43 – The Power of Meaningful Motion with Author and Web/UI Animation Expert for Hire Val Head

In this episode we get to speak with Author and Web/UI animation expert for hire Val Head. We discuss Val’s childhood phobia of Mr. Rogers and the eerie coincidence of becoming a citizen of his hometown of Pittsburgh. We also talk about her musician days in the punk scene, and disclose her secret inspiration behind her Tom Cruise screencast: All The Right Moves.

Val is a web animation expert with a talent for getting designers and developers alike excited about the power of animation. She is the author of CSS Animation on lynda.com, and Designing Interface Animation published by Rosenfeld Media. Val shares her passion for web animation as the host of the All The Right Moves screencast,  co-host of the Motion and Meaning podcast, and curator of the weekly UI Animation Newsletter. A proud supporter of the web community, she co-founded the Web Design Day conference and runs Pittsburgh’s Girl Develop It Chapter. Val leads workshops at companies and conferences around the world on motion design for the web and loves every minute of it.

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42 – Start a Conference for UX + Product Managers w/ Principal Product Designer & co-founder of Front, Ben Peck

In this episode we talk with returning champion to the show, Principal Product Designer and co-founder of Front: Ben Peck.  Ben talks about his work, and the challenges he faces as a Product Designer at Needle. Then we talk about the last time Ben was on the show, why he started Front, and what has happened with Front since then, and what the future plans are for the conference.

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38 – A Well-animated Web is the Future, with Engineer at CodePen Rachel Smith

In this episode we talk with Engineer at CodePen, Rachel Smith. We review her career path and discover why she came to the trend-setting global metropolis that is known as “LA-LA Land”. We also discuss the what, when and why of animation technology and explore the question of JS vs CSS, and/or WebGL vs Canvas. We also shine some light on the new features of an upcoming super secret CodePen project. We’ll then answer the eternal question of ephemeral reflection: “how do we live in a post-leggings addicted world?”.

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