9 Best Design Podcasts - Inside Interior Crowd

9 Best Design Podcasts

Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
by Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
September 30, 2015
It’s National Podcast Day, so if you’ve finished Serial and are all caught up on Limetown, it’s time to get educated on styling your home with our favorite podcasts about design and architecture.

99% Invisible

Roman Mars hosts this weekly exploration of design and architecture, which dives into the creation of everyday items from flags to pinball machines and shares fascinating stories and historical reports on topics such as knock-off cities in China, bubble houses, and a town in Arizona inhabited by people with chemical sensitivities—all in just about 20 minutes. 99percentinvisible.org

After the Jump

DesignSponge founder and blogger extraordinaire Grace Bonney sits down with artists, designers, and makers to discuss their processes and the business challenges they face. The show, which recently had its 100th episode, draws big names (including interior designer Thom Filicia and architecture critic Alexandra Lange), as well as many up-and-coming entrepreneurs and creators you’ll want to know about. heritageradionetwork.com*

Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Since 2005 designer and educator Debbie Millman has been interviewing the most interesting figures in the industry for her Cooper Hewitt National Design Award–winning podcast Design Matters. The show, which is now part of the Design Observer Group, offers insightful conversations with editors, curators, creative directors, illustrators, designers, and writers. With over 200 episodes to explore, you’re sure to find one that speaks to your particular passion. soundcloud.com/designmatters


Go inside the industry with architects Cormac Phalen, Neal Pann, and Evan Troxel, as they cover everything from the practical and the topical (studying for the Architectural Registration Examination, value engineering, the underrepresentation of women in the field) to the offbeat (ways famous architects have died, architecture questions from third graders). archispeakpodcast.com

DnA Design and Architecture

From KCRW in Los Angeles, Frances Anderton hosts a fascinating look at the latest design and architecture news in the City of Angels (and occasionally beyond), featuring interviews with the people shaping the city’s future. There’s also a bit of Hollywood insight, with items on set and costume design, and contributions from an array of design journalists. kcrw.com

AIA Podnet

The American Institute of Architects has been producing AIA Podnet since 2006, and with nearly 300 episodes, it has become a valuable resource for industry vets and newcomers to learn about the issues around the globe impacting the field. A revolving cast of professionals discusses architectural history, preservation, sustainability, and the ins and outs of running a firm, while top architects including Tom Kundig stop by to discuss their careers. aia.org/podnet

On the Grid

Designers Dan Auer, Andy Mangold, and Matt McInerney are at the helm of this weekly discussion of the way design intersects with our lives. Their casual conversations offer an interesting peek at what’s on the minds of designers, whether it’s AB testing or the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. 5by5.tv/onthegrid/

The Urbanist

Under Monocle’s radio network, editor Andrew Tuck presents an exploration of the rapid evolution of modern cities and the people driving the changes. The weekly look at urbanism examines everything from water to crime to how ugly buildings get built. monocle.com

The Observatory

For the Design Observer Group’s latest podcast, founders Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand delve into world news and their favorite design discoveries. The monthly show began in November and has already weighed in on currency design, Ebola, London taxis, Stephen Sondheim, and the midterm elections. itunes.com

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Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd

Claire is the Content Manager at InteriorCrowd. While she was studying Film and Media at Queen's University, she worked as the Photo and Media intern at Dwell Magazine and fell in love with San Francisco's design community. After graduating, she returned home to the Bay Area and joined the team at InteriorCrowd.

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