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Interviews | 2

Interviews with the People Behind the Web

It's easy to get absorbed with the technology of the Internet, and forget that behind it all are the people that makes the Web spin. Join us for the interviews and discussions with the movers, shakers (and up & comers) of the Net.

Jeffrey Zeldman on Cause Campaigns
We interview the author of "Designing With Web Standards" about his banner campaign idea, his new book, and the Microsoft browser announcement. By Andy King. 030616
Lou Rosenfeld and Steve Krug on User Experience Consulting
We interview these best-selling authors about the user experience experience and their new cross-country speaking tour. By Andy King. 030410
Lou Rosenfeld and Peter Morville on Information Architecture
We interview the authors behind O'Reilly's Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 2nd. Ed., Lou Rosenfeld and Peter Morville. Learn what's new in the second edition, how IA has changed in the last four years, and about controlled (and out of control) vocabularies. By Andy King. 020829
Douglas Bagnall on 5K Chess
We talk to Douglas Bagnall, the programmer behind 5K Chess. His entry in the 2002 5K contest crams a decent chess playing game into less than 5K of JavaScript. By Andy King. 020703
Vincent Flanders on Son of Web Pages That Suck
We interview Vincent Flanders, founder of, about the sequel to his best-selling "Web Pages That Suck." It seems that WYSIWYG tools have just made it easier for designers to make bad web sites faster, so Flanders felt a second book was needed. By Andy King. 020516
Scott Porter on JavaScript Games
We interview Scott Porter, founder of Scott's newest game JavaScript Pool, is making the rounds at virtual pool halls around the Web. We ask Scott about his site, how his new game works, and his open source game API. By Andy King. 020228
Jakob Nielsen and Marie Tahir on Homepage Usability
We follow up our review of Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed by interviewing the authors, Jakob Nielsen and Marie Tahir. The authors discuss the ways you can make your home page easier to use, how they arrived at their 113 usability guidelines, and some specific recommendations. By Andy King. 1011
Curt Cloninger on Web Design
We follow up our review of Fresh Styles for Web Designers and interview the author Curt Cloninger. Curt talks about the leading designers he profiles, the dual nature of the Net, immersive environments, and what he's working on now. By Andy King. 010927
Kelly Goto and Emily Cotler on Web Redesign
We follow up our review of Web ReDesign: Workflow that Works by interviewing the authors, Kelly Goto and Emily Cotler. Kelly and Emily wax creative about the Web site redesign process, and how the book came about. By Andy King. 010906
Fredrick Marckini on Search Engine Positioning
We follow up our review of Search Engine Positioning by interviewing the author, Fredrick Marckini. Fredrick is the CEO of, and one of SEP's pioneers. Fredrick shared so much information with us that we're splitting this interview into two parts. See also Part II of our interview. By Andy King. 010726
Jim Sterne on Marketing
We interview Jim Sterne, electronic marketing guru, prolific author and speaker, about his newest book World Wide Web Marketing, 3rd Edition and effective marketing on the Web. By Andy King. 010705
Michael Landau on Copyright
We interview copyright law expert Michael Landau about the pivotal Supreme Court decision in rendered Monday involving electronic rights. In The New York Times v. Tasini the Court held that absent an agreement or contract to transfer rights to publishers, the inclusion of freelance articles in searchable databases constitutes infringement. This case could change the relationship between publishers and freelancers by requiring written agreements for almost every assignment. By Andy King. 010629
Accessible Sites for the Disabled: Doug Isenberg, Jeffrey Zeldman, and Jakob Nielsen
Effective Thursday June 21, 2001, new or modified government Web sites must be accessible to people with disabilities. We interview three experts about the new usability standards, Doug Isenberg, Jeffrey Zeldman, and Jakob Nielsen. By Andy King. 010622
Pascal Bestebroer on DOMLib
We interview the author of DOMLib, a lightweight cross-browser DHTML API for DOM-compatible browsers. By Andy King. 010531
Dave Winer on Radio UserLand
We interview Dave Winer, founder of UserLand Software, about his newest creation, Radio UserLand. Thirteen years in the making, Radio UserLand puts an industrial strength Web server on your desktop. Designed to be extended by developers, Radio will also appeal to the masses with its news aggregator and weblog features. By Andy King. 010312
Vanessa Donnelly, author of Designing Easy-to-use Websites
We interview IBM's usability guru Vanessa Donnelly on her new book, and her approach to usability on the Web. Also includes a book review. By Andy King. 010124
Jeffrey Veen, author of The Art & Science of Web Design
We interview the author on his new book, and a new rule-based, fluid, and dynamic way of looking at Web design. Also includes a book review. By Andy King. 010108
Sergei Kaplan, VP of Engineering XOSoft
Rodger Roeser interviews IETF attendee Sergei Kaplan about the push for standardization of content delivery protocols to accelerate the Web. 001226
Peter Cranstone, CEO of Remote Communications
Andy King interviewed Peter Cranstone about his new Open Source mod_gzip module for Apache. This software seamlessly speeds up your site and saves bandwidth, all for the price of a free download. 001017
Molly Holzschlag, and the Human Side of the Web
Maura "Chip" Yost interviews Molly Holzschlag. Molly is a prolific Web author, instructor, and designer. In this interview, the two discuss technology and the sometimes overlooked human side of the Web. 000413
Graphics Greats: Lynda Weinman Interview
Wendy Peck interviews the design diva herself, Lynda Weinman. This wide-ranging talk sheds light on Lynda's work and teaching, her humble beginnings, and where she thinks Web design is headed. 000323
Jumping on the Cluetrain with David Weinberger
Maura "Chip" Yost interviews David Weinberger, one of the co-authors of the popular book The Cluetrain Manifesto. 000302
Andy King on Sean Murphy
We interview the interviewer, Sean Murphy of A new twist on Web development sites, MasterDevelopers interviews the developers behind successful sites to find out what makes them tick. 000131
Less is More with Jakob Nielsen
Andy King interviews Dr. Jakob Nielsen, the Web's usability czar, about his latest book (Designing Web Usability), usability strategies, the Web's future, and why IE8 will finally get it right. 991214
Interview with Adobe's Doug Meisner and Karen Gauthier
A look at the features of Photoshop and ImageReady with Meisner and Gauthier, two of the Program Managers from Adobe. 990809
Interview with Open Directory's Dariusz Paczuski
A talk with Dariusz Paczuski, the Program Manager of the Netscape Open Directory Project, on this user-maintained Web directory. 990308

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Revised: June 16, 2003