12 Best Graphic Design Podcasts to Power Your Future 2023
These days there really is a podcast for everything, and that includes graphic design. If you're someone working in the industry, or if you're looking at getting started with graphic design, then you'll want to subscribe to these shows to learn and improve your skills.
Top 12 Graphic Design Podcasts to Keep You Inspired 2023
1. Board Game Design Lab
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Board games have had a real resurgence in popularity in recent years. With more demand for new and exciting games, comes a need for designers to create bigger and better games. This podcast was created to help you find out what makes the best game designers tick, and see what kind of tactics they use when they've created their games.
Every episode there's an interview with another board game design veteran, and they'll share their tips and tricks with you. Guests have included Alan Moon, the designer of Ticket To Ride, and Peter C. Hayward from Jellybean Games.
One of the real benefits of this show is that the host doesn't start with a lot of small talks, or get into pop culture or other unrelated topics. Instead, they get right into the meat of the show, getting into the games and how the guest created their work.
2. Designer Notes: A Podcast About Why We Make Games
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This is another podcast about game design in particular, and there's a lot you can pick up from this when you listen as a graphic designer. The show is hosted by Soren Johnson, the founder of Mohawk Games. He interviews a different designer from the industry every episode, to see what they do and why they make the games they do.
For example, they've interviewed designers such as Chris DeLay, Luca Redwood, and Robin Hunicke among others. All these episodes go in-depth into the designer's work, and they see why they made the decisions that they did.
“This podcast is a good listen as it gives you a real insight into the creative process,” says Adrian Howell, a writer at Cursework Service and Paper Fellows. “When you have a deep dive into the design process, you can see what worked for these designers, and what didn't.”
3. The AIAS Game Maker's Notebook
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This podcast comes out of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and is a must-listen for any designer. You'll see that the show is based on the tenants of D.I.C.E, or Design, Innovate, Communicate, and Entertain. As such, you get real in-depth examinations of games and how they work as a whole.
The show has brought on some of the best when it comes to game design. Recent episodes include guests like Luke Smith from Bungie, Andrew Shouldice who is the developer and designer behind Tunic, and Christopher Chancey, the creator of Rainbow Billy. There are conversations with other people in the industry too, such as content creators. That gives you a more widespread look at the industry as a whole.
Episodes come out regularly, and you'll be able to listen to developers talk about how they created the games that they're known for, and get an idea of what they did that made them so successful. When you keep listening, you'll pick up more and more ideas about how you can create your own work.
4. DGDC: Deeply Graphic Designcast
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This is the podcast that you want to be listening to, if you want constructive tips and ideas to improve your own graphic design work. It's hosted by graphic designers Nick Longo, Mikelle Morrison, and Jordan Wilson, and lots of people are already subscribed and listening to the show.
It very much focuses on practical advice, so it makes it a valuable resource for new designers in the industry. Recent episodes have included topics like meeting fatigue and how to combat it, the design trends of 2022, and how to manage your mental health when you're working in the field. This is all advice that many creatives could very much use.
As well as this, there are other tools on the site that you can use to help you develop as a designer. You can find their blog, where they write about topics relevant to the show. There's also a strong community where you can meet others like you, and chat with them. The podcast is a resource that every designer should be using.
5. 99% Invisible
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If there's one podcast you've heard of on this list, it's probably this one. The show is hosted by Roman Mars, and focuses on all the design elements that you see around you on a day-to-day basis, but don't even think about. They've been going for over a decade now, and so you have a whole wealth of shows to dive into.
There are lots of different topics to discover on the show, so you can pick out the ones that interest you the most. For example, you can listen to episodes about architecture, such as the episodes 'Inheriting Frobel's Gifts' and 'The Missing Middle'. There are also episodes on visuals, such as 'Flag Days: Unfolding a Moment' and 'Art Imitates Art'.
When you listen, you'll be hearing about all the work that goes into designing the things in your life that you never even consider. This show is aimed toward the general population, but you'll still learn a lot when you listen in.
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6. Design Matters
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This show bills itself as the very first show about design, first launched in 2005 as a radio show. Now a podcast, host Debbie Millman interviews noted designers from around the world. She aims to get to know them and their process and see what makes them the best.
“This is a show that you really must subscribe to,” says web design blogger Alison Carr, from Boom Essays and State Of Writing. “It gives you insight that you can't really get anywhere else.” Recent episodes have featured interviews with Richard Tuttle, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, and Susan Cain among others. Millman talks to them to understand their processes, and how they've found success.
One of the strengths of this show is just how many episodes there are. You can search through them on the site to find the interviews that interest you and get listening.
7. Resourceful Designer
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Here's a podcast for all the freelance designers reading this. There's so much that you have to try and stay on top of when you're working for yourself. That includes finding clients, dealing with finances, and more, all on top of the actual work. That's where this show comes in. It handles all the practical things that you need to know about as a designer, helping you do your job.
There are nearly 300 episodes at the time of writing, and they cover almost everything you can think of. For example, you'll find advice on crafting the perfect email to get a prospective client to sign their contract, how to think like a design client, and understanding what makes you different.
With all this advice, you can make yourself one of the best graphic designers out there. You can even feedback to host Mark Des Cotes, and let him know what kind of topics you'd like him to cover next.
8. The Futur With Chris Do
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As a graphic designer, you very likely have done a lot of work in marketing. There's a real overlap between the two, and that's where Chris Do steps in with this podcast. He aims to understand the link between the two, and what that means for you as a designer.
He often speaks with other experts in the industry, looking to see how designers can improve their work in marketing, and see the importance of what they do. Recent episodes have covered things like how chatbots work, what copywriting is, and how you should understand your own limits, and work with others to elevate your work.
With so much advice available to you over 200 episodes, there's going to be something here that you can use in your own design work.
9. Business Of Architecture
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If you work in architecture in any meaningful way, then you'll want to listen to this show. It focuses on running an architecture practice, so it isn't directly related to design, but as a designer you're going to learn a lot by listening to it.
“There's a lot that goes into designing buildings, and your work is only a small part of that,” says Gene Powell, a web design blogger from Assignment Help and Lia Help. “As such, you'll want to listen as you'll see how your work fits in as a whole.”
For example, several recent episodes deal with resilience in the face of crisis, social media, and how to grow your business. These are all very useful and interesting episodes, so if you're working in the industry you'll want to listen in and see what they have to say.
10. The Logo Geek Podcast
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The logo design of any business is crucial. You want to get it right, as it's the first thing that many customers will see. If that's something you want to learn more about, then you'll want to listen to this show from, award-winning logo designer Ian Paget. He created the podcast to see what it takes to create a good logo, and so speaks to designers all over the world to get their takes on the subject.
You'll find episodes here interviewing Jim Wornell, who designs logos for Nintendo, Scotty Russell who has been creating NFTs, and Peter Sher who has experience in branding. These are all unique takes on the concept, and so you'll learn a lot.
The show gives you everything you need to know to be successful in what you do as a designer. That includes creating portfolio ideas, how to choose fonts, how to market yourself online, and much more.
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11. Nice Try!
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Here's another podcast that looks at the design of everyday products, and what that means to you. Nice Try looks at lifestyle products that are sold to us every day, and whether they actually meet the needs of the average consumer. Does the design give you what you need, and can it ever meet the promises that are made?
For example, recent episodes have looked at how the doorbell was created, how the crock pot has changed the way we cook, and the plethora of sleeping products that are now on the market. You'll get a real insight into how these products were designed and created, and whether they've been able to live up to the marketing around them.
The episodes are all well researched and fascinating to listen to. It's worth it as a designer yourself, as you can learn from the mistakes others have made, and the know-how to avoid them in your work.
12. Talking Practice
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Finally, this podcast comes from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and again is a must-listen. Host Grace La talks to some of the best designers from all over the world, looking to get an insight into the work that they do, and how they get the most out of every day.
You can listen to interviews with Kersten Geers, Preston Scott Cohen, and Gary Hilderbrand in recent episodes. They talk about everything that's relevant to their work, such as modern design practices and their evolution over the years, where they learned their craft, and so on. There's a lot to learn here, making the show something every designer should listen to.
You'll get a real feel for not only the theory of great design but also what the means in practice for every designer. Whether you're a new designer or one that's been in the business for a while, you'll be able to get a lot of tips here.
In a nutshell
These are some of the best design podcasts that are out there right now. You'll want to try them all out, to see what they can offer you. There's bound to be at least a couple on this list that will give you what you're looking for, and teach you some new ideas and tips.
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