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.

#106: Focusing on Customer Top Tasks with Gerry McGovern

September 16, 2015 at 8:30PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

As soon as you have many people chiming in on the direction of a website, you get disagreements, conflicting idea, and turf wars. What about what customers want? Gerry McGovern has developed a specific step-by-step methodology for identifying what matters to your customers, focusing effort on those things, and objectively testing the performance of those tasks. Helpful and well-gathered data can quickly end debates and focus a team. Gerry joins Jen Simmons to walk through the process.

#105: Progressive Enhancement with Aaron Gustafson

August 29, 2015 at 5:45PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

Progressive Enhancement is a core principle of the web. But these days it seems a lot of folks don't quite understand what it's about. Aaron Gustafson joins Jen Simmons to break it down, and explain why and how your website should be built using the principles of Progressive Enhancement.

#104: Remembering the Everyday Developer with Rachel Andrew

August 13, 2015 at 5:30AM • 1 hour 46 minutes

An inordinate amount of attention is being paid these days to complex tools chains, JavaScript frameworks, and the assumption that the web is an application platform. Has the web actually been taken over by this one flavor of site? Aren't we getting off-track when we act like nothing else exists anymore? What about the everyday developer? Rachel Andrew joins Jen Simmons to discuss.

#103: Animating the Web with Rachel Nabors

July 8, 2015 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 30 minutes

How can we use animation on the web to provide information and improve the user experience? What uses should we avoid? How should we go about thinking of animation, including built-in animation experiences that are so common we don't see them anymore? Rachel Nabors joins Jen Simmons to explore the possibilities.

#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.