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Turn Up the Volume: 5 Podcasts for Individuals in Creative Roles

Turn Up the Volume: 5 Podcasts for Individuals in Creative Roles

Sick of playing the same albums over and over on Spotify? Looking for something inspirational to listen to on your commute to work? Here’s a list of podcasts you should keep in mind when you need some audio creativity boosts:

1. 99% Invisible

While not necessarily always about design in the tangible sense of the word, 99% invisible is a podcast that showcases the “invisible,” what goes unnoticed in our day-to-day lives and how we interact with these “invisible” objects or concepts. According to their website, “Ever wonder how inflatable men came to be regular fixtures at used car lots? Curious about the origin of the fortune cookie? Want to know why Sigmund Freud opted for a couch over an armchair?” Their episodes range from topics on architecture, sounds, and objects. If you’re interested in what goes unnoticed, 99% Invisible is the keen eye that will show you what you’ve never “seen” or it will be a good audio companion for those who take note of design in the everyday world.  

Try Episode 219 on “Unpleasant Design” or  Episode 106 “The Fancy Shape.”

2. Design Matters

Design Matters is an interview-focused podcast for well-established creatives in their own fields. Host Debbie Millman has interviewed people from pop culture artist Deborah Kass to TED founder Richard Saul Wurman. According to iTunes, this is one of the longest-running podcasts and it offers a plethora of advice from design experts of all background. If you’re looking to hear from multiple perspectives, this is the podcast for you.

Try the “highlights” episodes, where she compiles her favorite interview bits for the year or the interview with Bonnie Siegler about designers and their clients.

3. The Accidental Creative

This podcast provides strategies on how to excel at work. As their website states, “It isn’t enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today’s marketplace, all of us, regardless of our role, have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand. The Accidental Creative teaches effective practices that support your creative process.”

Their episodes range from ways to stay focused on pathways to discover creative outlets. The Accidental Creative acts more like a workshop replacement instead of the podcasts above which are more informative or interview-heavy. This podcast experience will teach you necessary skills for today’s creative market.

For some quick tips for the office, try “Making the Most of Your Meetings” or “How to Be Brave in Your Work.”

4. The Futur

This podcast is for any kind of designer, from novices to freelancers to established creative directors. The Futur aims to teach new design tools to any level and acts as a substitute for design classes, which often are expensive or competitive. According to Digital Arts Online, the podcast “covers branding, design, business, and UX with inspirational talks on conquering fear, breaking the mold, but also useful tips such as how to close deals.”

For beginners, try “First Client Meeting Sales Call” to get a taste of these basic designer/business tips. For the experts, try “Grow Your Business.”

5. Creative Pep Talk

Every creative can use some creativity pep talks sometimes and this podcast does exactly that. Hosted by Andy J. Miller, a design freelancer, Creative Pep Talk bridges design and business much like The Futur, but with more anecdotes. As Andy J. Miller writes, “Through ridiculous analogies, personal stories and artist interviews, Andy hopes to help you break free from confusion and make a plan for your creative career success!”

Try “Getting Through Your Dark Days (Creative Philosophy Series )” or “The Power of Finding Your Audience.”  

Looking for inspiration outside of audio? Try these sources in our blog post “Inspiration for Inspiration.”


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