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Conversations with world experts on changing technologies and future of the web. The Web Ahead is your shortcut to keeping up. Hosted by Jen Simmons.

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117: Transforming the Shapes with Eva Ferreira

1:09:24 | Jun 30th, 2016

Web pages are visually and technically a pile of boxes. By default, all those boxes are rectangles and squares. But they don't have to be any longer. With CSS we can now transform those rectangles into parallelograms, rhombuses, skewed boxes, circles...Show More

116: Preserving the Architecture of the Web with Stefan Tilkov

1:44:09 | May 30th, 2016

There’s a lot of pressure these days to use a JavaScript framework to create every website. “Which one is best?” people ask, “Which one should I use?” Stefan Tilkov joins Jen Simmons to talk about the architectural style of the web, and how to unders...Show More

115: Predicting the future with Rachel Andrew, Eric Meyer, and Jeffrey Zeldman

1:21:36 | Apr 30th, 2016

The landscape of what's possible in web page layout is changing. Jen has a theory that this change will be a big one — perhaps the biggest change to graphic design on the web in over 15 years. Rachel, Jeffrey, and Eric join her to debate if that's tr...Show More

114: Laying Out the Future with Rachel Andrew

1:47:24 | Apr 4th, 2016

Everything about web page layout is changing. New CSS specifications will make it possible to do designs we've never seen before. Rachel Andrew joins Jen Simmons to talk about what's happening.

113: Standing on Turtles with Husani Oakley

1:23:35 | Feb 22nd, 2016

Our technology has gotten really complicated. Sometimes we get so deep into our work, we lose sight of what matters. We have hundreds of choices to make — “Which tool should we use?”; “Should we change what we are doing, or stick with what we’ve got?...Show More

112: Imagining the Web of Things with Stephanie Rieger and Jonas Sicking

1:45:09 | Feb 11th, 2016

Talking about the Internet of Things is all the rage these days. What is it about, and why is there so much hype? Will an ecosystem of internet-connected “devices” take over our lives? What role does the web play in all this? Stephanie Rieger joins J...Show More

111: Going Responsive with Karen McGrane

1:04:53 | Dec 17th, 2015

It’s clear. Responsive is the way to go. One website for all screen sizes, for all devices. But what does it take for a company with an pre-existing site or pre-existing way of working together to make the needed changes to go responsive? It's not ab...Show More

110: Understanding the Web with Jeremy Keith

1:12:39 | Nov 17th, 2015

The web is being compared to "native" a lot these days, with some even declaring the web dead. But what are the strengths web? What does it do that native can't touch? What is it we are making when we are creating something of the web? Jeremy Keith j...Show More

109: Designing Products with Dustin Senos

1:08:32 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Designing a successful product takes more than attention to the look & feel, or the interface architecture. Great product design happens earlier in the process, when the product itself is defined and understood. With his experience as the lead design...Show More

108: Improving Humanity with Pamela Pavliscak

1:24:10 | Oct 27th, 2015

We often focus on improving user experience — making it easier for people to use the sites and products we create. But when do we get to focus on a bigger picture? Are we making true improvements to people's lives? Are they happier because they use o...Show More

107: Being Tracked with Brett Gaylor

1:27:47 | Oct 19th, 2015

We've all known for many years that the websites we use keep track of who we are and what we are doing. Lately though, it seems like things have gotten out of control. Surveillance has gotten quite sophisticated and intrusive, and we've become more a...Show More

106: Focusing on Customer Top Tasks with Gerry McGovern

1:21:16 | Sep 17th, 2015

As soon as you have many people chiming in on the direction of a website, you get disagreements, conflicting idea, and turf wars. What about what customers want? Gerry McGovern has developed a specific step-by-step methodology for identifying what ma...Show More

105: Progressive Enhancement with Aaron Gustafson

1:21:21 | Aug 29th, 2015

Progressive Enhancement is a core principle of the web. But these days it seems a lot of folks don't quite understand what it's about. Aaron Gustafson joins Jen Simmons to break it down, and explain why and how your website should be built using the ...Show More

104: Remembering the Everyday Developer with Rachel Andrew

1:46:02 | Aug 13th, 2015

An inordinate amount of attention is being paid these days to complex tools chains, JavaScript frameworks, and the assumption that the web is an application platform. Has the web actually been taken over by this one flavor of site? Aren't we getting ...Show More

103: Animating the Web with Rachel Nabors

1:30:14 | Jul 8th, 2015

How can we use animation on the web to provide information and improve the user experience? What uses should we avoid? How should we go about thinking of animation, including built-in animation experiences that are so common we don't see them anymore...Show More

102: Understanding Apple Watch with Josh Clark

1:26:44 | Apr 22nd, 2015

Apple's Watch is almost here. What does it mean to design for this space? Josh Clark joins Jen Simmons to dig in.

101: Structuring Content with Eileen Webb

1:22:59 | Apr 7th, 2015

For years, we've put content on websites by dumping text, images and video onto a page like it's one big blob. In the age of mobile, it's become painfully clear that really doesn't work anymore. Planning a content system of types and fields yields mu...Show More

100: Designing the Web with Jeffrey Zeldman

1:27:24 | Mar 18th, 2015

For episode 100 of The Web Ahead, we have Jeffrey Zeldman, the Godfather of Web Standards (or Web Design, depending on who you ask), to talk about the past, present and future of making things for the web. We debate the pros and cons of everything fr...Show More

99: Implementing Responsive Images with Jason Grigsby

1:34:03 | Mar 10th, 2015

It's time to start using responsive images on our websites. You specify multiple files in your image HTML. Browsers download the best one for a user's screen size or context. Improve image quality. Save bandwidth. Make sites load faster. Jason Grigsb...Show More

98: Handling Advertising with Mark Boulton

1:09:41 | Mar 5th, 2015

Advertising is a major business model for the web. Yet most ads arrive from a parallel universe, an industry of CPMs, ad units, and inflexible demands. As designers and developers, how can we best work with ads on the web? Mark Boulton joins Jen Simm...Show More

97: Archiving The Internet with Jason Scott

1:40:48 | Feb 27th, 2015

The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of digitized culture — films, software, audio, websites and more. How it it being collected, and how might the Internet Archive be our best hope for preserving the history of this era, as we invent the web? Ja...Show More

96: Reinventing the Web in Virtual Reality with Josh Carpenter and Vladimir Vukicevic

1:06:54 | Feb 18th, 2015

Virtual reality technology is starting to take off. VR hardware has been steadily improving. VR films are getting a lot of attention. VR games are leveling up. But so far, virtual reality systems are closed platforms, each working with the equipment ...Show More

95: The New Web Ahead Website with Jen Simmons

1:09:50 | Feb 11th, 2015

After months of work, I've launched a new website for The Web Ahead, at thewebahead.net. Hear a saga of the agony, the ecstasy, the design and the build. How? Why? On what? A lot of geeking out about tech and design and some talk about future plans, ...Show More

94: Rethinking Microsoft's Browser with Rey Bango

1:23:17 | Jan 30th, 2015

Microsoft announced that they will be introducing a new browser, codenamed Project Spartan. Windows 10 will ship with both IE and Project Spartan, but Spartan is the future. What is happening? How is it that the oldest popular browser is going to end...Show More

93: Parsing Design with Andy Budd

1:08:11 | Jan 23rd, 2015

The practice of web design has evolved tremendously over the last two decades — so much so it's almost hard to understand where we are at. User experience design, user interface design… so many complex pieces working together. Andy Budd joins Jen Sim...Show More

92: Making Sense of A Mess with Abby Covert

1:01:42 | Jan 15th, 2015

Sadly, a lot of websites are a mess. They're rife with inconsistencies, broken links, mangled meaning, confusion and frustration. How does this happen? How do we get out of these messes? Information architecture can help. Abby Covert joins Jen Simmon...Show More

91: Designing for Crisis with Eric Meyer

2:02:21 | Jan 9th, 2015

Too often, websites are designed with only the ideal user in mind — a typical person, in great health and sound mind, happy to be on your website doing a thing. In reality we humans exist in a variety of states, including panic, fear and reacting to ...Show More

90: Engineering the Front with Claudina Sarahe

1:37:45 | Dec 17th, 2014

Front-end development has changed a lot. What used to be simple text in files is now a deep stack of robust engineering tools. Is this a good change? What advantages do the power tools provide, and what might we be giving up in exchange? Claudina Sar...Show More

89: Responding Responsibly with Scott Jehl

1:24:46 | Dec 2nd, 2014

It's clear that responsive web design is the way to build a website in today's crazy world of mobile devices, but what's the best way to do so? How can you create a responsive site that's fast and snappy? Scott Jehl joins Jen Simmons to tell us about...Show More

88: Staying Sane with Peter Ferko

1:28:17 | Oct 29th, 2014

This week has been declared "Geek Mental Health Week" by Andy Clark. He asked us at The Web Ahead to participate, so I invited yogi Peter Ferko to talk about ways to find contentment, balance, and sanity in a world that can be painful or overwhelming...Show More

87: Delivering Typography with Jason Pamental

1:17:18 | Oct 17th, 2014

Using real typefaces on the web creates amazing design opportunities. But how do you deliver web fonts while not messing up the rest of the experience? Jason Pamental joins Jen Simmons to talk about tips and tricks for optimizing web font performance...Show More

86: Componentizing the Web with Rob Dodson

1:07:24 | Oct 8th, 2014

Web Components are all the rage these days — a way to create the web using chunks of code that are reusable across projects. Polymer is a polyfill for using Web Components today. Rob Dodson joins Jen Simmons to explain the current landscape.

85: Relaunching The Early Web with Dan Noyes

1:14:52 | Oct 1st, 2014

The web was invented at CERN 25 years ago. To mark the anniversary, the web team at CERN has been working on a number of projects, restoring the original website, recreating the first two browsers, and documenting the history of the early web. Dan No...Show More

84: Transforming the People Problem with Paul Boag

1:20:44 | Sep 24th, 2014

We are currently experiencing an utter revolution brought by digital technology. The change to a digital world is not just about switching tools or building a new website; these are giant shifts in how businesses operate, how companies are structured...Show More

83: Wrangling Typefaces with Jason Santa Maria

1:12:53 | Sep 17th, 2014

Typography is a powerful way to immediately communicate the tone & voice of a site. But how exactly do you create great typography? Jason Santa Maria joins Jen Simmons to talk about his approaches to designing with type.

82: Paying on the Web with Manu Sporny

1:29:00 | Sep 10th, 2014

This week, Apple announced Apple Pay — a new system for making payments using iOS devices. What about the web? What work is being done to make sending payments across the web much easier? Manu Sporny joins Jen Simmons to talk about payments, banking,...Show More

81: Changing the Shapes with Sara Soueidan

1:08:45 | Sep 2nd, 2014

So far, page layout on the web has consisted of a lot of boxes stacked on top of boxes — rectangular columns everywhere. That's about to change. New specifications, including CSS Shapes and CSS Exclusions, are about to the change the shape of page. S...Show More

80: The Complexity and the Humanity with Trent Walton

1:12:04 | Aug 26th, 2014

Web projects have gotten very complex in the last few years, but the hardest part isn't the technology — it's the humanity. The success or failure of big projects is contingent on leadership, vision and planning. Trent Walton joins Jen Simmons to tel...Show More

79: Advanced Git with Tobias Günther

1:21:27 | Aug 18th, 2014

Git is a powerful tool for helping developers collaborate, organize, and code at their best. But like anything powerful, Git can be confusing and overwhelming. Tobias Günther joins Jen Simmons to explain how to get through the pain points. They talk ...Show More

78: Offline with John Allsopp

1:21:42 | Jul 30th, 2014

App cache, web storage, Index db, and others are powerful new technologies that change the nature of the web. These technologies are mature and ready-to-use, but so far, we aren't seeing them be used very much. Why? What is possible? What could chang...Show More

77: Advanced Accessibility with Derek Featherstone

1:20:56 | Jul 17th, 2014

What are some of the biggest challenges when it comes to making a website fully accessible? Keyboard access and form design can make some of the biggest differences, and present some of the biggest challenges. Derek Featherstone joins Jen Simmons to ...Show More

76: Videoblogging with Jay Dedman, Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi

1:08:05 | Jul 3rd, 2014

Ten years ago, a small group started an email list to figure out how to put video on the web. They ended up starting a movement, posting videos, breaking through technical barriers, and inventing a new medium. Jay Dedman, Ryanne Hodson and Michael Ve...Show More

75: Creative Direction with Andy Clarke

1:18:36 | Jun 26th, 2014

Has how we approach web design become too formulaic and rote? Are we missing the opportunity to truly communicate a site's purpose and meaning? What about web design have we lost, or maybe haven't yet found? How can we understand our work as designer...Show More

74: HTML Semantics with Bruce Lawson

1:02:09 | Jun 18th, 2014

HTML5 brought more semantic elements to HTML. How's that going? Why should developers use semantic HTML? Bruce Lawson joins Jen Simmons to discuss HTML, semantics, accessibility, ARIA roles, microformats, microdata, RDFa, web components and more.

73: DRM with Jeremy Keith and Doug Schepers

1:41:30 | Jun 13th, 2014

DRM has been long touted as the solution to piracy. Recently, a few browser makers and big media companies have pushed DRM technology into the web browser — while open web advocates have fought to prevent DRM on the web. What is DRM? Why and how are ...Show More

72: Style Guides with Anna Debenham

1:18:44 | Jun 5th, 2014

Style guides, once the exclusive domain of print designers, are finding their way onto the web. Built out of HTML and CSS, such style guides are handy tools for the design process, for maintaining sites over time, and for making collaboration across ...Show More

71: Web Design Education with Leslie Jensen-Inman

1:19:34 | May 13th, 2014

What is the state of formal education for web design, and what might be coming in the future? Dr. Leslie Jensen-Inman joins Jen Simmons to talk about her research, what's she's found, and the school she's starting with Jared Spool.

70: Data Visualization with Scott Murray

1:12:30 | May 6th, 2014

We are collecting more data now than ever, and freely sharing some datasets on the open web. Web technology provides the power for us to present complex data interactively. How can you go about a data visualization project? What tools are available?...Show More

69: WCAG and Accessibility with Luke McGrath

1:32:51 | May 1st, 2014

Walk through the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 with Luke McGrath and Jen Simmons.

68: Customer Experience with Michael Verdi

1:07:10 | Apr 24th, 2014

A revamped version of Firefox is coming, with a tour of what's new. Created by Michael Verdi & team, this tour is a case study in customer experience. What is Customer Experience design and how can it help your projects?

67: SVG with Doug Schepers

1:25:42 | Apr 17th, 2014

SVG is one of several image formats for the web — one that has superpowers that the others don't. When would you want to use SVG & what can you do with it? Doug Schepers joins Jen Simmons to tell all.

66: Web Components with Peter Gasston

1:12:06 | Apr 9th, 2014

Web Components seem to be taking the JavaScript community by storm. The three parts of this technology give developers a chance to define their own HTML elements, adjust the defaults, and share with others. Learn about it all from Peter Gasston as he...Show More

65: The Future of the Web Stack with Simon St. Laurent

53:18 | Apr 3rd, 2014

Now that the web has new superpowers in the form of HTML & Javscript APIs, many engineers are rushing to the web, excited to use modern programming tools on the web platform. It seems there might be an emerging trend, however, to not understand or re...Show More

64: Accessibility with Dale Cruse

1:13:53 | Mar 26th, 2014

What's the deal with accessibility and why should we care? How do we make our websites accessible? Dale Cruse joins Jen Simmons to discuss what it takes to make a website for everyone.

63: The Latest in CSS with Chris Coyier

1:11:09 | Mar 20th, 2014

What's new in CSS? Chris Coyier joins Jen Simmons to talk about flexbox, grids, regions, shapes, and the future of layout on the web.

62: Waterfall vs Agile with Kristin Ellington

1:10:36 | Mar 13th, 2014

Is the web industry moving away from waterfall projects and towards an agile-ish approach? Funny Garbage COO Kristin Ellington joins Jen Simmons to discuss how she structures client projects these days, and why waterfall isn't working anymore.

61: Making Your Stuff Make Sense with Jeff Eaton

1:23:01 | Mar 5th, 2014

Architecting how content is structured, collected, and presented are three distinct aspects of designing a web project. Jeff Eaton joins Jen Simmons to talk about how to think through it all.

60: Web Annotations with Doug Schepers

2:01:36 | Feb 27th, 2014

People have been having conversations on the web since the moment the web was born. Comments, forums, linking, and more have provide ways for people to hold a back-and-forth discussion. But is that enough? There's a movement to create an annotation s...Show More

59: Web RTC with Henrik Joreteg

1:25:50 | Nov 2nd, 2013

Web RTC brings real-time communication to the web — peer-to-peer connections that can transfer data, video and audio between web users almost instantaneously. Henrik Joreteg joins Jen Simmons to explain how it works and what it means.

58: CSS Innovation with Lea Verou

1:30:29 | Oct 22nd, 2013

Lea Verou joins Jen Simmons to talk about CSS, and tell us all about things we can do with CSS today that you might not know about already. Lea also tells us a bit about her adventure recreating the Line-mode browser at CERN.

57: Content Structure with Steve Fisher

1:23:02 | Oct 16th, 2013

Web designer Steve Fisher joins Jen Simmons to talk about designing content structure, and his process for working with clients to best define the essence of a site's message.

56: The Nature of the Web with Jeremy Keith

1:45:29 | Sep 16th, 2013

Wonder-developer Jeremy Keith joins Jen Simmons to debate comments on websites, the birth of the web, progressive enhancement, the desire for control, and much more.

55: Design Research with Erika Hall

1:26:34 | Sep 5th, 2013

What is design research, why is it valuable, and how can you work research into the planning of your project? Erika Hall, author of the new A Book Apart book Just Enough Research, joins Jen Simmons to explain.

54: Jekyll and CMS-less websites with Young Hahn and Dave Cole

1:28:38 | Jun 27th, 2013

After many years of using Content Management Systems that store content in a database, there's a movement to store content in files instead. Jekyll and other tools, including github, are springing up to create a new ecosystem of file-based tools. You...Show More

53: CSS Animations with Val Head

1:16:53 | Jun 16th, 2013

CSS has three powerful specifications that can be used to animate things on the page: CSS Transitions, Transforms, and Animations. Designer and author Val Head joins Jen Simmons to explain how they work.

52: eBooks with NellieMcKesson

1:30:43 | Apr 25th, 2013

Electronic book formats are changing. EPUB3 and HTML5 are providing tools to create new forms of books, with richer experiences. Nellie McKesson joins Jen Simmons to explain where digital books have been, and where they are going.

51: Rendering Engines, Vendor Prefixes & Chrome Blink

1:18:19 | Apr 12th, 2013

Chrome recently announced they will replacing the webkit rendering engine with a new one, named Blink. What's up with that? To find out, Chris Wilson and Paul Irish join Jen Simmons to explain rendering engines and vendor prefixes.

50: Web Platform Docs

1:09:19 | Mar 6th, 2013

After years of many independent sites documenting and teaching web development, the W3C and a consortium of browser makers and companies have come together to create a central resource for information about web technologies — Web Platform Docs. Peter...Show More

49: CSS Layouts with Rachel Andrew

1:34:01 | Feb 28th, 2013

Page layout on the web has been constrained for many years by the available technologies. But new technologies that are coming in CSS3 — flexbox, grid layout, regions, and more — promise for an interesting future. Rachel Andrew joins Jen Simmons to e...Show More

48: Danny Sullivan

1:04:36 | Feb 16th, 2013

Danny Sullivan joins Eric Meyer and Jen Simmons for the latest episode in The Web Behind series. Danny reminisces about the early days of web search, directories versus crawlers, the panoply of search engines in the mid-1990s, page counts as serious...Show More

47: Jen Robbins

1:06:36 | Jan 16th, 2013

Jen Robbins joins Eric Meyer and Jen Simmons for another episode in The Web Behind series. They talk about the early days of web design, O'Reilly, GNN, wrestling with technology and more.

46: Tantek Çelik

1:35:40 | Dec 20th, 2012

Tantek Çelik joins Eric Meyer and Jen Simmons for another episode in The Web Behind series. They talk about OpenDoc, Internet Explorer 5 for Mac, doctype switching, semantic data formats, and much more.

45: Web Design with Andy Clarke

2:01:25 | Dec 8th, 2012

Designer, speaker and author Andy Clarke joins Jen Simmons to talk about the process of web design. Andy starts with a rant about online criticism, and goes on to talk about techniques, tools and more.

44: Tom Bruce

1:03:30 | Nov 29th, 2012

Tom Bruce joins Eric Meyer and Jen Simmons to talk about the very earliest days of the web, writing the first Windows web browser, inventing 'marquee', and taking a road trip to NCSA with Tim Berners-Lee.

43: Chris Wilson

1:08:45 | Nov 15th, 2012

Chris Wilson joins Eric Meyer and Jen Simmons to talk about the origins of the Mosaic Browser and his work on Internet Explorer 3 and 4.

42: Internet Explorer 10 with Rey Bango

1:26:31 | Nov 9th, 2012

Internet Explorer 10 is out. What's new with one of the most popular browsers? How is the support for HTML5, CSS3, and new Javascript APIs? What do people who create the web need to know?

41: Molly Holzschlag

1:15:35 | Nov 2nd, 2012

Molly Holzschlag has been working on the web from the very beginning of its invention. She joins Eric Meyer and Jen Simmons to talk about those days, and what it was like to be online in the time of BBSes, Gopher, and the text-only web. They discuss ...Show More

40: Git with John Albin Wilkins

2:22:36 | Oct 27th, 2012

The Git version control system has become incredibly popular, with many people using it to collaborate on shared projects. John Albin Wilkins joins Jen Simmons to explain what Git is, how it works and how to use it.

39: Dave Shea

1:00:48 | Oct 17th, 2012

Dave Shea joins Eric Meyer and Jen Simmons for the third episode of in The Web Behind series. They talk about the CSS Zen Garden, a website Dave created in 2003 which showed the world how radically-different designs could be with just CSS. Dave also...Show More

38: Game Console Browsers with Anna Debenham

1:12:14 | Oct 9th, 2012

People are accessing the web from all kinds of devices these days, and will be from many more in the future. Anna Debenham joins Jen Simmons to talk about game consoles, both portable games and consoles that go with a television set, and the browsers...Show More

37: Steven Champeon

1:17:39 | Oct 5th, 2012

In this second episode of The Web Behind series with Eric Meyer, guest Steven Champeon talks about predecessors to HTML, the webdesign-L online community, the birth of the web standards project, how he coined the term "progressive enhancement" and mu...Show More

36: Sass with Scott Kellum

1:35:00 | Sep 26th, 2012

CSS preprocessors are becoming very popular very quickly. Many front-end developers are finding them invaluable for coding increasingly-complex sites. Scott Kellum joins Jen Simmons to talk about Sass and Compass, what they offer, how to get started,...Show More

35: John Allsopp

1:20:36 | Sep 21st, 2012

John Allsopp joins Eric Meyer and Jen Simmons for this first episode in our “web behind” series — a look back at where the web came from and the people who created it. They talk about early web design tools, community groups that shaped the web, thin...Show More

34: The Web Behind

19:55 | Sep 11th, 2012

A special announcement from Jen Simmons and Eric Meyer.

33: Back to Basics with Jen Robbins

1:22:42 | Sep 6th, 2012

The web at its basics is HTML and CSS. If you want to learn these fundamentals, where do you start? Jen Robbins joins Jen Simmons to lay out a road map.

32: Web Audio with Chris Wilson

1:12:31 | Aug 28th, 2012

The ability to manipulate audio in complex ways as part of the web page itself is yet another piece of the puzzle for using HTML + JavaScript to create complex experiences. Chris Wilson joins Jen Simmons to explain the Web Audio API and what it can d...Show More

31: Canvas with Rob Hawkes

1:22:03 | Aug 21st, 2012

HTML5 Canvas opens up a whole new world of opportunity of what a website can be. Rob Hawkes joins Jen Simmons to explain what's possible using the Canvas element and it's JavaScript API.

30: Typography with Richard Rutter

2:04:19 | Aug 14th, 2012

Web typography has taken off in the last few years. What is possible now? How do we create beautiful and functional type on the web? Richard Rutter joins Jen Simmons to explain.

29: Smart Responsive Web Design Implementation with Scott Jehl

1:44:50 | Aug 7th, 2012

Responsive web design creates a new set of development demands. How should we best implement complex sites to load quickly and meet the needs of a wide range of devices? Scott Jehl joins Jen Simmons to talk about the South Street toolset and other Fi...Show More

28: Design process with Samantha Warren

1:17:08 | Aug 3rd, 2012

Big changes in web technology are forcing us all to look at what many have been saying for a while — the web design workflow that was enshrined over the last decade really doesn't work. The creator of Style Tiles, Samantha Warren, joins Jen Simmons t...Show More

27: Content with Kristina Halvorson

1:05:08 | Jul 27th, 2012

How do we get good content on the web? Kristina Halvorson joins Jen Simmons to talk about the discipline of content strategy, where it came from and where it's going. We also get into fear and life and how to make change in an environment that needs ...Show More

26: Servers with Josh Koenig

1:38:30 | Jul 21st, 2012

What is going on with the infrastructure that runs the web? Server stacks have changed a lot in the past 20 years. Josh Keonig joins Jen Simmons to talk about what's happening with cloud infrastructures and hosting options over the years.

25: Responsive Images with Mat Marquis

1:08:54 | Jul 4th, 2012

What's the best way to handle responsive images? There's been a lot of discussion flying around over the last many months, big debates and fast changes… where have we landed? What's coming in the future? Responsive Images Community Group chair Mat Ma...Show More

24: Jobs the Web Does with Horace Dediu

1:16:56 | Jun 26th, 2012

How can we understand the business of the web? Horace Dediu joins Jen to talk about the web through the lens of disruption theory, discussing innovation and jobs to be done. Along the way we get into advertisement on the web, and the old website vs n...Show More

23: Maps with Alex Barth

55:48 | Jun 23rd, 2012

Alex Barth joins Jen Simmons to talk about maps. What is happening with the new Apple Maps? What options for web developers and app developers are there beyond Google Maps? Where can people get map data and what tools are needed to implement maps?

22: Apples and TVs with Jason Grigsby

1:46:42 | Jun 13th, 2012

What does the news from this week's Apple keynote mean for the future of the web? There was no TV announcement, but what is the state of internet-enabled TVs? What can web designers and developers be doing today to support the coming TVs.

21: Process & Tools with Paul Irish

1:15:57 | Mar 23rd, 2012

Front-end developer extraordinaire Paul Irish joins Jen Simmons to discuss work process, tools and best-practices.

20: Content Everywhere with Lyza Gardner

59:18 | Mar 16th, 2012

Author, speaker and developer Lyza Danger Gardner joins Jen Simmons to talk about how CMSes provide — or fail to provide — a platform for publishing content everywhere. How can we design & build a website that will publish everywhere and last long te...Show More

19: Internet in Your Pocket with Luke Wroblewski

1:04:25 | Mar 9th, 2012

Luke Wroblewski joins Jen Simmons to talk about mobile, mobile first, mobile web — but what is mobile really anyway? How is it that these devices are changing our lives?

18: CSS with Eric Meyer

2:00:00 | Mar 2nd, 2012

CSS is central to the web. What happening with it these days? Author and expert Eric Meyer joins Jen Simmons to talk about the past, present and future of Cascading Style Sheets.

17: Mobile Devices with Peter-Paul Koch

1:28:25 | Feb 25th, 2012

Mobile device researcher and expert PPK joins Jen Simmons to explain the mobile device landscape. What will we do trying to make websites for all these phones?

16: Mobile Capabilities with Jason Grigsby

1:36:55 | Feb 15th, 2012

What can we learn from the capabilities of mobile phones to change the web as we know it? How are we in a rut when it comes to thinking about the web, because we are coming from the desktop? Mobile web strategist and author Jason Grigsby joins Jen Si...Show More

15: Browser Support and Polyfills with Divya Manian

1:15:44 | Feb 2nd, 2012

When is it safe to implement all this cool new technology on your web project? Divya Manian joins Jen Simmons to talk about progressive enhancement, polyfills, collaboration, tools for developers, and the evolution of web browsers.

14: File API with Arun Ranganathan

1:07:02 | Jan 19th, 2012

File API spec maintainer Arun Ranganthan joins Jen Simmons to explain what new file handling capabilities will be coming to browsers soon. They also talk about the drag & drop API, open standards, and how the sausage gets made.

13: Education with Dan Benjamin

1:23:28 | Jan 12th, 2012

Dan Benjamin joins Jen Simmons to talk about how to keep up with the changing technologies of the web. Where do we learn?

12: Michael Verdi on Video

2:25:23 | Dec 20th, 2011

An all-you-can eat historical and technical look at web video. What's up with HTML5 and these competing codecs? How can you use video today? Where are things going in the future? Videoblog innovator Michael Verdi joins host Jen Simmons for a double-l...Show More

11: Josh Clark on Touch

1:30:45 | Dec 13th, 2011

How best to design for a touch screen? How are interfaces changing with the multitude of devices at our touch? Author, speaker, consultant and expert Josh Clark explains his insights into touch design.

10: Aarron Walter on Human Connection

1:18:51 | Dec 9th, 2011

How can you design something meaningful? Something that provides delight and connects people? Designer Aarron Walter joins Jen to talk about designing for emotion, what makes a great team, what it's like to get constant critical feedback, and more.

9: Mark Boulton on Grids

1:40:37 | Nov 30th, 2011

All about grid systems for the web — why and how. What makes a grid great? How do you create your own? What about responsive web design? Expert Mark Boulton explains.

8: Sarah Parmenter on iOS Design

1:23:07 | Nov 23rd, 2011

Sarah Parmenter joins to talk about iOS design, web design, tools for design and more.

7: Jonathan Stark on Mobile

1:34:43 | Nov 15th, 2011

Jonathan Stark joins Jen Simmons to talk about web apps vs. native apps, when to use which mobile technology, how to plan a good mobile experience, touch events, and more.

6: Karen McGrane on Web Strategy

57:55 | Oct 19th, 2011

Karen McGrane talks about planning systems of flexible web content that can be used in a variety of places. And about the need for better content entry workflows.

5: Peter Lubbers on Web Socket

1:22:08 | Oct 12th, 2011

Peter joins Jen again to talk about the magic of Web Socket, and about SPDY & the Amazon Kindle Fire.

4: Pat Aufderheide on Fair Use & Copyright

56:20 | Oct 7th, 2011

Fair Use expert Pat Aufderheide joins Jen Simmons to explain when you can use other people's copyrighted material in your work.

3: Jeremy Keith on Everything Web

1:10:30 | Sep 28th, 2011

Jeremy Keith joins Jen to talk about Mobilewood, future-friendlying websites, responsive design techniques, digital preservation, html5 semantics, Firefox 7, and much more.

2: Ethan Marcotte on Responsive Web

50:28 | Sep 19th, 2011

Ethan Marcotte joins Jen Simmons for a conversation about responsive web design, tools, the process of designing a web site, mobile first, what the future may hold and more.

1: Peter Lubbers on HTML5

1:16:21 | Sep 12th, 2011

HTML5 expert Peter Lubbers joins Jen Simmons on the inaugural episode of The Web Ahead to talk about what the heck HTML5, web apps, local storage, offline caching, and web databases are.