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.

#77: Advanced Accessibility with Derek Featherstone

July 17, 2014 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 20 minutes

What are some of the biggest challenges when it comes to making a website fully accessible? Keyboard access and form design can make some of the biggest differences, and present some of the biggest challenges. Derek Featherstone joins Jen Simmons to explain.

#76: Videoblogging with Jay Dedman, Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi

July 3, 2014 at 9:15AM • 1 hour 8 minutes

Ten years ago, a small group started an email list to figure out how to put video on the web. They ended up starting a movement, posting videos, breaking through technical barriers, and inventing a new medium. Jay Dedman, Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi join host Jen Simmons to tell the story in another edition of The Web Behind.

#75: Creative Direction with Andy Clarke

June 26, 2014 at 1:15PM • 1 hour 18 minutes

Has how we approach web design become too formulaic and rote? Are we missing the opportunity to truly communicate a site's purpose and meaning? What about web design have we lost, or maybe haven't yet found? How can we understand our work as designers when even words about our work fail us?

#74: HTML Semantics with Bruce Lawson

June 18, 2014 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 2 minutes

HTML5 brought more semantic elements to HTML. How's that going? Why should developers use semantic HTML? Bruce Lawson joins Jen Simmons to discuss HTML, semantics, accessibility, ARIA roles, microformats, microdata, RDFa, web components and more.

#73: DRM with Jeremy Keith and Doug Schepers

June 13, 2014 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 41 minutes

DRM has been long touted as the solution to piracy. Recently, a few browser makers and big media companies have pushed DRM technology into the web browser — while open web advocates have fought to prevent DRM on the web. What is DRM? Why and how are companies putting it into web browsers? And what solutions would be better? Jeremy Keith and Doug Schepers join Jen Simmons to debate DRM on the web.

#72: Style Guides with Anna Debenham

June 5, 2014 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 18 minutes

Style guides, once the exclusive domain of print designers, are finding their way onto the web. Built out of HTML and CSS, such style guides are handy tools for the design process, for maintaining sites over time, and for making collaboration across teams much easier. Anna Debenham joins Jen Simmons to explain.

#71: Web Design Education with Leslie Jensen-Inman

May 13, 2014 at 4:15PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

What is the state of formal education for web design, and what might be coming in the future? Dr. Leslie Jensen-Inman joins Jen Simmons to talk about her research, what's she's found, and the school she's starting with Jared Spool.

#70: Data Visualization with Scott Murray

May 6, 2014 at 5:45PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

We are collecting more data now than ever, and freely sharing some datasets on the open web. Web technology provides the power for us to present complex data interactively. How can you go about a data visualization project? What tools are available? Scott Murray joins Jen Simmons to explore the possibilities of data visualization.

#69: WCAG and Accessibility with Luke McGrath

May 1, 2014 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 32 minutes

Walk through the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 with Luke McGrath and Jen Simmons.

#68: Customer Experience with Michael Verdi

April 24, 2014 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 7 minutes

A revamped version of Firefox is coming, with a tour of what's new. Created by Michael Verdi & team, this tour is a case study in customer experience. What is Customer Experience design and how can it help your projects?