The Big Web Show

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The award winning Big Web Show features special guests and topics like web publishing, art direction, content strategy, typography, web technology, and more. It's everything web that matters. Hosted by Jeffrey Zeldman.
April 27, 2018
Jen Simmons—Designer Advocate at Mozilla, creator of Firefox Grid Inspector, host of Layout Land and The Web Ahead, member of the CSS Working Group, coiner of Intrinsic Web Design, and general force of nature—is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Everything we thought we knew about web design just changed. Making sites that sing. Designing with the viewport in mind. A time-based storytelling journey. Real whitespace on the web. Real designer/developer tools: the Shapes Editor, Grid Inspector, and next-generation fonts panel in Firefox. Links for this episode:Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) | TwitterLayout Land - YouTube - YouTubeJen SimmonsTry New Browser Features in Pre-Release Versions | FirefoxJen Simmons | LabsLayout LandBrought to you by: Simple Contacts (Get $30 off your contacts at or enter code BWS at checkout).
March 26, 2018
Kevin M. Hoffman, VP Design at Capital One, and author of Meeting Design, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. “Design is not the end result.” How to assert control when you feel powerless. This one weird trick that can resolve conflict in difficult meetings. The relationship between meetings and change. Hacking your meetings, hacking your company culture. Five kinds of bad meetings. Escaping our biases, assumptions, and patterns. How illustration changes writing. A Jeff Veen joint. Designing an environment that lets people succeed. How design is like music and why you are not Prince. A new way of writing a book. Links for this episode:Kevin M. Hoffman (@kevinmhoffman) | TwitterMeeting Design - Rosenfeld MediaMeeting Design · An A List Apart ArticleKevin M. Hoffman - Rosenfeld MediaCapital One (@CapitalOne) | TwitterFacilitating Great Design · An A List Apart ArticleKick Ass Kickoff Meetings · An A List Apart ArticleMatt Sutter Books - List of books by Matt SutterBirthday StreetMatt Sutter (@mSutters) | TwitterBrought to you by: ZipRecrutier (Visit the link to post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE).
March 23, 2018
UX and IA pioneer Peter Morville, founder of Semantic Studios and author of four major design books discusses his latest, Planning For Everything, with host Jeffrey Zeldman. When Peter Met Lou, “Peak chaos,” belief bubbles, why the dichotomy between planning and doing is false, how to plan a family vacation swimming with sharks, striking a balance between planning and improvisation, and more. Links for this episode:About Peter MorvillePeter Morville (@morville) | Planning for Everything: The Design of Paths and GoalsBrought to you by: A List Apart
March 19, 2018
Creative director, advisor, designer, developer, author (Pricing Design), speaker, mentor, musician, and entrepreneur (SuperFriendly, SuperBooked) Dan Mall is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Running a studio, pitching, value pricing, the apprentice program, “Make Grunt do it,” how to start a startup, “the most exciting design systems are boring,” walking away from big pitches, launching a service to help you find work. Links for this episode:A Book Apart, Pricing Design“How to Scope Work,” an article by Dan MallSuperBookedDan Mall (@danmall) | TwitterBrought to you by: Squarespace (Visit to get a free trial and use the offer code BIGWEBSHOW for 10% off your first purchase).
March 12, 2018
Mike Essl, Dean at Cooper Union School of Art in New York, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Topics: The designer as hobbyist. “I was an expert witness for the Associated Press.” Design is a machine. Working in a comic book store. The Cooper Union coincidences. Web design in 1995 versus today. New York design versus San Francisco design. Systems making versus picture making. Kind of Bloop. Links for this episode:Mike EsslMike Essl (@essl) | TwitterWelcome | The Cooper UnionBorn in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop: Johan Kugelberg, Joe Conzo, Afrika Bambaataa, Buddy Esquire, Jeff Chang: 9780789315403: Watching the Watchmen (9781848560413): Dave Gibbons: BooksThe Chopping Block, Inc :: World Domination Through Graphic Design
March 2, 2018 · transcript
David Sleight, Design Director at ProPublica, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces “investigative journalism with moral force.” David is a web designer, creative director, and leader at the intersection of publishing and digital technology. Topics include: Stop blaming the algorithm. Design ethics. Stories as products. How the role of the story affects art direction. Our medium needs design that is faster and design that is slower. The renaissance of The Washington Post. How reporting creates products. Can reporters be part of the Resistance? Links for this episode:Home — ProPublicaProPublica Data StoreDavid Sleight (@stuntbox) | TwitterStuntbox – Design and strategy of the finest cut.ProPublica (@ProPublica) | TwitterInside Atomwaffen As It Celebrates a Member for Allegedly — ProPublicaBombs in Our Backyard — ProPublica5by5 | The Big Web Show #66: David SleightBrought to you by: ZipRecrutier (Visit the link to post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE).
Feb. 15, 2018
Designer Josh Clark (@bigmediumjosh) is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Josh founded the consultancy BIG MEDIUM, whose slogan is “Design for what’s next.” He designs mobile and IoT experiences, AIs, and bots; is the author of Designing For Touch and Tapworthy; and got his start as the creator of Couch to 5K. Links for this episode:Josh on TwitterBig Medium
Feb. 13, 2018
Are you at a crossroads and need help figuring out the next step Do you have big goals, but don’t know how to accomplish them? Whitney Hess, empathy coach for activist executives, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. The journey from UX to coaching. Changing our business model to better meet the client’s needs. The joy of research. Why asking the right questions is more important than having all the answers. Charging more to give more back. Animal rescue. Sponsored by A List Apart. Links for this episode:Whitney Hess (@whitneyhess) | TwitterWhitney Hess, PCC | GivingWhitney Hess, PCC | CoachingBrought to you by: A List Apart
Jan. 26, 2018
Jen Simmons (@JenSimmons), Designer Advocate at Mozilla, creators Layout Land, host of The Web Ahead, and driving force with Rachel Andrew behind CSS Grid in our browsers, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Free speech, Libertarianism, and doxxing. The CSS Grid Inspector and other tools coming our way—including Flexbox Inspector and Shape Path editor, Variable Fonts tooling, and tools for font features. #metoo and #blacklivesmatter. Video blogging’s unheralded heroes. Rough consensus and running code. Layout Land and modern layouts. Team teaching with Rachel Andrew. What goes into a great instructional video. Links for this episode:Layout LandThe Web AheadJenSimmons.comLearn CSS Grid | Jen SimmonsThe Web Behind: Videoblogging with Jay Dedman, Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi | The Web AheadAn Event Apart News: Revolutionize Your Page: Real Art Direction on the Web by Jen Simmons—An Event Apart videoAn Event Apart News: Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts by Jen Simmons – An Event Apart VideoJen Simmons (@jensimmons) | TwitterBrought to you by: ZipRecrutier (Visit the link to post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE). Squarespace (Visit to get a free trial and use the offer code BIGWEBSHOW for 10% off your first purchase).
Dec. 8, 2017
Designer, entrepreneur, and social media consultant Sarah Parmenter is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest. Working with celebrities, the wrong way to save a troubled brand, using social media is not the same as consulting on social media, design ten years ago and now, can one web designer do it all? Links for this episode:AboutSarah Parmenter (@sazzy) | TwitterSarah Parmenter – MediumSarah Parmenter (@sazzy) • Instagram photos and videosAn Event Apart: Denver 2017 Special Edition Web Design & UX ConferenceThe New Macbook Pro with TouchbarOath's advisory board has Serena Williams as chair and Russell Wilson, Chuck D and Karlie Kloss as members | FierceCableSuperDuper!Brought to you by: HelloFresh (For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit and enter BWS30). Videoblocks (Go to to get all the stock footage, audio, and images you can imagine for just $149). Squarespace (Visit to get a free trial and use the offer code BIGWEBSHOW for 10% off your first purchase).

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