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.


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#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.


#92: Making Sense of A Mess with Abby Covert

January 15, 2015 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 1 minute

Sadly, a lot of websites are a mess. They're rife with inconsistencies, broken links, mangled meaning, confusion and frustration. How does this happen? How do we get out of these messes? Information architecture can help. Abby Covert joins Jen Simmons to explain.


#91: Designing for Crisis with Eric Meyer

January 9, 2015 at 4:00PM • 2 hours 2 minutes

Too often, websites are designed with only the ideal user in mind — a typical person, in great health and sound mind, happy to be on your website doing a thing. In reality we humans exist in a variety of states, including panic, fear and reacting to a crisis. How could our sites be better, considering the needs of people in crisis? What are the consequences when we don't acknowledge the impact of our design decisions? Eric Meyer joins Jen Simmons to talk about his last year and a half, what he learned, and what he's thinking.


#90: Engineering the Front with Claudina Sarahe

December 16, 2014 at 6:15PM • 1 hour 37 minutes

Front-end development has changed a lot. What used to be simple text in files is now a deep stack of robust engineering tools. Is this a good change? What advantages do the power tools provide, and what might we be giving up in exchange? Claudina Sarahe joins Jen Simmons to debate.


#89: Responding Responsibly with Scott Jehl

December 2, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

It's clear that responsive web design is the way to build a website in today's crazy world of mobile devices, but what's the best way to do so? How can you create a responsive site that's fast and snappy? Scott Jehl joins Jen Simmons to tell us about the latest in how to do RWD right.


#88: Staying Sane with Peter Ferko

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

This week has been declared "Geek Mental Health Week" by Andy Clark. He asked us 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 or overwhelming.


#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.