5 Design Podcasts You Should Start Listening To, Right Now

I might be quick to hit that bottom on the coffeemaker first thing to brew the first cup in the morning, but actually they very first thing I do, is hit play for some background music. I don’t do well with dead silence, and a bit of music helps me wake up those early dark fall mornings.

While listening to music while I wake up, I quickly swap music with podcasts. It is such a great way to learn something new and get some inspiration. There are an endless number of great podcasts out there, and even some amazing ones on design alone. So to save you some of the trouble of pre-listening to every show, I’ve collected a list of five of my daily or weekly podcasts I really enjoy that you can start listening to, right now.


Design Matters
Design Matters claims to be the first podcast dedicated to design, as well as the broader world of creative culture. It’s hosted by Debbie Millman, whose writing has appeared in The New York Times and New York magazine. The show focuses on one creative luminary per week to try to get deeper into the mind of each of the cultural commentators she speaks with, like Jonathan Adler and Grace Bonney, creator of Design*Sponge. The show feels fresh and varied and has been downloaded more than one million times since its launch.


99% Invisible
This show is an incredibly interesting look at all of the unnoticed design and architecture that affects our everyday world. Why are those inflatable men always at used car lots? Where did fortune cookies actually originate? This podcast takes a deep-dive into the unnoticed, out-of-reach corners of the design world. I love that you really fell that you have learn something new after each episode.


Clever is a podcast hosted by Jaime Derringer, founder of Design Milk, and Amy Devers. Together, they interview a variety of creatives, including photographers, furniture designers and interior designers, and chat with them about their beginning, process and challenges. The show is an inspiring look into some of your favorite makers.


Million Dollar Decorating
With my fascination of the States, I am of course also trying to understand their interior design more. Because, lets face it, it’s very different from the Scandinavian look. I have several interior designer friends in Los Angeles, including Jeffrey Alan Marks who was on Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators TV show years ago. Playing on the name, award-winning interior designer James Swan interviews successful interior designers each week on his podcast, Million Dollar Decorating. It has a bit of a PBS vibe to it, but it’s also full of intriguing conversations and wonderfully rich stories. And there are so many to choose from.


UK magazine created their radio show years ago and has evolve into a round-the-clock global radio station, featuring live shows and podcasts covering news, foreign affairs, business, culture, design, urbanism, food & drink, print media and more. Not only do I get my daily dose of news with The Daily, but I also really enjoy The Urbanist, a guide to making better cities, be it new technology, state-of-the-art subways or compact apartments. Just recently they put spotlight on Danish city Aarhus, second largest city in Denmark.

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