My Favourite Creative Podcasts
When I’m at work and attempting to get focused, the best thing for me is to listen to a podcast. Podcasts are a great way to keep the mind going, help you focus on the task at hand, and learn some things along the way. It’s also great for segmenting your time - I’ll often work for the duration of one episode, and then have a break, and so on. If I’m not listening to something creative, I’m often found listening to true crime podcasts like Serial or Accused, comedy ones from my favourite YouTubers like Psychobabble or Ear Biscuits, or sermon series podcasts from the likes of Arise Church or the Phil Pringle Podcast. These are great, but the creative ones are definitely my favourite, and I’ve had a few questions about my recommendations so here are my top 5 (in no particular order)!
Debbie Millman is one of my personal design heroes so her podcast has to make it onto my list. This isn’t purely because I’m biased, however, because Design Matters truly is great. Debbie interviews a variety of artists, from designers to writers to illustrators and more, asking the bigger questions about creativity and culture. There are over 250 episodes to date so it’ll last you awhile!
Check out Design Matters here.
Creative Mornings is a worldwide creative community gathering creatives at different locations for breakfast lectures on a wide variety of topics. The podcast gathers their best talks from all around the world for us to listen to wherever we are. There are two seasons so far and I hope many more to come!
You can listen to Creative Mornings here.
I found Heroine while I was doing research for my final project at design school and what a fortunate discovery! This wonderful podcast is all about women’s creative leadership, confidence and wisdom, and I love that. They interview incredible female entrepreneurs, creatives and leaders about their journeys and thoughts on the role of powerful women in society.
Give Heroine a listen here.
Most of you have probably encountered a Ted Talk somewhere on the internet, and they’re a well-known source of knowledge, inspiration and motivation. If you don’t have the time to watch the video, the Ted Talks podcast provides quality audio of all the Ted Talks so that you can listen while you work!
Enjoy some Ted Talks here.
Again, I might be a little biased when it comes to this one because it’s created by two of my favourite people, Charli and Femke, but it really is a gem and a definite must-listen. These two women chat about life as designers and ask each other and their audience some of the hard questions, as well as some of the questions that we just don’t talk about too much as designers. They’re super conversational and genuine about their journeys and how they feel about the various design topics so it's a great listen.
Give DesignLife FM a listen here.
To be continued...
There are a lot more podcasts on my list to try out, including the following: Magic Lessons, Ctrl Alt Delete, Onward Creatives, Innovation & Leadership and Nice To Meet You. I’ve been subscribed to these for a while but unfortunately just haven’t gotten around to listening to them yet. I’m very much looking forward to it so I’ll update you once I’ve given them a go!
I really hope you give these podcasts a go, and let me know what you think of them when you do! I’d also love any of your recommendations so comment below or tweet me!