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.



#57: Content Structure with Steve Fisher

October 15, 2013 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

Web designer Steve Fisher joins Jen Simmons to talk about designing content structure, and his process for working with clients to best define the essence of a site's message.


#56: The Nature of the Web with Jeremy Keith

September 16, 2013 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 45 minutes

Wonder-developer Jeremy Keith joins Jen Simmons to debate comments on websites, the birth of the web, progressive enhancement, the desire for control, and much more.


#55: Design Research with Erika Hall

September 4, 2013 at 10:00PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

What is design research, why is it valuable, and how can you work research into the planning of your project? Erika Hall, author of the new A Book Apart book Just Enough Research, joins Jen Simmons to explain.


#54: Jekyll and CMS-less websites with Young Hahn and Dave Cole

June 27, 2013 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 28 minutes

After many years of using Content Management Systems that store content in a database, there's a movement to store content in files instead. Jekyll and other tools, including github, are springing up to create a new ecosystem of file-based tools. Young Hahn and Dave Cole join Jen Simmons to explain.


#53: CSS Animations with Val Head

June 15, 2013 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

CSS has three powerful specifications that can be used to animate things on the page: CSS Transitions, Transforms, and Animations. Designer and author Val Head joins Jen Simmons to explain how they work.


#52: eBooks with NellieMcKesson

April 24, 2013 at 8:15PM • 1 hour 30 minutes

Electronic book formats are changing. EPUB3 and HTML5 are providing tools to create new forms of books, with richer experiences. Nellie McKesson joins Jen Simmons to explain where digital books have been, and where they are going.


#51: Rendering Engines, Vendor Prefixes & Chrome Blink

April 11, 2013 at 7:45PM • 1 hour 18 minutes

Chrome recently announced they will replacing the webkit rendering engine with a new one, named Blink. What's up with that? To find out, Chris Wilson and Paul Irish join Jen Simmons to explain rendering engines and vendor prefixes.


#50: Web Platform Docs

March 6, 2013 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

After years of many independent sites documenting and teaching web development, the W3C and a consortium of browser makers and companies have come together to create a central resource for information about web technologies — Web Platform Docs. Peter Lubbers and Scott Rowe join Jen Simmons to talk about the project.


#49: CSS Layouts with Rachel Andrew

February 27, 2013 at 9:00PM • 1 hour 34 minutes

Page layout on the web has been constrained for many years by the available technologies. But new technologies that are coming in CSS3 — flexbox, grid layout, regions, and more — promise for an interesting future. Rachel Andrew joins Jen Simmons to explain.


#48: Danny Sullivan

February 15, 2013 at 6:15PM • 1 hour 4 minutes

Danny Sullivan joins Eric Meyer and Jen Simmons for the latest episode in The Web Behind series. Danny reminisces about the early days of web search, directories versus crawlers, the panoply of search engines in the mid-1990s, page counts as serious bragging rights, the brief period when there were search engines that only searched other search engines, the verbing of “Google,” and more.

Special guest Eric Meyer.