Owning and running a creative business has its perks. Being surrounded by like-minded creative people is what makes me get up in the morning. Being able to have a conversation with someone that can articulate their view on the world is a breath of fresh air, even if their view on the world seems to be completely different to yours.
Sometimes, when these like-minded creatives that surround me are actually doing their work, I find that podcasts are equally as fresh, and do the job just as well.
Here is a list of some podcasts that I would recommend tuning into. Whether you listen to them while you’re driving to work, taking your morning jog or getting horizontal like quarter to three, you will be able to keep up with what’s new in the “creative” world while maintaining that work-life balance. Niiiice!
Clever – A podcast about Design
“Clever is a podcast about design. Well, actually, it’s about designers, too. Sure, they’re visionaries, problem-solvers, critical thinkers, rebels and aesthetes, but above all, they’re human. Designer Amy Devers and Design Milk’s Jaime Derringer are having candid and revealing conversations with these super-smart people because, well, relating to the humans responsible for the objects and environments that shape our lives can result in a more meaningful connection to the built world. Hot damn!”
The podcast that really grabbed my attention, was the Tina Roth Eisenberg episode. Tina is the creator of Creative Mornings, Tattly and owner of the famous blog Swiss Miss. She is definitely someone we want to invite over for a coffee and chat.
This podcast has over 400 shows and is a daily talk show for creatives just like you, exploring how others design happiness into their professional lives. Sometimes educational, sometimes off topic, but always entertaining!
The Honest Designers Show
One of my favourite, and most relatable podcasts, was the 19 Reasons Why Being A Design Sucks episode. The team have a full on tongue in cheek rant about the negative aspects of being a designer. This episode is very entertaining, as one can appreciate their sleepless nights and pet peeves.
Design Matters with Debbie Millman
“Design Matters with Debbie Millman is a long running audio podcast featuring industry-leading graphic designers, educators, authors, change agents and thinkers such as Steven Heller, Stefan Sagmeister, Milton Glaser, and Tim Brown.”
Do yourself a favour and listen to the Tim Ferris episode. With over 50 000 downloads, you are guaranteed a quality podcast. There really is no shortage of inspiring insights to be extracted from Debbie’s interviews.
If you are a graphic designer, web designer or a visual designer of any kind, this is the podcast for you. You’re bound to learn something in each and every episode.
Each episode tackles a different graphic design related topic – from finding better clients, to online portfolios, to making sure you get paid. The Deeply Graphic DesignCast is hosted by three successful, working designers with a wealth of real world experience to draw upon.
This show is an incredibly interesting look at all of the unnoticed design and architecture that affects our everyday world. Why are those inflatable men always at used car lots? Where did fortune cookies actually originate? (And how?) This podcast takes a deep-dive into the unnoticed, out-of-reach corners of the design world.
This podcast repackages TED Talks into an accessible radio format. What is better than a TED talk turned into a bitesize podcasts? Nothing. You can jump in anywhere and into any theme. They’re all good.
If you like to geek out on your type, TypeRadio is your podcast. Its interviews with experts dive into all things type and design. How can you not listen to this?
Now that I’ve sent you in to a podcast downloading frenzy, you will be glad to know that there are more than over 100 podcasts just like these. Make sure that you subscribe to your favourite shows, so that you never miss an episode. And, don’t forget to share the new gems that you find with us.