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.



#131: Life After Typekit with Jeff Veen

April 16, 2015 at 2:45PM • 42 minutes

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.


#130: Progressive Enhancement FTW with Aaron Gustafson

March 19, 2015 at 3:00PM • 60 minutes

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.


#129: I’m an Entrepreneur, And You Can Too: FounderDating cofounder Jessica Alter

March 10, 2015 at 10:45AM • 52 minutes

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.


#128: How He Does It: Designer Khoi Vinh

February 19, 2015 at 5:30PM • 52 minutes

Khoi Vinh (@khoi) is a web and graphic designer, blogger, and former design director for The New York Times, where he worked from January 2006 until July 2010. Prior to that, Khoi co-founded and was design director for Behavior, an NYC web design studio. He is the author of How They Got There: Interviews With Digital Designers About Their Careers (http://howtheygotthere.us) and Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design (New Riders, 2010), and was a leading proponent of bringing grid-based graphic design principles to web design in the mid-2000s. In 2011, Fast Company named him one of “The 50 Most Influential Designers in America."


#127: Those Who Can Teach: Big Web Show 127 with Jared Spool

February 12, 2015 at 1:30PM • 55 minutes

Jared Spool (@jmspool) of User Interface Engineering and Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman) discuss the goals and workings of Center Centre, a new school Jared cofounded with Dr Leslie Jensen Inman to create the next generation of industry-ready UX designers. Topics include "teaching students to learn," what schools can and can't do, working with partner companies, "Project Insanity," and designing a program to make students industry-ready.


#126: Dribble ‘n Flow with Dan Cederholm (@simplebits)

February 5, 2015 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

Author (“Sass For Web Designers”), designer, and Dribbble co-founder Dan Cederholm (@simplebits) sits down with Jeffrey Zeldman to discuss using tools and templates versus rolling your own design and code, whether web design was really simpler in the good old days, his favorite Dribbble features, community-building, empire-building, freelancing in the early days of Happy Cog, and the joys of the fretless banjo.


#125: “You’re My Favorite Client,” with Mike Monteiro

January 29, 2015 at 6:00PM • 58 minutes

Designers Mike Monteiro (author, “You’re My Favorite Client”) and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss why humility is expensive, how to reassure the client at every moment that you know what you’re doing, and how to design websites that look as good on Day 400 as they do on Day 1. Plus old age, unsung heroines of the early web, and a book for designers to give to their clients.


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

January 15, 2015 at 3:00PM • 42 minutes

Jeffrey Zeldman interviews creativity evangelist Denise Jacobs (@denisejacobs) of RawkTheWeb.


#123: Leading a Design Agency with Clearleft's Andy Budd

December 9, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 2 minutes

In a fast-moving episode, designers Andy Budd and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss why clients spend more on toilet cleaning than design, honest pitching, the ins and outs of agile pricing, modular code libraries, selling web services instead of deliverables, the maturation of our industry since the mid-1990s, the value of reputation, design as a collaborative process, how and why agencies get invited to pitch, passion as studio marketing, our field's evolution from layout-making to strategic design thinking, and much more.


#122: On Web Typography with Jason Santa Maria

October 6, 2014 at 10:45AM • 46 minutes

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.