The Smashing Book


The Smashing Book #1 is about best practices in modern web design. The Smashing Book #1 shares technical tips and best practices on coding, usability and optimization and explores how to create successful user interfaces. You'll also learn how to apply marketing principles to increase conversion rates, and how to get the most out of typography, color and branding so that you end up with intuitive and effective web designs. And lastly, you will also get a peek behind the curtains of Smashing Magazine.

This book is a treasure of practical and useful knowledge for web designers and developers. This first Smashing Book looks at web design rules of thumb, color theory, usability guidelines, user interface design, and best coding and optimization practices, as well as typography, marketing, branding, and exclusive insights from top designers across the globe. It contains ten chapters.

About the Authors

The book is written by Jacob Gube (SixRevisions), Dmitry Fadeev (UsabilityPost), Chris Spooner (Spoongraphics), Darius A Monsef IV (, Alessandro Cattaneo (with co-editing by Jon Tan), Steven Snell (VandelayDesign), David Leggett (UXBooth), Andrew Maier (UXBooth), Kayla Knight (regular writer on SM), Yves Peters (, René Schmidt (system administrator of our servers) and The Smashing Magazine editorial team, Vitaly Friedman and Sven Lennartz.

The book was edited by Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine.

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January 1, 2011