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59 Exciting Podcasts For Web Designers And Developers

With a phone or tablet in your pocket, you get instant access to a huge variety of podcasts1 — both audio and video. They keep you entertained while you’re commuting or on a long plane ride, and they provide useful information that you can integrate into your daily routine as a Web professional.

Keeping track of the ever-changing selection and finding quality podcasts that feature exactly the topics you are interested in can be painful. That’s where we come in. We have put together an extensive list that includes your soon-to-be favorite podcast — whether you are a developer looking for coding advice, a designer seeking inspiration or a startup businessperson. So, tune in, stay informed and learn new skills!

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Design Link

On The Grid5
On the Grid is a design podcast featuring Matt McInerney, Andy Mangold and Dan Auer. Every week, the three call in for a conversation about design’s effect on the world and the world’s effect on design.


A show about the craft of designing for the Web. Your hosts are Giovanni DiFeterici and Gene Crawford from Unmatched Style.


The Fox Is Black9
The Fox Is Black is an art and design blog that seeks to discover and share the most interesting and inspiring parts of contemporary life and culture.

The Fox Is Black10

Design Chat11
DesignChat claims to present the best live discussion about design on the Internet. They go live on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm CT.

Design Chat12

Let’s Make Mistakes
Mike and Leah talk about design, with a lot of tangents along the way. They are dedicated to bringing you the best podcasts about design and culture from an alternative point of view. They are committed to excellence through argument.


The East Wing13
The East Wing’s host, Tim Smith, and his expert guests talk about design, user experience, problem-solving and the keys to creating products with value. A new episode is published every Wednesday.

The East Wing14

Design Pro15
The Design Pro Show is a weekly webcast with Andy Rutledge. Each interactive live episode is free to watch and full of advice on how to succeed in a professional practice.

Design Pro16

Design Festival17
The Design Festival podcast provides designers with fresh inspiration. It features expert talks ranging from UX design to typography to coding advice.

Design Festival18

UX Link

User Interface Engineering19
User Interface Engineering specializes in website usabilty and user experience. On its podcast, called SpoolCast, experts share their thoughts on designing with the user in mind.

User Interface Engineering20

User Experience Podcast21
Sharing its voice since 2006, the User Experience Podcast features a wide range of interviewees and commentary on everything UX. Features include developers talking about their development process and information on how to conduct interviews for user research.

User Experience Podcast22

Coding Link

The WebGL Podcast
This one is a podcast about WebGL. It covers the latest news and libraries, as well as tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your WebGL project. It is hosted by Paul Lewis who currently works on Google Chrome’s Developer Relations team.

The WebGL Podcast

The Creative Coding Podcast23
Digital media consultant Seb Lee-Delisle and designer and developer Iain Lobb discuss the ins and outs of programming for visual and creative applications.

The Creative Coding Podcast24

The Basement Coders Developer Podcast25
The Basement Coders Developer Podcast features discussion on development topics and interviews with passionate developers.

The Basement Coders Developer Podcast26

HNpod is currently hosted by Michael Mahemoff, having been started by Alex Muir. In half an hour, it discusses the week’s top stories on Hacker News.


Ruby on Rails Link

Released Tuesday and Friday mornings, this podcast presents the latest news in the Ruby and Rails community.


Produced by Ryan Bates, RailsCasts targets the intermediate Rails developer, but beginners and experts will get something out of the tips and tricks as well. A free episode is released every other week.


Ruby Rogues31
Ruby Rogues is a podcast about Ruby and related technologies. A lot of practical tips, such as what the ideal development environment looks like, will facilitate your working process.

Ruby Rogues32

JavaScript Link

The Javascript Show33
This podcast by developers Peter Cooper and Jason Seifer features the latest news and discussion within the JavaScript communities, covering frameworks, development techniques, quick scripts and more.

The Javascript Show34

JavaScript Jabber35
Claiming to be “your prototype for great code,” the JavaScript Jabber’s experts panel shares its knowledge once a week.

JavaScript Jabber36

NodeUp: A Node.js Podcast37
NodeUp discusses a wide array of Web development topics. Every Sunday you can join the team live via freenode.

NodeUp: A Node.js Podcast38

Hosted by developers Paul Irish, Alex Sexton, Rebecca Murphey and Adam J. Sontag, yayQuery is your weekly rainbow ride through all things jQuery.

yayQuery Podcast40

PHP Link

Voices of the ElePHPant41
Voices of the ElePHPant offers interviews with people who are involved in the PHP community.

Voices of the ElePHPant42

Businesses and Startups Link

The Industry43
The Industry brings a new perspective to tech media. Highlighting design-focused startups and people, its purpose is to give the design community a voice in the tech industry.


Startups for the Rest of Us45
Hosts Mike Taber and Rob Walling share their own experience as software entrepreneurs with developers and designers who want to launch their own software products.

Startups For the Rest of Us46

5by5 | Founders Talk47
Hosted by Adam Stacoviak, Founders Talk features interesting interviews with people who had the courage to start a business. A new episode is released each week.

5by5 | Founders Talk48

Kalzumeus is hosted by Patrick McKenzie. A software businessman himself, he gives advice on business topics.


A podcast about the business side of Web design, recorded live almost every two weeks. Hosted by Carl Smith and Gene Crawford from Unmatched Style.


Unfinished Business53
Andrew Clarke and Anna Debenham present a weekly discussion show about the business end — the sharp end — of the Web, design and creative industries.


General Link

Treehouse Show Archives55
Teaching technology to the world is the mission of Treehouse, hosted by Nick Pettit and Jason Seifer. The team offers a dose of Web design and development news every Tuesday.

Treehouse Show Archives - Treehouse Blog56

Fresh Squeezed Mobile
An interview podcast exploring Web design and development. Together with experts, the team discusses mobile design, responsive design, content strategy and user experience.

Fresh Squeezed Mobile

ShopTalk is a Web design, development and UX podcast with Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert. Each week, they are joined by a special guest who helps to answer questions submitted by listeners.


The Changelog59
What’s going on in open source? The Changelog’s hosts, Wynn Netherland and Adam Stacovlak, cover the new and fresh each week.

The Changelog60

Paul Boag, creator of the longest-running podcast about Web design, shares tips and news for designers, developers and website owners. His daily audio tips provide some quick inspiration for people on the go.

An occasional podcast by Mike McAlister, Jake Caputo and Chris Molitor. The topics range from WordPress to tips for business startups.

This Developer’s Life63
An interview series in which developers talk about certain aspects of their life and working process. What drives them, and what hinders them?

This Developer's Life64

iTunes DesignChat65
DesignChat is a weekly video- and text-based conversation between and for creatives.

iTunes DesignChat66

WebDev Radio
WebDev Radio’s host, Michael Kimsal, catches up with well-known developers, providing his audience with the latest news and current discussion.

webdev Radio

5by5 | The Web Ahead67
The Web Ahead is a weekly podcast that covers changing technologies and the future of the Web. Topics include HTML5, mobile responsive design, iOS and Android. Hosted by Jen Simmons, the episodes are broadcast live but can be watched later.

5by5 | The Web Ahead68

5by5 | The Big Web Show69
The Big Web Show covers an interesting mix of everything Web. Topics include Web publishing, Web technology, art direction, content strategy, typography and more. Each week, host Jeffrey Zeldman welcomes a new guest. The show is broadcast live and can be watched later.

5by5 | The Big Web Show70

Techzing is a chat show hosted by Justin Vincent and Jason Roberts. Two episodes are released each week. The “Midweek Interview Show” features interviews with interesting people. In the “Weekend Discussion Show,” the duo talks about startups, tech in general and other topics.

techzing tech podcast72

5by5 | Build and Analyze73
Build and Analyze is a podcast hosted by Marco Arment and Dan Benjamin. Every week brings the latest news and discussion on mobile Web development, iPhone, iPad and iOS. You can watch the show either live or recorded.

5by5 | Build and Analyze74

Young Guns Show75
This podcast features interviews with young people who make the Web.


Happy Monday77
Josh Long and Sarah Parmenter present a short-burst podcast every Monday. So far, it has featured many well-known experts, including Andy Clarke, Trent Walton and Jessica Hirsche.


The Gently Mad Podcast79
The Gently Mad is an interview show about what drives us as creators and what connects us as people. Each week, the hosts explore the stories, experiences and insights of awesome people who make awesome things.


The Businessology Show81
This podcast, about the business of design and the design of business, is hosted by Jason Blumer and Dan Mall.

The Businessology Show82

An in-depth discussion on the latest tooling, workflow and best practices for front-end developers, brought to you every week by Jack Franklin and Ben Howdle.


The Non-Breaking Space Show85
The Non-Breaking Space Show is a podcast that seeks out the best and brightest on the Web and chats with them about what they do and why they do it.

The Non-Breaking Space Show86

The Stack | Monocle 2487
Hosted by editor in chief Tyler Brûlé, the program looks at the future of print media, from magazines to newspapers.

The Stack | Monocle 2488

Design Matters with Debbie Millman89
This thought-provoking podcast profiles industry-leading graphic designers, change agents, artists, writers and educators.


Scott Hanselman91
Scott Hanselman speaks, codes, writes, empowers, promotes, learns and listens — and he shares his insights with you on YouTube.

Scott Hanselman92

Download This Show93
Download This Show is your weekly point of access to the latest developments in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism and more, brought to you by ABC Radio National.

Download This Show94

5by5 | The Critical Path95
Critical Path is a talk show that contemplates the causality of success and failure in mobile computing. Using Apple as a lens to look at both telecom and traditional computing markets, the hosts try to understand what it means to be great.

5by5 | The Critical Path96

5by5 | High Density
High Density is an interview show that brings together the sharpest minds in the world to discuss how markets and business models are in a state of perpetual disruption. All signal, no noise, and the merciless pursuit of the truth.

5by5 | High Density

Debug focuses on development, especially for iPhone, iPad, Mac and games, but it covers other platforms as well. Whereas Iterate (covered below) is all about designers, Debug is for developers.


Iterate is a fortnightly podcast focusing on mobile and app design for iOS, Mac, Android and other platforms.


Type is speech on paper. Typeradio is speech on type. It is a micro-FM broadcast, an MP3 Internet radio stream and a podcast station. Typeradio broadcasts questions, answers, performances, events and talks online and on stage.


This Week in Web Design
This Week in Web Design helps you accelerate your Web design career by teaching you the creative, business, technology and marketing secrets of its expert hosts and guests.

This Week in Web Design is a weekly podcast that discusses Web and mobile app development, open-source software and beer. Brought to you from San Francisco by two independent software developers, Sam Soffes and Steve Derico.

The Breakpoint103
The Breakpoint is a new show focusing on development tools and workflows.


Book Club105
Just like a regular book club but for Web design books. Each month, the club selects a book, reads it as a group and meets online at a set time of the day. The author of the book then takes questions, some sent in beforehand and some asked live by listeners.


Until Next Time Link

We hope you enjoy these podcasts and that there’s some or many in your field of interest. Spice up your travel time or make the drive to work more productive. Let yourself be entertained by experts in our industry, and gain not only new skills but also insights from their lives.

Tell us which is your favorite and why? Of course, you’re welcome to share other inspirational podcasts with the community — simply mention them in the comments section below!

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Former Smashing Editor Melanie completed her degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Otago University, and is now freelancer and part-time politician. She's interested in many things like writing, web design, travelling and fire brigade, and tweets as @mel_in_media.

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    Kyle Stearns

    April 19, 2013 4:26 pm

    So many! Don’t know which ones to check out first. I’ve personally been a listener of ShopTalk and I can recommend it.

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    Thank you for compiling such a terrific list. I can’t wait to check them all out.

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    the spanish speaking friends might enjoy

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    I would have preferred a shoter list with descriptions of the shows that are not just copied from iTunes. Also, a list of shows that are still running – many of these podcasts are not.

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    Chris Molitor

    April 19, 2013 7:11 pm

    Thanks for posting Please Advise. I agree with Kyle, ShopTalk is great.

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    Kristjan Jansen

    April 19, 2013 9:20 pm

    Build and Analyze show has ended. The author continues on

  7. 9

    You guys really need to add Product People: This is a really great weekly podcast for designers and devs that are looking to start or are currently building products.

  8. 10

    Ryan McGovern

    April 19, 2013 10:51 pm

    Honored to have DesignChat mentioned in a list like this. I haven’t been doing shows recently (I’ve been going to grad school) but if theres interest I’ll make more happen somehow! Hit me up @designchat on twitter to make requests for special guests. Thanks again!!!

    • 11

      Ryan McGovern

      July 19, 2015 11:34 pm

      Update: DesignChat is set to relaunch in February of 2016!! Follow us on Twitter for updates when we get closer! @DesignChat

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    As one of 50 millions of deaf/hoh people in USA, I cannot enjoy podcasts and videos unless they are captioned and transcribed. It’s also required as part of web accessibility guidelines. I would say that UIE is the only website I know so far that has transcripts for all their podcasts – they are a great example for others to follow. I also have a website on www. if you would like to learn more.

    • 13

      I agree with your comment and sympathize with your position.

      It is simply unjustifiable for no transcript to be included in a podcast!

      For a video podcast, I create an SRT file which can be used for closed-captioning, it also allows the user (and software) to index the podcast, allowing searches on key words and making them much more useful in an archival context as opposed to listening live only.

    • 14

      You should have a look at Boagworld too, they also have transcribed shows.

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    Some of the podcast are completely outdated. So it would be better if they are not in your list at all.


    Last episode more than a year ago

    Basement coders
    October 2012

  11. 16

    If you’re a french speaking person, you should listen to The Walking Web! ;)

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    Daniel "Jelly" Farrelly

    April 21, 2013 4:31 pm

    I produce a fortnightly development podcast about iOS development called Mobile Couch, along with two co-hosts, Jake MacMullin (known for ABC’s iView apps here in Australia) and Caleb Thorson (known for Trickle and Cute Fruit). The show mostly focuses mostly on helpful techniques and tools for creating applications with minimal “fluff”.

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    Gustavo Freitas

    April 22, 2013 2:40 am

    This is a nice list, but I personally would like to know which of these have you signed up? I’ve noticed while signing to weekly newsletters that most of them are more of the same, so focusing in one or two may let us free from stress and information for anxiety. Besides as said before, there are some podcasts outdated. Thanks!

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      With podcasts (and newsletter) its really a matter of personal taste. I quite enjoy when hosts tell personal stories or make jokes in between, someone else might prefer to focus strictly on content. I usually go through the archives every now and then, pick episodes that interest me and have a big catch up on the latest episodes while travelling, hitting the gym, or enjoying a nice day with my listening device outside in the sun.

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    sam wightwick

    April 22, 2013 10:22 am

    this is a nice list of podcasts, I find they are great to listen to whilst I am working. Thanks

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    @ Sebastian & Frank

    You are right. However, some older episodes are still relevant and helpful. They were included because we found them interesting and hope this post is a motivation to bring them back to life.

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    This is a very nice list of podcasts and videos.
    For what is worth I personally *highly* recommend these:
    – Draft
    – The East Wing
    – Debug (love this one)
    – The WHOLE 5by5 network

    This one isn’t listed but i find it very inspirational:
    -Entrepreneur on fire

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    Information overload!!

    Personaly, I follow “The Big Web Show” and “Design Matters”. I’d like to follow others but my days are only 24 hours long :(

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    Mixergy – 850+ Interviews with Proven Entrepreneurs.

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    Ray Villalobos

    April 25, 2013 12:41 am

    Hey Melanie,

    Great list. Me and some of my author friends started a new podcast called Authored Content. It’s a live weekly YouTube hangout where we discuss design and web topics. It’s on Fridays at 3pm EST, although tomorrow it’s on a little earlier at 1pm EST.

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    Have you heard of Lostcast? :D

    It’s a podcast of an independent game studio working with HTML5. They’ve been recording for over a year now, and I pick up a lot of helpful advice and techniques from each episode, even after listening to them over and over again!

    They’re really approachable as well, and welcome questions and topics from listeners for them to discuss.

    You can find the list of episodes at or on iTunes at

    I recommend episode 7 for general HTML5, and episode 30 is their funniest one in my opinion. :)

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    Herding Code is pretty good as well.

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    Robbie Ferrero

    April 25, 2013 7:55 pm

    I have a podcast on programming, technology, the web, GTD and workflow, and anything else we feel like talking about (our most recent episode was about home brewing). Also, I’ll be doing around 12 hours of podcasting from the upcoming Drupalcon Portland. It’s called Toadcast and can be found on iTunes or here:

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    Hello? What about Freelance Unleashed.

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    Gaurav Mishra

    April 29, 2013 9:17 am

    Very Exhaustive list.
    Good to see the caricature for a trainee also.

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    Great list Melanie! If you like podcasts were the hosts tell personal stories or make jokes in between you should check out Creative Briefs Creative Briefs is a podcast for designers and others in creative professions focused on what inspires and motivates others in their field. I’m one of the hosts. We also aim for guests to have more fun then they would during a normal interview.

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      Melanie Lang

      May 3, 2013 10:09 am

      Great, thank you John. Will put on my list for next weeks gym sessions ;o).

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    ShopTalk, The good old BoagWorld and Unfinished business are my favs. There is a also another short and new one at

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    Matt from

    November 22, 2013 7:17 am

    Thanks for sharing a detailed list for designers, developers and even freelancers. I’m only familiar with a few such as Design Chat and Design Pro.

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    Shah Turner

    March 2, 2014 2:56 pm

    Awesome list! While we’re at it, I’d like to throw mine into the mix.. is an interview based podcast where freelancers and small creative business owners are asked to share their experiences of being in business. It’s more or less my reaction against the lack of business know how taught to designers while they’re still studying.


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