UX Podcasts For Designers

Original Source: https://smashingmagazine.com/2023/02/podcasts-ux-designers/

What UX podcasts are you listening to? Below you’ll find a few wonderful UX podcasts we came across, as well as podcasts that the UX community shared with us.

Whether you’re particularly interested in user research, are looking for advice to navigate a career in UX, or want to better understand how the human brain works, the podcasts in this collection cover every possible aspect of UX. Not all of them are still running, but the archives are incredible, with interviews full of insights and gems.

A huge thank-you to the hosts — and, of course, the people behind the scenes — for producing these podcasts and helping us all make sense of the multifaceted, exciting world that UX is.

So, prepare yourself a nice cup of coffee and get cozy — oh, and don’t forget to charge your headphones before your next commute. Happy listening!

Table Of Contents

You can jump directly to the topic you’re interested in to find podcasts relevant to you or browse through the complete list.

best practices
career and leadership
content strategy
creative culture
design systems
future of UX
human behavior
human-centered design
information systems
product design
UX systems
user research

UX Tips And Best Practices
UX Cake

UX Cake helps you become more effective in your UX work and career. In each episode, host Leigh Allen-Arredondo invites leaders in the field of UX to share their practical advice to get the best outcomes for your work, your users, and your career in UX.

🎙 Hosted by Leigh Allen-Arredondo
🗓 New episodes weekly

The NN/g UX Podcast

In the Nielsen Norman Group UX Podcast, Senior User Experience Specialist Therese Fessenden interviews industry experts, covering common questions, hot takes on pressing UX topics, and tips for building truly great user experiences.

🎙 Hosted by Therese Fessenden
🗓 New episodes monthly

User Defenders

Helping you to better fight for your users and business is the mission of the User Defenders podcast. In every episode, influential UX superheros share their stories, reveal their design superpowers, and offer their advice.

🎙 Hosted by Jason Ogle
🗓 Currently paused

24 Minutes Of UX

Every 24 Minutes of UX episode features a curious “Seeker” who is seeking advice in a specific topic within the domain of UX and an experienced “Giver” who shares the knowledge they gathered around the topic over the years.

🎙 Hosted by Jesse Anton and Peter Horvath
🗓 Retired

Boagworld Show

The Boagworld Show was the first web design podcast and ran from 2005 to 2021, interviewing the leading minds in the field and sharing best practices in digital. The archive is a treasure chest for any UX professional.

🎙 Hosted by Paul Boag
🗓 Retired

User Research
Awkward Silences

Awkward Silences interviews the people who interview people. The podcast dives deep into all things UX research, qualitative data, and the craft of understanding people to build better products and businesses.

🎙 Hosted by Erin May and JH Forster
🗓 Ca. two to three new episodes per month

UX Research Geeks

UX Research Geeks is all about User Experience Design, research, and everything that goes along with it. Among the guests are senior researchers, designers, speakers, CEOs, startup founders, and many more.

🎙 Hosted by Tina Ličková
🗓 Ongoing

Human Behavior
Hidden Brain

In Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices, and direct our relationships.

🎙 Hosted by Shankar Vedantam
🗓 New episodes weekly

The Cognitive Bias

Clear language, the value of discomfort, and the psychology of money are just a few of the topics that The Cognitive Bias covers. It explores the world of things we do that don’t make any rational sense, one bias at a time.

🎙 Hosted by David Dylan Thomas
🗓 Retired

Human-Centered Design
This Is HCD — Human-Centered Design Podcast

The mission of the Human Centered Design Podcast is to educate and empower people and organizations about the power of true human-centered design. It brings together thought leaders from various disciplines such as service design, user experience, interaction design, and product management to better understand what it means to work within a human-centric method.

🎙 Hosted by This is HCD
🗓 Several episodes per month


UXpod offers a free-ranging set of discussions around UX design, website design, and usability in general. The podcast retired last year, but there is an incredible archive with more than 120 episodes and even transcripts.

🎙 Hosted by Gerry Gaffney
🗓 Retired

A11y Rules

There is a lot of information about making the web accessible, but not so much information about the people working to make the web accessible. A11y Podcast is here to change that by inviting people involved with web accessibility.

🎙 Hosted by Nicolas Steenhout
🗓 New episodes weekly

UI Breakfast Podcast

In the UI Breakfast Podcast, Jane Portman invites industry experts to share actionable knowledge. The topics cover UI/UX design, products, marketing, and more.

🎙 Hosted by Jane Portman
🗓 New episodes weekly

UX Systems
The Object-Oriented UX Podcast

The Object-Oriented UX Podcast is a deep-dive into the weeds of UX systems, information architecture, human psychology, data wrangling, structured content, UX process, and, above all, simplifying the complex.

🎙 Hosted by Sophia V. Prater
🗓 Currently paused

Content Strategy
The Content Strategy Podcast

The Content Strategy Podcast is a show for people who care about all things content. Kristina Halvorson interviews expert leaders and exciting new voices in the field of content strategy, diving deep into topics that inform how we shape digital content and how it, in turn, shapes us.

🎙 Hosted by Kristina Halvorson
🗓 Ongoing

Writers In Tech

Brought to you by the UX Writing Hub, Writers in Tech is a podcast where content strategists, UX writers, and content designers share their well-kept industry secrets.

🎙 Hosted by Yuval Keshtcher
🗓 Ca. two new episodes per month

Content Rookie

You want to dive deeper into the practice and art of all things content? Then tune into Content Rookie, where Nicole Michaelis and her guests explore UX writing, content marketing, content design, and copywriting.

🎙 Hosted by Nicole Michaelis
🗓 New episodes monthly

Design Systems
Design System Office Hours

In Design System Office Hours, design system practitioners Davy Fung and PJ Onori talk about design-led product ownership, scaling and adoption, community and engagement, design system team models, and much more.

🎙 Hosted by Davy Fung and PJ Onori
🗓 Ca. two to three new episodes per month

Design Systems Podcast

The Design Systems Podcast interviews industry leaders and product makers to share best practices and explore the areas where design and development come together.

🎙 Hosted by Chris Strahl
🗓 New episodes ca. once to twice a month

Information Systems
The Informed Life

Information is key to deciding and acting. The Informed Life podcast explores how people organize information to get things done and how to better design, build, and use information systems.

🎙 Hosted by Jorge Arango
🗓 New episodes biweekly

Product Design
How I Built This

For How I Built This, Guy Raz interviews the world’s best-known entrepreneurs to learn how they built their iconic brands. They reveal their moments of doubt and failure and share insights on their eventual success.

🎙 Hosted by Guy Raz
🗓 New episodes on Mondays and Thursdays

The Product Design Podcast

The Product Design Podcast invites the best and brightest in product design to dig into how they got where they are today, what mistakes they made along the way, and what advice they have for you as you navigate the world of product design.

🎙 Hosted by Seth Coelen
🗓 Ca. two to three new episodes per month

Better Product

Better Product shares the stories of industry-leading companies whose products have a soul, mission, and vision. Through conversations with CEOs, entrepreneurs, and innovators, hosts Christian Beck and Meghan Pfeifer explore what it takes to build better products.

🎙 Hosted by Christian Beck and Meghan Pfeifer
🗓 Currently paused

New Layer

New Layer is a podcast on everything related to product design, discussing design careers, tools, education, critique, and much more. The podcast has retired, but with two years of weekly episodes, the archive is still a treasure chest.

🎙 Hosted by Tanner Christensen and Jasmine Friedl
🗓 Retired

Design Better Podcast

Currently in its seventh season, the Design Better Podcast by InVision explores what it takes to make work more collaborative, creative, inclusive, and impactful throughout your organization.

🎙 Hosted by Aarron Walter and Elijah Woolery
🗓 Ongoing

The Futur Podcast

The Futur Podcast explores the overlap between design, marketing, and business. In each episode, Chris Do invites a new guest from the worlds of design, technology, marketing, business, philosophy, and personal development to understand what drives them and what we all can learn from it.

🎙 Hosted by Chris Do
🗓 New episodes weekly

Career And Leadership
Honest UX Talks

Anfisa Bogomolova and Ioana Teleanu together have 20 years of experience in the UX field. In Honest UX Talks, they share their lessons learned about UX design careers, challenges, portfolios, mental health, and, of course, all things UX.

🎙 Hosted by Anfisa Bogomolova and Ioana Teleanu
🗓 New episodes weekly

The UX Hustle Podcast

The UX Hustle Podcast is a show with a focus on crafting and navigating a UX career and refining your UX process to become better at what you do. It also explores how to apply UX to your life to get more done, with low stress.

🎙 Hosted by Amanda Worthington
🗓 Ongoing

Finding Our Way

In Finding Our Way, hosts Peter Merholz and Jesse James Garrett navigate the challenges and opportunities of design and design leadership.

🎙 Hosted by Peter Merholz and Jesse James Garrett
🗓 Ongoing

Google Design Podcasts

Google Design Podcasts is a collection of podcasts that gives you design inspiration and insights. Method explores the career journeys of designers at Google, while Design Notes goes in-depth with designers working in diverse creative disciplines.

🎙 Hosted by Travis Neilson (Method) and Liam Spradlin (Design Notes)
🗓 Method: Retired; Design Notes: New episodes ca. monthly

Revision Path

Revision Path showcases Black designers, artists, developers, and digital creatives from all over the world. Through weekly in-depth interviews, you’ll learn about their work, their goals, and what inspires them as creative individuals.

🎙 Hosted by Maurice Cherry
🗓 New episodes weekly

Technically Speaking

Technically Speaking is a podcast by Harrison Wheeler about BIPOC designers, entrepreneurs, and technologists sharing their unique stories of triumph and resilience at the intersection of product design.

🎙 Hosted by Harrison Wheeler
🗓 Ongoing

The Future Of UX
Rosenfeld Review Podcast

What shifts does UX face? And how can individuals and teams respond in ways that drive success? That’s what Lou Rosenfeld wants to find out by inviting changemakers in the UX world and beyond to the Rosenfeld Review Podcast.

🎙 Hosted by Lou Rosenfeld
🗓 Ca. one to two new episodes per month

The Sustainable UX Podcast

The Sustainable UX Podcast is for everyone who wants to make an impact for a sustainable future. In each episode, the hosts Bavo Lodewyckx and Thorsten Jonas invite you to meet people from around the world who try to save the world through and within UX, design, and tech.

🎙 Hosted by Bavo Lodewyckx and Thorsten Jonas
🗓 New episodes monthly

Future Of UX

In every episode of the Future of UX podcast, Patricia Reiners talks to leading UX/UI designers and digital pioneers about the future and how we are going to design a great user experience with new technologies.

🎙 Hosted by Patricia Reiners
🗓 Retired

Creative Culture
Design Matters

Design Matters started out in 2005 as a little radio show and soon became the first podcast about design and an inquiry into the broader world of creative culture. Among the guests are designers, writers artists, curators, musicians, and other luminaries of contemporary thought.

🎙 Hosted by Debbie Millman
🗓 New episodes weekly

99% Invisible

99% Invisible has grown from a four-minute spot on broadcast radio to an enormously popular narrative podcast with listeners all over the world. It dives deep into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.

🎙 Hosted by Roman Mars
🗓 New episodes weekly

Darknet Diaries

How about a peek inside the dark side of the web? Darknet Diaries is a podcast about hackers, breaches, shadow government activity, hacktivism, cybercrime, and all the things that dwell on the hidden parts of the network.

🎙 Hosted by Jack Rhysider
🗓 New episodes weekly

Last But Not Least…

Did you know that there’s a Smashing Podcast, too? In each episode, host Drew McLellan talks to design and development experts about their work on the web, as well as catching you up with the latest news and articles at Smashing Magazine. And, well, it’s suitable for cats, too. 😉

If you have a favorite UX podcast that is not mentioned in this post — or maybe you’re running one yourself — please let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear about it!

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