The influential web designer and founder of A List Apart talks about developing the web standards that shaped the Internet we know today, fostering community, and educating the next generation of designers.
(synthesized music) - Jeffrey Zeldman is, in a lot of ways, the voice of our field. - He's been a leader in web design for a long time. - He's the reason I became a web designer. - It was like I had a friend who knew about web design and the internet, and was telling me all these things that you couldn't find anywhere else. - He was one of the first ones to be like, no, let's take this somewhat seriously and, you know, try and do something with it. - He knows how to engage an audience.
He knows how to speak to developers and designers and whoever else we are. - He takes all of these concepts that are from all over the place and he's able to put them together and make everyone say, "Ah, that's what it is." - He approaches it with both a seriousness and a good humor and perspective that is rare. - I've always been impressed by his desire to give to the community and I've tried to take that same attitude. - He's a good friend to everybody who works in this industry whether they know him personally, or not.
He's their friend. (acoustic guitar music)