11 Web Design Podcasts for Online Merchants

by Latisha Bovey
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Website design podcasts offer expert insights on how to build and run a digital business. For online merchants, these free shows are an invaluable resource.

Here is a list of website design podcasts covering user experience, ecommerce design, digital marketing, product design, digital leadership, coding, the business of design, and more.

ShopTalk Show

Screenshot of ShopTalk Show home page.Screenshot of ShopTalk Show home page.

ShopTalk Show

Shop Talk Show is a weekly podcast about building websites hosted by Dave Rupert and Chris Coyier. It covers front-end web design, development, user experience, and more. Each Monday, the show is joined by a guest to discuss digital strategy and answer listener-submitted questions. Recent episodes include “Web Components, Testing, and Database Seeding” and “Cache Bustin, Twitter Embeds, and Analytics Weirdness.”

Design Details

Screenshot of Design Details podcast website.Screenshot of Design Details podcast website.

Design Details

Hosted by Brian Lovin and Marshall Bock, Design Details is a show featuring guests who are designers and innovators of products at companies such as Shopify, The Grid, Airbnb, Pinterest, and Zendesk. Recent episodes include “It Doesn’t Have to Be Right” and “New Feature Launch Checklist.”

99% Invisible

Screenshot of 99% Invisible home page.Screenshot of 99% Invisible home page.

99% Invisible

99% Invisible is about the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. Hosted by Roman Mars, 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. Recent episodes include “Pandemic Tracking and the Future of Data” and “The Future of the Final Mile.”

The Unofficial Shopify Podcast

Screenshot of The Unofficial Shopify Podcast website.Screenshot of The Unofficial Shopify Podcast website.

The Unofficial Shopify Podcast

Hosted by Kurt Elster, an ecommerce industry insider and Shopify partner, The Unofficial Shopify Podcast is a no holds barred discussion of ecommerce growth strategy and tactics. The show covers many design and business topics for ecommerce merchants. Recent design and development-related topics include “Immutable Laws of Conversions” and “Split Testing Product Prices.”

CodeNewbie Podcast

Screenshot of CodeNewbie Podcast website.Screenshot of CodeNewbie Podcast website.

CodeNewbie Podcast

CodeNewbie Podcast is from a supportive community of programmers and people learning to code. Each season, people with diverse backgrounds and expertise share their coding journeys and beginner-friendly discussions about the latest tech. Recent episodes include “How to be a successful solopreneur” and “What are some fundamentals of machine learning and AI.”

Front End Happy Hour

Screenshot of Front End Happy Hour website.Screenshot of Front End Happy Hour website.

Front End Happy Hour

Front End Happy Hour is a software engineering podcast that started in February 2016. The show consists of a regular group of panelists from Silicon Valley companies such as Netflix, Twitch, Atlassian, Evernote, and LinkedIn. The hosts often have guests and get together over drinks to discuss various front-end, JavaScript, and software engineering topics.

User Defenders

Screenshot of User Defenders website.Screenshot of User Defenders website.

User Defenders

User Defenders is a user experience (UX) design podcast with inspiring professionals discussing UX and product design to inspire and equip listeners on how to integrate users and businesses better. Episodes include “Everyone’s a UX Designer with Jared Spool” and “Design for How People Think with John Whalen.”

Design Life

Screenshot of Design Life podcast website.Screenshot of Design Life podcast website.

Design Life

Design Life is a podcast about design and side projects for motivated creators. Hosted by Charli Prangley and Femke van Schoonhoven, Design Life tackles issues faced by designers, such as overcoming a creative block and collaborating with others in the industry. Recent episodes include “Conducting design audits” and “Is the vibe shifting in design?

The Hustle Podcast

The Hustle Podcast

The Hustle Podcast is a show dedicated to the evolution of the craft of digital product design. Produced by Funsize, a digital product design studio, the podcast’s host is the Head of Design, Anthony Armendariz, with co-host Tony Sanchez, the Design Lead. Guests include inspiring designers, thought leaders, and agency owners. Recent episodes include “Follow Your Fears for Inspiration” and “The Different Flavors of Design Management.”

The Design of Business | The Business of Design

Screenshot of The Design of Business | The Business of Design website.Screenshot of The Design of Business | The Business of Design website.

The Design of Business | The Business of Design

The Design of Business | The Business of Design explores how design works within complex organizations to shape decisions, products, and more. Guests include clients and designers in many industries and fields, exploring creative practices and new ways of working. Recent episodes include a Minisode on branding and an interview with Ernesto Quinteros, the Chief Design Officer at Johnson & Johnson.

Responsive Web Design

Screenshot of Responsive Web Design podcast web page.Screenshot of Responsive Web Design podcast web page.

Responsive Web Design

Responsive Web Design is a podcast hosted by Karen McGrane and Ethan Marcotte, interviewing people who make responsive redesigns happen. Marcotte wrote the popular book Responsive Web Design. McGrane is the author of the book, Content Strategy for Mobile and has helped many traditional publishers adapt their content for web and mobile, including The New York Times, Condé Nast, Hearst, The Atlantic, and Time Inc. The popular podcast concluded several years ago but has an extensive archive of helpful episodes.

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