13 episodes

The Web Project Guide helps provide context and understanding to the different phases of a web project — from planning and hiring a team to strategy, design, and development. Join Corey Vilhauer and Deane Barker, authors of The Web Project Guide, for a phase-by-phase trip through the web process.

The Web Project Guide Corey Vilhauer and Deane Barker

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The Web Project Guide helps provide context and understanding to the different phases of a web project — from planning and hiring a team to strategy, design, and development. Join Corey Vilhauer and Deane Barker, authors of The Web Project Guide, for a phase-by-phase trip through the web process.

    Episode 13: Develop the Graphic and Interface Design (w/ Sam Otis)

    Episode 13: Develop the Graphic and Interface Design (w/ Sam Otis)

    Corey asks Deane about his ideal web design, and Deane talks about how CSS ruined the web. (He’s kidding, mostly.)
    Then, Sam Otis, lead designer at Blend Interactive and designer of The Web Project Guide, joins us to talk about his history in design — from Flash to responsive web design, what young designers need to know about the web, and what he wishes clients would stop doing.
    The Web Project Guide (webproject.guide) podcast is sponsored by Blend Interactive, a web strategy, design, and development firm dedicated to guiding teams through complicated web and content problems, from content strategy and design to CMS implementation and support.
    Read Chapter 13: Develop the Graphic and Interface Design.
    Show Notes:
    Sam Otis (@sam_otis) verysamish Instagram — @verysamish “Responsive Web Design” — Eathan Marcotte, A List Apart

    • 31 min
    Episode 12: Write for People and Machines (w/ Sarah Winters)

    Episode 12: Write for People and Machines (w/ Sarah Winters)

    Corey and Deane talk briefly about how hard it is to run a conference. 
    Then, Sarah Winters, founder of Content Design London and author of Content Design, joins to discuss the difference between content design and content strategy, writing and designing for accessibility, and the work it takes to turn a big ship toward lasting content change.
    The Web Project Guide (webproject.guide) podcast is sponsored by Blend Interactive, a web strategy, design, and development firm dedicated to guiding teams through complicated web and content problems, from content strategy and design to CMS implementation and support.
    Read Chapter 12: Write for People and Machines.
    Show Notes:
    Sarah Winters (@escmum) Content Design London (Twitter: @ContentDesignLN) Content Design, by Sarah Winters “Always Bet on Text,” by graydon2 Microsoft — Inclusive Design Lisa Moore GOV.UK “Alpha is for learning, beta is for doing,” by Hinrich von Haaren  Dive Into Accessibilty (PDF), by Mark Pilgrim

    • 40 min
    Episode 11: Model Your Content (w/ Jeff Eaton)

    Episode 11: Model Your Content (w/ Jeff Eaton)

    Corey and Deane chat about the first time they realized they really liked content modeling, and how modeling is the hidden language of content. 
    Then, Jeff Eaton, partner at Autogram, joins to define content modeling, the concept of content reuse (and its many issues), and the balance between philosophical modeling and actually doing the work in spreadsheets.
    The Web Project Guide (webproject.guide) podcast is sponsored by Blend Interactive, a web strategy, design, and development firm dedicated to guiding teams through complicated web and content problems, from content strategy and design to CMS implementation and support.
    Read Chapter 11: Model Your Content.
    Show Notes:
    Jeff Eaton (@eaton) Eaton.fyi Autogram Planning Beyond the Page,” a short talk for Digital Services Georgia The Battle for the Body Field,” A List Apart Grady Booch Unified Modeling Language Structured Writing, by Mark Baker Brindlewood Bay

    • 49 min
    Episode 10: Organize Your Content (w/ Lisa Maria Marquis)

    Episode 10: Organize Your Content (w/ Lisa Maria Marquis)

    Corey and Deane chat about Information Architecture for the World Wide Web — ”The Polar Bear Book” — and then our experiences with information organization in real life.
    Then, Lisa Maria Marquis, author of Everyday Information Architecture and You Should Write a Book, joins to discuss how to frame information architecture for those who aren’t web people, the hidden biases in organizing content, and a bit about why you should write your own book. (We also take a critical look at Lisa Maria’s bookshelf.)
    The Web Project Guide (webproject.guide) podcast is sponsored by Blend Interactive, a web strategy, design, and development firm dedicated to guiding teams through complicated web and content problems, from content strategy and design to CMS implementation and support.
    Read Chapter 10: Organize Your Content.
    Show Notes and Further Discussion:
    Lisa Maria Marquis (@redsesame) Everyday Information Architecture You Should Write a Book The Future Is Like Pie A Book Apart Information Architecture for the Web and Beyond, by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville, and Jorge Arango A Perfect Mess, by David H. Freedman and Eric Abrahamson

    • 36 min
    Episode 9: Develop a Strategy for Your Content (w/ Kristina Halvorson)

    Episode 9: Develop a Strategy for Your Content (w/ Kristina Halvorson)

    Corey and Deane talk a little about that time Kristina Halvorson (founder of Brain Traffic, co-author of Content Strategy for the Web, and executive producer of Confab and Button) visited Sioux Falls.
    Then, Kristina chats with us about content strategy — defining content strategy vs. content design, what tasks are often overlooked, and some basics on spinning up an internal web content team — including a bit of conference talk about the upcoming Button Conference.
    The Web Project Guide (webproject.guide) podcast is sponsored by Blend Interactive, a web strategy, design, and development firm dedicated to guiding teams through complicated web and content problems, from content strategy and design to CMS implementation and support.
    Read Chapter 9: Develop a Strategy for Your Content.
    Show Notes:
    Kristina Halvorson (@halvorson) Brain Traffic Confab Button Content Strategy for the Web — Kristina Halvorson and Melissa Rach The Content Strategy Toolkit — Meghan Casey Brain Traffic’s content strategy quad Managing Chaos — Lisa Welchman Top Tasks: A How-to Guide — Gerry McGovern Content Maturity Model — Rahel Anne Bailie Leading Content Design — Rachel McConnell

    • 40 min
    Episode 8: Gather Insight From Your Metrics (w/ Jon Crowley)

    Episode 8: Gather Insight From Your Metrics (w/ Jon Crowley)

    Corey and Deane talk about the first time they tracked analytics on their blogs in the early 2000s. Then, Jon Crowley, Senior Vice President of Strategy at Diamond Marketing Group, talks to us about the balance between data and insights — how to focus on questions rather than raw numbers, how to look for answers rather than “trying to be correct,” and a when we can take data at face value. (He also gives us a tour of his shoe collection.)
    The Web Project Guide (webproject.guide) podcast is sponsored by Blend Interactive, a web strategy, design, and development firm dedicated to guiding teams through complicated web and content problems, from content strategy and design to CMS implementation and support.
    Read Chapter 8: Gather Insights From Your Metrics.
    Show Notes:
    Jon Crowley (@joncrowley) Diamond Marketing “Your Funnel Isn’t a Journey: Data vs. Insights” — Design/Content 2016 A Benign Conspiracy

    • 39 min

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