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15 Podcasts for designers, entrepreneurs and creative thinkers

Let’s talk Podcasts. In today’s day and age most of the information we consume is done through our screens, be that phone, laptop or TV, so it is actually quite refreshing to have something that’s only meant for our ears. Podcasts seem to be popping up on every subject matter, enabling the exploration of topics that have us intrigued!

How I built this

How I built this with Guy Raz

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Is a behind-the-scenes tour of how innovative ideas were turned into world-changing companies by global entrepreneurs. Each one of the stories is full of passion, challenges, successes…and failures. It has an overwhelming humanity to each founder’s story and the connection this podcast manages to forge with its listeners is absolutely hooking. It is without a doubt a podcast that will get your creativity flowing and make you feel good. 

How to be amazing

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Comedian hosted, marvellously witty, empathetic and vulnerable. The host, author and actor Michael Ian Black, is a great conversationalist and chooses to move through banter and deep revelations in the blink of an eye keeping you hooked. The guests are all from creative backgrounds: artists, authors, chefs, musicians. Black’s focus is on how each guest manages to find creativity and persevere in his or her field. Each episode ends with an “Amazing 5” recommendation segment, where the guests recommend a book, music, food, TV, and miscellaneous item. 

Containers

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Though this podcast tells the story of containers, a banal subject, it sheds a light on how they came to be and what role they have taken in the transformation of the modern economy and society. One huge part of redesigning a future economy is understanding how our economy today is designed. As we design and prototype new tools, platforms, products and services in the economy, containers can inspire you to see the shockingly transformative power that a simple innovation can have when it allows people to do things they could not do before.

Death of 1000 cuts

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An 8-week writing course by poet Tim Clare. It is really well rounded into 15 minutes: a podcast filled with advice and a structured writing exercise. Start dedicating time to your creativity, increase your writing confidence, overcome writer’ block, and exercise your writing muscles now! 

NPR’s Hidden Brain

Hidden Brain

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Why do we do the things we do? Why do we think the way we do? NPR’s Hidden Brain features amazing storytelling backed with experts in the field to shed light on these questions. Ever wondered why people in multi-cultural relationships are more creative? Why does wearing bright red sneakers make other people feel you’re more influential? Why should marriages be more like Pinot than Cabernet? All these questions answered (and more) through the Hidden Brain. For those of you readers who liked Freakoninmics, this one is for you! 

Change Agent – NYT

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Charles Duhigg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “The Power of Habit”, is the host of this five-piece podcast. Each episode tells surprising stories from science and business to offer answers to people’s problems. The topic is changing obstacles into opportunities. It is a tremendously good inspiration for noticing and changing your own behaviour. 

Racist Sandwich

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A refreshingly honest podcast about race, gender, class, and FOOD! It is a deeply human look into what happens at the intersection of these four. The podcast tells stories from different points of view, rarely highlighted in traditional media. Check them out for a taste :).

Design Matters with Debbie Millman

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A classic. If you don’t already know her, Debbie Millman is one of the pioneers of podcasting about design. Her Podcast “Design Matters” is one of the world’s most beloved series of interviews with a wide range of leaders in the creative industry; including designers, writers, artists, curators, musicians, among others.

99% Invisible

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It is hard to imagine that this extremely popular and influential Podcast started out of Toman Mars’ bedroom. Since then it has moved into studio production and we completely understand why it became so big. Mr. Mars talks about the design that shapes our world, reporting on those things that go unnoticed. 

UI breakfast

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A show hosted by Jane Portman, an independent UI/UX consultant from Russia, aims to answer some of your hardest questions in UI through interviews with the likes of Emily Tate, Haraldur Thorleifsson, Chris Huylebroeck, and Janna Bastow. Will your product ever be done? How do you stay true to yourself when your company grows and changes? How do you make the most important things easy to find? How do you document your vision? Find out the answer to these and more from a pool of 128 shows that have been published so far. Each episode runs a talk with industry experts on UI/UX design, digital products, entrepreneurship, and much more.

The Futur

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Is actually an online education platform with the mission of teaching 1 billion people how to make a living doing exactly what they love. The host Chris Do is an Emmy award-winning designer, director, CEO and Chief Strategist of Blind, and now he is here to inspire us all with his insightful, forward-thinking hustle. Check out his educational content here, where you have access to the mind and resources of quite possibly one of the most genius guys in the design business today. 

Grits and Grids 

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Host Joseph Szala, the founder of VIgor branding, invites guests to chat about their favorite designs and dishes. This one is especially exciting for me because I LOVE food. This podcast is all about how Design is an impact on the food and beverage industry. These masters in food branding will take you into a world that you might have been missing appreciation for, or if you are like me, help you fall more in love with the field you design in.

Logo Geek

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This UK based show is hosted by Ian Paget and discusses “what it takes to design logos and brand identities.” Deeply exploring design tips, how to get clients, how much to charge them, portfolio mistakes, and other topics that are sure to be of interest to any solo and aspiring logo design professionals.

User Defenders

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UX Design is a growing field and not a particularly easy thing to talk about, and User Defenders is by far the best podcast for those who want to be User Experience designers. UX is an umbrella term that encompasses many different design disciplines. It is often hard to define and quite messy to explain in full clarity unless you have experience. Host Jason Ogle succeeds in this endeavour by turning the subject into a fun interview series where you’ll get to hear from some of the best UX designers in the world. You get to know interviewees from a new angle all while hearing about their work, the tools they use, and their philosophy of design.  Every interview starts with the designer’s origin story and ends with them discussing their superpower, and this makes it very entertaining.

The Observatory

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What are the hottest topics in design right now? What are the roles of new technologies on design? What will the future electric car look like? These are some of the questions that The Observatory by Design Observer, sets out to answer. Hosted by Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand, it follows less of an interview format and more of a discussion between the two on current events in design like the costume design in Black Panther, the role of AI in design, and so much more! 

What Podcasts have you guys hooked? Did we miss anything you think should have made the list? Drop us a comment below!

Laura Brazay

Laura Brazay

Digital branding specialist with experience in social media strategy, and a background in Business Administration, who sees life in the full spectrum of colours. I spend my free time taking long walks exploring the city with my pup.

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