20 Best Book Design Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about book design ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best book design podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Book Design Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Affordable Interior Design

  • Publisher: Betsy Helmuth
  • Total Episodes: 215

Get fresh tips from the budget decorating guru, Betsy Helmuth. Each episode is packed with secrets the other pros don’t want you to know and with answers to your burning design questions.  Betsy is a NY-based designer, owner of Affordable Interior Design, and has been featured on DIY Network, NBC’s “Today Show”, HGTV, Lifetime, and more. She is the author of the best-selling book, Affordable Interior Design.  Helmuth has shared her affordable design advice and step-by-step approaches with millions through live teaching workshops, her design book, guest columns, television appearances, and interviews. She brings her knowledge to the world of podcasting. The episodes include topics like color palettes, pattern mixing, budget creation, layout maximization, and much more. It’s time to start living in the home of your dreams without maxing out your credit cards. Learn how with Affordable Interior Design!

Finish It!

  • Publisher: Matt and Chris Yule
  • Total Episodes: 161

Each week, Matt and Chris get one attempt each at an interactive fiction book until they read every single ending. Will they ever choose every adventure? Will anyone listen?! Join them on their descent into a madness of their own design.

The Characters of Easter

  • Publisher: Dan Darling
  • Total Episodes: 11

In The Characters of Easter with Dan Darling, you’ll become acquainted with the unlikely collection of ordinary people who witnessed the miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection. This podcast is the companion to Dan Darling’s book “The Characters of Easter: The Villains, Heroes, Cowardsm and Crooks Who Witnessed History’s Biggest Miracle.” Podcast cover art design was adapted from the original Moody Publishers book cover. Used with permission.


  • Publisher: Orbit FM
  • Total Episodes: 84

BookBytes is a fortnightly (or biweekly) book club for developers. Each episode the hosts discuss part of a book they’ve been reading. And they also chat with authors about their books. The books are about development, design, ethics, history, and soft skills. Sometimes there are tangents (also known as footnotes).

Business Edge Radio with Mitche Graf

  • Publisher: Mitche Graf
  • Total Episodes: 133

Business Edge Radio is a show that give you actionable tips & techniques on how to get a competitive EDGE in business, and in life! Join host Mitche Graf as he discusses a wide variety of subjects, along with guest interviews with forward thinkers and entrepreneurs. Lifestyle design, time management, branding, sales, marketing, pricing…Nothing is off-limits with this fast-paced show! Plus, he offers up a must-have book review each show, answers your questions in the “Mitche’s Mail Bag” segment, as well as a tantalizing recipe that you can try at home this week!

How Books Are Made

  • Publisher: Arthur Attwell
  • Total Episodes: 15

A podcast about the art and science of making books. Arthur Attwell speaks to book-making leaders about design, production, marketing, distribution, and technology. These are conversations for book lovers and publishing decision makers, whether you’re crafting books at a big company or a boutique publisher.

Brand Tuned – Sharp Branding

  • Publisher: Shireen Smith
  • Total Episodes: 87

Brand Tuned is a podcast about brand management hosted by Shireen Smith. It’s for entrepreneurs, marketers, and designers looking for insights into how to create, build and grow distinctive brands. Episodes include interviews with thought leaders sharing useful information on aspects of branding, from intellectual property and trademarks, to understanding your customers’ wants and needs, to using appropriate business models, setting the right brand strategy, and driving the strategy taking account of design, the customer experience, leadership of the team, and long term brand building. Shireen’s book Brand Tuned – The New Rules of Branding, Strategy, and Intellectual Property proposes the TUNED framework for brand management.

Author U Your Guide to Book Publishing

  • Publisher: Dr. Judith Briles
  • Total Episodes: 956

If you want to write and publish a book … if you want to know the latest in book marketing strategies … if you want to know what tools an author should be using … and if you want to be successful as an author, Author YOU – Your Guide to Book Publishing with Dr. Judith Briles … Everything You Want to Know But Didn’t Know What to Ask is for you. You will hear about statistics, scenarios, and strategies on what to do now! Judith features a variety of experts, besides herself, that are visionaries in publishing, book marketing experts, book design experts—anything that will get your book and YOU as the author—to the next, next level of success. Sometimes, it’s one step at a time; other times, you will leapfrog up the ladder. As The Book Shepherd, Dr. Judith Briles leads the conversation each week. She will include publishing professionals that will reveal tips and secrets to the author’s journey. Sometimes, she goes solo and just shares her expertise that she has earned and learned over a 40-year period from the publication of her first book. Each week, you will get a new show, no repeats. If there is a book in you, then you will want to listen and learn each and every week with Dr. Judith Briles, your Book Shepherd.

The Nameless Book

  • Publisher: Tuduetso Ontumetse
  • Total Episodes: 24

A space to discuss latest reads for book lovers, inspire new readers and anyone looking for their next read! Cover art photo provided by Plush Design Studio on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@plushdesignstudio

Your Dream Life with Kristina Karlsson, kikki.K

  • Publisher: Kristina Karlsson, kikki.K
  • Total Episodes: 80

What would you do if you knew anything was possible and you simply could not fail? Explore the possibility of creating your dream life and be inspired to discover and realise your dreams with Kristina Karlsson, Founder of global Swedish design brand kikki.K, and author of the book Your Dream Life Starts Here. Each episode brings you simple, practical and useful insights to help you create a future you love – as Kristina delves deep into the power of dreaming with some of the world’s most inspiring thought-leaders. Take a front row seat on inspiring conversations. Explore the amazing impact dreaming has had on the lives of a diverse range of people. Listen, learn and be empowered to discover and chase your own dreams – with practical insights and lessons you can use to build a dream life of your own.


  • Publisher: Mike Michalowicz + Adrienne Dorison
  • Total Episodes: 109

Giving you every tool you need to grow + scale your business with operational excellence, while also prioritizing your quality of life. Hosted by best-selling author + speaker Mike Michalowicz + operational efficiency expert + CEO, Adrienne Dorison, the Run Like Clockwork podcast is a series of insightful + topical operations conversations based on the best-selling book, Clockwork, to help small business owners design a business + team that runs itself. To stay in touch with all things Run Like Clockwork, you can check out runlikeclockwork.com. Subscribe, review + share your takeaways from each episode with us on social media so that we can connect!

Learning Experience Leader

  • Publisher: Greg Williams
  • Total Episodes: 68

The Learning Experience Leader Podcast is a project devoted to design, leadership, and the psychology of learning. The aim of the show is to help you expand your perspective of learning design through conversations with innovative professionals and scholars across the world.  Every other week a different practitioner or researcher shares insights from their work and experience to bring a more holistic view on how learning happens and what we can do to create amazing learning experiences through design and leadership.  We explore these topics from many angles such as user research, project management, marketing, instructional and learning experience design, storytelling, evaluation, business management, and more. Additionally, every month or so I review a book either I’ve read alone or with a fellow designer and reflect on it in a “Read with me” episode. If you are interested in how people learn and how you can be more effective in helping others grow and develop, then this podcast is for you.

The Digital Agency Show | Helping Agency Owners Transform Their Business Mindset to Increase Prices, Work Less, and Grow Profits

  • Publisher: uGurus Hosted by Brent Weaver
  • Total Episodes: 205

Helping digital agency owners transform their business mindset so they can increase prices, work less, and grow profits. A weekly podcast where host Brent Weaver chats with today’s most successful entrepreneurs running digital agency businesses in the web design, web development, and digital marketing industry. Brent also chats with high-profile entrepreneurs and other smart people that can help listeners grow their digital agency. Each interview deep dives into the emotional details of going on the entrepreneur’s journey toward success. Each guest shares behind the scene moments of lessons learned and lives changed. All episodes comes guaranteed with a gold nugget insight, book recommendation, resource link and productivity hack.

Order Without Design: How Markets Shape Cities

  • Publisher: Devon
  • Total Episodes: 5

This podcast is an extension of the book, Order Without Design: How Markets Shape Cities. With its focus on economic theory, you might not realize that this book is the product of the adventurous life Alain & Marie-Agnes Bertaud two have shared together. Join the three of us on a journey to the Bertauds’ past lives in Bangkok, NYC, San Salvador, Algiers, and beyond! We’ll explore the incredible stories that informed the theories in the book.

Called to Build

  • Publisher: Ashley Morgan Jackson
  • Total Episodes: 88

What am I called to do? How will I purse my calling? How do I keep God the center of what I feel called to do? How do I build a platform? How do I grow my Instagram? How do I write a book and publish a book or start a product based business?Welcome to the Called to Build Podcast and if you have ever found yourself asking questions like these we are bringing you the answers to the doubts that keep us paralyzed. Ashley Morgan Jackson is coming to serve you with discussion about our inner struggles like fear of rejection, fear of failure or even fear of success. With discussion on judgement, comparison, shame and many more roadblocks we face when attempting to pursue our call. We will also address the practical side of building an online presence such as growing your Instagram, graphic design, book writing, book proposals, and so much more all while keeping our main focus on the one who it is all for, Jesus.Are you ready to step out in faith in a new way? We can’t do it without you, you are more valuable than you could ever know, you are Called to Build.

The Toy Book Podcasts by Adventure Media & Events

  • Publisher: The Toy Book by Adventure Media & Events
  • Total Episodes: 119

From the editors behind the Toy Book, the Pop Insider, and the Toy Insider comes a new series of podcasts focusing on toys, games, pop culture, and entertainment. Series’ include The Toy Report — inspired by our weekly news roundup from the Toy Book, the leading trade magazine covering the toy industry; and the Power Kid Podcast, hosted by Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design, which features in-depth interviews and conversations with some of the brightest stars in the toy, game, and family entertainment industries.

Night White Skies

  • Publisher: Sean Lally
  • Total Episodes: 84

Join Sean Lally in conversation about architecture’s future, as both earth’s environment and our human bodies are now open for design. The podcast engages a diverse range of perspectives to get a better picture of the events currently unfolding. This includes philosophers, cultural anthropologists, policy makers, scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Each individual’s work intersects this core topic, but from unique angles. Lally is the author of the book The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come and an associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the recipient of the Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture. www.seanlally.net


  • Publisher: Close Reads Podcast Network
  • Total Episodes: 20

A podcast for the book-obsessed featuring interviews with contemporary authors, discussions about key figures and movements in literature history, examinations of various genres and current events in the lit world, and celebrations of book nerdom (book stores, book design, book collections, etc.)

That’s Awesome ID!

  • Publisher: Leslie Early
  • Total Episodes: 36

Join me as I chat with guests about one thing they think is awesome in the field of instructional design right now. It could be a tool, an app, a learning platform, a book, a blog/vlog, a learning theory, a person they admire, or anything really! All that matters is that it’s awesome!

LensWork – Photography and the Creative Process

  • Publisher: Brooks Jensen
  • Total Episodes: 1250

Random Observations on Art, Photography, and the Creative Process. These talks focus on the creative process in fine art photography. LensWork editor Brooks Jensen side-steps techno-talk and artspeak to offer a stimulating mix of ideas, experience, and observations from his 50 years as a fine art photographer, writer, and publisher. Topics include a wide range of subjects from finding subject matter to presenting your work, and building an audience. Included in this RSS Feed are the LensWork Podcasts — posted weekly, typically 10-20 minutes exploring a topic a bit more deeply — and our almost daily Here’s a thought… audios (extracted from the videos.) Here’s a thought… are snippets, fragments, morsels, and tidbits from Brooks’ fertile (and sometimes swiss-cheesy) brain. Usually just a minute or two. Always about photography and the art life. Brooks Jensen is the publisher of LensWork, one of the world’s most respected and award-winning photography publications, known for its museum-book quality printing and luxurious design. LensWork has subscribers in over 73 countries. He is the author of 13 books on photography and the creative life — the latest books are The Best of the LensWork Interviews (2016), Photography, Art, and Media (2016), and the four annual volumes of Seeing in SIXES (2016-2019).

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