for me. While I’d learned most of what was discussed in design school, I felt it was spot on and a great refresher for a designer, or a wonderful teaching aid to someone just starting out. I give it 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter 4: Usability Principles for Modern Websites.
    I learned a lot about usability practices in this chapter. The most interesting of all was the fact we shouldn’t force pop-up windows, even if it’s going to an external site, but instead should let the user decide. Very interesting stuff for both developers and designers. I give it 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter 5: The Ultimate Guide To Fantastic Color Usage.
    Just like the typography chapter, the color chapter is great for beginners, or for just brushing up on color. I give it 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter 6: Optimization For Websites.
    Another chapter with a promising headline on the development side of things. This author offered common basic tips and then he suddenly jumped into very advanced optimization tips. Unfortunately, this chapter is almost useless for 99% of users, who don’t have root access to their server or even a dedicated server itself. I ended up having to skip most of it. I give it 2 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter 7: Design to Sell — Increasing Conversion Rates.
    I love the fact that this chapter talks, not only about how to sell more products, but also how to sell services, get RSS feed subscribers or email signups. It’s got great tips for using your website to pull those customers in. I give it 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter 8: How to turn a Site into a Remarkable Brand.
    This chapter really didn’t talk about anything most of us didn’t already know…it offers basic tips on how to brand yourself and your site. Nothing too remarkable, unfortunately. I give it 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter 9: Learning for Experts — Interviews and Insights.
    Now this is the chapter that makes the whole book! As a matter of fact, I would’ve loved it if this chapter was the whole book. There were lots of one on one questions with big name guys that I know of in the web world. All the questions were about freelancing, design, development tactics, dealing with clients and so on. I normally hate interviews, but read this in its entirety. Super great tips and it’s awesome to see how the pros work. I give it 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter 10: Behind the Curtains: The Smashing Magazine Story.
    Just a nice chapter on how Smashing Magazine came to be. I loved the photos of all the collages of previous logos, post images and icons. I give it 4 out of 5 stars

The Design Samples

Throughout the book, Smashing uses real websites for their examples and explanations. A lot of these were pretty good, although I wish they could’ve found better examples, as some of the sites were a bit bland and outdated (the color chapter being the exception, the examples were great!).

The Verdict

I don’t normally read computer books, but I’m really glad I got this one. Even though it has several negatives to it, it’s still full of very useful information, even for seasoned professionals. Well worth the money and I suggest going out and getting it! I give the whole book 4 out of 5 stars!

Now’s Your Chance… Win A Copy of Your Own!

Want to win a copy for yourself? We’re making it easy — FreelanceFolder is giving away 5 copies of The Smashing Book to our readers! Just follow the two steps below to enter.

Step 1: RT this post on twitter, you can use the button just after the post.

Step 2: Leave a comment below about why you want to win this book.

Yes, that’s really it! The contest starts now and ends this Friday, January 29, 2010. The winner will be chosen at random. International readers are free to enter, but additional shipping charges may apply depending on where you are located. Good luck!

Oh, and if you don’t win one of the 5 free giveaway books, you can always get the book from Smashing Magazine here.


  1. says

    Honestly? I’d want to win it because I want to read it and my quota for ‘improvement’ books and resources is full for the month. :)

    Loved the review, seems like it’s still overall worth it.

  2. says

    Well I actually have a library full of books in the exact same size and shape of Smashing Book and I want to complete my set.

    … or I am a hardcore Smashing Magazine reader since forever, mostly in their high times and of course lately which they’ve got a lot more original contents. I work in the same industry, I was eager to buy this book until I found that it’s not available in my area! yea that frustrating!

    BTW How do you know if I have RT this post or not? /:)

  3. says

    Great review…have been thinking about purchasing it since they added those huge buy now buttons on their site.

    I should get the free copy because I like chicken.

  4. jPomfret says

    This book would be great, love the magazine and can’t wait to start reading! this would really help me out :)

  5. says

    Actually i enjoyed much the Smashing Magazine articles and posts and as a part of my work as UI Developer , this book with no doubt will increase the my knowledge and the ability to create much easy and clean interfaces .

  6. says

    It’s my DREAM to grow into an inspiration enterprise. Smashing Mag has done a brilliant job of building a brand and making it profitable. It would be the ideal playbook! Thanks!

  7. says

    I am trying to start my career as a freelance web designer so this book could be very useful. And it’s always great to win.

  8. says

    Been wanting to read this book ever since I heard about it on Smashing Magazine! I seems like a great resource for any designer. I’m especially excited for the usability tips, that’s something I’m really into lately.

  9. Jay Kaushal says

    Well I purchased this book a few days back but have nothing but high praise for it the way it is organised into helpful chapters. Though i am working as a webdesigner for that last few years still I learnt a lot from this book. One of the best books about various aspects of web designing for a novice or a pro.

    So best of luck for lucky guy or gal who gets it :)

  10. says

    I would love to have this book as I am confident it will help me grow my freelancing business. Plus Lexi Rodrigo recommended your site and books to me and I have found a ton of great content on both of your sites. Looking forward to learning more.

  11. WotV says

    I like to win stuff. Really. Oh, and because it sounds like this would be an incredible useful tool.

  12. says

    Being from India, it would be the best possible way to get hold of the book. If I do not win, I would have to wait for a few months before I can get my hands on one.
    Also since I have never won anything like this, now would be a great time to begin.

  13. says

    I’ve only been doing web design for a few years and I’m interested in learning all I can to improving my work and gain more clients. I would love to have this book.

  14. says

    Hey, I already have the book and just wanted to echo that it is great. I don’t often buy computer-y books either but I am really enjoying this one.

  15. Mike says

    I’d love to win a copy of this book because I subscribe to and read their website already and know it’s full of great content. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. says

    Just Retweeted (:

    I want this book because I know it will help me improve the quality of my websites, thus helping me become more successful, and giving me a huge advantage when I get out of college and go into the real world of design.

  17. Gustavo Cabezal says

    I really want to see if i can win this book, being in Venezuela is hard to find good books to improve both my english and coding too and design, I being trying to get better and acquaire better practices so that i can get more in depth in my freelancing career.

  18. says

    Excellent and thorough review, Amber. I’d love to win a copy of this because it’s been on my wishlist for a long time but I can’t seem to obtain it. Would love to be inspired by it.

  19. Etienne Richard says

    I’d like to read it, i mean : I have to read it. I’ve read Success Online and all the Web Icons, doing research on the net and I quit my job to learn more/well at my webDesign school. I would be reaaaaally interested in the reading of this particular one.

    Got to go, need more coffee !

  20. says

    I would like to win the book because I am just getting into web design. I think this book sounds great for beginners like myself. Plus I check this darn website like three times a day.

  21. says

    I want to win this book because I am always looking for ways to improve the way I design and develop. Whether it be from reading books, watching videos, or checking Smashing Magazine several times a day I am always looking to gain an edge on the competition. The preview of the book looks great!

  22. Gretchen Imbergamo says

    I am in the process of starting a freelance web business and could use this book to help build my skills.

  23. says

    I want it because this kind of books are not available in my country and, however great and complete internet sites are, nothing beats the feeling of flipping thru some pages.

  24. says

    I have read a few reviews about the Smashing Book. It sounds like a cheap mass production, that resulted in a bad quality printed item (also read somewhere that the pages start to fall out) with a body font that is not very legible. Most reviews also say that a lot of the content is basic stuff but a nice way to refresh the memory. For all of the above points, I would like to win the book instead of paying $30 for it. Consider this post tweeted [@semblance_er]!

  25. Alan says

    Reason why i want to win this book, because the only way for me to get this book is by retweet it, leave comment and compete with all the people here = =”

  26. says

    I have had my eye on this book since it came out. A few of my twitter friends bought it and have been happy with it.

    I could always use a great book for inspiration.

    Thanks for the review!

  27. says

    Great review. Smashing has never let me down as far as providing lots of information for me to sink my teeth into on a daily basis. I figure this book would allow me to enjoy it even away from my computer…which is rare I suppose.

  28. says

    Even though I’m a writer by trade, I have a fascination for graphic design and offer refer to Smashing Magazine. Please pick me. I’d love this book for my reference library

  29. says

    I find that smashing magazine has a lot of useful, interesting content that help me improve to be a better web designer~ so I would like to have this book! hehe

  30. William says

    I’ve read snippets occasionally from and about this book. I am just entering into the blogging world, so any and all information would be helpful and useful in many ways. To win something so informative would be a really good resource and addition to my meager library!!

  31. Marta says

    Well, I’ve jumped into freelancing very recently. I’m always hungry for resource & learning dev/design books; and at this point of my life, I definitely need to broaden my skills if I want to conquer the world ASAP. So there ;)

  32. says

    Great review Amber! I think you were very honest about the downsides of the book; something many cower from. Overall, however, it seems like a great read. I’d love a copy of this book because it’s been on my wish list from day one and would love to finally read it.

    Thanks again for the great review!

  33. Jin Qian says

    I am interested in webdesign and have been hesitating in getting more involved into it. That book could be my reason to get into webdesign XD

  34. Michael says

    I’m in the process of starting my own business, and although my area is not mainly webdesign or web development, the book would probably help to stay up to date.

  35. Steve Robillard says

    I would like to win because I am working on moving a desktop app to the web and would like to make sure I am up to date on best practices.

  36. Jean D says

    I would love to win this book because as a college student I am just getting into the field and learning about the many different things that I can create. Especially since my school doesn’t keep up with the ever changing technology. I feel that I learn more by reading blogs like this and books that I buy online. This is why I hope to win this book.

  37. Jason says

    I’d like to have the refresher. If even reminding me of a few items or introducing me to one new one, it would be worth winning. Tweeting away!!

  38. says

    Twitter username: @dangroves

    I want to win this book because at just 17 I am working on my very fist web application which I hope to release to the public with the year. I would like to win this book because I believe that it’s information will help me to make the most out of this App, allowing me to make it as successful as possible and with a bit of luck beat some of the competition out there.

    Currently, I don’t want to broadcast any information about the application, but you guys can sure as hell have some free Beta accounts once it’s up on the server.

  39. Adrianka says

    I would like to win this book, because it looks great, and as a student, I don’t have so much money to spend on books. :P

  40. Liv Reyes says

    Great review!

    I want to win because the book is full of good resources that can help me to be more successful as a freelancer

  41. Alex Abbey says

    I really want to win the Smashing Book!!
    I love smashing mag, I think they are great web designers and developers that will inspire me and help me be better at this stuff.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  42. Justin Isaacs says

    I’m new to the world of website design and am looking for the knowledge I can get…

  43. says

    This looks like a fantastic resource for me and for a few young-uns I tutor. When its not being used for work it will look hot on my coffee table :)

    – Tweeted @CobaltCow

  44. says

    I would like to win this book because I have wanted it since I heard it was coming out but haven’t had the money to purchase it yet!

  45. says

    I’m a big ol’ Smashing Magazine fan. I’ve wanted to get my hands on this book since it came out. Alas, the trials and tribulations of starting a business has taken its toll and I honestly can’t afford to buy it. Here’s hoping that I win. :)

    Best of luck to all!

  46. Gabriel Balda says

    One of my clients wants print all the web to read it by night :S I would like to win this book because i can give the book to him: to understand in paper what really is the web

  47. says

    I want it because I always read Smashing Magazine, and it always have the latest news about many things I like. And very well written. I am sure the book is awesome too. A must have!

  48. tlpdesign says

    Great Review! I’d love a copy of The Smashing Book as I am completely self-taught and really want to learn more about the theory of design, as well as current practices in web design, CSS, and tips for a freelancer.


    (RT from @tlpdesign)

  49. says

    Just giving a try!
    Coz the book is awesome;
    Smashing Magazine always brings amazing resources and knowledge for the readers. It should be fantastic read to every freelancer.
    I know that Amber have just finished reading this book & 4 star from her means worth reading it… :)
    Thanks, BTW nice review

  50. says

    I would love to win this book! I am always looking for more resources and a reason to soak up all the knowledge I can. I am a print designer, who is slowly making way into web design. I think this would be a great book to add to my collection.

  51. says

    Why would I like to have a copy of the Smashing Book? Because more knowledge is better than less! Thanks for the offer! (and the great site, in general)

  52. says

    Hi, I’m always follow the articles in smashing site, and this book will be a great collection for me to be taken anywhere, even far from computer, but I can still be able to read my favorite articles.

  53. Tina says

    I am new to web design and development with only about a year of experience and all self taught. In the past week I have launched my very first web site for work and it has been a huge success.

    Over the past year Smashing Magazine has been a gigantic help in teaching me the ropes and getting me over some hurdles. I desperately want the book and would love to win it!

  54. says

    I’m always looking for new design content to digest but I’ve not really spent much attention in the printed book department. This would be a great way to kick off my design library and get me motivated to read more (offline that is). Thanks for the review and for throwing a contest too!

  55. says

    I want to win this book so much I accidentally tried to submit a comment with no comment! :P But really, it looks like a well executed book that will serve as a good reference for quite a while!

  56. says

    I’d like to share this book with the design and web consultants I hire. It’ll be an invaluable resource for them as well as for myself. (Also a big fan of @Smashingmag!)

  57. says

    I don’t want this book for myself, but for my girlfriend, who is about to finish her studies, and is thinking of splashing into the freelance web development business.
    I think it never hurts to have all the knowledge one can get…

  58. says

    I visit Smashing Magazine and other websites on the Smashing Network multiple times a day; so much, in fact, that my Internet Service Provider keeps getting on my case about bandwidth usage. If I won a copy of this book, I might allow me to study design offline and keep my bandwidth usage down.

  59. says

    Well I just put all my money towards my daughter’s birthday present… a present for me would be nice :)


  60. says

    What a great book. I want it because one of 2010 todos’ is to make a greek blog about greek and foreign typography so that Greeks can type responsibly and in style. To improve my skills in typography I need this book. Thank you.

  61. says

    Hi there. Fantastic review, I simply have to read this book now even more :) Unfortunatelly it is not availble in the place where I live. Would love to have a chance of reading it. Take care and keep up the great work you do!

  62. Grishma says

    I would like this book since I would thank everybody at Smashing magazine who made it possible for me to win. It will give me chance to get inspired further and keep the sweet memories of smashing magazine fresh when I am travelling and not in fron to of the computer!
    Love all the good work you guys are doing :)
    P.S. Your CV post inspired me to come up with a wonderful idea/design for a friend of mine which has helped him get interviews. They made it a point to mention that the design caught their eye. So a big thanks to everybody involved!

  63. ruthBx says

    As a fifty-something freelancer doing print and now web work, I need every possible edge to keep a step ahead. Smashing Mag and Freelance Folder have been great resources for me. Smashing Magazine’s Smashing Book will help me do smashing good work.

    Please choose me as I don’t have a whole lot of years left to (enter and) win giveaways like this :) !

  64. Michael L. says

    As a teenager, I have gotten into the web design world around the time of 5th grade (10 – 11 years old) with Freewebs, and created my own website for a “comic” / “newspaper” me and my friends had created.

    Soon after that, I taught myself HTML, and then after fooling around with tables (oh my!), I learned CSS. Three years after that, I’ve been looking at websites and looking at their designs, and tried to mimic them.

    A year after that, I started getting more social, and started reading blogs like Freelance Folder and Smashing Magazine. For me to receive a copy of the Smashing Book would be wondrous, and as a high schooler, I’ll be the envy of all my friends (xD), as well as further my knowledge of web development and the art of design.

    Nonetheless, thank you for this contest and opportunity.

  65. Dionne says

    I would like to win this book, because….I like to read. I like to read books? I like to read books on design. :)

  66. says

    I think I should win the book because I am a bibliophile who has to collect every book I can or I will go crazy. It would be an excellent reference addition to the design section of my library.

  67. says

    I want this book so bad! Is there any better book for self improvement in the design/web world… NO! That’s why I want this book, because Smashing Magazine is a world of inspiration and help for people trying to make it from a full-time employee working for someone else to living full-time as a designer…

    I am trying to accomplish my dream as we speak, it’s really hard. But because of a site like this, SM keeps me at it!

  68. says

    Well, I’ve taken the plunge and handed in my notice at work, and as of February 19, 2010, I’ll be a full-time freelancer trying to make my way in this crazy world.

    That said, it’d be swell to have a shiny copy of the Smashing Book to brush up on some of my skills & techniques so that I can go out there and conquer and return home with the bacon.

    Mmm…. bacon….

  69. says

    I would like a copy because I’m a student and am short for cash. The information found in this book is related to my course of study, Advertising & Graphic Design (which expands to classes such as typography, design, visualization, digital design, conceptual process and marketing).

  70. says

    We are only a startup to design and creative solution to business. So if anything about this book is necessary to anyone … that is us!! So we want to win this book. Besides, there is no online payment supported in our country, so we can’t buy that. S we want that.

  71. Maurice Snip says

    Nice review! It made me want to own the book even more. It’s great to have as a resource on a lot of topics in web design and development!

  72. says

    To me, as a junior web designer, when a world of web creation is still so big, the smashing book is like a holy bible. I believe it will lead me to the paradise of web design field :P . Everybody knows that beside digging on online resource we should, nah ! we must sometimes stay away from the internet and read some books. And i think this book is my first choice. That’s why i want it

  73. says

    I’m an economist in love with web design. I have this huge plan for learning the things that excite me so that I could finally do what I love, and do it well. The book would be one more step towards becoming more of a web designer and less of an economist. So count me in! :)

  74. Ryan Regan says

    I’d love to win this book because I think it’s the perfect resource for any designer, especially a student like myself.

  75. says

    why – simply to expand my knowledge – and hopefully get my students to see the benefits – no matter what the content — later days

  76. Luz says

    Why do I need that book? Frankly ’cause I’ve always been interested in web design, but I’ve nevever started to learn it deeply. it would be a good chance for me!

  77. says

    Yes Please! This would be superb! A gr8 resource, with everything one needs between a few pieces of tree from Smashing Mag…I’m a 1 year old freelancer, and love to learn. Awesome! Thanks for the Opp. Rock on

  78. says

    I want this book because I’ve followed a lot of tips from SM in web applications and helped me a lot…so this book is either a helper and will be also remember of my web development guide :)

  79. says

    Well, I had this book on my mind since SM posted that they were doing it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any good reviews on it and it isn’t being sold through online and offline retailers here in the Netherlands, so no way to flip through it. But this article convinced me to get it, either by winning it or buying it…

  80. says

    I doubt that I am in the running for a free copy but non the less it does seem like an obvious choice to add to the studios library.

    A must have…

    Why struggle when you get a new project when there is help out there to keep you focussed and inspired… Spend more time designing than dreaming of a what to do…

    Thanks and Regards

    Noel for
    a professional graphic design studio

  81. says

    I want to win this book because I’m a Web Design guy and I love SmashingMagazine. I’ve also got a lot of Good Feedback about this book and I think it will help me fighting with my Design Career! I am waiting for the book from long ago but haven’t enough money to buy it! :(

    So I wish I win this Great Book!

    My twitter: @RZamanAnik

  82. Michael says

    I would like to win a copy because I’m about to start designing and developing a new Web application, and this book sounds like an excellent learning resource that could help make the project more successful. Thank you!

  83. says

    I would like to win this book because it’s orange and has a big S on the cover. I want to open it slowly, drool over the thick glossy pages, then skim the contents because to be honest I’m not a web designer, just a writer who finds it helpful to keep up with the new stuff so I don’t sound like a complete moron when I’m talking with the techie guys. Then when I’m done, I’ll lend it to the designer on an unpaid web team I write for. But the main draw is that big S. It’s smashing.

  84. carise says

    twitter: @carise_food

    I ordered a copy of this book and it still hasn’t come yet! =( Well, anyway. I’d like to get this book because I’m always looking for ways to improve my designs. I especially look forward to the typography section… if I ever get my book. Grrrr… x-(

  85. Pavel Rogala says

    I’m getting started as a freelance web designer and any additional insight and resources are always very welcome.

  86. says

    I recently have lost faith in all religion. In search of guide I came across wise prophets speaking of the Smashing Book. I have traversed desserts, sailed the seven seas & conquered the peaks of the Himalayas in search of this relic. I then came across this article re-assuring me that my journey will pay off in the end.

    I want this book because I really do not want to have to fight a lion, or fist punch a bear in the face as I continue my journey in search of the Smashing Book.

    That & I retweeted.

  87. says

    I would love to win this book because 2010 is my year of self-improvement, and one of the things I’m improving this year is my knowledge of all things web-related. Rest assured, if I don’t win, I’ll still be getting this book :) Looks like an excellent resource.

  88. says

    We’re just about to move into our studio. There be a number of book shelf’s and this one would a great one to have as one of the first to fill the space.

  89. says

    I’ll just be honest, I’ve got 2yr old son still in nappies and a new baby due at the end of March who will require more nappies. In the past years I’ve not spent much on myself or the business. So really it’s just a beging post of sadness. It’d be nice to see something in the post for me other than a bill.


  90. Rebecca says

    Great review.

    Smashing Magazine is a excellent resource for anyone in the industry.
    I’m currently a Web Design student, and I appreciate the articles and resources Smashing’s site/ twitter supplies!


  91. Bogdan Nistor says

    Hi, the reason I want to win this book is because I’m , still, a young web developer thirsty for knowledge.

  92. says

    Well i am finishing my master thesis and this could be a really great book after I am finished because I am going to be bored if I have nothing to do :)

  93. says

    I’m an avid fan of Freelance Folder and Smashing Magazine. They are my newspaper in the morning, bible in the afternoon, and late night show at night. Problem is, when I travel, there’s no internet so it’s a complete blackout. Having a copy of the book is a sweeeet valentine gift. :D

  94. says

    I’d love to have another monitor stand at work and this would be perfect! In all seriousness Smashing Magazine has saved me countless times with inspiration, best practice showcases, and all that life stuff my design classes never taught me. Thank you so much for being a wonderful resource and here’s to hoping for an amazing resource that will help me grow and develop as a web/graphic designer.

  95. says

    If I won this book, I’d be able to share it with my Web Programming and Capstone Project students to spread the knowledge contained within far and wide.

  96. says

    I am learning more about web design and development everyday and most of my information comes from the internet. It would be nice to have a tangible guide to refer to every now and then!

  97. lbourbeau says

    I need this book to perfect my web coding skills with css. I know it and use it but I’m pretty confident I’m misusing it a lot

  98. Rich says

    I enjoyed your review and would love to learn from the topics you mentioned in the book to increase my knowledge and improve my web design skills.

  99. says

    i lost my smashing book at the airport. i don’t know who take it while i transfer my girlfriend’s baggage into my car. that book must be hot =) i just read the first 3 chapters. i am not from design school and really appreciate this book effort to make it easy for us to understand some crucial part of design in developing an awesome web. i want to read the rest of the book please..

  100. says

    Thanks for the great review. I would love a copy of this book. I’m primarily a web developer and design has never really been my strong suit. Lately I have been trying to learn about and focus more on design and usability as these are two very important aspects of the web development process that I believe I need to improve upon in order to offer my clients the best experience possible.

  101. Zombie8 says

    I stumbled across this site today via Lifehacker and have been presented with such a wonderful resource and community of people with interests in freelancing. I have been doing work on the side and every article I have come across on this site is amazingly helpful and insightful. I also found a ton of interest in this book and hope to win a free copy just like everyone else. Whether I win one or not, this book excites the crap out of me and I am will to muster up the 30 bucks if it helps me become a better designer, developer, and good all around jack of all trades.

    Thanks to everyone on this site for your comments on articles, knowledge, and just being an awesome community to be apart of. Good luck to all!


  102. says

    i have no internet connection at home(i m lying), so i need the hardcopy(i m not lying).

    everyday i visit (i m lying), bcos i feel the site is helping me growth to be a more professional web developer (i m not lying).

    i have no idea how to earn USD29.90 that much and buy the book (i m lying), bcos all my friends already have one, and show off to me (i m lying again). i hate them (i m not lying), so please pick me, i need it to earn USD29.90 and buy TSB for 2010(i m lying, i hope i can win again 2010)!!

    Patrick Jane’s student (lying)


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