Listen Up! 5 Top Design Podcasts

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Yes, design is a visual medium. Yet sometimes we find ourselves turning inward when our enviornment is, shall we say, less than inspiring. Stuck in a grid lock? Commuting on the subway? Flying to your next site visit? For frequent travelers and audiophiles, podcasts are invaluable. Whether you’re interested in how design influences daily life or how to grow your business, the following series are sure to pique your interest. Here, we outline five of the best audio shows on the web for architects and interior designers.

99% Invisible

This smart and entertaining podcast by award-winning producer Roman Mars operates on the premise that we often overlook the design that exists everywhere around us. In a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture, Mars delves into the activities that shape our environment. As one of the most popular programs on iTunes (with over 30 million downloads), this is a must-listen podcast. Subscribe here .


This well-established podcast, moderated by Evan Troxel, Neal Pann and Cormac Phalen, features conversations about real-life experiences within the field of architecture. Topics have included everything from drawing and 3D modeling to education and winning new clients. Subscribe here .

The Chaise Lounge: Interior Design

The Chaise Lounge is a weekly podcast that focuses on the business of interior design. Moderator Nick May, who owns a paint contracting business in Denver, and who founded IDI: Interior Design Initiatives (a co-op that pools local resources together), covers topics such as marketing, client management and staff management—all in the aim of helping you to create a successful interior design business. Subscribe here .

Design Pro Success Stories with Jeff Wortham

California-based landscape architect Jeff Wortham moderates this weekly podcast, featuring interviews with successful architects, landscape architects and interior designers. Wortham explores how these design professionals find a healthy work-life balance, where they find inspiration, who has influenced them the most and what choices have had the biggest effect on their careers. Subscribe here .

Spotlight on Design

This ongoing lecture series, produced by the National Building Museum, features renowned  architects, urban planners and designers from around the globe. Past speakers have included Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava and Shigeru Ban. Spotlight on Design also highlights the work of firms such as SHoP, SOM and Pugh + Scarpa. Look for the upcoming program, “11th Street Bridge Park,” covering Washington D.C.’s award-winning park over the Anacostia River, on Jan. 8. See more here .

OLIN OMA 11thStBridgejpeg Photo: Anacostia Crossing's Navy Yard view. Rendering courtesy of OMA + OLIN.