Essential Web Design Podcasts

The world of web design and development is constantly changing, and keeping up with the times can be a full time job. That’s why I like to find ways to help keep myself up-to-date while working on other things, in the car, or at the gym. So naturally I’m a big fan of podcasts. I just get one going on my phone and let it play in the background while I work. It’s just engaging enough to keep me updated without distracting me  (too much) from getting through my daily task list.

Keep up-to-date with web design podcasts

There are a lot of great web design and development podcasts out there, so this is by no means an exhaustive list. These are just a few of my favorites:

The Big Web Show

Hosted by Jeffrey Zeldman (Happy Cog, A List Apart) and Dan Benjamin, The Big Web Show is an interview based podcast, with a different high profile guest each episode. What I like about The Big Web Show is that every episode has a very specific focus, and a lot of them introduce me to things I might not otherwise have an interest in.

Check out The Big Web Show.

Shop Talk

If you’ve been doing web design for a while, odds are you’ve run into Chris Coyier. He runs the excellent, created CodePen, writes for the likes of Smashing Magazine, et cetera, et cetera. Chris runs Shop Talk along with Dave Rupert. As the name suggests, the hosts and whoever they have as a guest talk shop, answer questions, and joke around. It’s light and breezy, but incredibly informative.

Check out Shop Talk.


I’ve gone through quite a few different podcasts, but the one I always return to is BoagWorld with Paul Boag and Marcus Lillington. Not only are the hosts incredibly informative, but they’re two of the most charming, entertaining people in the business. The show is famous (or perhaps infamous) for it’s many tangents and “pointless waffle”, but I’m one of those people who find that to be the show’s biggest asset.

BoagWorld is billed as “The podcast for all those involved in designing, developing, and running websites on a daily basis”. While it does indeed cover all those topics, what you really get the sense of is how to work well with clients and running a successful website.

Check out BoagWorld.

Rookie Designer

All you need to know about Rookie Designer is in their tagline: “Everyone’s a rookie before they’re an all star!” If you are just getting started in the world of web design and development, it can be intimidating to get yourself up to speed. Rookie Designer sets out to be informative without getting bogged down in jargon and elitism, and I think it does a fine job at the task.

Rookie Designer is a podcast with an interesting history. It’s been around in one form or another since 2005, but has stopped and restarted a couple times, and has had some personnel changes along the way. It has recently restarted, and it’s definitely worth checking out (and digging through their archives).

Check out Rookie Designer.

The Non-Breaking Space Show

Another interview-based podcast, The Non-Breaking Space Show seeks out the best and brightest in web design, and picks their brains. Hosts Christopher Schmitt, Dave McFarland, and Chris Enns keep things fresh and interesting, and they manage to bring in some pretty heavy-duty guests.

Check out The Non-Breaking Space Show.

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