Noupe Editorial Team September 29th, 2011

Web Design & Development Podcasts

Not long ago we had a post that discussed the role that podcasts have been playing in the design field. After which we were asked for a post that focused on more web design and development related podcasts for our readers. Something of a proverbial playlist of shows that are currently helping to shape the fields from the virtual airwaves. So here we are! We scoured the bountiful podcast offerings that the design and development community have on offer these days, and found some great shows to point our readers towards. Naturally, every one has different tastes, so we tried to assemble a nice mix of styles and show formats so that there is something that every one will find appealing in this list. Take a look down through all of these shows and see if any of the descriptions trip your trigger. Then follow the links to their sites, or the images to their iTunes feed to check out the show for yourself.

On With the Shows

There are hours upon hours of web design and development podcasts gathered for you here. From instructional to conversational to informative, the spectrum they span is as impressive as the shows themselves. Enjoy.

The Big Web Show

The Big Web Show features special guests and topics like web publishing, art direction, content strategy, typography, web technology, and more. It's everything web that matters. Hosted by Dan Benjamin & Jeffrey Zeldman.
This is one of the more popular podcasts in the showcase, and as such, you have probably already heard of it. However, the list would not have felt complete without it.

PageBreak Podcast

PageBreak is a design, business and marketing-themed podcast hosted by Liz Andrade and Niki Brown. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of designers, developers, freelancer (like ourselves) and to encourage people to read more and share their ideas and opinions!
If the fantastic insights weren't enough, the back and forth between the hosts gives one a sense of being in on the a completely passive manner, but still, immersed in the discussion.

The Web Ahead

A weekly podcast about changing technologies and the future of the web, discussing HTML5, mobile, responsive design, iOS, Android, and more. Hosted by Jen Simmons.
This is a brand new podcast that is just getting going, but with the backing of the 5by5 team (responsible for The Big Web Show among others) and the fabulous host it has a promising future for sure.

Web Axe - Practical Web Design Accessibility Tips

Practical web accessibility tips. Blog and podcast for programmers, coders, or anyone else interested in techniques for web accessibility (see WAI, Section 508, WebAIM).
Only latest 3 are available through iTunes, but others are available via the website, so never fear. Plenty of listening to catch up on awaits.

Design Festival Podcast

Practical web design tips, strategies, and inspiration. We love exploring usability, typography, and new trends in web design. Part of the SitePoint Network.
Fairly new show, with only the most current episodes are available through iTunes while the rest are posted on the website

ExplicitWeb Design & Development

ExplicitWeb is a regularly recorded podcast all about the front lines of website design and development. These typically half-hour shows are made up of hosts Rob Hawkes, Hannah Wolfe and John O'Nolan discussing the finer points of the industry, as well as sharing helpful tips and information for the savvy web professional.
Like the title states, this is an explicit show. However, it does offer a comprehensive look at the design and development industries that resonates with a number of fans. Might be just the show you are looking for.

Weekly Web Tools

Tips and Reviews of Web Tools for the Do it yourself Webmaster.
A short and sweet show dedicated to letting the community know about resources that are available at our disposal.

The ATX Web Show

The ATX Web Show is a podcast all about the web design and development community in Austin, TX. Our city is consistently rated as one of the top cities in America and our mission is to highlight what is coming out of the web community here. From apps, to design, to startups, to indie developers; we dive into the never-ending stream of talented web creators. Hosted by Dave Rupert and his co-hosts Trent Walton and Reagan Ray
While focused mainly on what is happening in Austin, the show still acts as a good resource for all members of the design and development communities. Certainly worth a listen, might just be your cup of tea.

Web Directions Podcast

Sessions from the Web Directions conference series. Sessions are © Web Directions and the respective speakers. See individual sessions for license details.
Each annual conference shared via podcast, those who have not been able to attend do not have to miss out.

Frederick Weiss - Keeping the Web in Check

I am a strategist with over 12 years of web development experience. I have a passion for typography, clarity, detail, and general UI best practices. I PLAN, DESIGN, and BUILD web sites with results.
The show is less than a year old, but seems to be building on a solid foundation.

Herding Code

A weekly discussion featuring K. Scott Allen (, Kevin Dente, Scott Koon (, and Jon Galloway.
With over a hundred episodes, this weekly roundtable discussion is a virtual goldmine of development information.

Web Design 1

This podcast features live screencasted lessons in the use of Fireworks and Dreamweaver as part of the Web Design 1 class at New Hartford High School in New Hartford, NY, USA. Skills taught here specific for students enrolled in the class but anyone is free to subscribe and learn how to make great looking web graphics and websites!
If it is the instructional (Fireworks and Dreamweaver specific) that you are seeking in your design podcast playlist, then this is certainly the one for you. Loads of content to check out.

UXpod - User Experience Podcast

A free-ranging set of discussions on matters of interest to people involved in user experience design, website design, and usability in general.
With years of shows in the archives, this podcast is a wonderful resource from the UX side of the field.

Art Zen Podcast

A podcast about art, design and the web.
Again, while not always about the web and design, there are some episodes that web professionals would be amiss to...well, miss.

The Digital Life

A candid look at digital technology from the people trusted by tech giants like Apple, Microsoft and Oracle, major organizations like AstraZeneca, General Motors and, and hundreds of hungry start-ups.
An interesting and explicit podcast that takes on living in this digital age and the technology that is driving it.

Design Critique: Products for People

Design Critique encourages usable product designs for a better customer experience. Using principles and experience from our careers helping clients and employers create usable products, we critique software and hardware based on long-term experience with them in our own lives. We also interview our peers in the user experience-related fields of User-Centered Design (UCD), human-computer interaction (HCI), usability engineering, information architecture, technical communication, interaction design, customer research, and more! All while maintaining a light-hearted spirit of inquiry about how we can improve the world by designing products that serve people better.
While not strictly web design related, there is a lot of useful usability and user focused design content that lands with designers across the board. Given that it is all about building a better customer experience, we can all learn something from these poignant dissections. (rb)

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    1. Nope, Darryl, but only because we featured all three of those and a few more in the first post, and we didn’t want to double up on them.

      Noupe Editorial Team

  1. To avoid any confusion caused by the wording in this article – I am not married to John O’Nolan. I should be so lucky :D

    1. Thanks for the clear up, Hannah, when we grabbed the description of the show that’s the way it was written so it was left. Will make that change tho. ;)

      Noupe Editorial Team

  2. HEY this is GREAT – I listen to 1 in particular from the crew and its brilliant… alot of Dev stuff, tools and mobile related/tab stuff also. highly worth adding to your list.

    Ill definitely add these to my Listen feeds :D

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