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.



#117: Transforming the Shapes with Eva Ferreira

June 30, 2016 at 4:15PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

Web pages are visually and technically a pile of boxes. By default, all those boxes are rectangles and squares. But they don't have to be any longer. With CSS we can now transform those rectangles into parallelograms, rhombuses, skewed boxes, circles, and elephants — or any shape we want. Eva Ferreira joins Jen Simmons to talk about what's possible and how to do it.


#116: Preserving the Architecture of the Web with Stefan Tilkov

May 30, 2016 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 44 minutes

There’s a lot of pressure these days to use a JavaScript framework to create every website. “Which one is best?” people ask, “Which one should I use?” Stefan Tilkov joins Jen Simmons to talk about the architectural style of the web, and how to understand to best create an application on the web. What is the role of each of the technologies available?


#115: Predicting the future with Rachel Andrew, Eric Meyer, and Jeffrey Zeldman

April 29, 2016 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

The landscape of what's possible in web page layout is changing. Jen has a theory that this change will be a big one — perhaps the biggest change to graphic design on the web in over 15 years. Rachel, Jeffrey, and Eric join her to debate if that's true or not, and to surmise what the future might bring. This special episode was recorded live at An Event Apart Nashville.


#114: Laying Out the Future with Rachel Andrew

April 3, 2016 at 10:00PM • 1 hour 47 minutes

Everything about web page layout is changing. New CSS specifications will make it possible to do designs we've never seen before. Rachel Andrew joins Jen Simmons to talk about what's happening.


#113: Standing on Turtles with Husani Oakley

February 22, 2016 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

Our technology has gotten really complicated. Sometimes we get so deep into our work, we lose sight of what matters. We have hundreds of choices to make — “Which tool should we use?”; “Should we change what we are doing, or stick with what we’ve got?”; “Do I keep solving this problem, or move on to the next one?” — how do we ever decide? Husani Oakley joins Jen Simmons to debate these questions and more.


#112: Imagining the Web of Things with Stephanie Rieger and Jonas Sicking

February 10, 2016 at 7:30PM • 1 hour 45 minutes

Talking about the Internet of Things is all the rage these days. What is it about, and why is there so much hype? Will an ecosystem of internet-connected “devices” take over our lives? What role does the web play in all this? Stephanie Rieger joins Jen Simmons to discuss. Then Jonas Sicking joins Jen for a second interview, to talk more about what how the web might be involved.


#111: Going Responsive with Karen McGrane

December 17, 2015 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 4 minutes

It’s clear. Responsive is the way to go. One website for all screen sizes, for all devices. But what does it take for a company with an pre-existing site or pre-existing way of working together to make the needed changes to go responsive? It's not about the media queries. It's about everything else. Karen McGrane joins Jen Simmons to talk about her new book, and to imagine an amazing future.


#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?