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.



#178: Pay attention to that woman behind the curtain – with Katel LeDu

September 20, 2018 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 4 minutes

Katel LeDu, Co-founder of the No, You Go podcast and CEO of A Book Apart, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Topics include: Getting comfortable putting yourself out there when you’re really more of a behind-the-scenes person. Starting a podcast. The life of a photo director at National Geographic. Asking for help. Community outreach—diversity and inclusion. What it’s like to have your therapist as a guest on your podcast. Leading by example. Walking the walk. Finding new authors and new voices. Imposter anxiety and narcissism.


#177: Pixel Perfect with Rachel Andrew

August 12, 2018 at 10:00PM • 47 minutes

The new season of The Big Web Show gets a running start with the brilliant and delightful Rachel Andrew, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, co-founder of Perch and Notist, author of over 30 books including The New CSS Layout, and more. Rachel and host Jeffrey Zeldman discuss learning to say no, productivity hacks, finding the inspiration to write and the courage to begin public speaking, the latest news with CSS Grid Layout, leaving Apple hardware behind, and the pleasures of Pixel.


#176: Intrinsic Web Design with Jen Simmons

April 27, 2018 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

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.


#175: Meeting Design with Kevin Hoffman

March 26, 2018 at 6:00PM • 60 minutes

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.


#174: Planning for Everything with Peter Morville

March 23, 2018 at 2:00PM • 60 minutes

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.


#173: But What I Really Want to do is Creative Direct, with Dan Mall

March 19, 2018 at 5:00PM • 60 minutes

Creative director, advisor, designer, developer, author (Pricing Design), speaker, mentor, musician, and entrepreneur (SuperFriendly, SuperBooked) Dan Mall is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Running a studio, pitching, value pricing, the apprentice program, “Make Grunt do it,” how to start a startup, “the most exciting design systems are boring,” walking away from big pitches, launching a service to help you find work.


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

March 12, 2018 at 1:00PM • 50 minutes

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

March 2, 2018 at 4:30PM • 58 minutes

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 renaissance of The Washington Post. How reporting creates products. Can reporters be part of the Resistance?


#170: Days of Future Present with Josh Clark

February 15, 2018 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 2 minutes

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

February 13, 2018 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 4 minutes

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.

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