There are many great UX design podcasts that can help designers stay up-to-date on the latest trends, find new inspiration, and improve their skills.
UX design podcasts are a unique and informative medium for designers interested in gaining new insight into the ever-changing world of product design. From interviews with leading industry professionals to deep dives into the world of user experience design, there is something available for designers at all levels of knowledge.
In this blog post, we’re sharing our own list of some of the best UX design podcasts that you might want to subscribe to.
1. What is Wrong with UX
- Hosted by: Laura Klein and Kate Rutter
- Average Episode Length: 20-30 minutes
What Is Wrong With UX is an entertaining and engaging podcast where “Kate and Laura drink and fight about what is wrong with user experience design.” In spring of 2022, fans were disappointed to learn that the podcast was at an end, but don’t let that discourage you from perusing through 134 episodes that span three years and a wealth of UX design topics, ranging from collaboration to identifying (and improving) the assumptions you bring to your work.
2. Scratching the Surface
- Hosted by: Jarrett Fuller
- Average Episode Length: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Scratching the Surface is a podcast about design, theory, and creative practice. Hosted by Jarrett Fuller, each episode features wide-ranging conversations with designers, architects, writers, academics, artists, and theorists about how design shapes culture. Although this podcast isn’t specifically about the world of product design, the range of topics offers valuable perspective and insight that can be applied in your day to day UX work.
3. 99% Invisible
- Hosted by: Roman Mars
- Average Episode Length: 40 minutes
Hosted by award winning producer Roman Mars, the podcast 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. With over 500 episodes, listeners are treated to incredible reflections on the fact that design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. The episodes delve into “all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about—the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.”
4. The Design Better Podcast
- Hosted by: Aaron Walter and Wli Woolery
- Average Episode Length: 30 - 45 minutes
The Design Better podcast is a perennial favorite among new and experienced designers alike. The series, hosted by Aarron Walter and Eli Woolery and brought to you by InVision, shares conversations and insights from “the world’s most renowned creative leaders, empowering teams to transform their practice and build remarkable products.”
5. UX Podcast
- Hosted by: James Royal-Lawson and Per Axbom
- Average Episode Length: 35 - 45 minutes
UX Podcast™ is a twice-monthly digital design podcast that presents insights and conversation about business, technology, and people. The goal: to “push the boundaries of how user experience is perceived and boost your confidence in the work you do” … and they do it well. This podcast isn’t afraid to step outside the normal list of UX topics and challenge the status quo by discussing subjects like metacognition alongside sitemaps, Web3, and more.
6. Design Matters
- Hosted by: Debbie Millman
- Average Episode Length: 1 hour
The Design Matters podcast, hosted by Debbie Millman, is your glimpse into a series of in-depth interviews “with industry icons about the intersection of design and life.” Thanks to the slightly longer run time of each episode (usually coming in around the 1 hour mark), Millman is able to dive deep into the conversations and draw out the key takeaways from each success story that’s sure to leave you scrambling for paper and a pen to take notes.
7. The NN/g UX Podcast
- Hosted by: Therese Fessenden
- Average Episode Length: 30-50 minutes
The Nielsen Norman Group (NNg) UX Podcast is a podcast on user experience research, design, strategy, and professions. Hosted by Senior User Experience Specialist, Therese Fessenden, this podcast showcases interviews with industry experts, discussing common questions and presenting hot takes on pressing UX topics.
- Hosted by: Khoi Vinh
- Average Episode Length: 20 - 25 minutes
The Wireframe podcast is hosted by Khoi Vinh, Senior Director of Design at Adobe and one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. Each episode takes a look at the stories behind UX design, and sheds revealing insight into how these stories help technology fit into our lives, covering real life examples that range from the effectiveness of sleep apps to accessibility concerns for aging user demographics.
9. UI Breakfast
- Hosted by: Jane Portman
- Average Episode Length: 30-50 minutes
The UI Breakfast podcast is hosted by Jane Portman, a longtime UX/UI design consultant and co-founder of Userlist, where her goal is to provide flawless UX and help users be awesome at their customer messaging. Since 2014, Jane has interviewed industry experts on this podcast, who share actionable knowledge and riveting conversations about UI/UX design, products, marketing, and so much more.
10. Writers in Tech
- Hosted by: Yuval Keshtcher
- Average Episode Length: 25-50 minutes
If you’re looking to pair UX design skills with a background (or passion for) writing, the Writers in Tech podcast should definitely be on your subscribe list. Brought to you by Yuval Keshtcher at the UX Writing Hub, this is a podcast where “content strategists, UX writers, and content designers share their well-kept industry secrets.” Nearly every episode has a guest speaker who shares insight into topics from the state of the UX design industry to freelancing to writing effective marketing emails for SaaS products.
11. Design Details
- Hosted by: Brian Lovin and Marshall Bock
- Average Episode Length: 25 - 45 minutes
The Design Details podcast is hosted by two designers—Marshall Bock, a design lead at YouTube Gaming, and Brian Lovin who works on GitHub’s native mobile apps. Over the past five years, listeners have been treated to over 300 episodes with conversations that cover topics from design to development, products, interfaces, games, and more.
Listening to the stories and conversations of other experienced professionals within the field of UX design can change the way you think about the design process as a whole.
As you dive into each episode, you’ll find a treasure trove of knowledge and insight on UX-specific topics, as well as a larger understanding of the more global shifts that continue to transform the world of product design.
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