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Rachel Andrew shouldn’t be solely Editor in Chief of Smashing Journal, but in addition an internet developer, author and speaker. She is the writer of a lot of books, together with …
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Smashing Journal is 13 years previous! On this article, I share the tales of a few of our Smashing Group. The folks behind the journal, books, and conferences.

This week, Smashing Journal turned 13 years previous. The online has modified lots since Vitaly posted his first article again in 2006. The crew at Smashing has modified too, as have the issues that we convey to our neighborhood — with conferences, books, and our membership added to the net journal.

One factor that hasn’t modified is that we’re a small crew — with most of us not working fulltime for Smashing. Many within the crew, nevertheless, have been concerned with the journal for the reason that early days. It’s possible you’ll not know them by identify, however you’ll have loved and benefited from their work. I loved discovering out what everybody will get as much as outdoors of Smashing, and likewise how they got here to be concerned — I hope that you’ll, too.

Vitaly Friedman is the individual you in all probability consider while you consider Smashing Journal, and rightfully so. He posted his first article to the positioning on September 2nd, 2006. When requested what he likes to do outdoors of Smashing, he says,

“I’m an enormous fan of mountain climbing, working, ironing and fruits! For me, ironing shirts is basically like meditation — and I additionally loooooove music festivals (which is one thing most individuals don’t learn about me as I are usually fairly obscure about that).”

Vitaly has carried out just about every little thing at Smashing at one time or one other — internet developer, author, editor, designer, artistic lead and curator. Today, he helps to maintain us all on observe along with his imaginative and prescient for the entire Smashing issues, and all the time has some new concepts! Vitaly (initially from Belarus) travels as a lot as I do, our firm standups normally contain us reporting our present and subsequent location and timezone! As you’ll uncover, nevertheless, whereas Smashing Journal is a German firm, the crew lives — or has roots — everywhere in the world.

Iris Lješnjanin is our senior editor on the journal, and does an incredible job sustaining communication between our many authors, editors, and reviewers. She additionally does the vast majority of the subediting work on the journal, attempting to take care of the person voices of our authors whereas making certain the articles are simple to learn for our worldwide viewers. She has been a part of Smashing since 2010, serving to to develop the model, mentoring in-house interns, and creating the method for working with authors and editors that retains our every day publishing schedule rolling!

Iris grew up in Abu Dhabi, UAE, after the Bosnian Warfare broke out, and moved to Germany to pursue her diploma in linguistics. As I used to be gathering info for this text, she defined:

“I grew up multilingual, so it’s tough for me to not love languages. All the things from the variations in tones, melodies, rhythms and cultural undertones of varied languages is what is going to by no means stop to amaze me. Since I at the moment reside in Freiburg, German is clearly the predominant language in my every day life alongside my mom tongue (Bosnian), however I strive my finest to be taught new ones by listening to music, studying books and newspapers, watching TV sequence, and so forth. One factor I discover humorous and attention-grabbing about languages is that, on the finish of the day, they’re out of our management. Similar to you may’t management who you meet in life, you may’t management which languages you be taught. You meet them, get to know them, and fall in love with them.”

Except you write for Smashing, it’s possible you’ll by no means encounter Iris, nevertheless, her work is a key a part of every little thing we do — a real behind-the-scenes celebrity!

One other one who does plenty of work behind-the-scenes is Cosima Mielke, who joined Smashing in 2012 for a six-month lengthy internship and remains to be working with us. Cosima is our e-book producer and editor, however will get concerned in way over that. She is behind the posts within the publication, and the ever-popular month-to-month wallpapers put up, and plenty of different editorial duties that crop up.

Cosima loves being outdoors in nature, using her bike, and creating issues. Her background shouldn’t be internet improvement, and she or he instructed me,

“At Smashing, I’ve gained a completely new have a look at the online which I solely knew from a consumer’s perspective earlier than I began working right here. What fascinates me most is the sturdy neighborhood sense within the internet neighborhood, that persons are so open to sharing their information and the instruments they construct to make life simpler for everybody else — with out asking for something in return.”

As we cowl such a variety of subjects right here at Smashing, nobody individual might be an professional in any respect of them. Subsequently, Iris and I are assisted by our subject-matter editors, a few of who’ve been with us for a really very long time.

One such editor is Alma Hoffmann. Initially from Puerto Rico, she moved to the USA to check for her MFA in Graphic Design and now teaches on the College of South Alabama. Like so a lot of our Smashing crew, Alma is bilingual, although I imagine she is the one one of many crew who can declare to have been a ballroom dancer!

Alma first grew to become concerned with Smashing Journal when she wrote an article in 2010. We maybe didn’t have the editorial course of then that we do now as she bought a shock when her first draft confirmed up reside! She remembers,

“I emailed Vitaly thanking him and since then we now have been in contact. He examined the waters by sending me articles to assessment and in 2013, he and Iris requested me to be the design editor. I put on that title like a badge of honor. Afterward, in 2017, I used to be invited to be a speaker on the convention in Freiburg. I had a blast and met so many attention-grabbing folks!”

One other of our editors is Michel Bozgounov. Like Alma, he initially grew to become concerned with SmashingMag by writing an article. After writing a second article in 2010, Vitaly requested him if he wish to edit a bit of the journal devoted to Adobe Fireworks. Michel wrote an article when Adobe finally ended work on the product, nevertheless, he now edits articles concerning the newer instruments which have crammed the hole — similar to Sketch and Figma.

In his spare time, Michel loves to attract:

“It began a number of years in the past, with a pocket book, a fineliner, and some watercolor pencils that I stole from my spouse. Turned out I couldn’t cease drawing and for the final three years or so I think about after which draw on paper small bits of an odd, however form of fascinating world that I see in my thoughts — the world of Monsters & Carrots. For now, this world exists nowhere else however in my notebooks, and I confirmed just some small components of it on Twitter.

Michel stated that via working for Smashing,

“I realized the way to be a greater editor, and the way to be extra cautious with phrases. I contemplate my expertise at Smashing Journal to be invaluable. I bought in contact with so many individuals from everywhere in the world and developed good on-line and offline friendships with most of the authors, specialists, and editors that I labored with.
Positively, I can say that my job at Smashing Journal opened many new doorways and altered my life in a great way.”

On the subject of UX-related content material, Chui Chui is considered one of our great editors who works with authors to cowl essentially the most up-to-date subjects on the journal. Drew McLellan has just lately taken on enhancing the coding part of the journal, which incorporates every little thing from PHP to HTML, to JavaScript and extra! For those who write for Smashing Journal it’s seemingly that your major editorial contact will probably be with considered one of these editors, who will work with you to ensure your article is the most effective it may be.

Yana Kirilenko helps with preparations of articles to be revealed and talks to all our Smashing TV audio system to rearrange the formalities, to allow them to join with our great neighborhood.

Subsequent, we now have Inge Emmler who has been on board since 2011 and retains us all on observe with our expense receipts, and requests to spend cash! As well as, she helps out our neighborhood once they get in contact. In case your e-book order didn’t present up, then Inge might be the one that will provide help to. She loves to have the ability to make our clients completely happy and remembers an anecdote from her time at Smashing the place she despatched a free e-book to 1 individual, brightening their day regardless of the actual fact they’d simply misplaced their job.

When not serving to our the Smashing neighborhood and chasing us for our bills, Inge likes to do issues along with her palms, be that refurbishing her home, gardening, cooking, and extra just lately taking pictures of flowers.

Jan Constantin has been a part of the crew since 2012, between then and now has fulfilled a lot of roles — workplace supervisor, occasion supervisor, junior editor, and fullfillment supervisor! The character of a small crew is that all of us typically find yourself doing one thing fairly completely different than we initially imagined. Jan enjoys mountain climbing, tabletop video games and Sci-fi/Fantasy. He confesses that regardless of working for Smashing all these years he nonetheless doesn’t know greater than fundamental HTML.

Ricardo Gimenes is the creator of the Smashing mascot, and subsequently is the individual all of us go to with requests for illustrations of cats concerned in quite a lot of non-catlike actions. Ricardo instructed he’s:

“A half-Brazilian half-Spanish designer who loves graphic and movement. I’ve been a form of “gypsy” for the previous 20 years since I’ve lived in 6 completely different nations working as a designer (Brazil, Italy, Germany, England, Japan, and now Sweden). I like board video games — I’ve greater than 80 video games (and counting) in my assortment. Each week, we now have a board recreation/beer evening with buddies right here at my dwelling. I’m an enormous fan of soccer (and weekend participant). I like to play guitar, blues, and rock and roll.”

Ricardo has been with Smashing since 2009, nevertheless, he didn’t meet Vitaly or the remainder of the crew in individual for 5 years as he was based mostly in Brazil. You may see his work everywhere in the journal and likewise at our conferences, as he designs every of the conferences to match the placement and theme of the occasion.

Amongst many different issues, Ricardo illustrated these posters for our Toronto Convention. (Picture credit score Marc Thiele)

I used to be fortunate sufficient to talk on the very first SmashingConf in Freiburg in 2012. Marc Thiele introduced his experience and information of convention group to that occasion. It was an incredible success and the SmashingConf sequence has gone from energy to energy, with occasions taking place in Europe, America, and Canada. Marc remains to be concerned with Smashing, providing recommendation and expertise as a pal of the crew and likewise serves on the Smashing Board, serving to to form the path of the corporate. He additionally takes pictures at a lot of our conferences — such because the one above. Marc instructed me that,

“Engaged on the Occasions crew, it’s thrilling to convey Smashing Convention to all these completely different locations and many individuals. Creating the Smashing Convention in previous city halls, in stunning theatre and music venues, that is thrilling and great to see the end result and the impact it has on many individuals attending the occasion.”

The convention crew has grown since these early days. Amanda Annandale joined the crew three years in the past, and now produces our New York occasion and has additionally produced occasions in London and Toronto. Initially from a theater background, Amanda was an expert stage supervisor within the USA for ten years.

Producing SmashingConf NY has created an odd flip of occasions in Amanda’s life,

“For 10 years I used to be an expert stage supervisor in New York Metropolis, engaged on musicals, new efficiency items, dance, you identify it. One place I labored in was the New World Levels. It was working an occasion at this venue that I met my husband! Now — almost eight years later, I’m again working on the similar venue, however this time on the opposite facet once we maintain our SmashingConf NY occasion yearly!”

Amanda has the assistance of Charis Rooda, additionally an skilled convention organizer outdoors of Smashing, who runs WebConf.asia and was concerned working conferences in The Netherlands earlier than transferring to Hong Kong. Charis makes positive that our audio system know the place they’re imagined to be and when, and likewise takes care of a lot of the social media and web site content material across the conferences. When not working, Charis loves doing artwork puzzles, and tells me that,

“With 1000 items you assume you’re by no means going to complete it, however while you begin and carry on going, you’ll make it. Just about like working a convention!”

When requested what stunning factor she had realized whereas working at Smashing Charis instructed me,

“I realized the way to use em dashes — the punctuation mark which can be utilized as a substitute of a comma, to not be mistaken for the en sprint or hyphen — and my life won’t ever be the identical.”

Mariona Cíller was a part of the convention crew however this 12 months her position is transitioning to extra broadly lead the Partnerships and Information facet of the enterprise. She has been a part of the crew since 2015 at SmashingConf Barcelona.

Mariona is a former internet designer and developer, and describes herself as, “in love with science and expertise, the open internet, open-source hardware, and software program”. She lives in a laboratory at her grandfather’s 1920’s embroideries manufacturing unit which she transformed over the previous 5 years. At present, it’s a digital fabrication laboratory (FabLab) related to 1700+ labs from everywhere in the world through the Fab Lab Community and the Middle for Bits & Atoms on the Massachusetts Institute of Expertise (MIT), the place she graduated from the Fab Academy in 2015.

Mariona is at the moment learning for a Ph.D. in laptop science and human-computer interplay on the Open College of Catalonia (UOC). Her analysis focuses on digital social inclusion packages for the neighborhood youth and neighborhood in Barcelona. She manages to search out time to be a Mozillian and volunteer her time as a wrangler for MozFest2019!

I’ve realized lots about most of the Smashing crew whereas researching this piece, nevertheless, somebody very acquainted to me is Bethany Andrew — as she’s my daughter! Bethany has been performing some work for Smashing for slightly over a 12 months, first introduced in to do some video enhancing work on the convention video. She nonetheless edits a lot of our movies and has additionally run a Smashing TV session. A skilled dancer and singer, Bethany is a part of a gospel choir in London, a real crime nerd, and a lover of Indian meals. She stated about her time at Smashing,

“It’s so beautiful to now be working with everybody at Smashing. So many individuals have identified me since I used to be a child via my mum, or she’s all the time spoken about them. It’s good now I’m all grown up (or attempting to be) that I get to work with this beautiful lot and develop my very own friendships with them.”

The most recent member of our crew is Esther Fernández, who has joined Mariona to work on Partnerships and Information, and will probably be assembly the crew for the primary time in Freiburg at SmashingConf. I requested Esther to inform me one thing about her life outdoors of Smashing, and she or he stated,

“I’m a really curious individual. I like the feeling of getting realized one thing new by the top of the day. I get a part of that information via books — I’m an keen reader — but in addition via movies and any form of creative expression. I’ve a self-taught information in psychology and I actually take pleasure in mountain climbing, using my bike, and having conversations with different inquisitive folks.”

Then, there’s me. Editor in Chief since October 2017, nevertheless, I felt a part of Smashing lengthy earlier than that. My first Smashing article was revealed in June 2010 and I used to be a part of the assessment panel for a number of years. As well as, I’ve had chapters in a lot of Smashing books, and have spoken and run workshops at SmashingConf for the reason that starting. Smashing has been a part of my very own journey as an internet developer, speaker, author, and editor. I like to work with people who find themselves dedicated to doing the most effective they’ll do, devoted to the online platform and the neighborhood who work on it, which is why I’m very proud to be a part of this crew.

I hope that you simply, now really feel you understand us slightly higher. I definitely came upon lots about my colleagues whereas penning this. I like how a lot everybody feels part of Smashing, whether or not they work a number of hours a month or full time. And, the explanation we do that in any respect? That needs to be left to Vitaly, who describes finest how all of us really feel about engaged on the journal, conferences and all the opposite issues we do.

“One unbelievable factor that retains taking place to me on a regular basis is that folks come to me and inform tales of how Smashing modified their lives a few years in the past. Perhaps it’s only one article that actually nailed it and helped a developer meet the deadline, and typically it’s these sure encounters at a convention that merely change your life. I vividly keep in mind tales of individuals whom I’ve met at conferences once they had been college students, and who now have firms with dozens of staff. These tales change every little thing — we don’t hear them more often than not, sitting all over the place on the earth and simply writing, publishing and curating occasions, however there’s all the time affect of our work at folks round us. And that’s one thing we shouldn’t take flippantly.”

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