in the studio : for the love of podcasts

Welcome to our new blog feature, in the studio. The idea behind this series is for our staff to share projects, interests and activities that inspire them.

To kick of the series, we have asked one of our staffers, Jess to share what she loves about the podcast.

Listening to podcasts has quickly become one of my favourite activities. My life long love of the radio has shifted to fully embrace the podcast format. I love the variety. There is a podcast about any interest you might have – from comedy  to cooking to hiking. I have a pretty wide interest in the creative industry that extends beyond the narrower field of architecture. For me, all the streams of design are connected and can learn from each other.

And luckily for me, some of the best podcast I have discovered happen to celebrate the broader world of ‘design’. Below are my 3 favourites and why I hit subscribe:

99% Invisible 

If you are interested in how design shapes the world around you, then 99% Invisible is the podcast for you.  The podcast delivers short format stories about design on all scales – from the carpet at Portland Airport, to the phenomenon that is ‘Duplitecture‘ in China. Also, host Roman Mars has the greatest voice in radio/podcasting. It will lull you into a happy meditative state perfect for focusing on quirky stories that will make you look at the world around you differently. Listen through your favourite podcasting app or at the 99% Invisible website

A couple of my favourite episodes are:

The Colour of Money  – A great story about the ease of using money and how design could improve the use of currency in our everyday lives.

Higher and Higher  – The story about the rivalry between William Van Alen & Craig Severance as they raced to building the tallest building in New York. If you love the Chrysler Building or the Empire State Building, it’s a must listen.

All the Buildings – A podcast about my favourite illustrator James Gulliver Hancock’s amazing All the Buildings project which sees him undertaking the seemingly impossible task of illustrating all the buildings in New York.


Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Podcasting since 2005, Debbie Millman presents long form conversations with designers , writers, artists, curators, musicians and other creatives. I love this podcast for many reasons – Debbie herself is unbelievable influential in the world of graphic design and as a result the conversations tend to be deeper and filled with inspiring insights. Listen to any episode and you are bound to end up with a notebook filled with pearls of wisdom.

With 10 years of episodes archived on the website, you will find endless inspiration from people who are at the top of their game. It will inspire you to do more and entertain you at the same time.

I love illustration and typography, so my go-to episodes of Design Matters are people in this field:

Jessica Walsh – Graphic Designer Art director

Jessica Hische – Graphic Designer & Letterer

Milton Glaser  – Graphic Designer – heard of I heart NY? He did that. Seriously.


Studio Audience 

I am a huge fan of It’s Nice That, a London based design publisher (because it’s more than a blog really). So it comes as no surprise that I am also a fan of their podcast Studio Audience.

A sometimes weekly podcast about the latest news, events and featured stories in the creative industry; Studio Audience is a little looser than 99% Invisible and Design Matters.

Presented by staff at It’s Nice That, the format is a more relaxed and irreverent – exactly what you would expect from work mates chatting. It’s hard to pick a favourite because they are a mixed bag of fun, so just pick and series and start there.

So there you have it – if you aren’t already a fan a podcasts hopefully this inspires you to download a few and give your ears a break from Taylor Swift. Or maybe that is just me.