List of Best UX Podcasts

Here's a curated list of the top 20 user experience podcasts including general design, UX-specific interviews and design freelancing

Podcast Host(s)DescriptionNotable Episode
WireframeKhoi Vinh + Amy StandonA podcast about good design. Brought to you by Adobe and Gimlet Creative.Episode 2: "Good Design is Human." Includes fascinating about how everything that went wrong at Three Mile Island can be attributed to the design of a control room.
Design Details list-best-ux-podcasts-Design-DetailsBryn Jackson + Brian LovinA show about the people who design our favorite products."222: Almost as Good as Cheese (feat. Fiona Rolander)" - One of my favorite episodes interviews Fiona Rolander, a designer doing work for Spotify. Throughout the interview, they discuss Fiona's journey to becoming a designer, the pros and cons of freelancing, and so much more.
Design Review Podcastlist-best-ux-podcasts-Design-ReviewChris Liu + Jonathan ShariatThe Design Review Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast about design principles, products and their UX. Each week, we review a product and analyze the user experience design to understand how they work and take away insights from how they're made."Episode 57 - Defining our Design Process" This episode talks about defining an effective process, like what to do first, and why it might not be the best idea to make mockups right away.
Dollars to Donutslist-best-ux-podcasts-Dollars-to-DonutsSteve PortigalThis podcast focuses on conversations with people who lead user research inside their organization. "Monal Chokshi of Lyft" - One of my favorite episodes is the conversation with Monal Chokshi, head of user experience research at Lyft, where she discusses traditional paths to a user research career, creating routines for meeting different types of users, and the emergence of leadership roles in user research.
O'Reilly Design Podcastlist-best-ux-podcasts-O_Reilly-Design-PodcastMary TreselerThe O'Reilly Design podcast explores how experience design -- and experience designers -- are shaping business, the Internet of Things, and other domains."Airbnb's Design Approach" - This episode is a conversation with Katie Dill, head of experience design at Airbnb, about Airbnb’s values; the relationship between design, engineering, and product management; and what Airbnb looks for when hiring.
The UX Blog Podcastlist-best-ux-podcasts-UX-Blog-PodcastNicholas TenhueEvery week on The UX Blog Podcast, Nicholas Tenhue interviews user experience professionals about their UX career, current trends, and hot topics."How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continously" - This episode is titled after the book by Jeff Gothelf, where they discuss how software-driven technologies are transforming the way companies interact with their customers, employees, and other stakeholders, and how the role of UX is important within an organization.
TheUXInternlist-best-ux-podcasts-The-UX-InternWesley NobleA monthly podcast interviewing seasoned User Experience Designers from the perspective of a UX Intern, which is perfect for the UX student or newcomers of the field."Katie Dill & Joe Rinaldi" - This is another podcast that features an interview Katie Dill of Airbnb, and also Joe Rinaldi of Happy Cog. Both both advice and great tips about interviewing and getting hired as a UXer.
User Defenders Podcastlist-best-ux-podcasts-User-Defenders-PodcastJason OgleThis podcast is aimed at highlighting those leading the way in their craft by diving deeper into who they are, and what makes them tick/successful, in order to inspire and equip those aspiring to do the same."001: The Lines Between Designer and Developer are Starting to Blue with Daniel Hooper" - Daniel Hooper, a former Apple engineer, discusses the importance of coding and prototyping for designers, and how designers need to balance modern trends with an understanding of first principals and the root truths that are not going to change over time.
UX Discovery Sessionlist-best-ux-podcasts-UX-Discovery-SessionGerard DolanThe host of this podcast, Gerard Dolan, interviews prominent people in the UX field. What’s up with the name of the podcast? According to the site, "A discovery session is an opportunity to learn about a relevant topic, generate ideas that expand a new technique or practice, or brainstorm concepts and ideas for the next new thing.""UXDS066:: Elizabeth Laraki of Facebook" - Elizabeth Laraki, Director of Product Design at Facebook (and previously UX Design Lead at Google and Design Manager at YouTube), discusses how she has managed design teams throughout her career.
UXPodlist-best-ux-podcasts-UXPodGerry GaffneyA User Experience podcast providing a platform for discussing topics of interest to practitioners or others with an interest in UX."UX Porfolios: An Interview with Ian Fenn" - This is a great interview to gain some insights on designing a UX Portfolio.
UXPodcastlist-best-ux-podcasts-UX-podcastPer Axbom + James Royal-LawsonUX Podcast is for people passionate about balancing business, technology and users within the realm of digital media, and everyone with a foot in the digital door."#181 Product Strategy with Richard Banfield" - Richard Banfield shares his thoughts on product strategy, the sharing of language and culture within a team, the importance of psychological safe space, product team challenges, distributed teams, and the value of making mistakes
Design Matterslist-best-ux-podcasts-Design-MattersDebbie MillmanThe world's first podcast about design and an inquiry into the broader world of creative culture through wide-ranging conversations with designers, writers, artists, curators, musicians, and other luminaries of contemporary thought"Khoi Vinh" - Khoi Vinh is a user experience designer, writer and speaker. For five years, he was the design director at NYTimes.com, where he led the in-house design team in user experience innovation for digital products of all kinds.
Users Knowlist-best-ux-podcasts-users-know-laura-klein-kate-rudderLaura Klein + Kate RutterThis dynamic duo have been design authors, teachers and lecturers specialized in applying UX to the startup world."Figuring Out the Possible," released 2/13/2018, is an engaging talk about how understanding what you can do may affect what you want to do.
UI Breakfastlist-best-ux-podcasts-ux-breakfastJane PortmanJane's website + podcast is a great mix of core UX topics and the business side of design, including freelance advice and interviews with design-oriented startups.Episode 86 "The Future of UX" with Khoi Vinh, Principal Designer at Adobe is a fascinating discussion about the UX industry's evolution through tools, trends and new issues.
Design Lifelist-best-ux-podcasts-design-lifeCharli + FemkeTwo creative women in tech talk about design and the issues young creatives face, with a focus on how to balance side projects on top of full time jobs.Episode 118 "Too Many Passions, Not Enough Time" is a discussion about how Charli and Femke manage "side" work like managing a newsletter as well as taking (real) vacations.
The Big Web Showlist-best-ux-podcasts-big-web-show-jeffrey-zeldman-5by5Jeffrey ZeldmanJeffrey Zeldman is the founder of A List Apart and the Happy Cog agency, and talks about special guests and topics like web publishing, art direction, content strategy, typography, web technology, and more. While it's not specifically UX focused, it's everything related to making things on the web.Episode 172 "Design Grows Up" with Mike Essl talks about the evolution of design, from what the web was in '95 vs present day, and NY design vs SF design. Interesting just to hear from the Dean of Cooper Union School of Art, which for a long time was a free college.
The Rosenfeld Review Podcastlist-best-ux-podcasts-rosenfeld-review-podcastLou RosenfeldMostly 20 minute talks between Lou Rosenfeld (founder of Rosenfeld Media) and design leaders, providing a bird's eye view on the UX industry. Blockchains and AI: a conversation with Nathan Shedroff explores how design can be applied to the new and existing blockchain industry.
This is Product Managementlist-best-ux-podcasts-alpha-product-management-pm-podcastMike FishbeinDesigners who've spent any significant time in the field know that UX heavily overlaps with the product management field. This podcast interviews the brightest minds in product management, and features many episodes bleeding into UX.Episode 111 "Motivating Users is Product Management" discusses the psychology behind motivating users and how to make the case for a new idea at a large company within a regulated industry.
99% Invisiblelist-best-ux-podcasts-99%-invisibileRoman MarsA general design podcast with categories like visuals, cities and infrastructure. This podcast has helped me appreciate design in a broader sense, seeing how SO much of our world is the way it is because of design. 99% Invisible is also one of the most polished, professionally produced podcasts in the design space.Episode 292: "Speech Bubbles: Understanding Comics" explores Scott McCloud's seminal book, including the historical development of comics, its fundamental vocabulary, and various ways in which these elements have been used.
The Futurlist-best-ux-podcasts-futur-chris-doChris DoA blend of talks about branding, design, business and of course user experience design.Episode 49 "Strategist Douglas Davis" is a different conversation for most designers, talking about how Douglas Davis transitioned from design into more of the business and strategy side of things.

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