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My favorite design podcasts
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- Reference: https://www.invisionapp.com/inside-design/our-15-favorite-design-podcasts/
- 1. The Crazy One (Stephen Gates)
- 2. The Design of Business | The Business of Design (Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut)
- 3. Clever (Jaime Derringer and Amy Devers)
- 4. The Deeply Graphic DesignCast
- 5. The Honest Designers Show
- 6. Design Matters (Debbie Millman)
- 7. UI Breakfast (Jane Portman)
- 8. The Design Better Podcast (Aarron Walter and Eli Woolery)
- 10. Method Podcast from Google Design (Travis Neilson)
- 11. Presentable (Jeff Veen)
- 12. The Futur (Chris Do)
- 13. The Reflex Blue Show (Donovan Beery)
- 14. Logo Geek (Ian Paget)
- 15. Grits and Grids (Joseph Szala)
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Real-world encounters, current affairs, mentors, and, of course, industry podcasts are just a few of the many sources of inspiration for designers. One of the best methods to stay current with the creative profession is to listen to design podcasts. Through your headphones, they may introduce you to a world of new ideas and provide you with insights from some of the most outstanding people in the world.
But where do you even begin?
While listening to design podcasts can help you change up your workflow, we don't want you to waste your free time searching for the best programmes. Here is a list of the top 15 design podcasts that will keep you informed, inspired, and amused.
1. The Crazy One (Stephen Gates)
Stephen Gates' Crazy One podcast
In his role as Head Design Evangelist for InVision, Gates not only gives global enterprise-level keynote talks but also counsels executives at 97% of the Fortune 100 companies.
His work with organizations like Apple, Google, Nike, and Airbnb led to the creation of his podcast, The Crazy One. Stephen gives solo classes on a variety of topics once or twice a month, all of which are related to how designers may (and should) use them.
Episodes to start with:
2. The Design of Business | The Business of Design (Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut)
By Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut, "The Design of Business" and "The Business of Design"
How can design influence choices made by people working in complicated organizations? Every week, co-founders of Design Observer Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut, who is also a designer, discuss this issue.
The hosts of DB | BD interview creative visionaries including Forest Young, who oversaw Uber's redesign, and Mauro Porcini, chief design officer of PepsiCo. The show was recorded at the Yale School of Management. This isn't for you if you're seeking debates that are only superficial. Every visitor is questioned by Jessica and Michael in order to learn how design affects each of their separate areas.
3. Clever (Jaime Derringer and Amy Devers)
Clever, created by Amy Devers and Jaime Derringer, was founded on the premise that designers are more than just mechanical parts in a machine. Designers are visionaries and aestheticians, but like any other person, they also face challenges.
Jaime Derringer, the founder of Design Milk, and Amy Devers, a designer and Emmy-winning television personality, are the hosts of Clever. Together, they tackle discussions about the human side of design and how designers can make the world a more meaningful place with big thinkers like Google vice presidents and freelancers.
4. The Deeply Graphic DesignCast
The Deeply Graphic DesignCast can provide you with a mix of sensible and original design guidance. The podcast discusses various graphic design-related topics twice a month, including managing independent clients, hand-lettering design, brand strategy, and others.
Six distinct hosts (all designers) who are based in various cities, from LA to London, make up the podcast. By responding to questions given by listeners, such as "What's the most effective approach to locate new clients?" DGDC adds an intriguing edge to their program. and "How can you position yourself as more than just "someone who creates beautiful things"?"
5. The Honest Designers Show
The Honest Designers Show
The Honest Designers Show started when Tom Ross, founder of Design Cuts, found he was regularly chatting and sharing tips with fellow designers Ian Barnard, Lisa Glanz, and Dustin Lee. The group had a weekly call to help each other with areas they were struggling with and soon realized they might as well publish those conversations.
Now, every week, the show gives listeners a look at the not-so-sexy side of the design industry in a straight-talk style. Episode formats range from interviews with designers like Chris Do to vent sessions about getting out of one’s comfort zone. There’s no navel-gazing, and the four hosts make you feel like you’re right in the studio with them.
6. Design Matters (Debbie Millman)
Design Matters is the first and longest-running podcast dedicated to design. It’s hosted by Debbie Millman, who was named “one of the most influential designers” by Graphic Design USA and “one of the most creative people working in the business” by Fast Company.
Each week, Millman interviews industry icons such as Massimo Vignelli and Milton Glaser about the intersection of design and life—but equally as impressive as these guests is Millman’s interviewing style. She has a knack for getting to the heart of her guests’ success stories, making the show equal parts entertaining and educational.
7. UI Breakfast (Jane Portman)
Hosted by UI/UX guru Jane Portman, UI Breakfast is a window into the minds of some of the world’s greatest designers, developers, and strategists such as Jeff Gothelf, author of Lean UX.
UI Breakfast interviews typically come out three times a month. They’re a bit shorter (about 35 minutes) compared to the rest of the shows on our list, but each one is jam-packed with expert insights on user experience, digital product strategy, and the culture of remote work.
8. The Design Better Podcast (Aarron Walter and Eli Woolery)
World-class design is about much more than the finished product: it’s about the process that produces it, and that’s where InVision’s Design Better podcast comes in.
Conversations with all-star designers, such as Airbnb’s Benjamin Evans, span from scaling to storytelling, and that’s just scratching the surface. Design Better is hosted by industry veterans (and InVisioners) Aarron Walter and Eli Woolery, both of whom have resumes longer than this entire article.
The screen is the most important place in the world, and the sky’s the limit for UX designers who can satisfy the world’s demand for better digital experiences. But while some designers fixate on brands or technology, Jason Ogle emphasizes the user. That’s what User Defenders is all about.
Ogle, a UX designer and founder of User Defenders, delves into topics such as user empathy, checking your ego at the door, and how improv fuels innovation. The only downside of the show is the infrequency of the episodes (about one each month).
10. Method Podcast from Google Design (Travis Neilson)
Method Podcast by Google Design
When more than a billion people interact with your designs (that’s how many people use Google search), there’s no shortage of pressure to perform. That’s exactly what it’s like for the folks at Google, and the Method Podcast gives listeners an inside look at the role of design at the world’s largest search engine.
Host Travis Neilson, a Google Interaction Designer, gives listeners a peek behind the curtain to learn about Google’s hiring process, their creativity-boosting workshops, and even anonymous confessions from members of the design team.
11. Presentable (Jeff Veen)
As a member of Google and Adobe’s design leadership teams, Jeff Veen knows a thing or two about the future of design. Twice a month on Presentable, Veen teams up with other design experts like Jina Anne (former designer for Apple, Salesforce, and Amazon) to explore the role of designers in shaping our digital future.
Veen and his guests always find a way to help listeners see design through a new lens—whether that’s reminding us of the value of print or how to hack government bureaucracy through design.
12. The Futur (Chris Do)
After making hundreds of award-winning commercials, music videos, and broadcast spots for clients and screens of all sizes, award winning designer Chris Do decided to distill his experience through The Futur—an online education platform, including this podcast, that teaches the business of design to creative thinkers.
On the show, Do speaks with designers about what it takes to translate skills and passion into success. Guest include motion designer Handel Eugene, who worked on the Spider-Man: Homecoming film and Jamie Myrold, Adobe’s design VP who discusses the intersection of AI and creativity.
13. The Reflex Blue Show (Donovan Beery)
For readers who aren’t color nerds, “reflex blue” (hex code #171796) was a color created by a company called Ault & Wiborg in the late 1800s out of Cincinnati, OH which specialized in manufacturing of printing inks, dyes, and pigments.
Now, more than a century after Ault & Wiborg made a name for itself, The Reflex Blue Show tells the stories of modern design visionaries such as Greg Paprocki who illustrated Curious George among other books. Host Donovan Beery (lead designer at creative agency Eleven19) conducts the interviews once a month, all of which are done in person. Conversations range from personal stories to practical advice on carving out a meaningful career as a designer.
14. Logo Geek (Ian Paget)
The title gives this one away: logo guru Ian Paget interviews some of the most sought-after designers in the world to find out what it takes to build the face of a brand. The Logo Geek chats with the art professor who designed Google’s logo, a designer who made a name for herself without attending college, and that’s just the beginning.
If you’re a logo aficionado or just want to know what goes into some of the world’s best designs, this is worth binge-listening.
Episodes to start with:
Designing the Google Logo – An interview with Ruth Kedar
Getting your dream design job – An interview with Charli Prangley
15. Grits and Grids (Joseph Szala)
Grits and Grids
Here’s a podcast for branding inspiration that will also make you hungry. Seriously.
Grits and Grids is dedicated specifically to food and beverage industry design. Restaurant branding expert Joseph Szala hosts “small talk over big ideas” for creatives looking to make visuals that are as enticing as the food and drinks they promote. You’ll hear from designers like Scott Fuller about the nuances of the color yellow, and entrepreneurs like Jason Frostholm about the parallels between cooking and design