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10 Awesome UX Podcasts

There is no denying the fact that user experience (UX) is a hot topic. Being a UX consultant/engineer, as well as a long-time listener of tech- and design-related podcasts, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some excellent podcasts with you. In this post, I will talk about my favorite UX podcasts, as well as my recently launched podcast called IncrementalUX.

1. Brain Sparks

Brain Sparks

This podcast is hosted by usability and UI design expert, Jared Spool. This podcast offers up a ton of value because you will hear many industry leaders — the same folks who frequent the conference circuits — share insights on usability, UX design, and UI design.

My favorite episode: Kim Goodwin – Using Scenarios to solve problems. In this episode, Kim and Jared talk about how user scenarios are great for expressing design problems and desired solutions by putting the user and his/her requirements in the proper context.

2. The Dirt Show

The Dirt Show

The Dirt Show is a podcast hosted by the team behind the UX design agency, Fresh Tilled Soil. One cool thing about this podcast is some topics follow a mini-series format, with multiple episodes and different guests talking about the same topic. For example, they have a mini-series on topics such as "designing your career" and "designing the future".

My favorite episode: Designing for Space Exploration with Jesse Kriss of NASA’s JPL. To date, this is in my opinion the best episode of The Dirt Show. This particular episode talks about how NASA uses hologram and virtual reality technology to create 3D worlds that mimic data captured by Curiosity, one of the Mars exploration rovers. For science! You can really feel the enthusiasm in the hosts’ voices because the topic is so cool.

3. The UX Intern

The UX Intern

You should listen to The UX Intern podcast for a couple of reasons: There are only 12 episodes, so it will be easy for you to catch up and complete the whole series, and the episodes feature an all-star cast of best-selling authors and speakers in the UX industry. The likes of Steve Krug, of Don’t Make Me Think fame, and thought leaders whose work you will eventually come across if you are a UX professional, such as Aaron Walter from MailChimp, have made appearances on The UX Intern.

My favorite episode: I can’t pick one particular episode because I think each one is a gem in its own right. I recommend going ahead and giving them all a listen.

4. UX Podcast

UX Podcast

This podcast broadcasts every other week and has some really high-quality content. The hosts regularly appear at UX design conferences, interviewing speakers right from the stage for UX Podcast episodes. They also do what they call "link-shows" where they take a few key articles that are trending and discuss the implications of the ideas presented in the articles.

My favorite episode: Imposter syndrome with Amy Silvers & Lori Cavallucci. While this podcast is mostly about UX, my favorite episode is a deep conversation about imposter syndrome. I believe that this episode helps a lot of working professionals who don’t know that what they are feeling and going through is common.

5. UX & Growth

UX & Growth

The recently-launched UX & Growth podcast focuses on how startups can leverage UX to help grow their company. This podcast contains a ton of high-quality content and good discussions around topics surrounding UX design. It’s interesting to learn about UX from a perspective that’s not focused on design, but rather on business objectives.

My favorite episode: Human to Human UX. This episode covers how companies can use the human connection to enhance how people feel about brands. They mention some good examples of companies that do this well.

6. UX Pod

UX Pod

Although UX Pod hasn’t released a new podcast episode since late-2014, it’s still a treasure trove of information. If you are new to UX, this podcast is a great place to start.

My favorite episode: Designing good five-second tests. In this episode, the discussion revolves around five-second tests for rapid design feedback. They discuss how and when to use this type of test, and share examples of when it’s effective and when it’s counterproductive.

7. UX Radio

UX Radio

UX Radio is a podcast about information architecture (IA), UX, and design.

My favorite episode: Curating UX Expertise with Louis Rosenfeld.

8. UX Mastery Podcast

UX Mastery Podcast

UX Mastery is a website that hosts a lot of useful articles and content related to user experience design. The site also has an infrequently updated podcast.

9. UX Discovery Session

UX Discovery Session

The host of this podcast, Gerard Dolan, interviews prominent people in the UX field. What’s up with the name of the podcast? According to the site, "A discovery session is an opportunity to learn about a relevant topic, generate ideas that expand a new technique or practice, or brainstorm concepts and ideas for the next new thing."

10. IncrementalUX podcast

IncrementalUX podcast

At this point, you may have realized how passionate I am about UX and podcasts. I’ve realized that you can, in fact, learn a lot about the subject just by listening to podcasts while on the go (for example, during your daily commute to work).

That had me wondering how awesome it would be if I started my own podcast and got a chance to interview industry leaders in the field of UX. By seeking out experts and teasing out UX design techniques from some of the best minds in the industry, I hope to help people incorporate user experience design into their workflows. So I started the IncrementalUX podcast. Feel free to give my podcast a try and give me your feedback.

For a taste of IncrementalUX content, check out this episode: User Research with Danielle Smith. Dr. Smith is an exceptionally talented person, and we talk about several techniques for user research and testing in the episode.

What’s Your Favorite UX Podcast?

This is obviously not an exhaustive list of UX podcasts. I’m curious to find out what your favorite UX podcasts are, and I look forward to checking them out.

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Vinay Raghu is a UX consultant based in New Haven, Connecticut. He’s the founder and host of the IncrementalUX podcast. Previously, he was a senior UX engineer at Enqos and Runway2Street. Connect with Vinay via his website viii.in, Twitter, Facebook, and GitHub.

This was published on Sep 11, 2015

7 Comments

Jason Ogle Sep 11 2015

Hey Vinay,

Great write-up. Many of these I hadn’t heard of before and am now a subscriber including yours, congrats by the way!

I just started a UX Design podcast myself called “User Defenders” and am in the midst of getting the first couple interviews in the can before launch. The podcast interviews UX Design superheroes and takes more of a storytelling approach in order to inspire and equip the next generation.

I invite all interested to learn more and get on the launch list at http://www.userdefenders.com

Thanks again for this great approach. Will love to connect and network with you on Twitter as well Vinay.

Fighting on!

Jason Ogle

Matt Rheault Sep 13 2015

Whoooo thanks for featuring the ux & growth podcast Vinay!

We’d love to have you on the show for a fun round table discussion on ux if you’re ever in Boston.

Ryan West Sep 14 2015

Love this!

dezcreation Sep 14 2015

Very help full article. Thank you.

Vinay Raghu Sep 16 2015

Hey everyone! Just saw the comments on this post. Sorry about the delay.

@Jason: Thanks for subscribing and good luck with User Defenders! Sounds exciting! I would really love to keep this post updated so anyone in the future looking for UX podcasts can land here. Do let me know once yours launches and we can add it to the list.

@Matt: UX and Growth is great! I have been listening to episodes back to back. I love the amount of research you guys bring to each episode. The homework you guys do is awesome! Thanks for the invite! I will take you up on it!

@Ryan: Really glad you enjoyed the list! :)

Christie Montague Oct 19 2015

Thanks for this awesome list! If you’re interested in UX podcasts, you should consider checking out In the Making – http://www.centerline.net/tag/in-the-making/. This is a podcast that curates a bunch of conversations with content strategists and UXers telling their origin stories, and talking candidly about how they define themselves in their work — especially about where titles, labels, and expectations don’t quite fit. Enjoy!

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