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The Big Web Show

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.

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54: Source Of All Knowledge

Dan and Jeffrey talk about freelancing, project managers, setting up a new computer, and much more. Sponsored by FreshBooks and Shopify.


15 Jul 2011

Rank #1

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9: Responsive Web Design

Dan and Jeffrey talk with guest Ethan Marcotte. Topics include designing and coding for the likes of the Sundance Film Festival and New York Magazine, and the joys of responsive web design, working remotely, and more. Links for this episode:A List Apart: Articles: Responsive Web DesignSimon Collison | Colly | The Celebrated MiscellanyThe Hickensian | HicksdesignHandcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web DesignDesigning with Web Standards (3rd Edition)


24 Jun 2010

Rank #2

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176: Intrinsic Web Design with Jen Simmons

Jen Simmons—Designer Advocate at Mozilla, creator of Firefox Grid Inspector, host of Layout Land and The Web Ahead, member of the CSS Working Group, coiner of Intrinsic Web Design, and general force of nature—is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Everything we thought we knew about web design just changed. Making sites that sing. Designing with the viewport in mind. A time-based storytelling journey. Real whitespace on the web. Real designer/developer tools: the Shapes Editor, Grid Inspector, and next-generation fonts panel in Firefox. Links for this episode:Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) | TwitterLayout Land - YouTube - YouTubeJen SimmonsTry New Browser Features in Pre-Release Versions | FirefoxJen Simmons | LabsLayout LandTranscriptBrought to you by: Simple Contacts (Get $30 off your contacts at Simplecontacts.com/bws or enter code BWS at checkout).

1hr 9mins

27 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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122: On Web Typography with Jason Santa Maria

Jason Santa Maria of Vox Media & A Book Apart discusses his new book, On Web Typography, with host Jeffrey Zeldman. The two designers discuss writing on trains, placing objects and playing with type, the new web designer, designing the Typekit logo, editorial design and Vox Media, three years and two editors, heavenly italics, type classification systems, Dieter Rams and "touch-ability," design as strategy, hitting it with the pretty stick, and more. Links for this episode:jasonsantamaria.comA Book ApartOn Web TypographyTypedia (a "'wikipedia' for typography" by JSM and friends)TypekitVox Media blogabout Vox Media (Wikipedia)The Verge (a Wikipedia content property)AmtrakMark Simonson's type siteAbout Dieter Rams (Wikipedia)About Good Design (Dieter Rams)On the Typekit logoFonts by type designer Joshua DardenEllen LuptonAmazon.com


6 Oct 2014

Rank #4

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31: Jim Coudal

Jeffrey Zeldman and Dan Benjamin are joined by Jim Coudal to discuss the phenomenon that is Layer Tennis, his presentation “secrets,” and firing clients to work for yourself. Links for this episode:Coudal PartnersField Notes — “I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now.”The DECK | The premier ad network for reaching web, design & creative professionalsJim Coudal (coudal) on TwitterSponsored by GitHub and Harvest.


16 Dec 2010

Rank #5

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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. Links for this episode:@khoi on TwitterSubtraction.comThe Tools Designers Are Using TodaySketch digital design softwareDesign Tools: What Are You UsingKhoi's latest bookWildcardKidpost – Photo Sharing for FamiliesBrought to you by Braintree (To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to BraintreePayments.com/BigWebShow), Casper (Visit the link and use the code BIGWEBSHOW at checkout to get $50 towards your brand new mattress), and DreamHost (Visit the link to sign up and make sure to use the code THEBIGWEBSHOW395 at checkout and you’ll get top rated web hosting for just $3.95/month and a free domain name).

1hr 3mins

16 Sep 2015

Rank #6

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40: Andy Rutledge

Designer Andy Rutledge joins Jeffrey Zeldman and Dan Benjamin to discuss choosing clients, running a small company, and more. Links for this episode:Andy Rutledge : Home PortalUnify · The simple content editor that anyone can use.Just Made My DayDesign Professionalism, by Andy Rutledge - Coming SoonAndy LogicSponsored by MailChimp and CodeConf 2011.


3 Mar 2011

Rank #7

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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.


20 Nov 2015

Rank #8

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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. Links for this episode:U.S. Web Design StandardsIntroducing the U.S. Web Design StandardsMaya Benari's WebsiteMaya Benari: Front End Designer18F Guides18FMaya Benari on GitHubGetting Started with U.S. Web Design StandardsBourbonBrought to you by Braintree (To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to BraintreePayments.com/BigWebShow).


9 Oct 2015

Rank #9

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67: Special Message for Big Web Show Video Subscribers

If you are a subscriber to the video version of Big Web Show, please subscribe to the audio version of the podcast. We are no longer publishing a video version of the show.

24 Apr 2012

Rank #10

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118: Responsive Images, Picturefill, and Web Standards

Scott Jehl and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss the picture element: a container for multiple images. Making the emerging W3C standard picture element work in today’s browsers. Polyfills and progressive enhancement. Responsible responsive design. Shim versus polyfill; srcset versus picture; the prefix wars. Balancing company projects and open source, community projects. Picturefill is a responsive images polyfill approach that web designers and developers can use today. Scott Jehl is a web designer and developer who works with the bright folks at Filament Group, where he creates websites and applications for a range of clients (including the 2012 responsive design of the Boston Globe). He is an active contributor to the open source community, frequently releasing ideas and projects on Github; a jQuery team member (most recently leading the development of the jQuery Mobile project); and the co-author of Designing With Progressive Enhancement (New Riders: 2010)


20 May 2014

Rank #11

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175: Meeting Design with Kevin Hoffman

Kevin M. Hoffman, VP Design at Capital One, and author of Meeting Design, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. “Design is not the end result.” How to assert control when you feel powerless. This one weird trick that can resolve conflict in difficult meetings. The relationship between meetings and change. Hacking your meetings, hacking your company culture. Five kinds of bad meetings. Escaping our biases, assumptions, and patterns. How illustration changes writing. A Jeff Veen joint. Designing an environment that lets people succeed. How design is like music and why you are not Prince. A new way of writing a book. Links for this episode:Kevin M. Hoffman (@kevinmhoffman) | TwitterMeeting Design - Rosenfeld MediaMeeting Design · An A List Apart ArticleKevin M. Hoffman - Rosenfeld MediaCapital One (@CapitalOne) | TwitterFacilitating Great Design · An A List Apart ArticleKick Ass Kickoff Meetings · An A List Apart ArticleMatt Sutter Books - List of books by Matt SutterBirthday StreetMatt Sutter (@mSutters) | TwitterBrought to you by: ZipRecrutier (Visit the link to post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE).


26 Mar 2018

Rank #12

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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. Links for this episode:Jeffrey Veen (@veen) | TwitterLeaving AdobeTypekitJeff Veen's blogBooks by Jeff VeenAmazon.com


16 Apr 2015

Rank #13

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117: The Real Macaw: Stop Writing Code, Start Drawing It

Tom Giannattasio, Founder/CEO of Macaw, “the superhot web design tool of the future”, joins Zeldman to discuss a paradigm shift: can we really draw semantic HTML and succinct CSS? How it works. Pixels, percentages, ems, or rems? Designing a design tool. How to quit your job. From Kickstarter to startup. Team building. Responsive design, responsive community.


23 Apr 2014

Rank #14

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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. Links for this episode:Jessica Alter (@jalter) | TwitterConnect with Entrepreneurs, Startup founders and Advisors | FounderDatingFor Entrepreneurs, By EntrepreneursConnect with world-class entreprenuers and advisors FounderDating (@founderdating) | TwitterSponsored by DreamHost (Visit the link and use the code 'TheBigWebShow395' for top rated web hosting for just $3.95/month and a free domain name) and An Event Apart (The design conference for people who make websites).


10 Mar 2015

Rank #15

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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. Links for this episode:A Bit About Aaron GustafsonAdaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive EnhancementResponsive Issues Community GroupEasy Designs - Web Design, Development & ConsultingWeb Standards SherpaCode & CreativityWebStandardsProject (@wasp) | TwitterA List Apart: For People Who Make WebsitesGenesis - Land Of Confusion [Official Music Video] - YouTubeSponsored by An Event Apart (The design conference for people who make websites).


19 Mar 2015

Rank #16

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

Jeffrey Zeldman interviews creativity evangelist Denise Jacobs (@denisejacobs) of RawkTheWeb. Links for this episode:DeniseJacobs.comSpeaker + Author + Creativity Evangelist @denisejacobs on TwitterRawk The WebThe mission of Rawk The Web is to provide resources and inspiration to help people to bring out their inner web rawkstar and increase the numbers of diverse tech industry experts. @rawktheweb on TwitterSponsored by Thinkful (Visit the link to get 10% off) and Mandrill (Use the code '5by5' for 50,000 free email sends per month for your first six months).


15 Jan 2015

Rank #17

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120: Designing The Editorial Experience

Jeffrey Zeldman's guests are Sue Apfelbaum and Juliette Cezzar, co-authors & designers of Designing the Editorial Experience: A Primer for Print, Web, and Mobile.


28 Sep 2014

Rank #18

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174: Planning for Everything with Peter Morville

UX and IA pioneer Peter Morville, founder of Semantic Studios and author of four major design books discusses his latest, Planning For Everything, with host Jeffrey Zeldman. When Peter Met Lou, “Peak chaos,” belief bubbles, why the dichotomy between planning and doing is false, how to plan a family vacation swimming with sharks, striking a balance between planning and improvisation, and more. Links for this episode:About Peter MorvillePeter Morville (@morville) | TwitterSemanticsAmazon.com: Planning for Everything: The Design of Paths and GoalsBrought to you by: An Event Apart


23 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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119: You're Touching My Screen

Jeffrey Zeldman returns with the Big Web Show back on 5by5. For his first interview, he talks with Dan Benjamin about the evolution and changing importance of the web, 90's slang, and more. Sponsored by MailChimp (visit mailchimp.com/5by5 and send 12,000 emails per month to 2,000 subscribers, forever).

1hr 19mins

5 Sep 2014

Rank #20