Design and Business Podcasts

Two new podcasts added to my listening list: “Design Matters” with Debbie Millman and “Unfinished Business” with Andy Clarke and Anna Debenham.

In “Design Matters,” Ms. Millman interviews top designers including Steve Heller, Erik Spiekermann and Khoi Vinh. Ms. Millman has a raspy, sultry voice for podcast and her questions are direct and intriguing. Apparently Ms. Millman have always done her homework before an interview. The episode with Erik Spiekermann is my favorite so far even though the German typographer uses quite a bit of flowery language. Eventually I’ll get to all of the episodes on “Design Matters,” but I am going through all the names that I am familiar with. Each piece runs about half an hour to 40 minutes with no sponsor, which is a nice, uninterrupted listening experience. Podcasting is no easy task and I completely understand that sponsors help paid for the hard work, but they do get a bit annoying, especially when an episode has three sponsors.

“Unfinished Business” is a new podcast (only three episodes so far) on the business side of design. I really appreciate the honesty Andy and Anna shared on how they price their works. They help me to rethink about own business practice, which, I must admit, I am not very good at. The good thing is that it’s never too late to learn. Right now I don’t rely on freelance as my main source of income; therefore, I still have the luxury of picking and choosing the clients I would like to work with. Mad kudos to Andy and Anna.