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The Best Graphic Design Podcasts

Whether you're looking for inspiration or actionable advice these graphic design podcasts have engaging conversations and insights to offer.

Graphic design podcasts are a great way to stay inspired and learn new skills on the go.

Whether you're a seasoned designer or just starting out, these podcasts offer insights into creative processes, career advice, design tips, and more.

Here are some of the top graphic design podcasts that every designer should subscribe to:

1. Adventures in Design

Hosted by graphic designers Mark Brickey and Billy Baumann, this weekly podcast dives deep into all facets of graphic design. From branding and typography to freelancing tips and business advice for creatives, Mark and Billy tackle it all with their signature wit and humor. Each 60-90 minute episode also features an in-depth interview with a prominent designer or creative professional like Jessica Hische and Lisa Congdon. With over 200 episodes and counting, Adventures in Design is essential listening for gaining both inspiration and practical knowledge.

2. Design Matters with Debbie Millman

As the world's longest running podcast about design, Debbie Millman's Design Matters has racked up over 400 episodes and counting. This bi-weekly podcast sees Debbie interviewing design luminaries, authors, artists, and entrepreneurs like Milton Glaser, Stefan Sagmeister, and Margaret Atwood. Her conversations focus on their inspirations, career journeys, and perspectives on a diverse range of topics relating to creativity and culture. Design Matters has won multiple awards and continues to be a must-listen for graphic design professionals.

3. Design Details

Hosted by Bryn Smith, this podcast features one-on-one interviews with talented designers and creatives about their processes and inspirations. Recent guests have included legends like Jessica Hische, Mike Perry, and Aaron Draplin as well as rising stars like Ellen Lupton. The laidback but insightful conversations provide tons of inspiration and guidance for building a thriving design career. New episodes come out every Tuesday.

4. The Weekly Typographic

A fun podcast talking about the most amazing articles in the world of typography, keeping you up-to-date on the wonderful world of type. Each week they discuss the cool news they've found, what they're working on, and answer burning questions about design & fontmaking.

5. Revision Path

Host Maurice Cherry's Revision Path podcast puts the spotlight on a more diverse range of designers. Each week Maurice interviews a prominent black designer, developer, or digital creative about their career journeys, challenges, and achievements. Some standout episodes include interviews with Erin Washington, Catt Small, and Bobby C. Martin Jr. Essential listening for expanding perspectives on design and gaining valuable career advice.

6. The Calculated Creative

Host Nick Hammond's The Calculated Creative podcast attempts to take 15 years of graphic design and art direction experience and distill it into actionable steps you can use to take your creative career to new heights. From daily habits to mental models and everything in between each episode offers a quick motivational and inspirational framework you can use throughout the upcoming week.

The Takeaway

Graphic design podcasts offer an excellent way for designers to stay motivated and keep learning.

Top shows like Adventures in Design, Design Matters, Design Details, Typography Podcast, Revision Path, and The Calculated Creative feature:
- In-depth interviews with design luminaries
- Actionable career tips
- Insights into creative processes
- Discussions about important design issues

Whether you're looking for inspiration, advice, or just want to geek out about design, these podcasts have engaging conversations and insights to offer.

Tune in during your commute or at the studio to get inspired by this diverse community of talented designers.

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