We're back with an updated list of some of our favourite design and development podcasts. Our top podcast recommendations for 2022 focus on design, creativity, scaling, software development and more. We're sure you'll find your new favorite podcast to listen to here, too – these free audio favorites will get you through a long walk, a tedious cleaning job and more.
Design Matters with Debbie Millman
For over 16 years, Debbie Millman has been talking with designers and other creatives about what they do, how they got to be who they are and what they are thinking about and working on. This award-winning program is considered the first and longest-running podcast about design.
Millman has interviewed over 250 guests, including Amanda Palmer, Chris Ware, Malcolm Gladwell, and many more. You can learn from a long list of industry-leading graphic designers, educators, authors, change agents, and thinkers.
The show ends with the signature tagline – "And remember: We can talk about making a difference, we can make a difference, or we can do both.
Each Hanselminutes episode is a commute-friendly podcast that promotes fresh technology and fresh voices. Host Scott Hanselman is a developer and speaker who spends his work hours on the Web Platform Team at Microsoft.
The guests on Hanselminutes bring a variety of diverse perspectives and experiences to give you insights on emerging technologies and trends from voices shaping the next generation of tech.
Creative People Podcast
Who are creative people? What makes creative people tick? Where do ideas come from? Why do we need to make stuff? When does inspiration strike?
Creative People Podcast host Ryan Leacock digs into the questions every creative comes across in their work. From photographers, writers, musicians, designers, and even bakers – seriously check out this recent episode with Lenore Johnson, baker and founder of LenJo Bakes, featured not only in this podcast but in our recent blog post on our favourite local bakeries!
Pencil & Paper Labs
Victoria, BC-based Pencil & Paper is a UX consultancy that works with organizations to deliver solutions that create happier customers and more successful businesses. While not a traditional podcast, their live stream series on YouTube brings you entertaining and thought-provoking talks on the importance of user experience design. Their latest episode looks at an internally developed process called Design Rationale that looks through the lens of a zombie apocalypse.
Neurodiversity in Tech
Neurodiversity in Tech is a weekly podcast hosted by Sean O'Malley and Brandon Oliver. Each episode features O'Malley and Oliver discussing their work and lives as neurodiverse I.T. professionals. Oliver told Communitech News that they wanted to help colleagues and leaders be more empathetic to the people around them.
"Assume positive intent. Each podcast, we peel back the layers. These can be more difficult subjects to cover, especially in a professional capacity. But I think if the world is teaching us anything, especially after COVID, it's that we need to have these conversations. It needs to be normal to talk about these things," Oliver told Communitech news.
The Stack Overflow Podcast
Whether you're a new developer or a seasoned pro, there's one website to go to when you run into a challenge—Stack Overflow. The popular discussion board has been around since 2008. Its podcast is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year with more "frank and funny conversations" about working in software and how what we do affects the world around us.
The Crazy One
The Crazy One is the 2020 Webby Awards Honoree for Best Technology podcast and Springboard's #1 must-listen UX design podcast. Each episode delivers insights on careers, creativity, and design leadership from host Stephen Gates.
The podcast recently kicked off a three-episode special series that dives into how designers can get other people in their companies to see the value of design. The first part looks at separating creativity from execution to demonstrate the value of design.
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