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The 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.

The 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.
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The 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.






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172: Design Grows Up (and that gives us all the feelings) with Mike Essl

Mike Essl, Dean at Cooper Union School of Art in New York, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Topics: The designer as hobbyist. “I was an expert witness for the Associated Press.” Design is a machine. Working in a comic book store. The Cooper Union coincidences. Web design in 1995 versus today. New York design versus San Francisco design. Systems making versus picture making. Kind of Bloop.


171: Art Directing the News – with ProPublica Design Director David Sleight

David Sleight, Design Director at ProPublica, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces “investigative journalism with moral force.” David is a web designer, creative director, and leader at the intersection of publishing and digital technology. Topics include: Stop blaming the algorithm. Design ethics. Stories as products. How the role of the story affects art direction. Our medium needs design that is faster and design that is slower. The...


170: Days of Future Present with Josh Clark

Designer Josh Clark (@bigmediumjosh) is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Josh founded the consultancy BIG MEDIUM, whose slogan is “Design for what’s next.” He designs mobile and IoT experiences, AIs, and bots; is the author of Designing For Touch and Tapworthy; and got his start as the creator of Couch to 5K.


169: Whitney Hess – Being Ready to Change

Are you at a crossroads and need help figuring out the next step Do you have big goals, but don’t know how to accomplish them? Whitney Hess, empathy coach for activist executives, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. The journey from UX to coaching. Changing our business model to better meet the client’s needs. The joy of research. Why asking the right questions is more important than having all the answers. Charging more to give more back. Animal rescue. Sponsored by A List Apart.


168: Design Evolution Revolution with Jen Simmons

Jen Simmons (@JenSimmons), Designer Advocate at Mozilla, creators Layout Land, host of The Web Ahead, and driving force with Rachel Andrew behind CSS Grid in our browsers, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Free speech, Libertarianism, and doxxing. The CSS Grid Inspector and other tools coming our way—including Flexbox Inspector and Shape Path editor, Variable Fonts tooling, and tools for font features. #metoo and #blacklivesmatter. Video blogging’s unheralded heroes. Rough consensus and running...


167: “Can Celebrities Save the Internet?” with Sarah Parmenter

Designer, entrepreneur, and social media consultant Sarah Parmenter is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Working with celebrities, the wrong way to save a troubled brand, using social media is not the same as consulting on social media, design ten years ago and now, can one web designer do it all?


166: Floating Words and the Mechanics of Delight – with designer Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons, designer and CEO of Flexibits (makers of Fantastical and Cardhop) is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Designing “professional but not professional boring” experiences. Usefulness versus “garnish.” How animation can convey brand values. Creating experiences instead of feature sets. Instagram vs Snapchat. “The car that sells itself” and marketing by letting the product speak for itself.


165: Webfont Festival with Bram Stein

Host Jeffrey Zeldman interviews Bram Stein, Typekit’s director of web fonts and author of the Webfont Handbook (A Book Apart, 2017). The two designers discuss creating great font stacks, optimizing web font performance, FOUT versus FOIT, the horror of fallback fonts, and new technology including variable fonts and font-display: FOUT or FOIT.


164: Meet Ben Jackson, Onboarding For The Win

Ben Jackson, founder & principal of Brooklyn advising firm For the Win, and creator of the open-source onboarding app Aloha, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Ben and Jeffrey discuss service design, the opportunity cost of bad onboarding experiences, the 4Cs of good onboarding (compliance, clarity, culture, and community), the Aloha chatbot and how it fits into the broader trend of HR tech consumerization, and more. Programming since 1992, Ben is a designer, engineer, editor, and entrepreneur, a...


163: Animation at Work, with Rachel Nabors

Rachel Nabors, author of Animation at Work (A Book Apart, 2017) stops by The Big Web Show to discuss how animation can help ease cognitive load in UX; creating the illusion of life; developing data to make the case for animation; pattern libraries; prototyping; and the link between animation and music. Rachel Nabors has been an award-winning cartoonist and graphic novelist, who parlayed her storytelling skills into a web design and development career. She has done projects with Mozilla,...


162: The Mysteries of UX with Clearleft’s Andy Budd

Clearleft’s Andy Budd and host Zeldman discuss the changing role design agencies must play to remain relevant; the rise of in-house design; working with pattern libraries (since 2008!); whether the “golden age” of web design and blogging is over; and much more. Andy Budd has been blogging about design and technology since 2003. He was one of the leading lights of the web standards movement and his book, CSS Mastery, sold over 60,000 copies and has been translated into a dozen languages....


161: Cultivating a Creative Culture with Justin Dauer

As designers, we create human-centered interactions and experiences. Empathetic purpose drives our every decision. This same mentality, turned inward, forms the cornerstone of something amazing: a creative culture. Jeffrey Zeldman interviews designer, creative director, iconist, and author Justin Dauer (@pseudoroom) about his new book, Cultivating a Creative Culture—now available everywhere.


160: Color Accessibility Workflows with Geri Coady

Illustrator, designer, and author Geri Coady (@hellogeri) is @zeldman’s guest. The two designers discuss blogging, learning graphic design, transitioning to web design, color accessibility tips and strategies, book writing, and the upcoming travel blog, Geri Draws Japan.


159: If You Can’t Stand the Heatmaps, Stay Out of the Conversion, with @nickd

Nick Disabato (@nickd) and @zeldman discuss heat maps, conversion rates, design specialization, writing for the web, Jakob Nielsen, and the early days of blogging in Episode #159 of The Big Web Show – “everything web that matters.”


158: Old Men Shake Fists at the Cloud – with Jim Coudal

Internet veterans Jim @Coudal & Jeffrey @Zeldman on the death of blogging, the birth of Field Notes, the virtues of a subscription model, and much more. Begins in tears, ends in triumph. One of the most fun (and most inspiring) episodes ever.


157: David Sleight, Design Director at ProPublica

ProPublica (@ProPublica) design director David Sleight (@stuntbox) is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. How do publications brand themselves when a platform removes their fonts, art, and layout? What is “journalism in the public interest” and how does it differ from traditional reporting? What is bespoke web design and how does it work at ProPublica? What’s next for the ProPublica platform? How do newspapers retain readers in the age of AMP? ProPublica (“Journalism in the Public Interest”) was a...


156: Practical Design Discovery With Dan Brown

Dan Brown is a web designer who specializes in IA, design research, and leading teams. He's written three books: Practical Design Discovery (2017), Designing Together (2013), and Communicating Design (2011), and created a card game, Surviving Design Projects, to help designers practice conflict resolution. Dan and his business partner Nathan Curtis co-founded DC-based UX design firm EightShapes in 2006. What is discovery and why is it important to design? What’s the difference between...


155: CSS Grid Layout is here, with Rachel Andrew

CSS Grid Layout is in Firefox and Chrome, and coming to Safari. Jeffrey Zeldman talks about the new spec with one of its foremost advocates, Rachel Andrew – a web developer, writer, and public speaker from Bristol, UK. Rachel is a member of the CSS Working Group, a Google Developer Expert, the co-founder of the Perch CMS, the publisher of CSS Layout News (a weekly collection of tutorials, news, and information on all things CSS layout), and the author or co-author of countless articles and...


154: Where Have All the Unicorns Gone, With Jen Simmons

Have front-end and UX separated as practices? Is the time of the designer/coder over? The great Jen Simmons (Mozilla, CSS Grid, Layout Land) is Jeffrey Zeldman's guest in a sharply focused episode of The Big Web Show.


153: Reinvent Yourself with Jaimee Newberry

Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman) interviews designer/entrepreneur/author Jaimee Newberry (@jaimeejaimee), co-founder of Picture This Clothing, Tiny Challenges, and WWDC Girls. Launching a company that goes viral; applying design principles to your life; “it’s not about what’s next, it’s about what’s important;” coping with burnout; the psychology of change; “we’ve accidentally spent $20 on marketing;” and more.


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