The Web Ahead

The Web Ahead

Conversations with world experts on changing technologies and future of the web. The Web Ahead is your shortcut to keeping up.

Hosted by Jen Simmons.



#102: Understanding Apple Watch with Josh Clark

April 22, 2015 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

Apple's Watch is almost here. What does it mean to design for this space? Josh Clark joins Jen Simmons to dig in.


#101: Structuring Content with Eileen Webb

April 7, 2015 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

For years, we've put content on websites by dumping text, images and video onto a page like it's one big blob. In the age of mobile, it's become painfully clear that really doesn't work anymore. Planning a content system of types and fields yields much better results. Why? How? Eileen Webb joins Jen Simmons to explain exactly what this means.


#100: Designing the Web with Jeffrey Zeldman

March 18, 2015 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

For episode 100 of The Web Ahead, we have Jeffrey Zeldman, the Godfather of Web Standards (or Web Design, depending on who you ask), to talk about the past, present and future of making things for the web. We debate the pros and cons of everything from parallax scrolling to data mining.


#99: Implementing Responsive Images with Jason Grigsby

March 10, 2015 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 34 minutes

It's time to start using responsive images on our websites. You specify multiple files in your image HTML. Browsers download the best one for a user's screen size or context. Improve image quality. Save bandwidth. Make sites load faster. Jason Grigsby joins Jen Simmons to explain all the details.


#98: Handling Advertising with Mark Boulton

March 5, 2015 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

Advertising is a major business model for the web. Yet most ads arrive from a parallel universe, an industry of CPMs, ad units, and inflexible demands. As designers and developers, how can we best work with ads on the web? Mark Boulton joins Jen Simmons to explore.


#97: Archiving The Internet with Jason Scott

February 27, 2015 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 40 minutes

The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of digitized culture — films, software, audio, websites and more. How it it being collected, and how might the Internet Archive be our best hope for preserving the history of this era, as we invent the web? Jason Scott joins Jen Simmons to talk about the challenges of archiving in the digital age.


#96: Reinventing the Web in Virtual Reality with Josh Carpenter and Vladimir Vukicevic

February 18, 2015 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 6 minutes

Virtual reality technology is starting to take off. VR hardware has been steadily improving. VR films are getting a lot of attention. VR games are leveling up. But so far, virtual reality systems are closed platforms, each working with the equipment and software of one company. What could a cross-platform web of Virtual Reality look like? What might web designers do with a fully-immersive web experience? There's a team at Mozilla working on WebVR. Jen Simmons talks to Josh Carpenter and Vladimir Vukicevic to find out what they are doing.


#95: The New Web Ahead Website with Jen Simmons

February 11, 2015 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 9 minutes

After months of work, I've launched a new website for The Web Ahead, at thewebahead.net. Hear a saga of the agony, the ecstasy, the design and the build. How? Why? On what? A lot of geeking out about tech and design and some talk about future plans, too. The inimitable Jeff Eaton switches seats and interviews me, Jen Simmons, all about it.


#94: Rethinking Microsoft's Browser with Rey Bango

January 30, 2015 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

Microsoft announced that they will be introducing a new browser, codenamed Project Spartan. Windows 10 will ship with both IE and Project Spartan, but Spartan is the future. What is happening? How is it that the oldest popular browser is going to end? Rey Bango joins Jen Simmons to tell all.


#93: Parsing Design with Andy Budd

January 23, 2015 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 8 minutes

The practice of web design has evolved tremendously over the last two decades — so much so it's almost hard to understand where we are at. User experience design, user interface design… so many complex pieces working together. Andy Budd joins Jen Simmons to articulate his vision of the current state of web design.