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Jeffrey Zeldman
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Glenn Davis is the creator of Cool Site of the Day; cofounder of Project Cool; and cofounder, Executive Committee member, and essayist for The Web Standards Project, which he also hosted. Glenn was a leading force behind Liquid Design, an approach that predates Responsive Web Design by about 20 years. He taught everyone how to do “DHTML” via his Project Cool tutorials. In the Silicon Valley from 1994 through the early 2000s, Glenn was a huge creative force.

In a lively hour, Glenn and host Jeffrey Zeldman discuss life before the animated GIF; “perceived bandwidth;” building their first websites; getting from Gopher to the web; SLIP and PPP connections; discovering UNIX; the story behind Cool Site of the Day; the battle for standards in our browsers; the web then versus the web now; and much, much more.
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Video: A Fireside Chat with @jensimmons&@zeldman – “Design Driven” by FirstMark at the UN
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Why don't more designers care about solving big, hard, meaningful problems? #DESIGNDISRUPTORS 
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Because the remaining big, hard, meaningful problems haven't been identified as exploitable enough for capital to deem worth doing.
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☛ The new Fitbit I bought to replace the old one that could no longer be synced can no longer be synced. 7th time that's happened. Also the last.
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With the arrival of Widgets in iOS 10, users no longer need to open apps to use them. How should designers prepare? What best practices should we keep in mind?
Apps are no longer the main destination. Their purpose is changing and with iOS 10 we got just enough to adjust. ¶ Since the introduction of Instant Apps …
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Austin Knight articulates the importance of a healthy work culture in this new episode of the delightful UX podcast.

Austin Knight motivates us to just start making things. He encourages us to keep designing, even if it isn’t our job yet. He teaches us how the future of UX is all about expansion and …
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waferbaby - Animations. This was our internet, kids. Sorry you missed it.
waferbaby. Hello, friend! I'm Daniel Bogan (@waferbaby), a web nerd from Sydney, Australia. hello · about · animations. Animations. I wanted to be an animator when I grew up. Sadly, neither thing came to pass. Pixhell. This was a pixel animation series with a terribly hard-to-find plot that I'd ...
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Business travel can kick your ass, but veteran international conference speaker Rachel Andrew shares tips to help you maintain your health, equilibrium, and productivity while on the road.
Enjoy travel while staying healthy and productive with great tips from road warrior Rachel Andrew.
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Hug someone who looks different from you.
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Oh, my achin' back! Knowledge workers rule, but our long hours of enforced physical passivity take their toll. Chen Hui Jing suggests simple ways to make health and fitness part of your day.
Sheer willpower isn’t necessarily the best way for knowledge workers to approach fitness, suggests Chen Hui Jing.
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MANY NIGHTS I have these dreams where I lose my daughter while traveling. We’re about to board a flight, and suddenly she has vanished. In other parts of these same dreams, still traveling, I’m doing something amazing—like hiking the Alps—when I realize I’ve forgotten to check in on my app. Although the two distresses are in no way equivalent in life, in the dream sudden heart-stopping panic attends them both. It’s as if my unconscious is warning me I place too high a value on my illusory digital life.
MANY NIGHTS I have these dreams where I lose my daughter while traveling. We’re about to board a flight, and suddenly she has vanished. In…
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Redesigns are great. But there’s an even better way: ensure your client has a website that continually adapts to their needs.
A Maintain-Repair-Overhaul plan isn’t just for valuable physical assets—digital MRO keeps websites tuned between redesigns.
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  • studio.zeldman
    Founder, 2016 - present
    studio.zeldman is open for business. It’s a vision I’ve been cooking up, a new studio supported by some of the most talented people in our industry and everything I’ve learned in two-plus decades of web and interaction design.
  • An Event Apart
    Co-Founder, 2005 - present
    An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference for you. Dedicated to the proposition that the creators of great web experiences deserve a great learning experience, An Event Apart brings together twelve of the leading minds in web design for two days of inspiration and enlightenment plus an optional third-day workshop on topics like multi-device design, responsive web design, content strategy, CSS3, and HTML5.
  • A List Apart, for people who make websites
    Founder, Publisher, 1998 - present
    Leading the field since 1998, A List Apart (ISSN: 1534-0295) explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. We publish big ideas by outstanding designers, developers, writers, and strategists.
  • A Book Apart
    Publisher, Co-Founder, 2009 - present
    Web design is about multi-disciplinary mastery and laser focus, and that’s the thinking behind our brief books for people who make websites. We cover the emerging and essential topics in web design and development with style, clarity, and, above all, brevity — because working designer-developers can’t afford to waste time. A Book Apart publishes highly detailed and meticulously edited examinations of single topics. We produce brief books of about 100 pages — the perfect size in terms of subject depth and coverage for topics like HTML5, CSS3, content strategy, responsive web design, and more. The goal of every title in our catalog is to shed clear light on a tricky subject, and do it fast, so you can get back to work.
  • Happy Cog™
    Founder, Chairman Emeritus, 1999 - 2016
    At the height of the dot-com boom, when "good" websites were inaccessible Flash-powered broadcast- and brand-oriented, ludicrously expensive vanity projects, I founded a design studio that was user- and content-focused, used web standards to make content accessible to all and to push what could be done in open-web-based design. Left the company in 2016 to start studio.zeldman.
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“King of Web Standards”—Bloomberg Businessweek

Founder & Publisher, A List Apart Magazine. Co-founded the multi-city user experience design conference An Event Apart with Eric Meyer. Founder of studio.zeldman, a web and interaction design studio in New York. Founder Emeritus of Happy Cog™, an award winning digital design studio. Publisher and co-founder of A Book Apart—brief books for web and interaction designers.

Have written two books, notably the foundational web standards text, Designing With Web Standards, currently in a 3rd Edition coauthored with Ethan Marcotte. It has been translated into 15 languages, including (for the last edition) Italian, Chinese, Hungarian, Polish and Portuguese.

Faculty member on the MFA, Interaction Design program at School of Visual Arts, New York. Co-founder and host of the internet radio program The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”), which has twice been named Podcast of the Year by .net Magazine.

Former freelance journalist, The Washington Post & City Paper. Former copywriter & art director. Played Casio in DC's Insect Surfers.

In 2012, was the first designer inducted in the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame. Tweet too much (@zeldman). Write at (since 1995), A List Apart, and elsewhere.

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One amazing daughter. Two cats, four hamsters, one ghost dog.
  • University of Virginia (MFA)
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  • Indiana University (BA)
    English (Film & Music)
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