Which Podcasts Should Web Designers And Developers Be Listening To?

April 18, 2018

Which Podcasts Should Web Designers And Developers Be Listening To?

Which Podcasts Should Web Designers And Developers Be Listening To?

Ricky Onsman

We asked the Smashing community what podcasts they listened to, aiming to compile a shortlist of current podcasts for web designers and developers. We had what can only be called a very strong response — both in number and in passion.

First, we winnowed out the podcasts that were on a broader theme (e.g. creativity, mentoring, leadership), on a narrower theme (e.g. on one specific WordPress theme) or on a completely different theme (e.g. car maintenance — I’m sure it was well-intentioned).

When we filtered out those that had produced no new content in the last three months or more (although then we did have to make some exceptions, as you’ll see), and ordered the rest according to how many times they were nominated, we had a graded shortlist of 55.

Agreed, that’s not a very short shortlist.

So, we broke it down into five more reasonably sized shortlists:

Obviously, it’s highly unlikely anyone could — or would want to — listen to every episode of every one of these podcasts. Still, we’re pretty sure that any web designer or developer will find a few podcasts in this lot that will suit their particular listening tastes.

A couple of caveats before we begin:

  • We don’t claim to be comprehensive. These lists are drawn from suggestions from readers (not all of which were included) plus our own recommendations.
  • The descriptions are drawn from reader comments, summaries provided by the podcast provider and our own comments. Podcast running times and frequency are, by and large, approximate. The reality is podcasts tend to vary in length, and rarely stick to their stated schedule.
  • We’ve listed each podcast once only, even though several could qualify for more than one list.
  • We’ve excluded most videocasts. This is just for listening (videos probably deserve their own article).

Podcasts For Web Developers

Syntax

SyntaxWes Bos and Scott Tolinski dive deep into web development topics, explaining how they work and talking about their own experiences. They cover from JavaScript frameworks like React, to the latest advancements in CSS to simplifying web tooling. 30-70 minutes. Weekly.

Developer Tea

Developer TeaA podcast for developers designed to fit inside your tea break, a highly-concentrated, short, frequent podcast specifically for developers who like to learn on their tea (and coffee) break. The Spec Network also produces Design Details. 10-30 minutes. Every two days.

Web Platform Podcast

Web Platform PodcastCovers the latest in browser features, standards, and the tools developers use to build for the web of today and beyond. Founded in 2014 by Erik Isaksen. Hosts Danny, Amal, Leon, and Justin are joined by a special guest to discuss the latest developments. 60 minutes. Weekly.

Devchat Podcasts

Devchat PodcastsFourteen podcasts with a range of hosts that each explore developments in a specific aspect of development or programming including Ruby, iOS, Angular, JavaScript, React, Rails, security, conference talks, and freelancing. 30-60 minutes. Weekly.

The Bike Shed

The Bike ShedHosts Derek Prior, Sean Griffin, Amanda Hill and guests discuss their development experience and challenges with Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and whatever else is drawing their attention, admiration, or ire at any particular moment. 30-45 minutes. Weekly.

NodeUp

NodeUpHosted by Rod Vagg and a series of occasional co-hosts, this podcast features lengthy discussions with guests and panels about Node.js and Node-related topics. 30-90 minutes. Weekly / Monthly.

.NET Rocks

.NET RocksCarl Franklin and Richard Campbell host an internet audio talk show for anyone interested in programming on the Microsoft .NET platform, including basic information, tutorials, product developments, guests, tips and tricks. 60 minutes. Twice a week.

Three Devs and a Maybe

Three Devs and a MaybeJoin Michael Budd, Fraser Hart, Lewis Cains, and Edd Mann as they discuss software development, frequently joined by a guest on the show’s topic, ranging from daily developer life, PHP, frameworks, testing, good software design and programming languages. 45-60 minutes. Weekly.

Weekly Dev Tips

Weekly Dev TipsHosted by experienced software architect, trainer, and entrepreneur Steve Smith, Weekly Dev Tips offers a variety of technical and career tips for software developers. Each tip is quick and to the point, describing a problem and one or more ways to solve that problem. 5-10 minutes. Weekly.

devMode.fm

devMode.fmDedicated to the tools, techniques, and technologies used in modern web development. Each episode, Andrew Welch and Patrick Harrington lead a cadre of hosts discussing the latest hotness, pet peeves, and the frontend development technologies we use. 60-90 minutes. Twice a week.

CodeNewbie

CodeNewbieStories from people on their coding journey. New episodes published every Monday. The most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code. Founded by Saron Yitbarek. 30-60 minutes. Weekly.

Front End Happy Hour

Front End Happy HourA podcast featuring panels of engineers from @Netflix, @Evernote, @Atlassian and @LinkedIn talking over drinks about all things Front End development. 45-60 minutes. Every two weeks.

Under the Radar

Under the RadarFrom development and design to marketing and support, Under the Radar is all about independent app development. Hosted by David Smith and Marco Arment. 30 minutes. Weekly.

Hanselminutes

HanselminutesScott Hanselman interviews movers and shakers in technology in this commute-time show. From Michio Kaku to Paul Lutus, Ward Cunningham to Kimberly Bryant, Hanselminutes is talk radio guaranteed not to waste your time. 30 minutes. Weekly.

Fixate on Code

Fixate on CodeSince October 2017, Larry Botha from South African design agency Fixate has been interviewing well known achievers in web design and development on how to help front end developers write better code. 30 minutes. Weekly.

JS Party

JS PartyA community celebration of JavaScript and the web. Records live every Thursday. Panelists include Mikeal Rogers, Rachel White, Alex Sexton, Nick Nisi, Suz Hinton, Michael Jackson, Safia Abdalla, Feross Aboukhadijeh, Kevin Ball, and Christopher Hiller. 60 minutes. Weekly.

Breach

BreachHosted by award-winning cybersecurity journalist Bob Sullivan and veteran podcast producer Alia Tavakolian, Breach investigates history's biggest data breaches with the help of the world's foremost IT security experts, technology reporters and white hat hackers. 30-60 minutes. Irregular.

Build Your SaaS

Build Your SaaSWhat does it take to launch a Software as a Service business in 2018? Follow Jon and Justin as they build & launch their new product: Transistor.fm. 30-60 minutes. Weekly.

Vue.js News

Vue.js NewsProvides Vue developers with the latest news and tutorials to stay up-to-date with their technology. 5 minutes. Weekly.

JAMstack Radio

JAMstack RadioA show all about the JAMstack, a new way to build fast & secure apps or websites. 30 minutes. Monthly.

Podcasts For Web Designers

99% Invisible

99% InvisibleDesign is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture, from award winning producer Roman Mars. 20-45 minutes. Weekly.

Design Details

Design DetailsA show about the people who design our favorite products, hosted by Bryn Jackson and Brian Lovin. The Spec Network also produces Developer Tea. 60-90 minutes. Weekly.

Presentable

PresentableHost Jeffrey Veen brings over two decades of experience as a designer, developer, entrepreneur, and investor as he chats with guests about how we design and build the products that are shaping our digital future and how design is changing the world. 45-60 minutes. Weekly.

Responsive Web Design

Responsive Web DesignIn each episode, Karen McGrane and Ethan Marcotte (who coined the term “responsive web design”) interview the people who make responsive redesigns happen. 15-30 minutes. Weekly. (STOP PRESS: Karen and Ethan issued their final episode of this podcast on 26 March 2018.)

RWD Podcast

RWD PodcastHost Justin Avery explores new and emerging web technologies, chats with web industry leaders and digs into all aspects of responsive web design. 10-60 minutes. Weekly / Monthly.

UXPodcast

UXPodcastBusiness, technology and people in digital media. Moving the conversation beyond the traditional realm of User Experience. Hosted by Per Axbom and James Royal-Lawson from Sweden. 30-45 minutes. Every two weeks.

UXpod

UXpodA free-ranging set of discussions on matters of interest to people involved in user experience design, website design, and usability in general. Gerry Gaffney set this up to provide a platform for discussing topics of interest to UX practitioners. 30-45 minutes. Weekly / Monthly.

UX-radio

UX-radioA podcast about IA, UX and Design that features collaborative discussions with industry experts to inspire, educate and share resources with the community. Created by Lara Fedoroff and co-hosted with Chris Chandler. 30-45 minutes. Weekly / Monthly.

User Defenders

User DefendersHost Jason Ogle aims to highlight inspirational UX Designers leading the way in their craft, by diving deeper into who they are, and what makes them tick/successful, in order to inspire and equip those aspiring to do the same. 30-90 minutes. Weekly.

The Drunken UX Podcast

The Drunken UX PodcastOur hosts Michael Fienen and Aaron Hill look at issues facing websites and developers that impact the way we all use the web. “In the process, we’ll drink drinks, share thoughts, and hopefully make you laugh a little.” 60 minutes. Twice a week.

UI Breakfast Podcast

UI Breakfast PodcastJoin Jane Portman for conversations about UI/UX design, products, marketing, and so much more, with awesome guests who are industry experts ready to share actionable knowledge. 30-60 minutes. Weekly.

Efficiently Effective

Efficiently EffectiveSaskia Videler keeps us up to date with what’s happening in the field of UX and content strategy, aiming to help content experts, UX professionals and others create better digital experiences. 25-40 minutes. Monthly.

The Honest Designers Show

The Honest Designers ShowHosts Tom Ross, Ian Barnard, Dustin Lee and Lisa Glanz have each found success in their creative fields and are here to give struggling designers a completely honest, under the hood look at what it takes to flourish in the modern world. 30-60 minutes. Weekly.

Design Life

Design LifeA podcast about design and side projects for motivated creators. Femke van Schoonhoven and Charli Prangley (serial side project addicts) saw a gap in the market for a conversational show hosted by two females about design and issues young creatives face. 30-45 minutes. Weekly.

Layout FM

Layout FMA weekly podcast about design, technology, programming and everything else hosted by Kevin Clark and Rafael Conde. 60-90 minutes. Weekly.

Bread Time

Bread TimeGabriel Valdivia and Charlie Deets host this micro-podcast about design and technology, the impact of each on the other, and the impact of them both on all of us. 10-30 minutes. Weekly.

The Deeply Graphic DesignCast

The Deeply Graphic DesignCastEvery episode covers a new graphic design-related topic, and a few relevant tangents along the way. Wes McDowell and his co-hosts also answer listener-submitted questions in every episode. 60 minutes. Every two weeks.

What is Wrong with UX

What is Wrong with UXLaura Klein and Kate Rutter drink and fight about user experience design. 30 minutes. Every two weeks.

The DesignBetter.Co Podcast

The DesignBetter.Co PodcastPart of the InVision family, this features a series of interviews with leading web professionals on design issues. 30-60 minutes. Every two weeks.

Revision Path

Revision PathAward-winning weekly interview podcast that focuses on showcasing some of the best Black graphic designers, web designers, and web developers from all over the world. 45-90 minutes. Weekly.

Podcasts On The Web, The Internet, And Technology

The Big Web Show

The Big Web ShowVeteran web designer and industry standards champion Jeffrey Zeldman is joined by special guests to address topics like web publishing, art direction, content strategy, typography, web technology, and more. 60 minutes. Weekly.

ShopTalk

ShopTalkA podcast about front end web design, development and UX. Each week Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert are joined by a special guest to talk shop and answer listener submitted questions. 60 minutes. Weekly.

Boagworld

BoagworldPaul Boag and Marcus Lillington are joined by a variety of guests to discuss a range of web design related topics. Fun, informative and quintessentially British, with content for designers, developers and website owners, something for everybody. 60 minutes. Weekly.

The Changelog

The ChangelogConversations with the hackers, leaders, and innovators of open source. Hosts Adam Stacoviak and Jerod Santo do in-depth interviews with the best and brightest software engineers, hackers, leaders, and innovators. 60-90 minutes. Weekly.

Back to Front Show

Back to Front ShowTopics under discussion hosted by Keir Whitaker and Kieran Masterton include remote working, working in the web industry, productivity, hipster beards and much more. Released irregularly but always produced with passion. 30-60 minutes. Weekly / Monthly.

The Next Billion Seconds

The Next Billion SecondsThe coming “next billion seconds” are the most important in human history, as technology transforms the way we live and work. Mark Pesce talks to some of the brightest minds shaping our world. 30-60 minutes. Every two weeks.

Toolsday

ToolsdayHosted by Una Kravets and Chris Dhanaraj, Toolsday is about the latest in tech tools, tips, and tricks. 30 minutes. Weekly.

Reply All

Reply AllA podcast about the internet, often delving deeper into modern life. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman from US narrative podcasting company Gimlet Media. 30-60 minutes. Weekly.

CTRL+CLICK CAST

CTRL+CLICK CASTDiverse voices from industry leaders and innovators, who tackle everything from design, code and CMS, to culture and business challenges. Focused, topical discussions hosted by Lea Alcantara and Emily Lewis. 60 minutes. Every two weeks.

Modern Web

Modern WebExplores next generation frameworks, standards, and techniques. Hosted by Tracy Lee. Topics include EmberJS, ReactJS, AngularJS, ES2015, RxJS, functional reactive programming. 60 minutes. Weekly.

Relative Paths

Relative PathsA UK based podcast on “web development and stuff like that” for web industry types. Hosted by Mark Phoenix and Ben Hutchings. 60 minutes. Every two weeks.

A11y Rules

A11y RulesInterviews with people involved in one way or another with web accessibility, hosted by Nicholas Steenhout. 30 minutes. Weekly.

Digital Noir Presents

Digital Noir PresentsA weekly podcast from an Australian digital agency about global technology, design, marketing and insights from industry thought leaders: a diverse range of people doing a diverse range of things. 30-45 minutes. Weekly.

Pursuit Podcast

Pursuit PodcastAdvice and new perspectives on getting things done in tech through half hour conversations with tech's great thinkers each week, hosted by Jessica Rose. 30 minutes. Weekly.

Business Podcasts For Web Professionals

The Businessology Show

The Businessology ShowThe Businessology Show is a podcast about the business of design and the design of business, hosted by CPA/coach Jason Blumer. 30 minutes. Monthly.

CodePen Radio

CodePen RadioChris Coyier, Alex Vazquez, and Tim Sabat, the co-founders of CodePen, talk about the ins and outs of running a small web software business. The good, the bad, and the ugly. 30 minutes. Weekly.

BizCraft

BizCraftPodcast about the business side of web design, recorded live almost every two weeks. Your hosts are Carl Smith of nGen Works and Gene Crawford of UnmatchedStyle. 45-60 minutes. Every two weeks.

Podcasts That Don’t Have Recent Episodes (But Do Have Great Archives)

Design Review Podcast

Design Review PodcastNo chit-chat, just focused in-depth discussions about design topics that matter. Jonathan Shariat and Chris Liu are your hosts and bring to the table passion and years of experience. 30-60 minutes. Every two weeks. Last episode 26 November 2017.

Style Guide Podcast

Style Guide PodcastA small batch series of interviews (20 in total) on Style Guides, hosted by Anna Debenham and Brad Frost, with high profile designer guests. 45 minutes. Weekly. Last episode 19 November 2017.

True North

True NorthLooks to uncover the stories of everyday people creating and designing, and highlight the research and testing that drives innovation. Produced by Loop11. 15-60 minutes. Every two weeks. Last episode 18 October 2017

UIE.fm Master Feed

UIE.fm Master FeedGet all episodes from every show on the UIE network in this master feed: UIE Book Corner (with Adam Churchill) and The UIE Podcast (with Jared Spool) plus some archived older shows. 15-60 minutes. Weekly. Last episode 4 October 2017.

Let’s Make Mistakes

Let’s Make MistakesA podcast about design with your hosts, Mike Monteiro, Liam Campbell, Steph Monette, and Seven Morris, plus a range of guests who discuss good design, business and ethics. 45-60 minutes. Weekly / Monthly. Last episode 3 August 2017.

Motion and Meaning

Motion and MeaningA podcast about motion for digital designers brought to you by Val Head and Cennydd Bowles, covering everything from the basic principles of animation through to advanced tools and techniques. 30 minutes. Monthly. Last episode 13 December 2016.

The Web Ahead

The Web AheadConversations with world experts on changing technologies and future of the web. The Web Ahead is your shortcut to keeping up. Hosted by Jen Simmons. 60-100 minutes. Monthly. Last episode 30 June 2016.

Unfinished Business

Unfinished BusinessUK designer Andy Clarke and guests have plenty to talk about, mostly on and around web design, creative work and modern life. 60-90 minutes. Monthly. Last episode 28 June 2016. (STOP PRESS: A new episode was issued on 20 March 2018. Looks like it’s back in action.)

Dollars to Donuts

Dollars to DonutsA podcast where Steve Portigal talks with the people who lead user research in their organizations. 50-75 minutes. Irregular. Last episode 10 May 2016.

Any Other Good Ones Missing?

As we noted, there are probably many other good podcasts out there for web designers and developers. If we’ve missed your favorite, let us know about it in the comments, or in the original threads on Twitter or Facebook.

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