I’ve always enjoyed reading as opposed to listening to stuff and although lots of people have raved about podcasts and how amazing they are (including my husband, Nathan) I have to confess I’ve never really been tempted to try them. However, on holiday a few months ago I decided to give a few a go and I’m hooked! I’ve really enjoyed listening to them while I’m doing things like editing photos or doing admin, and it’s really nice to hear people’s voices and personalities. I thought I’d share 3 of my favourite design podcasts – and if you’re a graphic designer or creative I’d definitely recommend checking them out.
The Honest Designers Show
First up is the Honest Designers Show, which does what it says on the tin – 4 experienced designers taking an honest look at what it’s like to be a modern designer. Each of the 4 hosts, Tom, Ian, Lisa and Dustin are very transparent with the realities of life as a designer but are also refreshingly practical and helpful in their advice. One of my favourite things about this podcast (aside from the fantastic content!) is that both Tom and Ian are based in the UK which is particularly helpful as a British designer.
The Deeply Graphic Design Cast
The Deeply Graphic Design Cast, hosted by Wes McDowell – a seriously experienced and talented designer – is another brilliant podcast offering practical and creative design advice. I do find that it’s quite American (I mean, all the hosts are American!) but I love that they go into a lot of detail on whatever topic they’re talking about and their advice is considered and actionable, and it’s good to hear from senior designers who really know what they’re talking about. They also talk about lots of design-related things that you just won’t find advice about in lots of blogs out there, which is really helpful.
Design Life is hosted by Charli and Femke, two creatives who work in tech. Their podcast is all about design and side projects and is aimed at young, motivated creatives. It has a very conversational style about it and you feel like you’re really getting to know the two hosts and their thought processes. My favourite part about this podcast is that both the hosts are still relatively young in their careers and admit that they don’t know everything yet, but they invite listeners along for the journey and still have a wealth of experience and advice to offer.