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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#98: On Brand and In Person

October 4, 2013 at 2:45PM • 46 minutes

In a rollicking, laugh-filled hour, host Jeffrey Zeldman chats with internet radio pioneer, design author, and brand maven Debbie Millman @debbiemillman about broadcasting, writing, teaching, publishing, learning to be happy in your own skin, and the importance of early failure to long-term success and happiness.


#97: Research for Tomorrow

September 26, 2013 at 2:00PM • 52 minutes

Host Jeffrey Zeldman and guest Erika Hall (Just Enough Research, Mule Design) discuss why funding startups nobody needs is killing innovation, how designers can use research to stop bad ideas and find great ones, Russell Brand, and the secret history of Unsuck It.


#96: Smells Like Client Services

September 16, 2013 at 3:00PM • 59 minutes

Host Jeffrey Zeldman and guest Mike Monteiro (Design Is A Job, Mule Radio) discuss truthfulness and respect in the design business, the beauty of client services, The Big Web Show’s move to the Mule Radio Network, and the secret behind all great content products and applications.


#95: Jake Archibald

July 25, 2013 at 1:00PM • 47 minutes

Jeffrey Zeldman interviews Jake Archibald of Google Chrome about upcoming web caching standards, how the network connection is merely a layer of progressive enhancement and why you should build your app offline, communicating with non-developers, accessibility standards at BBC and The Guardian, the forking of Webkit, native versus web part 99, and why the much-linked article "Why Mobile Web Apps are Slow" proves no such thing.


#94: Lea Verou

July 11, 2013 at 10:00AM • 49 minutes

Lea Verou (@LeaVerou) and Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman) discuss the creative process behind her CSS Secrets series and the book of the same name she is writing for O’Reilly; loving JavaScript and math; Lea’s professional path, beginning with coding Visual Basic at age twelve; using CSS to layout a print book about CSS; creating popular Open Source projects like Dabblet, Prism, and CSS3 Test; the case for progressive enhancement; earning a living doing your own thing; leaving her job at the W3C (announced today); and much more.


#93: Mark Otto

June 21, 2013 at 3:30PM • 41 minutes

Mark Otto, creator of Bootstrap, is Jeffrey Zeldman's guest on Episode No. 93 of The Big Web Show ("everything web that matters").

Currently designing things at GitHub and previously at Twitter and ZURB, Mark may be found on the web at markdotto.com and on Twitter as @mdo.


#92: Tash Wong and Tom Harman

May 30, 2013 at 5:45PM • 34 minutes

American designer Tash Wong and British designer Tom Harman are the co-founders of Coastermatic and Jeffrey Zeldman's guests in Episode No. 92 of The Big Web Show ("everything web that matters").

Tash and Tom recently resided in Brooklyn, NY and completed their MFAs in Interaction Design at New York's School of Visual Arts; they are now bound for Hawaii, where they will expand their web-based product empire. Coastermatic, their first joint product, converts your Instagram photos into stone coasters, and was conceived during their time at SVA. (More in the August 2, 2012 issue of Dwell.)

The three designers discuss UX, product, and business strategy; finding the right manufacturing and fulfillment partners; the division of labor in a small startup; and other juicy design and entrepreneurial topics.


#91: Ryan and Tina Essmaker

May 10, 2013 at 12:15PM • 30 minutes

Ryan and Tina Essmaker are Jeffrey Zeldman's guests for Episode No. 91 of The Big Web Show ("everything web that matters").

Ryan is a designer and the co-founder of The Great Discontent. By day he works with Crush + Lovely as head of products, and manages No Little Plans, The Great Discontent's parent company.

Tina is an illustrator, essayist, photographer, blogger, and the co-founder of The Great Discontent, an online journal of interviews focusing on creativity and risk, and No Little Plans, The Great Discontent's parent company. By day she manages community for Crush + Lovely and works as a freelance writer.


#90: Paul Ford

May 3, 2013 at 11:00AM • 52 minutes

The amazing Paul Ford is Jeffrey Zeldman's guest in Episode No. 90 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”). In a fast-moving hour, the two long-time web architects discuss computer system emulators on the web, designing web archives, the value of context in software and literature, the new tribalism, the fallacy of history, buying records when you are 16, why getting to magic is more important than attaining perfection, the interconnectedness of software design and storytelling, how parenting twins facilitates A/B testing, and loads more.

Special guest Paul Ford.


#89: Avi Flombaum

April 25, 2013 at 2:30PM • 37 minutes

A 28-year-old Rubyist, Skillsharer, storyteller, and entrepreneur, Avi founded @designerpages and NYC on Rails before creating The Flatiron School—a 12 week, full-time program designed to turn you into a web developer.