The Big Web Show

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.



#157: David Sleight, Design Director at ProPublica

April 10, 2017 at 1:30PM • 58 minutes

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 recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting, and a 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting. David is a publication designer and web geek, formerly at BusinessWeek, Pearson Ed, and consulting land.


#156: Practical Design Discovery With Dan Brown

March 20, 2017 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

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 Discovery and UX Strategy? or Research? How can you sell Discovery to organizations and people who are afraid of it? How has design changed since you got started in the 1990s?


#155: CSS Grid Layout is here, with Rachel Andrew

March 10, 2017 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

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 30 books, including Get Ready for CSS Grid Layout, A Pocket Guide to CSS Modules, The Profitable Side Project Handbook, and HTML 5 For Web Designers, 2nd Edition.


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

February 28, 2017 at 6:30PM • 1 hour 8 minutes

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

February 17, 2017 at 2:30PM • 57 minutes

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.


#152: Writing Tweets for Joan Rivers – Zeldman interviews George Hahn

January 25, 2017 at 10:15AM • 1 hour 5 minutes

Jeffrey Zeldman interviews George Hahn (georgehahn.com), writer, actor, web designer, and self-made thousandaire in hot pursuit of sartorial stealth and effective living. Writing tweets for Joan Rivers, doing a nude scene in “Sex and the City,” getting paid and finding clients as a designer, is the web still a people’s medium, leaving New York for Cleveland, web design then and now, “They’ll find out I’m a fraud and a failure,” will web ever get to retire?


#151: Making Sense of Color Management with Craig Hockenberry

January 12, 2017 at 8:00AM • 1 hour 3 minutes

Jeffrey Zeldman interviews Craig Hockenberry (@chockenberry), web and Mac software developer for over 20 years, and author of Making Sense of Color Management (A Book Apart, 2016). Screen evolution, color profiles, writing the first color gamut media query, how Webkit queries your screen to understand how many colors you can display, the Android problem, the 10th anniversary of Twitter, the 10th anniversary of the first Twitter app, the history of the word “tweet,” computer desktop customization in the 1990s, web design then versus now, and much more.


#150: Giant Paradigm Shifts and Other Delights With Brad Frost

December 12, 2016 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

Host Jeffrey Zeldman chats with front-end developer extraordinaire Brad Frost, author of the new book Atomic Design. In a freewheeling romp through a wonderland of design and technology references, the two web pros discuss Pattern Lab and style guides, being there for the iPad launch, working with big brands, how to say no and make the client happy you said it, avoiding antipatterns, mobile versus “the real web” in 2009, dressing for success, contributing to open source projects, building a community, the early days of Brad’s career, and that new book of his.


#149: Transatlantic: Hopping Continents With Sarah Parmenter

November 14, 2016 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute

Host @zeldman checks in with frequent guest @sazzy to discuss blogging, design, social media consulting, Britain, America, speaking, travel, and, oh, yes, that election.


#148: Web Design in 2016 with Jeremy Osborn of Aquent Gymnasium

October 13, 2016 at 2:15PM • 51 minutes

Jeremy Osborn is the Academic Director of Aquent Gymnasium, an innovative MOOC for designers, developers and marketing professionals, and the author of popular books on web technology and design software, including his latest, HTML5 Digital Classroom. He and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss the rapidly changing landscape of modern web design; how to keep learning and stay inspired; remembering the human being you're designing for, and the joy of stress cases.