12+1 podcasts to boost your creativity levels during lazy summer days

Wondering which podcasts to listen this summer? Don't worry, Wolt designers have you covered.

Strawberries as headphones. Yes.

Summer is here, and many of us are heading for well deserved holidays. As we all know, it is important to break free from the daily work tasks during the vacation. So yes, uninstall that Slack and leave those MacBooks and Sketch files unopened for a while.

Yet, it is nice to tickle your brain with some design related topics – maybe with something that is not exactly related to your daily design routines, just to feed that creative thinking of yours. Listening to podcasts is a great way to get exposed to creative thoughts while sunbathing on the beach, going for that enjoyable long distance run, or travelling in an airplane to an exotic place.

We have selected a few design related podcasts that discuss everything from those big creativity questions to those nitty-gritty design details.

1. DesignMatters

DesignMatters podcast is an oldie, but goodie. They say it is the world’s first and longest running podcast about design. The podcast is an inquiry into the broader world of creative culture through interviews with designers, writers, artists, curators, and musicians.

2. High Resolution

High Resolution is a limited video series on product design and design thinking. In each episode they’ll sit down with a different guest and discuss how the best companies approach, communicate and deploy design.

3. Hurry Slowly

Hurry Slowly podcast discusses about how to be more productive, creative, and resilient through the simple act of slowing down. Includes great actionable advice how to keep that important work-life balance.

4. UX Podcast

UXPodcast shares insights about business, technology and people. They want to push the boundaries of how user experience is perceived and boost your confidence in the work you do.

5. User Defenders

User Defenders podcast provides interviews with UX superheroes. Aims at highlighting those leading the way in their craft by diving deeper into who they are, and what makes them tick/successful, to inspire and equip those aspiring to do the same.

6. Front End Happy Hour

Front End Happy Hour podcast features panelists of engineers from Netflix, Evernote & LinkedIn talking over drinks about frontend development. A bit techy, but has relevant stuff for designers and UX researchers as well.

7. Rework

The Rework podcast provides views on a better way to work and run a business. Provides stories from behind the scenes at Basecamp and other businesses – startups, established companies, makers of physical products, brick-and-mortar stores, and more.

8. The Start by Guardian

The Start is a podcast about artistic beginnings, as told by great artists of our time. Focussing on one piece; they share how these early moments of creativity shaped them, the influence it had on their work, and what the piece now means to them in retrospect.

9. Creative Mornings

CreativeMornings, a breakfast lecture series for the global creative community, discusses what does it mean to live a creative life? The podcast shares inspiring talks from hometown heroes to design legends to community leaders.

10. Boss Level

Boss Level is a podcast on people and organizations aiming for the boss level. Provides interviews with interesting people from successful companies doing awesome things.

11. Akimbo

Akimbo is a podcast from Seth Godin. It discusses our culture and how we can change it. The podcast is about seeing what’s happening and choosing to do something.

12. Design Better

Design Better Podcast focuses on what it takes to be a product-driven company – including exploring human-centered design, and how strong collaboration between product, design, and engineering helps to make great products.

JOKER: A story about Gösta Sundqvist

Mika’s summer favorite. Unfortunately, this one is only in Finnish, but if you happen to understand our lovely language, then this is pure gold. Includes good voice acting and the plot is nicely tied to the music of Leevi & the Leavings, the band of Gösta Sundqvist. This story reveals many very interesting details about the past of the band and Gösta. Highly recommended. Thank you Yle, our national broadcasting company. Lots of hearts and sunbeams ?.

What are your favorite design and creativity related podcasts? Let us know in the comments!

Happy summer days to you all!

PS. Thank you Wolt designers for giving good podcast tips for this blog post.