10 of the best Design Podcasts



I love podcasts

Every year there are more and more to choose from, the quality is only improving as the competition increases and it's such a great way to passively learn. When I'm going between classes during the week I probably get through at least30 hours a week of them! Even if I'm too busy to actually do the fun and cool things I listen to at least I know what's happening and I can recommend things to people who do have a social life.... 

So I've filtered through my podcast library to find 10 of my favourite podcasts on design, both the creative and the business side:

1. Debbie Milman - Design Matters

As her website says, she has the prestige of not only being the most popular design podcast out there but she's also the first! You can listen back as far as 2005 (confession: I didn't know podcasts had been going that long.) On her website you can search by discipline or by the person's name which is fantastic if you're interested in a specific person or area.

2. 99% invisible

99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. With over 250 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes .

3. Design Sponge

One of the first podcasts I ever listened to, Grace Bonney is a hero in the design world, one of the earliest design bloggers she has a similar status to Debbie Milman. Grace brings a focus that is not always there in the design world to the work of minorities and the LGBT community, featuring makers from a whole variety of backgrounds and even though she isn’t currently making new podcasts (she’s been writing her fantastic book ‘In the company of women') You can still listen to the archives here, the conversation certainly haven’t dated!

4. The Urbanist + Tall stories
The urbanist and it's baby brother 'Tall Stories' is one of many podcasts created by the media company Monocle, this one focuses on cities and takes a fresh look at how we live in them and the way they’re changing and developing. The miniseries ‘Tall stories’ is bite-sized looks at specific buildings (no more than 5 minutes!)

5. Section D

More Monocle...... (sorry not sorry). 

They say: 'Everything you need to know about the world of design, from furniture to fashion and craft to architecture. Expect fresh stories, new finds and designers and all the latest news from the world’s most exciting studios' and I wholeheartedly agree!

6. The Entrepreneurs + Eureka

The last Monocle podcast today :)

They say: 'Monocle 24’s weekly tour of the most inspiring people, companies and ideas in global business, whether they are starting from scratch, reinvigorating the family firm or developing new technology.' To add to that, I think so many of these episodes are relevant to design it's well worth a listen. As with the Urbanist, there's a mini 5-minute podcast called Eureka which focuses a 6-minute look at an individual or idea for their 'eureka moment'. 

7. Adventures in Design

From the other side of the pond, an American daily pod.


8. Design Story

They say: 'Design is more than a plan, a process, or a pretty picture. It’s a way of thinking and disrupting the status quo. Hear stories from the boldest influencers about design, and how it shapes the world around us.' 

9. Creative Mornings

This is more like a movement, similar to Rising Tide, so I'm just going to give you their manifesto and suggest you have a listen!

The CreativeMornings Manifesto

Everyone is creative.

A creative life requires bravery and action, honesty and hard work. We are here to support you, celebrate with you, and encourage you to make the things you love.

We believe in the power of community. We believe in giving a damn. We believe in face-to-face connections, in learning from others, in hugs and high-fives.

We bring together people who are driven by passion and purpose, confident that they will inspire one another, and inspire change in neighbourhoods and cities around the world.

Everyone is welcome.

10. Revision Path

They say: 'Revision Path is an award-winning weekly interview podcast that focuses on showcasing some of the best Black graphic designers, web designers, and web developers from all over the world. On each episode, we explore the stories, processes, experiences, insights, and creative inspirations of these awesome creators.' These podcasts are always interesting and useful, sign up for the newsletter to get even more out of the experience!


If these aren't enough for you, have a look at this link here to see Grace Bonney's recommendations for more female podcasters to listen to!