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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#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.


#121: Dead Pixel Society

October 2, 2014 at 4:00PM • 46 minutes

Jeffrey Zeldman's guest is Justin Dauer, creative director at Nansen and co-founder of The Dead Pixel Society, dedicated to the lost art of pixel-by-pixel icon design. The present-day pixel artist refuses to die!


#120: Designing The Editorial Experience

September 28, 2014 at 10:00AM • 40 minutes

Jeffrey Zeldman's guests are Sue Apfelbaum and Juliette Cezzar, co-authors & designers of Designing the Editorial Experience: A Primer for Print, Web, and Mobile.


#119: You're Touching My Screen

September 5, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

Jeffrey Zeldman returns with the Big Web Show back on 5by5. For his first interview, he talks with Dan Benjamin about the evolution and changing importance of the web, 90's slang, and more.


#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.