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.


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#118: Responsive Images, Picturefill, and Web Standards

May 20, 2014 at 4:00PM • 51 minutes

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)


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

April 23, 2014 at 3:00PM • 45 minutes

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.


#116: The Difference Between Ideas and Products

March 27, 2014 at 3:00PM • 43 minutes

Phillip Reyland and Roland Dubois, cofounders of Byte Dept., on creating products for clients instead of yourself. Four strategies to apply to every product: experience strategy, platform strategy, mobile strategy, and integration strategy. Rethinking the mobile bike app: using data to predict whether a bike will be there when you get to it. The experience layer versus the visual layer. Finding the right partner. Working with ad agencies. The difference between ideas and products, and how to explain it to your client. The wild world of wearables. And more.


#115: Achieving Empathy for Institutions

March 21, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

Anil Dash and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss how government, media, and tech shape the world, and how we can influence them in turn. Our first meeting at SXSW in 2002. How selling CMS systems teaches you the dysfunction at media companies and organizations. Working for the music industry at the dawn of Napster. RFP-EZ. The early days of blogging. Designing websites for the government—the procurement problem. If we’re pouring all this time into social media, what do we want to get out of it? How big institutions work and how to have an impact on them. Living in “Joe’s Apartment.” Why, until recently, federal agencies that wanted a blog couldn’t use WordPress or Tumblr and how the State Dept got on Tumblr. Achieving empathy for institutions. Being more thoughtful about what I share and who I amplify on social media. The launch of Thinkup, and a special offer exclusively for Big Web Show listeners.


#114: Designing and Developing "The Web at 25" Website

March 14, 2014 at 3:00PM • 46 minutes

Mike Pick & Tim Murtaugh talk about creating a “Web at 25” website in five and a half weeks. Design, approval, and client focus. Working for geniuses. What we’d be doing if the web didn’t exist. Keeping the web open. What the W3C has in common with IndieWeb. The web today: more powerful, more empowering. Specialization and creativity. The effect of mobile on the digital divide.


#113: From Britain with Love: Front End Style Guides

March 7, 2014 at 3:00PM • 57 minutes

Anna Debenham on Code For America, starting a web career at age 14, checking websites in game console browsers, producing 24 Ways, what comes after winning young developer of the year, and the delights of Spotted Dick and Victoria Sponge.

Anna is the author of Front-end Style Guides, creator of the Game Console Browsers website for developers, co-producer of 24 Ways, technical editor for A List Apart, and was Netmag’s Young Developer of the Year 2013.


#112: Responsive Images Get Real

February 27, 2014 at 3:00PM • 60 minutes

Mat Marquis, chair of the W3C Responsive Images Community Group, sits down with Zeldman to discuss guidelines for responsive images in multi-device design. The two web designers discuss the history, theory, and multi-leveled challenge of responsive images, the path to standardization, and what browsers will do next.

The goal of a “responsive images” solution is to deliver images optimized for the end user’s context, rather than serving the largest potentially necessary image to everyone. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been quite so simple in practice as it is in theory.


#111: Web Design Comes of Age

February 13, 2014 at 3:00PM • 57 minutes

Andy Clarke and Zeldman discuss 10 years of web design history, running a successful freelance design business, the importance of writing, approaches to public speaking, CSS3 easter eggs, growing your small design studio business, responsive web design, and more.


#110: CSS and JavaScript: Can't We All Just Get Along?

February 4, 2014 at 3:00PM • 51 minutes

Nicole Sullivan talks about running CSS Conf, building scalable systems that won’t break, designing for speed and performance, learning Ruby, Object Oriented CSS, a CSS Style Guide, Type-o-matic, practical takeaways from stunt CSS, pairing as a work method, sexism and racism tests, and setting aside biases when selecting conference sessions.


#109: Bring Me the Head of Tim Berners-Lee

January 23, 2014 at 3:00PM • 52 minutes

Robin Berjon and Jeffrey Zeldman have a rational conversation about EME, DRM, the MPAA, and the W3C.