As with all sites, podcasts can be up and down. Not all episodes are good; sometimes they are irrelevant and sometimes they are gold. Web design podcasts are a great way to stay in the loop about the ever-changing world of web design. They are a very easy way to learn about emerging technologies and standards, listen to in-depth discussions with some of the best designs and developers on the planet and continuously learn whilst you’re not at your desk.
Below is a list of my favourite podcasts that have been keeping me occupied of late, which have their fair share of ‘gold’ episodes. I would highly recommend checking them out and if you happen to have a favourite podcast or even an episode that is ‘all time’, feel free to drop a link in the comments.
The Shoptalk Show is a podcast about front-end web design, development and UX. Each week Dave Rupert & Chris Coyier talk to a talented guest who is there to talk shop and help answer listener-submitted questions. Each show is very entertaining, especially when Dave goes bananas on the soundboard or when Chris yells “Just build websites!”.
The Big Web Show, hosted by Jeffrey Zeldman features special guests and topics like web publishing, art direction, content strategy, typography, web technology and more. It’s everything web that matters. The show of late has been very sporadic, but each episode that is released is worth it.
Build and Analyze is a weekly news and discussion show between Marco Arment and Dan Benjamin about the world of iPhone, iPad, iOS and mobile web development. This show doesn’t have too much content for front-end developers, but I really enjoy how Marco shares his knowledge about running his highly successful company Instapaper and his other explorations. It is a very motivating podcast but has its ups and downs.
The Industry podcast focuses on highlighting design focused startups and people. The podcasts seems to be more of a round up on the current happenings and not so much front-end talk but sometimes Drew goes on little technical tangents which are highly entertaining and informative. Unfortunately sometimes the podcasts seems to go off track but all in all it’s tops!
Founders Talk is an interview podcast hosted by Adam Stacoviak (who is also on The Industry podcast) about awesome, in-depth, one-on-one conversations with Founders. Unfortunately, it has not been a new episode for quite some time, but I would recommend digging into the archive as there has been some pure gold. Episode 21 with Mark Jardine and Paul Haddad, who are the founders of Tweetbot, really sticks out for me.
The Web Ahead is a weekly podcast about changing technologies and the future of the web, discussing HTML5, mobile, responsive design, iOS, Android and more. Hosted by Jen Simmons who has a knack for finding awesome quests to talk about some bleeding edge topics.
The East Wing is a weekly show that talks about design, user experience, problem solving and the keys to creating products with value. Hosted by Tim Smith. Still a young podcast, but so far I have been very impressed with the diversity of topics and guests so far.
PleaseAdvise.fm is an occasional live podcast by commercial WordPress theme developers Mike McAlister, Jake Caputo and Chris Molitor. They chat about the theme industry, selling on ThemeForest, code, coffee, technology and whatever else comes up. They also feature special guests who join them for the entirety of the show.
All the above are hit and miss, not all episodes are good but you never know when one will drop some inspiration that money can’t buy!