Top 10 Graphic Design & Branding Podcasts in 2020

30/05/2020 | Contributed by Molly Raymer & edited by Stephen Cleary

The word ‘podcast’ has existed since 2004, but a boom in the market in recent years means there are now thousands of podcasts that cover just about every subject matter out there. Around 7.1 million people in the UK now listen to podcasts each week- that’s one in eight people, and an increase of 24% over the last year alone.

It’s no surprise then that there are a huge number of podcasts dedicated to the subject of graphic design, be that giving out career advice, or discussing the latest typography trends. It might sound a little strange to listen to a podcast about design with no visual aids, but they are a fantastic way to stay up to date with the design world, pick up new tips and tricks or get inspiration from industry giants, all whilst getting ready for the day, walking the dog or even doing the washing up! As there are so many options out there, we’ve narrowed it down to 10 of the best podcasts to keep you focused, thoughtful and entertained. The best bit? They’re all completely free.

A quick note before delving into this list, these podcasts are not in order of best to worst – its definitely worth reading right to the end to get a good idea of the great options out there.

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1. The Deeply Graphic DesignCast

This podcast is a fantastic blend of practical and creative design advice, hosted by 6 different graphic designers that work in cities across the world. With new episodes twice a month, they answer questions submitted by listeners that can range from logo design trends, brand strategy, and how to best find new clients.

Some of the latest episodes include:

  • How to adapt to the pandemic at any stage in your design career
  • How to make a name for yourself as a designer on social media
  • Graphic design trends to pay attention to in 2020

2. Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Design Matters is one of the oldest running design shows out there, with numerous awards and accolades to its name. Hosted by Debbie Millman and produced from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, listen to engaging and in-depth discussions with artists, creative directors, graphic designers, architects and more. A great podcast to listen to hear from leaders in creative cultures.

Recent guests have included:

  • Robert Wong (Creative Director of Google Creative Lab)
  • Tosh Hall (Global Chief Creative Officer of Jones Knowles Ritchie)
  • Lisa Congdon (Artist and Illustrator)

3. The Honest Designers Show

A weekly podcast hosted by Tom Ross, CEO and founder of DesignCuts, and industry veterans Ian Barnard, Dustin Lee and Lisa Glanz, this podcast talks openly and transparently about the life of a designer and learning how to overcome some of the less glamorous, but common obstacles faced by both studio and freelance designers.

Recent episodes include:

  • Defining our ideal client
  • Answering questions from our listeners
  • How to hit that sweet flow state

4. Adventures in Design

Adventures in Design produces daily podcasts where host Mark Brickey discusses the current trends and news in the graphic design and illustration world. Mark explores how to be both creative and happy in your professional life. There is also a paid subscriber version called ‘The Circle of Trust’ that offers additional content and perks.

Latest episodes include:

  • Oren Aks | The Fyre Festival Designer
  • Jason Edminston | Pop Culture Painter
  • Sean Mort | Craft Show and Car Chases

5. Just Branding Podcast

Jacob Cass and Matt Davies’ fairly new podcast is dedicated to helping designers and entrepreneurs grow brands. Throughout each episode, Jacob and Matt get into the nitty gritty of the brand building process, sharing their professional insights and actionable tips. If you want to kickstart your design business by venturing into brand strategy in order to provide your clients with more value, then this is the right podcast for you to listen to.

Recent episodes include:

  • How to sell brand strategy
  • Brand purpose with Stef Hamerlinck
  • Brand positioning and naming with Rob Meyerson

6. The Fowler Hour

Now with over 50 episodes to his name, Connor Fowler runs a weekly podcast that includes solo episodes, regular interviews with fellow graphic designers, and even live Q&A shows. Connor’s guests have included some big names in the design world (especially over on Instagram) including Ian Paget (Logo Designer and founder of LogoGeek), Lisa Jacobs (Brand Identity Designer) and Melinda Livsey (Brand Strategist and co-host at The Futur).

Recent episodes include:

  • Live Q&A show (@cfowlerdesign)
  • My logo store with BlessCreatics
  • Ian Paget (@logo_geek)

7. The Accidental Creative

With millions of downloads to its name, The Accidental Creative has provided podcasts for well over a decade. Hosted by Todd Henry, who alongside his own work has written several design books, the show offers practical tips and strategies to help listeners improve effectiveness and productivity in their own work. This is a great one if you are looking for a very regular (twice weekly) design podcast to get stuck into. 

Recent episodes include:

  • Fear of missing out (with Patrick McGinnis)
  • Think like a rocket scientist (with Ozan Varol)
  • Taking time to invest in yourself

8. Resourceful Designer

You might have already come across the blog and online resources provided by the Resourceful Designer, but Mark Des Cotes podcast is a great addition that gives listeners an insight into behind the scenes of a design business. With 25 years in the game, Mark offers a wealth of advice and knowledge about the graphic design industry, from liaising with clients to building a portfolio.

Recent episodes include:

  • Offering website maintenance for extra income
  • How to exude confidence
  • How to write a vision statement for your design business

9. The Futur Podcast

With a 4.9 star rating and a very loyal following, The Futur’s podcast is one of the most well-known in this list. Hosted by graphic design and branding educator Chris Do, the podcast explores the topics of design, technology, marketing and business with the goal of changing the way you think. 

Recent episodes include:

  • The promise of virtual reality – with Joanna Popper
  • Designing with empathy – with Sophia Ahamed
  • Design, comedy and personal branding – with Meg Lewis

10. Logo Geek Podcast

Ian Paget, owner of LogoGeek, loves all things logo design. Ian runs the LogoGeek podcast and hosts guests from across the graphic design and illustration world. The latest episodes of the podcast have featured some of the biggest names in branding, including Sagi Haviv (a partner in the hugely successful New York design agency Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv), Louise Fili (food and restaurant brander) and Gerard Huerta (established typographer and graphic designer). 

Some recent episodes include:

  • Saying no to clients with Sagi Haviv
  • A life of food and restaurant branding with Louise Fili
  • A life of logos & design with Gerard Huerta

Bonus: Biz Buds Podcast

Tom Ross and Mike Janda (aka ‘Biz Buds’) run a podcast with a gleaming five star rating. Each episode provides advice, background and examples about building creative businesses. Tom and Mike both started off as beginner creative entrepreneurs and succeeded in building multi 7-figure businesses so they are the perfect hosts for discussing career success in design.

Some recent episodes include:

  • How to overcome perfectionism
  • How to nail the interview
  • Finding your first customer

Top 10 Graphic Design & Branding Podcasts in 2020

Thank you for taking a look through this top 10 list. We assure you that each of the featured podcasts will inspire and motivate you to create some captivating work and grow in your design career. Happy listening!

We’ve picked 10 of the best design podcasts around, that cover a wide variety of material relating to graphic design, but there are still plenty of other podcasts out there. If you think we’ve missed a podcast that should have a place on the list, let us know in the comments below!

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About the author

Stephen Cleary is a Freelance Graphic Designer and Founder of Clear Design. He specialises in helping brands connect to their desired audiences by creating memorable logos, brand identities, and websites. View Stephen’s portfolio or get in touch to start a design project today.

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