20 Best Design Thinking Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

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

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

The Creative Classroom with John Spencer

  • Publisher: John Spencer
  • Total Episodes: 185

John Spencer is passionate about seeing schools embrace creativity and design thinking. In this podcast, he explores the intersection of creative thinking and student learning.

Design Thinking 101

  • Publisher: Dawan Stanford
  • Total Episodes: 70

Design Thinking 101: Learning, Leading, and Applying Design Thinking Design Thinking 101 helps listeners learn about design-driven innovation, connect design thinking to strategy and action, and explore learning from challenges overcome while applying design thinking and related innovation approaches. You’ll hear design practitioners’ stories, lessons, ideas, resources, and tips. Our guests share insights on how to deliver results with design thinking in business, social innovation, education, design, government, healthcare and other fields.

Style Your Mind Podcast

  • Publisher: Cara Alwill
  • Total Episodes: 207

Style Your Mind is a podcast for success-driven women who want to design their thoughts, empower themselves, and build a beautiful life and career. Hosted by bestselling personal development author and entrepreneur Cara Alwill Leyba, this show is for every woman on the edge of change who is ready to reinvent herself, elevate her thinking, and transform her life. Join Cara each week for powerful conversations, uplifting interviews, and a mega dose of inspiration.

Lean Into Art

  • Publisher: Jerzy Drozd and Rob Stenzinger
  • Total Episodes: 100

The Lean Into Art Cast serves visual and interactive storytellers with topics and coversation that explores design thinking, creative communication, visual arts, comics, illustration, creative coding, and more.

Teachers on Fire

  • Publisher: Tim Cavey
  • Total Episodes: 194

Profiling agents of growth and transformation in K-12 education. Advocating for collaboration, communication, creation > consumption, critical thinking, design thinking, growth mindset, inquiry, PBL, and strategic uses of technology in education. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/teachersonfire/support

Marginal Gains Cycling Podcast, Presented by Silca

  • Publisher: SILCA
  • Total Episodes: 58

The Marginal Gains Podcast, presented by Silca is the show that makes a big deal about the little things, and how those little things…can be a big deal. Josh Poertner of Silca, along with Hottie and Fatty, talks about all aspects of cycling — design, manufacturing, marketing, riding, racing, management and most likely every from a thoughtful perspective. It’s a podcast for the thinking cyclist.

Let Me Ruin Your Life

  • Publisher: Serena Shahidi
  • Total Episodes: 26

Let Me Ruin Your Life is a podcast hosted by NYC-based influencer and self-described comedienne Serena Shahidi. With her strong opinions, quick wit, and education (okay, fine, her highest level of education is an associate’s in fashion design), Serena gives advice to her young-and-hopefully-not-too-impressionable TikTok-accumulated audience. Whether the topic at hand is related to lifestyle, dating, or fashion, Serena’s occasionally glamorous and always chaotic life will guide your way towards living the dream, or at least tricking the internet into thinking you are.

The Alignment Tribe Podcast

  • Publisher: Kristine Kolzing
  • Total Episodes: 125

Expand your thinking, align with your most powerful self, and design a life and business you love so you can thrive.

Futures In Focus

  • Publisher: Michael Gale
  • Total Episodes: 90

Forbes Insights Futures In Focus is about tomorrow’s world and how visionaries and leaders are thinking about it, helping us design for it, and guiding us towards it so that we can thrive. Nothing is certain about the future except the need to design differently for it than the world we live in today. Host is Michael Gale, best-selling author of The Digital Helix.

Design Lessons with Dr. Michele Schmidt Moore

  • Publisher: Dr. Michele Schmidt Moore
  • Total Episodes: 30

Welcome to Design Lessons, the podcast where we design our teaching days to be fulfilling for us and irresistible for our students. I’m Dr. Michele Schmidt Moore and instructional design is my superpower. Each episode we take actionable steps to create great teaching days. We will focus on mindset and relationships, real world opportunities, and critical and creative thinking for us and our students. So whether you are on your commute to school, walking your dog or doing the dishes, let’s start designing.

Alternative Design Podcast

  • Publisher: brought to you by Kimball International
  • Total Episodes: 5

Welcome to the Alternative Design podcast, where we empower creatives to improve the human experience through the spaces we design. Join us as we go deeper than the mainstream conversations buzzing around the industry, and present an alternative way to celebrate the human experience through design thinking and unlikely inspirational sources. New episodes of the Alternative Design Podcast are released monthly.

Detroit City of Design Podcast

  • Publisher: Olga Stella
  • Total Episodes: 25

As stewards of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design Designation, we aim to raise your awareness of how design can create conditions for better quality of life and economic opportunity for all. In season 3, we will hear from thought leaders who view our world through a lens of empathy and apply design thinking to address some of our world’s most pressing issues.

This Beautiful Shot is Not an Accident

  • Publisher: Laura J. Lukitsch: Filmmaker and Story Consultant
  • Total Episodes: 28

A podcast about design thinking, storytelling and social change.

Metric UX

  • Publisher: Michael Schofield
  • Total Episodes: 68

“The user experience is a metric.” Brief high-level practical design strategy thinking and strategy by Michael Schofield. metricpodcast.com

The Inspirati

  • Publisher: Alex Merrell
  • Total Episodes: 17

The Inspirati is a globetrotting auditory adventure exploring what is happening now in culture internationally. From candid conversations with eminent creators and curators to showcasing up and comers across the industries of art, music, fashion, entertainment, literature, and design, we explore the world’s creative heartbeat with forward thinking luminaries. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The FWD: Thinking Show

  • Publisher: Tom Tate | AWeber
  • Total Episodes: 84

The FWD: Thinking Show is a podcast dedicated to sharing innovative email marketing strategies from the most successful, forward thinking marketing minds in the world (see what we did there?). From copywriting to email design, conversion optimization, and everything in between, we uncover the game changing tactics and strategies that enable small businesses and entrepreneurs to accomplish more with email marketing. The FWD: Thinking Show is brought to you by the team at AWeber, the powerfully-simple email marketing solution that helps small businesses build their audiences and grow their businesses.

PwC’s Tech While You Trek

  • Publisher: PwC
  • Total Episodes: 29

PwC’s Tech While You Trek is a podcast series talking about all things tech such as AI, augmented reality, virtual reality, automation, data visualization, design thinking, agile and beyond. Learn how these emerging technologies and trends are solving problems for individual consumers, businesses, and society in 15 minutes or less.

Gospel Conversations

  • Publisher: Gospel Conversations
  • Total Episodes: 107

Gospel Conversations takes a creative approach to attaining a deeper understanding of the gospel and what it means to us today. Our speakers are not ministers, but range from a diverse community of Christian thinkers who lead their various fields of knowledge in history, design thinking, theology, philosophy, and organisational leadership—among others. Each month we host a live event in Sydney, then publish it as a podcast.

Long Now: Conversations at The Interval

  • Publisher: The Long Now Foundation
  • Total Episodes: 55

A long-term thinking lecture series from The Long Now Foundation: these hour long talks are recorded live at The Interval, our bar / cafe / museum in San Francisco. Since 02014 this series has presented artists, authors, entrepreneurs, scientists (and more) taking a long-term perspective on subjects like art, design, history, nature, technology, and time. You can learn more about The Interval and this series at theinterval.org, where we have full videos of the talks on this podcast.

Design Together

  • Publisher: Abby Guido
  • Total Episodes: 17

Design Together was created to provide a space to explore design collaboration. With the influx of design thinking methods, and the desire of many designers to embrace a human-centered approach to design, there is a need to understand how creatives work together. Collaboration happens both internally and externally, and each situation calls for a unique set of skills that we discuss and share strategies on how to approach each new challenge. Our guests share their expertise, successes, and failures, all in an effort to educate our audience on the nuances of how to improve the way we work together. We talk with industry leaders to hear how they facilitate collaborations, with mid-level designers to hear what skills they have developed to improve their team-based work, and with educators to share how these skills are being explored in academia.

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