The Big Web Show

The Big Web Show

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The award winning Big Web Show features special guests and topics like web publishing, art direction, content strategy, typography, web technology, and more. It's everything web that matters. Hosted by Jeffrey Zeldman.

Episodes

142: Information Architecture is Still Very Much a Thing, with Abby Covert  

Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest is Abby Covert, Information Architect; curator of IA Summit; co-founder of World IA Day; president of IA Institute; teacher in the Products of Design MFA program at New York’s School of Visual Arts; and author of How To Make Sense of Any Mess, a “brilliant introduction to information architecture” (Peter Morville) that is frequently purchased at Amazon with Don’t Make Me Think and The Design of Everyday Things, the two classics of usable design. Discussed: why IA matters now more than ever, the difference between IA and content strategy (IA is building the vehicle, CS is putting fueling it and making sure it won’t run out of gas), writing and designing a book, building agreement among stakeholders, “not having opinions, not having ideas of one’s own,” IA’s origins in language and structure, the fun of the IA Summit, the creation and growth of World IA Day, the joy of teaching, and more.

141: CSS Grid Layout With Rachel Andrew  

Rachel Andrew—longtime web developer and web standards champion, co-founder of the Perch CMS, and author of Get Ready For CSS Grid Layout—is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Topics include working with CSS Grid Layout, how Grid enables designers to “do something different” with web layout, why designers need to start experimenting with Grid Layout now, how front-end design has morphed into an engineering discipline, learning HTML and CSS versus learning frameworks, and the magical self-reinventions of David Bowie, RIP.

140: Progressive Enhancement FTW with Aaron Gustafson  

Longtime web developer, lecturer, and web standards evangelist Aaron Gustafson and host Jeffrey Zeldman discuss the newly published update to Aaron’s best-selling industry classic “love letter to the web,” Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences With Progressive Enhancement, 2nd Edition (New Riders, 2015). Topics covered include: Aaron's superhero origin story as a creator of progressively enhanced websites and applications; "we’re not building things we haven't built on the web before;" "creating opportunities for people outside your comfort zone;" development in the world of Node.js; "every interface is a conversation;" "visual design is an enhancement;" "interaction is an enhancement;" nerding out over early web terminal interfaces; Microsoft, Opera, and more. Save 35% off Aaron Gustafson’s Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences With Progressive Enhancement, 2nd Edition when you enter discount code AARON35 at checkout.

139: Every Time We Touch—Josh Clark, author of “Designing For Touch”  

Touch introduces physicality to designs that were once strictly virtual, and puts forth a new test: How does this design feel in the hand? Josh Clark’s new book, “Designing For Touch,” guides designers through this new touchscreen frontier, and is the launchpad for today’s Big Web Show discussion between author Clark and host Jeffrey Zeldman. In a fast-paced, freewheeling conversation, Josh and Jeffrey discuss why game designers are some of our most talented and inspiring interaction designers; the economy of motion; perceptions of value when viewing objects on touchscreen versus desktop computer; teaching digital designers to think like industrial designers (and vice-versa); long press versus force touch; how and when to make gestures discoverable; and much more.

138: An Infrastructure For Websites, with Pantheon’s Josh Koenig  

Josh Koenig, Co-Founder & Head of Product for Pantheon Website Management Platform, is Jeffrey Zeldman's guest in "An Infrastructure For Websites," Episode 138 of The Big Web Show ("Everything Web That Matters.") Josh & Z discuss how the industry is evolving, how smartphones are driving web growth, integrating a pull request with a server, the connection of the web to real life (and the fact that it’s no longer a meaningful distinction), the idealism of the early web, why technology doesn't solve human problems, why truly revolutionary change occurs only when new technologies fade into the background, and a future in which the back-end grunt work of website creation is automated. Josh Koenig is a Co-Founder and Head of Product for Pantheon, the website management platform for WordPress and Drupal. Prior to that he was a founder at Chapter Three, a web consultancy based in San Francisco. Josh has been involved in building the internet with Open Source and Free software for nearly two decades.

137: The Law is an Ass: Digital Law & Web Design with Heather Burns  

Digital law specialist Heather Burns is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Heather is the author of The Web Designer’s Guide to the Consumer Rights Directive, a “recovering web designer,” and the founder of a monthly ebulletin with digital law and policy news you need to know. She explains: “While I am not a lawyer, the legislators who create digital laws are not internet users, much less designers or developers. Therein lies the problem. I view my work on digital law and policy as an attempt to build a bridge between the two parties.” Heather and Jeffrey discuss absurd and unjust laws governing transactions on the web, including the birth of the EU cookie law (all 27 versions of it), the slow pace of government versus lightning internet development, and why web design and development need consultative status and a seat at the table.

136: Designed With Web Standards: USA! USA! featuring Maya Benari  

Jeffrey Zeldman’s Big Web Show guest is front-end designer Maya Benari (@mayabenari), a leading contributor to the U.S. Web Design Standards. Recently launched, and deservedly much lauded, the U.S. Web Design Standards consist of open source UI components plus a visual style guide, and are designed to create consistency and beautiful user experiences across U.S. federal government websites. Accessibility, semantics, and mobile-first responsive web design are baked in, right out of the box. Maya and Jeffrey discuss the genesis of the project, the teams behind the scenes, and why improving people’s lives is sexier than building sandwich rating apps.

135: How Does Your Brand Live in Motion? Web Animation with Val Head  

Designer/developer Val Head (@vlh) is Jeffrey Zeldman's guest. Val is the co-founder of the Web Design Day conference, co-host with Cennydd Bowles of the Motion and Meaning podcast, and author of CSS Pocket Guide (5 Simple Steps) and the upcoming Designing Interface Animations (Rosenfeld Media). Val and Zeldman discuss how to create an animation style guide, the genius of user queries, the web animation API, frame by frame animation, animating with math in Flash, Disney animation and the illusion of life, animating for meaning, how to animate without triggering vestibular disorders, resources for accessible animations, and what to eat in Lawrenceville, PA.

134: This Machine Kills Pixels: Khoi Vinh on Design & Design Tools  

Khoi Vinh is Jeffrey Zeldman's guest this week. Khoi is a Principle Designer at Adobe, design chair at Wildcard, and former design director at NYTimes.com. He blogs at subtraction.com. The two designers discuss the surprising results of Khoi's recent design tools survey; being creative on the iPad; the inspiration behind Adobe Comp CC; juggling multiple projects to stay fresh; choosing an extracurricular project; how design has changed in the past two years; how to watch TV; and more.

133: The Truth about Facebook Likes, with Sarah Parmenter  

Sarah Parmenter (@sazzy) and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss social media, the truth about Facebook Likes, growing your design business, getting bigger clients, sucking the joy out of web design, how the industry is changing, hair care for manly men, and more.

132: Modern Layouts with Jen Simmons  

Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest is Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) of The Web Ahead. The two long-time web designers discuss moving beyond cookie-cutter layouts on the web, the ins and outs of podcasting, designing a website, learning from your users, and Jen’s journey from theater to technology.

131: Life After Typekit with Jeff Veen  

Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest is web pioneer Jeff Veen (@veen), cofounder of Typekit and Adaptive Path, co-creator of Measuremap, author of The Art & Science of Web Design and Hot Wired Style, ex-Google, ex-Adobe, now with True Ventures capital investment firm. Jeff and Jeffrey discuss creating the tools our community uses to make the stuff the world consumes, agency versus in-house design, consulting design monetization versus product design monetization, parent hacks, mentoring, the early web design days of Debabelizer and using server-side push for animation (because animated GIFs didn’t exist yet), how companies get valuated, what it takes to make a thing (versus what it takes to scale it), speaking versus writing, research, empathy, and saying no to products that kill kittens.

130: Progressive Enhancement FTW with Aaron Gustafson  

Jeffrey Zeldman's guest is web developer and long-time standards evangelist Aaron Gustafson (@AaronGustafson), author of Adaptive Web Design. The two web design and development veterans discuss web design then and now; why Flipboard's 60fps web launch is anti-web and anti-user; Genesis's "Land of Confusion" video, and other bad ideas from the 1980s; design versus art; the demise and sendoff of Web Standards Sherpa; how the web community differs from other creative communities; and the 2nd Edition of Aaron's book, coming from New Riders this year.

129: I’m an Entrepreneur, And You Can Too: FounderDating cofounder Jessica Alter  

Today’s guest is Jessica Alter (@jalter), Cofounder & Chief Connector of FounderDating, “a Linkedin for entrepreneurs.” Jessica and @zeldman discuss growing an online community while maintaining quality and avoiding spam and anti-patterns; how to become an advisor or cofounder; the biggest mistake budding entrepreneurs make; getting to your first customers; why the people side of things—experiential information—is more important than ever (and more important than fundraising); and how listeners can empower themselves to become entrepreneurs.

128: How He Does It: Designer Khoi Vinh  

Khoi Vinh (@khoi) is a web and graphic designer, blogger, and former design director for The New York Times, where he worked from January 2006 until July 2010. Prior to that, Khoi co-founded and was design director for Behavior, an NYC web design studio. He is the author of How They Got There: Interviews With Digital Designers About Their Careers (http://howtheygotthere.us) and Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design (New Riders, 2010), and was a leading proponent of bringing grid-based graphic design principles to web design in the mid-2000s. In 2011, Fast Company named him one of “The 50 Most Influential Designers in America."

127: Those Who Can Teach: Big Web Show 127 with Jared Spool  

Jared Spool (@jmspool) of User Interface Engineering and Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman) discuss the goals and workings of Center Centre, a new school Jared cofounded with Dr Leslie Jensen Inman to create the next generation of industry-ready UX designers. Topics include "teaching students to learn," what schools can and can't do, working with partner companies, "Project Insanity," and designing a program to make students industry-ready.

126: Dribble ‘n Flow with Dan Cederholm (@simplebits)  

Author (“Sass For Web Designers”), designer, and Dribbble co-founder Dan Cederholm (@simplebits) sits down with Jeffrey Zeldman to discuss using tools and templates versus rolling your own design and code, whether web design was really simpler in the good old days, his favorite Dribbble features, community-building, empire-building, freelancing in the early days of Happy Cog, and the joys of the fretless banjo.

125: “You’re My Favorite Client,” with Mike Monteiro  

Designers Mike Monteiro (author, “You’re My Favorite Client”) and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss why humility is expensive, how to reassure the client at every moment that you know what you’re doing, and how to design websites that look as good on Day 400 as they do on Day 1. Plus old age, unsung heroines of the early web, and a book for designers to give to their clients.

124: We Have a Dream: Bringing Diversity To Our Industry  

Jeffrey Zeldman interviews creativity evangelist Denise Jacobs (@denisejacobs) of RawkTheWeb.

123: Leading a Design Agency with Clearleft's Andy Budd  

In a fast-moving episode, designers Andy Budd and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss why clients spend more on toilet cleaning than design, honest pitching, the ins and outs of agile pricing, modular code libraries, selling web services instead of deliverables, the maturation of our industry since the mid-1990s, the value of reputation, design as a collaborative process, how and why agencies get invited to pitch, passion as studio marketing, our field's evolution from layout-making to strategic design thinking, and much more.

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