The podcast format is as popular as ever, and it's easy to see why. They enable us to make the most of our commutes, runs, or downtime, and are a relaxing way to absorb web design inspiration (opens in new tab) and information.
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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. Alexa Stop (opens in new tab)
In this podcast, technology CEOs Jim Bowes (opens in new tab) and Robert Belgrave (opens in new tab) explore how technology is changing our lives. Episodes explore topics such as computational creativity, artificial intelligence, and why we need to take inspiration from pirates if we want to build a better society (ep12). Each episode the pair are joined by a special guest from the industry, who offer their thoughts and insight on the topic.
02. Shop Talk Show (opens in new tab)
With hundreds of episodes online – and a new one being added every week – you're certain to find something worth listening to on Dave Rupert (opens in new tab) and Chris Coyier (opens in new tab)'s Shop Talk Show. Covering all manner of subjects within the worlds of front end web design, development and UX, and featuring plenty of expert guests, it's essential listening if you're keen to stay up-to-date with the latest web technologies.
03. This Week in Tech (opens in new tab)
Leo Laporte (opens in new tab)’s This Week in Tech gathers top tech pundits for a round-table discussion on the top trends in the tech world. It’s a great way to keep up with what’s going on and the wider implications of the news stories you might come across. There’s a video version too, if you want to see the speakers’ faces.
05. Responsive Web Design Podcast (opens in new tab)
This Responsive Web Design Podcast finished in March 2018. However, there are still 157 episodes of great listening to be explored. Each episode sees co-hosts Karen McGrane (opens in new tab) and Ethan Marcotte (opens in new tab) interviewing the people who make responsive redesigns happen.
06. RWD Podcast (opens in new tab)
A podcast by Justin Avery (opens in new tab) that explores the latest developments in responsive web design, from Service Workers to PWAs and AMP. Avery also interviews some of the best names in the business about their experiences.
07. Developer Tea (opens in new tab)
Developer Tea is the 10-minute podcast for developers. It's engineered to be a highly-concentrated, short, frequent podcast specifically for developers who like to learn on their tea (or coffee) breaks. These mini podcasts tackle industry and career themes as well as development issues.
08. CodePen Radio (opens in new tab)
This podcast explores all the ins and outs of running a web software business, and promises to cover the bad and the ugly as well as the good. It's hosted by CodePen co-founders Chris Coyier (opens in new tab), Alex Vazquez (opens in new tab) and Tim Sabat (opens in new tab).
09. The Businessology Show (opens in new tab)
The Businessology Show is hosted by Jason Blumer (opens in new tab), and explores the business of design and the design of business. In it, you'll learn everything you might wish to know about business, from the value of SEO to how to scale quickly, to team building and freelance tips.
10. Data Stories (opens in new tab)
Data Stories is an occasional podcast all about data visualisation, hosted by world-leading experts Enrico Bertini (opens in new tab)and Mortiz Stefaner (opens in new tab). "Sometimes the discussion is very academic, but other times they experiment with audience participation," comments software developer Brian Suda (opens in new tab). "There's a wealth of knowledge in each episode. If you're into data viz, infographics, storytelling, journalism and working with data, you need to be listening."
11. 99% invisible (opens in new tab)
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". Each episode lasts around 15-20 minutes, making it easy to fit into a drive or short walk.
"The production quality and stories are always amazing," says Brian Suda. "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!"
12. The Big Web Show (opens in new tab)
This award-winning podcast features everything that's important on the web, and is hosted by Jeffrey Zeldman (opens in new tab). Special guests include Jenn Simmons, Kevin M. Hoffman Andy Budd and Rachel Nabors.
13. The Boagworld UX Show (opens in new tab)
Award-winning podcast Boagworld claims to be the longest-running web design podcast. Every Thursday, hosts Paul Boag and Marcus Lillington (opens in new tab) are joined by a variety of guests to discuss topics for designers, developers and website owners to explore topics around digital strategy, service design and UX. As it states on the website, the podcast is "fun, informative and quintessentially British!"
14. CTRL+CLICK CAST (opens in new tab)
Formerly the ExpressionEngine Podcast, CTRL+CLICK CAST calls itself "your human web inspectors". Hosted by Lea Alcantara (opens in new tab) and Emily Lewis (opens in new tab), this podcast aims to teach and inspire, and prides itself on featuring diverse voices from all over the web industry.
15. The Gently Mad (opens in new tab)
The Gently Mad is an interview show about what drives us as creators and connects us as people. Each week, host Adam Clark (opens in new tab) and guests explore the stories, experiences and insights of awesome people who make awesome things.