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15 Design Podcasts You SHOULD Be Listening To

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It’s been a little over a month since we released our very first podcast here at Go Media. Prior to that we’ve been avid listeners and we wanted to share with you our favorite podcasts. We also included a few suggestions from our readers too. But first, let’s talk about what we like in podcasts.

What Makes A Great Podcast

  1. Keep rambling to a minimum. Nobody REALLY cares about your inside jokes and what you did last weekend.  Unless it’s relevant to the topic at hand.
  2. The topics are relatable and enlightening. It’s fun feeling like you’re IN the conversation.
  3. The conversation offers a transparent insight into the lives of other design professionals that you can’t quite find elsewhere.
  4. It’s honest and authentic and not overly self-promotional or salesy. It presents the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  5. The production quality is good, it shows they take their podcast seriously.
  6. The pacing is appropriate and music is used effectively to keep things fresh.
  7. Regular content. Consistent content. They put new episodes out.
  8. Long Podcasts are ok! Especially if you’re in a good conversation about a relevant topic.

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Design Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Adventures in Design

Adventures in Design

Graphic design gossip and artistic growing pains through the eyes of two handsome DIY poster designers and their friends.

The Industry Radio Show

The Industry Radio Show

The Industry brings a new voice to tech media. Highlighting design focused startups and people, we exist to give the design community a voice in the tech industry. We are an independent news entity and strive to be a positive force in our community. Our content is produced by a team of designers and writers that are dedicated to sharing quality news with our readers. Founded in November of 2011, our goal is to shed light on those overlooked by the mainstream media.

Let's Make Mistakes Podcast

Let’s Make Mistakes

Mike Monteiro and Katie Gillum of Mule Design talk mostly about design and how to do it, with a few tangents along the way.

Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Design Matters with Debbie Millman is a thought-provoking internet podcast, which profiles industry-leading graphic designers, change agents, artists, writers and educators.

Shop Talk Show Podcast

Shop Talk Show

Shoptalk is a podcast about front end web design, development and UX. Each week Dave & Chris will be joined by a special guest who is there to talk shop and help answer listener submitted questions.

DesignChat Podcast


DesignChat is the best live Design discussion on the internet. Host Ryan McGovern invites Design rockstars to chat up the community for 1 hour a week!

Design Guy Podcast

Design Guy

The show that explores timeless design principles and explains them simply. We discuss graphic design in particular, and design in general, to equip you with lessons in process, inspiration, and practice. Get a new concept under your belt in mere minutes and unleash your creativity.

The Big Web Show Podcast

The Big Web Show

The Big Web Show features special guests and topics like web publishing, art direction, content strategy, typography, web technology, and more. It’s everything web that matters. Hosted by Jeffrey Zeldman.

Young Guns Show Podcast

Young Guns Show

The Young Guns Show is a podcast that aims to feature and inspire the young guns in the web in the web industry, hosted by Galen Gidman and Tim Smith.

GreyScaleGorilla Podcast


Nick Campbell’s Show about How to Be Creative and Get Paid.

The Boagworld Web Design Show

The Boagworld Web Design Show

Boagworld is the web design podcast for all those involved in designing, developing or running a website on a daily basis. It offers practical advice, news, tools, review and interviews with leading figures in the web design community. Covering everything from usability and design to marketing and coding techniques, this show has something for everything. This award winning podcast is the longest running web design podcast with over 250 episodes.

The Web Ahead Podcast

The Web Ahead

The Web Ahead is a weekly podcast about changing technologies and the future of the web, discussing HTML5, mobile, responsive design, iOS, Android, and more. Hosted by Jen Simmons.

Typeradio Podcast


Type is speech on paper, Typeradio is speech on type. Typeradio, the radio channel on type and design.

PageBreak Podcast

Pagebreak Podcast

PageBreak is a design, business and marketing-themed podcast hosted by Liz Andrade and Niki Brown. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of designers, developers, freelancer (like ourselves) and to encourage people to read more and share their ideas and opinions!

Go Media Podcast

Go Media Podcast

Go Media owners Jeff Finley and Bill Beachy host the show and discuss the business of design and how to improve the quality of your work and life.

What Do You Think?

Now that you have seen our list of our favorite design podcasts, what are your favorites? Please leave your comments below. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

About the Author, Go Media

Go Media is a creative agency based in Cleveland, OH that specializes in print design, branding, and web development. We are also behind WMC Fest, GoMediaZine, the Arsenal, Mockup Everything and others.
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  • Alex Singleton

    lol- it’s odd you write a post about this. Since listening to the GoMedia podcast I’ve suddenly realised that all the podcasts I listen to are business related and I actually don’t know of any good design shows (aside from yours of course) so this couldn’t have come at a better time!

    • Go Media

      Haha, Alex! Your kind words really warm our hearts! Glad to know our podcast is on the right track! :)

  • The Super Times

    I’m surprised you haven’t included 99% Invisible – surely the best one out there.

    • Go Media

      Thanks for the recommendation, Super Times! We will totally check that out! :)

  • Jason Kobishop

    Good call on including Nick Campbell. I really like the way he thinks and how he goes about finding inspiration.

    • Go Media

      Thanks, Jason! :)

  • Joe Nicklo

    Already listened to Greyscale Gorilla but just subscribed to Debbie Millman’s podcast. Good list.

    • Go Media

      Thanks, Joe! I just read that Debbie Millman is starting up again with the podcast so keep a lookout for new episodes! :)

      • Joe Nicklo

        Will do! I’ll have to check out the GM podcasts soon.

        • Go Media

          Awesome! We’d love to hear what you think of the GM podcast and if you have any ideas for future topics! :)

  • vinyl stickers

    Good web design podcast provides you a perfect balance of education and entertainment. I enjoy its relaxed jokes and other funny talks. I ofter hear about new techniques and web strategies which I get and do a research in depth.

    • Go Media

      Very cool, VS! I agree with you for sure! :)

  • Ryan McGovern

    Every once in a while I google DesignChat to see how well I’ve been tagging things. And its also an ego stroke. Well, I just found another reason to do it – I didn’t know DesignChat had been mentioned here and I’d just like to say thank you putting us on this list. Great shows on this list and its an honor to be mentioned in their company. Cheers ;-)
    Ryan McGovern

  • Jeff Finley

    Also, Chuck Anderson just released a podcast