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The ultimate list of UX and user research podcasts

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Podcasts allow people to take advantage of their downtime and engage in some thought-provoking audio. We created a shortlist of some podcasts we recommend that are almost like learning through osmosis.

For user and design researchers

Dollars to Donuts

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Steve Portigal 🎧 Click here to start listening.

Renowned author, Steve Portigal talks with the people who lead user research in their organization. His conversations feature various prominent research leads at major organizations like Goldman Sachs, Atlassian, and IBM. Ellie Kemery, Head of UX Research at SAP Concur, beams about the Dollars to Donuts podcast:

This might just be THE most important podcast! This podcast and the work Steve Portigal is doing is pushing our industry forward! I’m a HUGE fan – and I’m personally grateful for his investment in the research community.

Mixed Methods

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Aryel Cianflone 🎧 Click here to start listening.

The Mixed Methods podcast is hosted by Aryel Cianflone.

Mixed Methods is a community interested in the hows and whys of user experience research. Through interviews with industry experts and hands-on trial and error, Aryel and her team indulge and celebrate curiosity in their podcast. Expect to test assumptions, examine methods, and be exposed to some old fashion experiments.

Presentable

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Jeff Veen 🎧 Click here to start listening.

The Presentable podcast focuses on how people design and build the products that are shaping the digital future. Jeff tracks the tools, trends, and methods being used by teams from major companies and the latest startups.

A standout episode is #77: How Likely Are You to Recommend This Podcast to a Friend, where Erika Hall joins the show to talk about the second edition of her book, Just Enough Research. They talk about the methods so many people get so badly wrong.

User Defenders

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Jason Ogle 🎧 Click here to start listening.

This podcast highlights those leading the way in their craft by diving deeper into who they are and what makes them tick, in order to inspire and equip those aspiring to do the same. User Defenders aims to enlighten and entertain those passionate about making a difference in their work.

What is wrong with UX?

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Laura Klein and Kate Rutter 🎧 Click here to start listening.

This podcast's description is rather short, simply stating that Kate and Laura drink and fight about what is wrong with user experience design. After giving the podcast a five-star rating, one reviewer said:

Excellent podcast. Highly recommended to any UX designer from any level. There is a lot in there.

For technical learning

Hacking UI Podcast

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Sagi Shrieber and David Tintner 🎧 Click here to start listening.

A pair of designers, developers, entrepreneurs, bloggers, productivity maniacs, and all-around tech geeks host this podcast. They discuss a bunch of UI topics, often through interviews of well known and highly-experienced thought leaders at companies like Facebook, Intercom, and Invision.

The Crazy One Podcast

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Stephen Gates 🎧 Click here to start listening.

This podcast is all about giving the listener actionable insights to be more creative, become a better leader, create more innovative work, foster better relationships with their clients, and build a more influential career.

UI Breakfast

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Jane Portman 🎧 Click here to start listening.

The UI Breakfast hosted by Jane Portman.

Jane has a bunch of exciting conversations about UI/UX design, products, marketing, and so much more with industry experts who share actionable knowledge. A glowing review of the impressive guests and fresh perspectives reads:

Jane and her world-class guests provide some incredibly compelling content for those looking to get ahead of the curve and re-think what great UX should look like - and, more importantly, how it should make the end-user feel.

For thought leadership

The Design Better Podcast

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Aarron Walter and Eli Woolery 🎧 Click here to start listening.

Aarron and Eli look at how teams work better together for greater impact across design, engineering, business, and product. They pull back the curtain on how large organizations function and how to become a better teammate and leader by building bridges, forming coalitions, and seeing the business impact through design.

The Design of Business | The Business of Design

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand 🎧 Click here to start listening.

This podcast, recorded at the Yale School of Management, explores how design works within complex organizations to shape decisions, products, and more. Featured guests come from many industries and across many fields.

The Futur Podcast

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Chris Do 🎧 Click here to start listening.

The Futur Podcast is full of candid conversations with interesting and inspirational people that you may never have heard of. Chris interviews people from all walks of life about the fringes of design, technology, marketing, and business. A reviewer indicated:

This show is incredible! If you are a creative, designer, marketer, entrepreneur or anyone who wants to expand how they think about the world and building the futur - this needs to be a go-to podcast for you. It will change your life. You’ll learn how to make more, own your worth and find more fulfillment doing the work you love to do.

For interesting content on design

99% Invisible

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Roman Mars 🎧 Click here to start listening.

The 99% Invisible podcast is hosted by Roman Mars.

This podcast is about all the thought that goes into the things that no one thinks aboutΒ β€” the unnoticed architecture and design that shape the world. With over 400 million downloads, subscribing to 99% Invisible is a bit of a no brainer.

Clever

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Amy Devers and Jaime Derringer 🎧 Click here to start listening.

Clever is a podcast about both design and designers. Amy and Jaime have candid and revealing conversations with some super-smart people because relating to the humans responsible for the objects and environments that shape our lives can help us all find more meaning in the world around us.

Design Matters

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Debbie Millman 🎧 Click here to start listening.

An incredible podcast about design and an inquiry into the broader world of creative culture through wide-ranging conversations with designers, writers, artists, curators, musicians, and other luminaries of contemporary thought. A rave review reads:

Debbie asks interesting questions and she gets interesting answers. This is my go-to podcast when I have a spare moment. I love her attitude and I always learn something!

Wireframe

πŸŽ™ Hosted by Khoi Vinh 🎧 Click here to start listening.

The Wireframe podcast is hosted by Khoi Vinh.

Wireframe reveals the stories behind user experience design and explores unexpected ways that it helps technology fit into our lives. Khoi is a principal designer at Adobe and one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.


This list should arm you with hours and hours of listening. Get in touch to let us know about the podcasts you love and the episodes that have fundamentally changed you.

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