Podcasts about design

For readers who want to explore discussions and stories about design, here are some of the best podcasts available right now.

In recent years podcasts have begun receiving the attention and dissemination that the medium deserves. Although podcasts have existed for 10 to 20 years (depending on how you define a podcast), the phenomenon is now widespread in popular culture, much thanks to American podcast sensations like "Serial", "This American Life" and most recently "My Dad Wrote A Porno". Today at least a handful of podcasts exist for every tiny obscure topic – including design.

A podcast is basically a series of sound files to which people can subscribe. The contents often resemble what we would call radio talk shows but developments in recent years have resulted in a wide variety of styles, ranging from classical discussion podcasts to reportage, documentaries, drama series and narratives that are closer to being sound art.

For readers who want to explore discussions and stories about design, here are some of the best podcasts available right now.

Why Service Design Thinking

Of course there is also a plethora of podcasts that focus specially on service design. Why Service Design Thinking is one of several podcasts on this topic (with easily confused names), and is led by design strategist Marina Terteryan. The podcast alternates between narrow and broad, from case studies to conversations on such topics as running a successful design business or innovation culture.

www.whyservicedesignthinking.com

Design Matters

Debbie Millman is something of a podcasting legend. For over a decade she has talked at length with people who are her own sources of inspiration. Here graphic designers and creative directors rub shoulders with authors, artists and architects in discussions that often take unexpected turns.

www.debbiemillman.com/designmatters

99% Invisible

With more than 250 episodes to date, 99% Invisible is an almost inexhaustible source of knowledge and inspiration. The podcast focuses on design from a broad perspective, with fabulous stories about everything from how to design a postal system or a sect, to the history behind basketball rules or the American concentration camps. The podcast is part of the Radiotopia network, which includes many of the US's very best podcasts with a strong narrative focus.

www.99percentinvisible.org

Invisibilia

Just like public service radio in Sweden, NPR in the US offers a range of interesting podcasts. Invisibilia presents elegantly told narratives about the invisible things that influence us as people. Although the podcast is not always about design in the purely technical sense, the concept that we must be aware of invisible structures and processes so we can shape the world around us is always close at hand. The two first seasons covered topics such as categories, cyborgs and the influence of clothes on our personality. The third season began in June 2017.

www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/

How to listen to podcasts

Although it is totally possible to follow podcasts directly online, most listeners quickly switch to using their phone – today's equivalent to the iPod that gave podcasts their name. With an app and a set of earphones you can access hundreds of thousands of podcasts that are basically always free. Apple's Podcaster is an obvious solution for iPhone users whereas Android owners can use such apps as Overcast or Pocket Casts. In Sweden Acast has gained many listeners and its app is both advanced and easy to use. Download an app, find a podcast and start subscribing to if it you like what you hear.

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The article is written by Gustav Edman and is published in Swedish Design Research Journal no 1, 2017.

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