Always Be Recommending Podcasts

Posted to Words: April 2, 2019

Did you just say podcast? You’ve got my attention

How do you find new podcasts? For me, discovery never happens by just browsing a podcast app. I am always looking for personal recommendations or hot tips on my twitter feed. In the spirit of relevant recommendations, I am offering my go-to podcasts and favorite episodes broken down into mostly nonsensical categories of Road Trip, Morning Commuting, Sleep Aids, and Design Learning (Because I am a UX Designer).

What podcasts do you listen to and in which category do they fit? Let me know on twitter.

Road Tripping

Here are a set of podcasts that are great for the road. Generally, these are longer in format and deserve undivided attention.

Song Exploder Radiolab 99% Invisible Radiolab Presents: More Perfect The Bowery Boys: New York City History Reply All There Goes the Neighborhood Revisionist History

Favorite Episodes:

Morning Commuting

It is fun to notice that a headphone wearing commuter is obviously listening to a podcast and not music. I like to imagine what exact podcast they are listening to. Is it a vanilla This American Life, Serial, big box comedy or true crime kind of show; or is it more of a deep cut

The Allusionist Today Explained Imaginary Worlds Game of Our Lives We Came to Win Duolingo Spanish Podcast

Favorite Episodes:

Sleep Aids

Do you have trouble falling asleep. Much like a good National Public Radio (NPR) show these podcasts will quiet your mind and help you sleep. These podcasts are generally shorter in duration (~20min) which reduces the likelihood of falling asleep in the middle.

Twenty Thousand Hertz The Truth Podcast Freakonomics Radio A Piece of Work

Favorite Episodes:

A Designer is Always Learning

There is a lot to keep up with in the space of technology and interaction design. These podcast picks are ones that provide the creative confidence to stick up for yourself and do your best work.

Shop Talk Show User Defenders The Big Web Show Voice of Design Wireframe A Responsive Web Design Podcast Design Tomorrow

Favorite Episodes:

  • Episode 270 of Shoptalk Show - SVG Sketch Peter Nowell - This is a valuable episode for designers who are making a transition between graphic design and digital/web design. It shares some workflow tips about how to make image assets that are ready for website deployment. All of the shoptalk episodes are a great way to learn more about designer/developer collaboration.
  • Episode 53 of User Defenders - Be a good Ancestor with Alan Cooper - An interview with Alan Cooper, known the father of interaction design talks about common pitfalls we experience when we are trying to design good software and what we can do to improve user experiences.
  • Episode 131 of the Big Web Show. Life After Typekit with Jeff Veen - Jeffrey Zeldman speaks with Jeff Veen. One of his popular quotes things up. “I’ve been amazed at how often those outside the discipline of design assume that what designers do is decoration—likely because so much bad design simply is decoration. Good design isn’t. Good design is problem solving.” - The Art and Science of Web Design by Jeff Veen
  • Episode 4 of the Voice of Design Podcast. People are the Problem - Dan Brown (the information architect and designer not the author) discusses the expanded role of design in organizations and how designers are uniquely positioned to facilitate better outcomes.
  • Good Design is Human Episide from the Wireframe Podcast - What will become a classic story of bad user interface design, the false Hawaiian missile alert, is reviewed in the episode. It also covers the processes of design and how investigation of users’ needs can avoid these type of design fails. It asks the central question: Who is to blame the system or the user? Answer, given the increasing complexity of our digital environment we should never blame users.
  • The City of Boston from the Responsive Web Design Podcast - Many amazing episodes to choose from here but this work on a civic website is memorable because of the relationship between user needs of citizens and how a responsive redesign offers an opportunity to organize a website’s content and features around that. When you listen to all of the episodes of this podcast like I have, you will notice that Ethan and Karen always ask the same set of questions. These must be really good questions because they get really fresh answers from every guest.
  • Episode 11 of the Design Tomorrow Podcast. Getting Out of Our Own Way - Host Christopher Butler covers in a sort of monologue fashion how we can practice better. In episode 11 he references the work of John Cage to demonstrate the questioning nature of design as its biggest strength
  • Motherboard from Vice hosts Cyber - A podcast about the rapidly evolving landscape of cybersecurity. The latest episode talks about how journalists at the New York Times a protected by the company.

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