The Web Ahead

The Web Ahead

Interviews with the world’s experts on the past, present and future of the web. Hosted by Jen Simmons, The Web Ahead is your shortcut to keeping up.

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#88: Staying Sane with Peter Ferko

October 29, 2014 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 28 minutes

This week is Geek Mental Health week, something started this year by Andy Clark. He asked us here at The Web Ahead to participate, so I invited yogi Peter Ferko to talk about ways to find contentment, balance, and sanity in a world that can be painful.


#87: Delivering Typography with Jason Pamental

October 17, 2014 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 17 minutes

Using real typefaces on the web creates amazing design opportunities. But how do you deliver web fonts while not messing up the rest of the experience? Jason Pamental joins Jen Simmons to talk about tips and tricks for optimizing web font performance.


#86: Componentizing the Web with Rob Dodson

October 8, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

Web Components are all the rage these days — a way to create the web using chunks of code that are reusable across projects. Polymer is a polyfill for using Web Components today. Rob Dodson joins Jen Simmons to explain the current landscape.


#85: Relaunching The Early Web with Dan Noyes

October 1, 2014 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 14 minutes

The web was invented at CERN 25 years ago. To mark the anniversary, the web team at CERN has been working on a number of projects, restoring the original website, recreating the first two browsers, and documenting the history of the early web. Dan Noyes joins Jen Simmons to tell all about it.


#84: Transforming the People Problem with Paul Boag

September 24, 2014 at 7:30AM • 1 hour 20 minutes

We are currently experiencing an utter revolution brought by digital technology. The change to a digital world is not just about switching tools or building a new website; these are giant shifts in how businesses operate, how companies are structured, how people buy things, how humanity communicates. Those of us who make websites are deeply affected by the tension and frustration within organizations struggling to understand this revolution. Paul Boag joins Jen Simmons to give practical advice on how help organizations make the needed transformation.


#83: Wrangling Typefaces with Jason Santa Maria

September 17, 2014 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 12 minutes

Typography is a powerful way to immediately communicate the tone & voice of a site. But how exactly do you create great typography? Jason Santa Maria joins Jen Simmons to talk about his approaches to designing with type.


#82: Paying on the Web with Manu Sporny

September 10, 2014 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

This week, Apple announced Apple Pay — a new system for making payments using iOS devices. What about the web? What work is being done to make sending payments across the web much easier? Manu Sporny joins Jen Simmons to talk about payments, banking, identity, privacy, business models, web standards, and much more.


#81: Changing the Shapes with Sara Soueidan

September 2, 2014 at 7:00AM • 1 hour 8 minutes

So far, page layout on the web has consisted of a lot of boxes stacked on top of boxes — rectangular columns everywhere. That's about to change. New specifications, including CSS Shapes and CSS Exclusions, are about to the change the shape of page. Sara Soueidan joins Jen Simmons to explain.


#80: The Complexity and the Humanity with Trent Walton

August 26, 2014 at 6:45PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

Web projects have gotten very complex in the last few years, but the hardest part isn't the technology — it's the humanity. The success or failure of big projects is contingent on leadership, vision and planning. Trent Walton joins Jen Simmons to tell tales of working on the microsoft.com homepage and other big projects — sharing what can go right and what can go wrong. He also talks about reviving the original 1994 version of microsoft.com, and the importance of archiving the web.


#79: Advanced Git with Tobias Günther

August 18, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

Git is a powerful tool for helping developers collaborate, organize, and code at their best. But like anything powerful, Git can be confusing and overwhelming. Tobias Günther joins Jen Simmons to explain how to get through the pain points. They talk about branching, team workflows, remote servers, submodules, GUI tools, and more.