- Giant changes in the history of human technology and the role of the web
- Emerging web technologies that are worth a deeper look
- Fresh ideas for layout innovation, real-time communication, and offline possibilities
- Innovative brains—sharpen yours by watching for where things might go next
People are struggling to design and plan web properties, looking to everyone else for inspiration. Because if everyone else is doing it, that’s how it should be done, right?
But innovation doesn’t work this way. It’s not how you’ll break ahead of the pack. Nothing changes if we solve problems by mirroring what’s already been done. Don’t risk being left in the dust when a competitor takes a fresh approach and solves problems in a way you didn’t see coming.
Jen wants to help you put your company in the lead.
Giant changes in the history of human technology and the role of the web
Emerging web technologies that are worth a deeper look
Fresh ideas for layout innovation, real-time communication, and offline possibilities
Innovative brains—sharpen yours by watching for where things might go next
Jen Simmons is the host and executive producer of The Web Ahead, a weekly conversation on changing technologies and the future of the web. She’s been designing for the web since 1996 and has always been fascinated with society and all the unspoken culture that binds the way we live our lives—either following the crowd or forging new paths.
Join Jen’s talk to get excited about the incredible power of the web and what we’re collectively inventing.
Jen Simmons is a designer who builds stuff, too. She’s best-known as the host of The Web Ahead, a podcast about changing technologies and the future of the web.
Creating websites since 1996, Jen currently designs innovative sites and products using the latest web technologies, pushing the envelope of what’s possible. She’s also an independent consultant and trainer, helping teams transition to a responsive design process and envision implementations of the HTML5 APIs. Her clients have included Google, Apress, CERN, the Annenberg Foundation, Mt. Holyoke College, MIT Press, Zinch, and The New York Stock Exchange. In 2010, Jen designed and created Bartik, the new default theme that ships with Drupal 7. She was also the co-host of The Daily Edition podcast with Dan Benjamin.
Besides designing for the web, Jen has 20 years experience designing for live performance and for print. In 2006, she created seven-channel digital projections for an opera about Nikola Tesla for the BAM Next Wave Festival. She directed several short films that toured film festivals around the globe, including screening with RESFEST and on MTV Television. She taught video-making to high school kids in San Antonio and film production to college students in Philadelphia. Jen has a MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. She lives in New York City.