“King of Web Standards”—Bloomberg Businessweek.
Since February 2019, has served as Principal and Creative Director at Automattic, makers of WordPress.com, where he collaborates on websites that exemplify what WordPress can be, and works to integrate design into the company DNA.
Publisher and co-founder of A Book Apart—brief books for web and interaction designers. Founder of studio.zeldman, a web and interaction design studio in New York. Founder Emeritus of Happy Cog™, an award winning digital design studio.
Has written two books, notably the foundational web standards text, Designing With Web Standards, currently in a 3rd Edition coauthored with Ethan Marcotte. It has been translated into 15 languages, including (for the last edition) Italian, Chinese, Hungarian, Polish and Portuguese.
Faculty member on the MFA Interaction Design program at School of Visual Arts, New York. Co-founder and host of the internet radio program The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”), which has twice been named Podcast of the Year by .net Magazine.
Former freelance journalist, The Washington Post & City Paper. Former copywriter & art director (DeVito Verdi, CME, Grey Entertainment, others). Played Casio in DC’s Insect Surfers.
In 2012, was the first designer inducted in the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame.