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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#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.


#88: Greg Storey

April 11, 2013 at 3:30PM • 54 minutes

Greg Storey (@Brilliantcrank) of Happy Cog and Airbag Industries is Jeffrey's guest in Episode No. 88 of The Big Web Show.

The two designers discuss the Austin tech and design scene; on-premises versus remote worker models; Greg's upcoming book (with Carl Smith) for people transitioning to web design; new methods of publishing on multiple platforms; modern web typography; and the inspiration behind the Digital PM Summit.


#87: Anthony Casalena

April 5, 2013 at 12:30PM • 49 minutes

Squarespace founder and CEO Anthony Casalena (@acasalena) is my guest in Episode No. 87 of The Big Web Show ("everything web that matters").

We discuss the platform's capabilities and the three markets it serves (consumer, designer, developer); the journey from one-person start-up to 120-person company; the launch of Squarespace's new e-commerce platform; how to design a start-up that makes money the day it launches; ways to build community around a non-open-source platform; the effectiveness of good old-fashioned traditional advertising in marketing an internet company like Squarespace; staffing up and laying people off; and much more.


#86: Monkey Do

March 28, 2013 at 7:00PM • 53 minutes

Jeffrey Zeldman interviews Monkey Do studio co-founders Michael Pick and Tim Murtaugh, the design and development team behind the A List Apart and An Event Apart redesigns, HTML5 Reset, Edible City, and client projects including Scientific American, World Science Festival, and EconoMonitor.

Mike, Tim, and Jeffrey discuss the A List Apart redesign, responsive images and type, CSS Zen Garden, organic design processes, the future of CMS systems, designing a food truck app, and more.


#85: Dan Cederholm

March 18, 2013 at 11:00AM • 46 minutes

Jeffrey talks with designer, developer, author, lecturer, and entrepreneur Dan Cederholm (Dribbble, Simplebits).


#84: Dalton Caldwell

March 7, 2013 at 2:30PM • 51 minutes

Dalton Caldwell, CEO and co-founder of App.net, is Jeffrey Zeldman's guest in Episode No. 84 of The Big Web Show, sponsored by Happy Cog™.


#83: Scott Jehl

February 28, 2013 at 3:00PM • 49 minutes

We discuss Scott's latest thinking about “responsible responsive design,” whether responsive design is destroying creativity on the web, working with CSS flexbox, what’s new with the jQuery Mobile project, why people fear JavaScript and love jQuery, the size and management of Filament Group's multi-device test suite, the secret history of the jQuery logo, and much more.