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Editor Oliver Lindberg
Categories Internet
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Future plc
First issue 1994 - Present
Country United Kingdom
Language English

net is a monthly print magazine that publishes content on web development and design. Founded in 1994, the magazine is published in the UK by Future plc. It is widely recognized as the premiere print publication for web designers.[1][2][3][4] The magazine can be purchased from most major book retailers, including the American Barnes & Noble.[5]

The magazine was initially aimed at the general Internet user, but has adapted into a title aimed at professional and novice web designers; a significant proportion of its readers are full-time web developers. Its sister publication, the web design-focused Creative Bloq blog, is estimated to receive over 9 million monthly readers according to analytics firm SimilarWeb.[6]

The company, and its parent Future plc, are also known for their annual The Net Awards, which is an awards body recognizing outstanding achievements in the web development industry.[7][8]


Typically, each issue contains the following sections:

Letters from magazine readers. A Mail of the Month is chosen by the editorial staff that wins a £50 book voucher for books by technology publisher O'Reilly.[9] This section also includes Penny Forum which publishes a joke or surreal thread from the magazines forums.
Taglined choice cuts from across the web, feed is a combination of news and editorial about the Internet. For example, Industry News, Book Reviews, which is the best... and a column by a different industry professional each month. Also included in this section is Net Gamer, which is one of the few parts of the magazine that doesn't deal with web development and the Internet.

The Net Awards[edit]

The Net Awards Ceremony
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The awards given out at the annual ceremony in London.[10]
Date November 26th, 2010
Location Ministry of Sound, London, UK

The ".net" brand is known throughout the web development industry for its long-running annual The Net Awards, which awards outstanding achievements in the field.[11] Now in their 16th year, the awards recognize the new talent, trends, and technologies that have pushed the web forward over the previous twelve months, as well as recognizing outstanding contributions by established individuals and companies. The annual judging panel is made up of notable industry veterans and thought leaders.[12]

Categories include Agency of the Year, Individual Outstanding Contribution, Developer of the Year, and Best Collaborative Project.[13] Notable past winners include BBC News (redesign of the year), Dropbox (mobile app of the year), Old Spice (viral campaign of the year), Flickr (mobile site of the year), and Jeffrey Zeldman (web standards advocate).[11]

The annual voting process begins with a public nominations phase. In 2015 alone, over 1,000 nominee considerations were submitted.[14] These are whittled down to ten nominees per category by the award's judging body. Next, a public voting phase occurs to allow for community impact to play a role in each project's consideration. Finally, the judges weigh in to determine the winners of each category. Awards are given out live at the year-end ceremony in London.


In August 2006 (Issue 152), the magazine was redesigned to include a new themed cover design and a new inner layout. Other changes were the addition of a new section at the back of the magazine called Trash replacing comics by drew and the Hi! Monkey[15] Soon after the redesign a column entitled Web Drifter was introduced; written by Martin Sargent, it usually contained issues and language considered vulgar by the readership, and it was subsequently cancelled.

In issue 152, the Penny Forum[16] section was removed but reinstated for issue 153 onwards due to large reader response to its removal. Another addition was Web Pro in the latter half of the magazine. This is sectioned into several topics (web security, careers, search engine news and web hosting) and written by industry professionals. There is also a web FAQ section.


net launched its Generate Conference in 2014. The event consists of a single-track, two-day series of speeches and workshops presented by prominent individuals in the web design industry.[17]

The inaugural conference took place in London, with Shopify and Badoo acting as featured sponsors.[18][19] The 2015 conference took place in New York, with Media Temple acting as the featured sponsor.[20]

Past speakers include Dan Cederholm (of Dribbble), Jake Archibald (of Google Chrome), Remy Sharp (of Polyfill), Ethan Marcotte (of responsive web design), and Elliot Jay Stocks (of Adobe Typekit).[21]


As of August 10, 2014, the magazine continues to be published in print and also distributed digitally through iTunes and Google Play. Selections of the more recent content of the net magazine are also published freely at Future's Creative Bloq website, which was launched in 2012 and is headed by .net's editor, Dan Oliver.[22]

The chief editorial team consists of Oliver Lindberg (editor), Ruth Hamilton (production editor), Mike Brennan (art editor).[23]


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  2. ^ "Print Magazines for Web Designers, Digital Artists, and Photographers – Smashing Magazine". Smashing Magazine. 
  3. ^ "14 Essential Magazines for Graphic Designers". Webdesigner Depot. 
  4. ^ Oli. "30 High Quality and Most Influential Web Design Blogs of All Time". 1stWebDesigner. 
  5. ^ Barnes & Noble. "net". Barnes & Noble. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Patrick Goss. "Old Spice and BBC win at the .net Awards 2010". TechRadar. 
  8. ^ "We’re really proud to be Geeks, say Shropshire friends « Shropshire Star". 
  9. ^ This has been subject of controversy. In issue 154 (October 2006), a letter was published from Lee Crampton pointing out that the image of a pile of O'reilly books used to advertise the prize could not actually be bought for £50. He said: It is akin to the car adverts that which say 'only £6,995' but the small text underneath states 'model shown £10,995. Following the letter (and from issue 154) .net now prints a disclaimer underneath the image noting: All these for £50? You must be joking! Books don't grow on trees, you know.
  10. ^ .Net Awards 2010. YouTube. 26 November 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Patrick Goss. "Old Spice and BBC win at the .net Awards 2010". TechRadar. 
  12. ^ "The net awards 2015 jury". 
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  15. ^ Hi! Monkey was a regular column written by monkey from Monkey was originally featured in the magazine’s The Brains Behind interview in October 2005 (issue 141). His subsequent columns highlighted monkey’s unique writing style as he expounded on a number of eclectic topics. It ran from issue 143 (December 2005) to issue 151 (July 2006) when the magazine was redesigned. Archives of his columns are hidden on monkey's site.
  16. ^ Penny Forum is a short piece with any surreal or joke threads from the magazines forum
  17. ^ "Top 10 Design Conferences to Attend This Year". 
  18. ^ TechRadar. "Generate London conference is nearly here". TechRadar. 
  19. ^ "London 2014 – Generate Conference". 
  20. ^ "New York 2015 – Generate Conference". 
  21. ^ "Videos". 
  22. ^ TechRadar. "Creative Bloq launches for design fanatics". TechRadar. 
  23. ^ "net magazine - Creative Bloq". 

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