27 Mar 2014 3 pm eastern

Big Web Show № 116: The Difference Between Ideas and Products

Phillip Reyland and Roland Dubois, cofounders of Byte Dept.

IN BIG WEB SHOW № 116 (“Everything Web That Matters”), I chat with Phillip Reyland and Roland Dubois, cofounders of Byte Dept., a NYC agency that designs and builds digital products for brands and agencies, and that created the popular Bike Department app for iOS.

We discuss…

Creating products for clients instead of yourself. Four strategies to apply to every product: experience strategy, platform strategy, mobile strategy, and integration strategy. Rethinking the mobile bike app: using data to predict whether a bike will be there when you get to it. The experience layer versus the visual layer. Finding the right partner. Working with ad agencies. The difference between ideas and products, and how to explain it to your client. The wild world of wearables. And more.

LISTEN to Big Web Show № 116 on Mule Radio.

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21 Mar 2014 6 pm eastern

Achieving Empathy for Institutions with Anil Dash

Anil Dash

IN BIG WEB SHOW № 115 on Mule Radio, I talk with Anil Dash, a hugely influential entrepreneur, blogger, and web geek living in NYC.

Things we discuss include:

How government, media, and tech shape the world, and how we can influence them in turn. Our first meeting at SXSW in 2002. How selling CMS systems teaches you the dysfunction at media companies and organizations. Working for the music industry at the dawn of Napster. RFP-EZ. The early days of blogging.

Designing websites for the government—the procurement problem. If we’re pouring all this time into social media, what do we want to get out of it? How big institutions work and how to have an impact on them. Living in “Joe’s Apartment.”

Why, until recently, federal agencies that wanted a blog couldn’t use WordPress or Tumblr and how the State Dept got on Tumblr. Achieving empathy for institutions. Being more thoughtful about what I share and who I amplify on social media. The launch of Thinkup, and a special offer exclusively for Big Web Show listeners.

Enjoy Big Web Show № 115.


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15 Mar 2014 8 am eastern

Designing and Developing “The Web at 25” Website

Tim Murtaugh, front-end developer

Mike Pick, designer

IN BIG WEB SHOW № 114 on Mule Radio, designer Mike Pick and front-end developer Tim Murtaugh talk to me about how they created The Web at 25 website for the W3C in just five and a half weeks.

Mike and Tim are the real deal: a great web design and development team from whom we can all learn a lot. They are also funny, humble, and insightful.

We discuss design, approval, and client focus. Working for geniuses. What we’d all be doing if the web didn’t exist. Keeping the web open. What the W3C has in common with IndieWeb. The web today versus the early web: more powerful, more empowering, and more requiring of specialization. The effect of mobile on the digital divide. Stephen Fry naked. And more.

Enjoy Big Web Show № 114.


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7 Mar 2014 7 pm eastern

From Britain With Love: Front-end Style Guides with Anna Debenham

Anna Debenham

IN BIG WEB SHOW № 113, developer Anna Debenham and I discuss Adventure Time, Code For America, starting a web career at age 14, checking websites in game console browsers, producing 24 Ways, and the delights of Spotted Dick and Victoria Sponge.

Anna is the author of Front-end Style Guides, creator of the Game Console Browsers website for developers, co-producer of 24 Ways, technical editor for A List Apart, and was netmag’s Young Developer of the Year 2013.

Enjoy Big Web Show № 113.


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25 Feb 2014 8 am eastern

Big Web Show № 112: Responsive Images Get Real with Mat Marquis

Mat Marquis

THE GOAL of a “responsive images” solution is to deliver images optimized for the end user’s context, rather than serving the largest potentially necessary image to everyone. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been quite so simple in practice as it is in theory.

In Big Web Show № 112, I sit down with Mat Marquis, chair of the W3C Responsive Images Community Group, to discuss guidelines for responsive images in multi-device design. We talk about the history, theory, and multi-leveled challenge of responsive images, the path to standardization, and what browsers will do next.

Enjoy!

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13 Feb 2014 3 pm eastern

Big Web Show № 110: CSS and JavaScript: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Nicole Sullivan

IN BIG WEB SHOW № 110, Nicole Sullivan and I discuss CSS Conf, building scalable systems that won’t break, designing for speed and performance, learning Ruby, Object Oriented CSS, a CSS Style Guide, Type-o-matic, practical takeaways from stunt CSS, pairing as a work method, sexism and racism tests, and setting aside biases when selecting conference sessions. Enjoy!

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23 Jan 2014 6 pm eastern

Big Web Show № 109: Bring Me The Head of Tim Berners-Lee

21 Nov 2013 9 pm eastern

Intelligent Interfaces: Fantastical Designer Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons, co-creator of the Fantastical app

IN Episode № 105 of The Big Web Show on Mule Radio, I talk with Michael Simmons, co-creator of the Fantastical app (#1 Apple Store app), about iOS 7, designing Fantastical, reinventing calendar software, staying inspired on a long-term project, how to do a huge launch with no budget, Apple’s long-term design strategy, and more.

Michael is a passionate, experienced, and opinionated designer. As a huge fan and daily user of Fantastical, and as a designer, I loved our conversation; hope you do, too.

Listen to Episode № 105 of The Big Web Show.

Fantastical 2 Giveaway

Michael’s company Flexibits is giving away four copies of Fantastical 2 for iPhone to the first four Big Web Show listeners who use one of these promo codes in their store:

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14 Nov 2013 12 pm eastern

Animate This: Val Head on CSS, Pittsburgh, and The Big Web Show

Val Head

DESIGNER/DEVELOPER Val Head and I discuss her new book A Pocket Guide to CSS Animations (Five Simple Steps, 2013); the Web Design Day conference; working as a hired gun; JavaScript and CSS animation; the great city of Pittsburgh; what it takes to run a workshop; and more. Enjoy Episode № 104 of The Big Web Show on Mule Radio.

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7 Nov 2013 12 pm eastern

Font Lover’s Pizza: The Font Bureau’s Nick Sherman on Type and the Web

Nick Sherman

TYPE NERDS, unite! Join Nick Sherman (The Font Bureau, Webtype, Fonts In Use, A List Apart) and me for a pleasant hour geeking out on responsive type, 21st century hinting, typefaces designed from scratch for onscreen reading at small sizes, things you still can’t do on the web, EDID and other standards, typefaces used in blaxploitation movie posters, punk rock, pizza, and more. Enjoy Episode № 103 of The Big Web Show on Mule Radio.

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