Date: 18 July 2013
I listen to a lot of podcasts. Probably more than most actually – at the moment I’m fortunate enough to be able to walk 35 minutes to and from the office each day, along the quiet River Irwell, where I take advantage of not being interrupted by catching up with folks in the industry that I respect and look up to.
I wanted to write this post to share which podcasts I enjoy listening to most. Not just because I like listening to them (although I do), but because I get so much out of them, and maybe you’ll find something in them as well. So here goes.
This is the first podcast that I ever listened to, and it’s great! On the unfinished.bz site Andy and Anna describe it as “A weekly discussion show about the business end, the sharp end of the web, design and creative industries”. It’s more focussed that some other podcasts (though there is usually some amusing banter at the start), and each week you can be sure to pick up something new. As the description suggests, the show covers pretty much everything about the web industry, mainly on working as a freelancer, with tips and tricks to improve your workflow.
Mike’s the author of one of my favourite design books, Design is a Job. In the book he’s straight and to the point, and his and Jeesie’s podcast, Let’s Make Mistakes is no different. Often straying into more cerebral territory (“why did they do it like that?”, “wouldn’t it be better if…”), the podcasts cover a wide variation of topics from respecting yourself as a designer and only producing work that is as good as it can be, to how to get a raise in the current economic climate. The show is very down to earth, and I love how it encourages me to think about things differently. Mike has had a few co-hosts in the past, and the on air chemistry is always entertaining…
I’ve only just started listening to this one, but it’s fantastically useful. Sean and Liz have only been producing The Freelance Web since May 2013, and I’ve already listened to all of their shows! The episodes are usually under half an hour, so are perfect for coffee breaks or journeys to work. As the title suggests, the podcast covers everything about working as a freelance designer – it’s so refreshing because it’s down to earth, and they talk about everything from finding work, deciding on rates, creating a contract and so much more.
This is another podcast that’s around half an hour in length, so great for commutes and lunch breaks. On Happy Monday Sarah and Josh talk to influential people from within the industry, and it’s great to hear the thoughts on design process and running a business from people I look up to.