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The PushPull: Making the Web in Portland, Oregon

By Kristin Valentine & Joel Barker

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Making the web takes pride, humility, and skills. Front end developer Kristin Valentine and content expert Joel Barker gather experts in the variety of fields that touch our work making digital experiences. Recorded live with everyone in the same room, conversations are off the cuff and lively.

Customer Reviews

Excellent podcast by people working in the trenches

Podcasts about web technology may be a dime a dozen, but I think this one is different. There are no sponsors. The hosts don't engage in mindless chit chat with each other. Guests don't feel like they have some promotional agenda or are giving their polite PowerPoint presentation.

Instead, it's a refreshingly honest discussion about messy and important topics. At the end, nothing seems to be wrapped up in a nice bow. And that's fine because there are no easy answers to hard questions.

Initially, I was a little turned off by the low tech-ness of the recordings. But after listening to a few episodes, I found myself wanting to be in that room and join in the fray.

Real talk on design process and client services

The first two episodes I listened to were #26 Geek Mental Help Week, and #7 Style Guides with Susan Robertson. This was with about a 2 or 3 month span between and in the past few weeks, I've tried to catch up on the past episodes, and felt it was finally time to write a review.

I work as a web designer, and listen to a lot of different podcasts. As far as web design podcasts go, this one is unique: The setting is more intimate than most web industry shows, with the two hosts and occasional guest actually recording in the same room. The show is centered around a freewheelin' conversation around a loosely defined topic, and is unusually geographically-centric at times, with the two hosts based in Portland, Oregon.

I have listened thru the first 22 episodes and enjoyed hearing the hosts figure out their format and voice. The hosts are opinionated, without being ranty, and approach the web from two unique perspectives: Joel is a writer and Kristin is a developer.

If you're new to the show, I recommend starting with Episodes 13, 14 and 15. The hosts and their guests get refreshingly honest and engage in a few debates about content marketing and SEO as well as poking fun at the trajectory, ethics and methods of so-called thought-leadership.

Fuel For Your Inner Web Geek

I found out about this Podcast as a fellow Portlander and web industry professional. If you are in the online service industry, I highly recommend tuning in from your desk for some workday inspiration and laughs. Great insight and chat around the issues we all face when creating online products.

The PushPull: Making the Web in Portland, Oregon
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  • Category: Tech News
  • Language: English

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