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.

#110: Understanding the Web with Jeremy Keith

November 17, 2015 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 12 minutes

The web is being compared to "native" a lot these days, with some even declaring the web dead. But what are the strengths web? What does it do that native can't touch? What is it we are making when we are creating something of the web? Jeremy Keith joins Jen Simmons to articulate how to understand and appreciate the web.

#109: Designing Products with Dustin Senos

November 3, 2015 at 8:45AM • 1 hour 8 minutes

Designing a successful product takes more than attention to the look & feel, or the interface architecture. Great product design happens earlier in the process, when the product itself is defined and understood. With his experience as the lead designer for Medium, Dustin Senos knows a thing or two about making a product great. He joins Jen Simmons to explain what it takes.

#108: Improving Humanity with Pamela Pavliscak

October 27, 2015 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

We often focus on improving user experience — making it easier for people to use the sites and products we create. But when do we get to focus on a bigger picture? Are we making true improvements to people's lives? Are they happier because they use our work? Pamela Pavliscak has been deeply researching this question. What does it take to improve humanity? How are different generations being affected differently? What will life look like for our children?

#107: Being Tracked with Brett Gaylor

October 19, 2015 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

We've all known for many years that the websites we use keep track of who we are and what we are doing. Lately though, it seems like things have gotten out of control. Surveillance has gotten quite sophisticated and intrusive, and we've become more aware of what exactly we are giving up in exchange for being online. Is this a problem? How bad is it? What can we do?

#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.