Listening to podcasts is a highly efficient way to learn new skills or find a different perspective on life and business. Whether you enjoy pulling up your favorites while taking a morning walk or you like to learn something new when commuting to work or running errands, podcasts keep growing in popularity because of their convenience and ability to disperse information easily.
Our Favorite Web Design Podcasts
It’s difficult to put a number on how many web design podcasts there are. Not only do creators release them on various platforms and their own websites, but there are new ones created daily.
Plug in “web design podcasts” to a search engine and you’ll get around 337 million results to sort through. We know this is a lot, and it’s difficult to know which ones will help you as a web designer. So, we took the time to read reviews, look through descriptions and listen to a few favorites to see which ones we should recommend to our readers.
It wasn’t easy to narrow down the options. Everyone has a different opinion on which web design podcasts are the best ones available. One person might love the in-depth interviews of a particular host, while a different web designer wants only to know what the person broadcasting thinks about the topic.
We chose by reading reviews, talking to people who listen to podcasts regularly, checking out descriptions and libraries and then listening to a bit of each show we weren’t already familiar with to gauge everything from the host’s podcasting presence to how engaging the topics were.
These 10 are our top picks for web design podcasts–in no particular order of preference. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Anna Debenham hosts this podcast that digs into patterns and style guides to help business owners and fellow designers get the most traction possible in their web creations. We love how this particular podcast has a very narrow focus on style. Many web design podcasts cover a wide range of topics, which can be beneficial, but when you want to ramp your designs up a notch or two, digging into specifics helps.
Some recent shows include topics such as:
- Standards to improve usability and accessibility for government sites
- Interview with a Microsoft employee on the company’s design systems
- Interview with Mina Markham, who worked with a UI pattern library for the Clinton campaign
- Interview with Jina Anne to talk about Salesforce’s Lightning Design System
- Interview with Val Head who talks about animation and how to factor it into a design system
She also chats with various people from huge corporations about how they lay out their style guides, consider modular CSS and various generators. You can grab the podcast from her site or on iTunes.
We like that you can listen or read the topics because it is a podcast and a blog–a plogcast. Mark Des Cotes is the host. He covers topics such as how to make more money, find new clients and deal with deadlines. Some recent episodes include:
- Why you might be charging too little.
- Graphic design businesses challenges and how to overcome them
- Best uses for page redirects
- How to better monetize your design skills
- Why AI-generated art won’t replace graphic designers or other creatives
He doesn’t have a lot of guests on his podcasts but the topics are quite varied. He releases a new one every few weeks. You can listen via Apple, Google, Spotify, Facebook or Podcast RSS.
We mentioned Creative Pep Talk once before when we chatted about top podcasts for designers, but it’s worth listing again. Designers and other creative types often experience burnout. It’s hard to keep the creative juices flowing for years on end across a wide range of clients and industries.
Andy J. Pizza is the host of this podcast. He’s an illustrator and public speaker, whose work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and on Google. Topics include:
- Why perfection backfires
- Essentials to survive the creative journey
- How to use your inner critic to your advantage
- Finding your creative battle cry to guide you in your future work
- How to dig deeper into your creative work than you ever have before
Topics always focus on creativity in some way, making this another narrowly focused podcast we truly love. Grab the transcript on their site, listen on Patreon or Apple.
Host Jen Simmons interviews experts around the world about new technology and how it impacts web design and the internet as a whole. If you want a good grasp of new trends, such as ChatGPT or changes in coding, this is an excellent show to listen to.
Some of the recent episodes include topics such as:
- Transforming shapes and getting outside of the rectangle and square habit
- Preserving the web’s architecture
- How page layout is changing
- An in-depth look at the Internet of Things and how it impacts web design
- Everything you ever wanted to know about responsive web design
She also interviews today’s top experts, such as Eva Ferreira, Stefan Tilkov and Jeffrey Zeldman. Listen on the site or on iTunes.
If you’re looking for shorter episodes you can digest in 15 to 20 minutes, this is an excellent podcast for your needs. Host Jonathan Cutrell digs into technology and how to problem-solve issues. You’ll learn about topics such as:
- Cognitive biases
- Dynamic vs static understanding of situations and what senior developers should be capable of
- Why you should always leave margin for extra
- Reframing your deficiencies and turning them into strengths
- How to gain confidence as a beginner and why asking questions is a good strategy
The concept is a bit different than many other web design podcasts. That might also be why we love this one so much. Listen in and see what you think. We suspect you’ll walk away with a fresh perspective on web development. Available through the website or via iTunes.
Changes in technology impact everything from design work to our daily lives. This podcast gives you insight into what’s popular and might have an impact on what you do. For example, experts estimate the chatbot market will reach $1.3 trillion by 2025.
Leo Laporte is the host for this podcast.He conducts a lot of roundtable sessions to get insight from industry experts around the globe. Topics include:
- Apple virtual reality goggles
- Silicon Valley bank collapse
- Learn all about Google Bard and how it can speed up productivity \
- The issues with ChatGPT and plagiarism
The artificial intelligence explosion is something he talks about quite often and how it impacts industries and daily living. You can listen to his podcast via his website, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts.
Jason Blumer is the host of The Businessology Show. He’s a CPA and personal business coach. Some of the topics he explores include:
- How to experience failure and succeed
- Expanding into entrepreneurial skills
- How to survive a recession as a designer
- How to lead an agency successfully
- Ways for female agency owners to empower one another and increase in number
Listen on the website or subscribe via iTunes.
Hosts Sagi Shrieber and David Tintner are designer/developer and entrepreneurs. They also love anything tech in nature or that ramps up productivity. They interview leaders from Intercom, Facebook and Invision to get insight into various topics.
Some of their more recent shows include topics such as:
- Interview with David Kadavy, the author of the book “The Heart to Start & Design for Hackers.” In the interview, they talk about self-publishing, forming good habits and setting entrepreneurial goals.
- Interview with Google’s Design Advocate, Yasmine Evjen, to talk about her thoughts on material design.
- How to start your journey toward public speaking
- Why loving what you do leads to taking massive actions and seeing success
- Why free education and building communities of knowledge is so important to the world
Topics are varied but always come back to design and productivity hacks. You can listen on iTunes and get a summary of each show on the website.
Josh Hall is the founder and host of this podcast that looks at all aspects of running a successful web design business. His podcasts have been downloaded more than 450,000 times. Although a bit sales-pitchy, you’ll still find some truly valuable information about starting and running your own web design business.
Hall started out as a drummer but soon fell in love with web design and eventually became a coach for other entrepreneurs wanting to get into the game. Some of the more interesting podcast topics include:
- The movement toward friendlier web developers who are willing to help others learn and grow
- How to grow a client base even if you life in a rural community
- Average expenses just starting out as a web designer
- Common web designer paths and which one is best for your needs
- Embrace your inner weirdo and build your business to suit your personality
You can tune in via iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Tunein and YouTube.
Have you ever wanted to learn more coding? Host Laurence Bradford breaks down complex topics and makes them simple enough for even a beginner to understand. Whether you’re just getting into web development or you want to add to your list of design skills, this is an excellent podcast to listen to.
She interviews people, such as former rugby player Michael Poage, ballerina Kare Luton and administrative assistant Stacey Graham. All of these people once were in vastly different careers than web design and moved to a new job because of big life events. Some topics include:
- How to code with your voice and no typing
- The impact of mentorship
- Free resources to learn coding skills
- Interview with Nikkole Spurgeon, who took a unique path from imprisonment to learning coding during her incarceration to becoming a web developer.
- A look at Vue.js with Erik Hanchett
Listen via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.
Find Your Favorite Web Design Podcasts
These 10 web design podcasts are a great place to start if you’re looking for ways to enhance what you do and build your knowledge. Don’t forget about supporting topics that might not be directly about web development but will support you as a worker or business owner, such as time hacking, productivity and communication topics.
Find your favorites, subscribe to them and then add new ones as you go along. Who knows? You might just love listening to podcasts so much that you decide to start one yourself.
About The Author
Eleanor Hecks is the Editor-in-Chief of Designerly Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing in-depth content from the design and marketing industries. When she's not designing or writing code, you can find her re-reading the Harry Potter series, burning calories at a local Zumba class, or hanging out with her dogs, Bear and Lucy.