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Web Materials

A podcast about the fabric of the web.

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

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Should designers write content?

Designers are notoriously bad at writing content. But shouldn't we really write at least some of the words for our interfaces? In this episode we discuss the relationship between content and design and the beneefits of using real words instead of dummy copy. See the website for full audio and a complete transcript.

37mins

5 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Are our tools helping us?

We talk about the role that visual design tools play. In the past, tools like Photoshop offered stuff the web couldn’t do yet. Today the visual design tools offer a tiny subset of what is possible. Which contributes to the conservative nature of today’s design practice. See the website for full audio and a complete transcript.

49mins

13 Jun 2021

Rank #2

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Should we take the hamburger off the menu?

In this episode we boldly assert that NO, the burger should not be taken off the menu, we should remove the whole navigation instead. See the website for full audio and a complete transcript.

34mins

7 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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What about interaction?

In the fourth episode of Web Materials, we talk about the lack of attention for interaction in design tools, and about sucky defaults when it comes to focus states. We talk about things like :focus-within and :focus-visible. Later on we discuss the similarities between Vim and screenreaders, and we end this episode by praising Nintendo games. See the website for full audio and a complete transcript.

43mins

16 May 2021

Rank #4

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Are there truths in web design?

In the third episode of Web Materials, we ask whether there are truths in web design. We quickly answer "no", before spending an hour coming to more or less the same conclusion. See the website for full audio and a complete transcript.

59mins

7 May 2021

Rank #5

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Are we done yet?

In the second episode of Web Materials, we wonder if webdesign has matured so much that we can decide that it is done. If that’s the case, this second episode is also our final episode! See the website for full audio and a complete transcript.

35mins

12 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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Hello world

In the very first episode of Web Materials, we introduce ourselves and briefly touch upon some of the topics we hope to discuss going forward. See the website for full audio and a complete transcript.

29mins

5 Apr 2021

Rank #7