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The 25 best web design podcasts

The 25 best web design podcasts

Web design podcasts are as popular as ever - here, leading web designers and developers to tell you their favourites.

The podcast format is as popular as ever, and it's easy to see why. They fit in perfectly with our lifestyles, enabling you to make the most of your commute, run, or down time, and are a relaxing way to absorb information and inspiration.

We've asked some leading web designers to tell us what they're listening to at the moment, and what they get out of it; plus we've listed some of our own favourites from past and present. They're all free, so why not try some out and subscribe to your favourites?

01. Happy Monday

Amber Weinberg is a freelance frontend developer based in Nashville, Tennessee. She made Hired.im and is in love with responsive web design and type. "I just started listening to Sarah Parmenter's Happy Monday. It's a quick (30-minute or so) podcast of mini interviews and inspirations. It's really been great to listen to others speak about how they work and juggle personal and business."

02. Besquare interviews

Weinberg says of her second podcast selection: "The Besquare interviews are great with interviews with both the normal names in the industry, plus some lesser well-known ones."

03. Unfinished Business

Weinberg's third choice is Unfinished Business. "Andy Clarke's new podcast is fantastic because it talks more about the business side of the web, which is something we don't often hear about," she says.

04. A Life Well Wasted

Chris Coyier is the man behind CSS-Tricks and CodePen. He creates websites and helps people make theirs better through writing, speaking and working on web applications. Chris has a podcast of his own, ShopTalk, but his selection is A Life Well Wasted.

He says: "One of my favourite podcasts, that ran from January 2009 to June 2010, was 'A Life Well Wasted'. Described as 'an internet radio show about video games and the people that love them', it's really well produced. It has that '99% invisible' polished vibe to it."

05. Let's Make Mistakes

Karen McGrane is a content strategist, UX designer and currently managing partner of Bond Art + Science. "Everyone in the web design and development industry should be listening to Let's Make Mistakes. Leah [Reich] and Mike [Monteiro] are a great combination."

06. Insert Content Here

McGrane's second selection is Insert Content Here. "My favourite content strategy podcast is led by Jeff Eaton from Lullabot. Eaton is one of my favorite people in the industry [for his] wit coupled with enthusiasm."

07. Breaking Development podcast

McGrane also loves the Breaking Development podcast. "To keep up on what's going on in the world of mobile, there's no better source than the fantastic people who put on the Breaking Development conference," she says. Sadly there have been no fresh podcasts since 12/2013 but an archive is available.

08. The New Disruptors Podcast

Tina Roth Eisenberg, aka swissmiss, founded and runs Creative Mornings, TeuxDeux, Tattly and coworking space Studiomates. "I enjoy The New Disruptors podcast with Glenn Fleishman over on Muledesign. The series focuses on the profound changes in the current economy for making things. I truly enjoyed podcast number seven with Jim Coudal."

09. BizCraft

Dan Mall has worked as a designer at Happy Cog and Big Spaceship, and this year he founded his own venture, SuperFriendly. His first selection is BizCraft. "Carl Smith and Gene Crawford tackle issues related to design business. As someone starting a new business, everything they discuss is invaluable."

10. ShopTalk

Mall also highly recommends ShopTalk. "Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert talk about web design and development. They're scarily good at being on the cutting edge of what's going on in the web, and they're hilarious."

11. The Businessology Show

Mall's third selection is an obvious choice... "If I could toot my own horn for a minute, I just released my own podcast with my CPA Jason Blumer. We talk about the business of design and the design of business, hoping to help give a kick in the butt to those who want to take their careers to the next level."

12. Data Stories

Iceland-based Brian Suda is a software developer, master informatician and author of A Practical Guide to Designing with Data. As well as design, his passions include Microformats, XHTML and PHP. He listens to Data Stories, and comments: "A great, occasional podcast about data visualisations from two of the world leading experts. Sometimes the discussion is very academic, but other times they experiment with audience participation. There's a wealth of knowledge in each episode. If you're into data viz, infographics, story telling, journalism and working with data, you need to be listening."

13. 99% invisible

Suda's favourite podcast is 99% invisible. "Only 15-20 minutes per episode, it's the perfect time for a nice walk or other activity. The production quality and stories are always amazing. If you're detailed oriented, this podcast focuses on the 99 per cent of the work that went into things you never even notice. For any designer, architect or innovator, listening should be mandatory!"

14. The Frequency

Keir Whitaker is co-founder of Viewport Industries, which makes products for web professionals, including the Insites book of interviews. The first of his two selections is The Frequency. "A great daily roundup of web, tech and more news from Dan Benjamin and Haddie Cooke."

15. The Back to Front Show

Whitaker also bigs up his own podcast: "Kieran Masterton and I host a weekly podcast in which we discuss backend tech, frontend dev and plenty in-between with a view of sharing experiences, questioning trends and sharing interesting articles, etc."

16. The Web Ahead

Jen Simmons hosts this weekly podcast about changing technologies and the future of the web, discussing HTML5, mobile, responsive design, iOS, Android, and more.

17. The Big Web Show

Everything that's important on the web, hosted by Jeffrey Zeldman with special guests including everyone who's anyone in the world of web design.

18. Boagworld

Hosts by Paul Boag and Marcus Lillington are joined by a variety of guests to discuss topics for designers, developers and website owners. As it states on the website, the podcast is "fun, informative and quintessentially British!"

19. Creative Coding

Hosted by award winning digital artist and speaker Seb Lee-Delisle and freelance Flash games developer and designer Iain Lobb, the Creative Coding podcast covers the ins-and-outs of programming for visual and creative applications.

20. This Developer's Life

This Developer's Life is "a podcast about developers and their lives" (naturally), and is hosted by Scott Hanselman and Rob Conery. It's well worth a listen particularly if you're a developer and, er, you have a life.

21. The SitePoint Podcast

SitePoint provides cutting-edge tutorials for web professionals and the podcast covers just about everything you could imagine related to the web. It is currently hosted by Karn Broad but the archive includes podcasts from Louis Simoneou, Patrick O'Keefe, Simon Pascal Klein, Kevin Yank and many more.

22. CTRL+CLICK CAST

CTRL+CLICK CAST was formerly the ExpressionEngine Podcast, but thankfully it is still hosted by Lea Alcantara and Emily Lewis. The tech podcast focuses on content management systems but delves into all areas of the web design industry too.

23. Web Design Agency podcast

Brothers Ben and Mat Newton host this podcast for web agency owners and freelance web designers and developers. Ben has a web design agency while Mat is an experienced SEO and online marketer, and together they aim "to help owners of Web Agencies get the money to pay their bill$, build some mad skillzz, and get more freedom. Basically we want a better life, you want a better life, we’re doing this together."

24. TheFreelanceWeb

TheFreelanceWeb is a weekly podcast for web freelancers (obviously), hosted by Sean Johnson and Liz Elcoate.

25. The Gently Mad

The Gently Mad is an interview show about what drives us as creators and connects us as people. Each week, host Adam Clark and guests explore the stories, experiences and insights of awesome people who make awesome things.

And there you have it! We know we've only scratched the surface of the podcast universe, so please let us know about your favourite ones in the comments!

This updated article is based on a feature that originally appeared on the net magazine website.

Words: Dan Oliver

Dan Oliver is editor-in-chief at Creative Bloq.

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