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.



#37: Steven Champeon

October 4, 2012 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 17 minutes

In this second episode of The Web Behind series with Eric Meyer, guest Steven Champeon talks about predecessors to HTML, the webdesign-L online community, the birth of the web standards project, how he coined the term "progressive enhancement" and much more.

Special guest Eric Meyer.


#36: Sass with Scott Kellum

September 26, 2012 at 10:15AM • 1 hour 35 minutes

CSS preprocessors are becoming very popular very quickly. Many front-end developers are finding them invaluable for coding increasingly-complex sites. Scott Kellum joins Jen Simmons to talk about Sass and Compass, what they offer, how to get started, and why you might want to consider adding such tools to your workflow

Special guest Scott Kellum.


#35: John Allsopp

September 21, 2012 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

John Allsopp joins Eric Meyer and Jen Simmons for this first episode in our “web behind” series — a look back at where the web came from and the people who created it. They talk about early web design tools, community groups that shaped the web, thinkers from the mid-20th century who shaped ideas about hypertext, and much more.

Special guest Eric Meyer.


#34: The Web Behind

September 11, 2012 at 2:45PM • 19 minutes

A special announcement from Jen Simmons and Eric Meyer.

Special guest Eric Meyer.


#33: Back to Basics with Jen Robbins

September 6, 2012 at 6:30PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

The web at its basics is HTML and CSS. If you want to learn these fundamentals, where do you start? Jen Robbins joins Jen Simmons to lay out a road map.


#32: Web Audio with Chris Wilson

August 28, 2012 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

The ability to manipulate audio in complex ways as part of the web page itself is yet another piece of the puzzle for using HTML + JavaScript to create complex experiences. Chris Wilson joins Jen Simmons to explain the Web Audio API and what it can do.


#31: Canvas with Rob Hawkes

August 21, 2012 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

HTML5 Canvas opens up a whole new world of opportunity of what a website can be. Rob Hawkes joins Jen Simmons to explain what's possible using the Canvas element and it's JavaScript API.


#30: Typography with Richard Rutter

August 14, 2012 at 1:00PM • 2 hours 4 minutes

Web typography has taken off in the last few years. What is possible now? How do we create beautiful and functional type on the web? Richard Rutter joins Jen Simmons to explain.

Special guest Richard Rutter.


#29: Smart Responsive Web Design Implementation with Scott Jehl

August 7, 2012 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 44 minutes

Responsive web design creates a new set of development demands. How should we best implement complex sites to load quickly and meet the needs of a wide range of devices? Scott Jehl joins Jen Simmons to talk about the South Street toolset and other Filament Group discoveries of best practices.


#28: Design process with Samantha Warren

August 3, 2012 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 17 minutes

Big changes in web technology are forcing us all to look at what many have been saying for a while — the web design workflow that was enshrined over the last decade really doesn't work. The creator of Style Tiles, Samantha Warren, joins Jen Simmons to talk about workflows, design processes, and how new ideas about our tools can help us all better design websites for the modern age.