20 Best Industrial Design Podcasts of 2021

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

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

Obsessed Show

  • Publisher: Josh Miles
  • Total Episodes: 116

Obsessed Show host Josh Miles interviews some of the hottest designers—from branding and illustration, to industrial design and architecture, to learn what makes them tick.

minor details

  • Publisher: Nicholas Baker & James Connors
  • Total Episodes: 93

Minor details is an industrial design podcast hosted by Nicholas Baker and James Connors. They share their opinions and stories about living and working as industrial designers in New York City.

Product Startup

  • Publisher: Kevin Mako of Mako Design + Invent
  • Total Episodes: 146

The hardware product development industry’s #1 podcast. From invention idea to getting onto store shelves, and everything in between. Hear how inventors, product startups, & small manufacturers created their inventions and launched their physical product businesses. Learn from the industry’s top industrial designers, mechanical engineers, PCB designers, consumer product managers, manufacturers, patent attorneys, hardware investors, and more. Learn about industrial design / product design, prototyping, 3d printing, additive manufacturing, product manufacturing, marketing, selling, patenting, logistics, and product business scaling. Now hosted by Kevin Mako, one of the keynote leaders of the startup product development industry in North America, founder of Mako Design + Invent, and Masters of Engineering lecturer.

The Design Dialogues

  • Publisher: Design Anthology
  • Total Episodes: 40

A series of conversations from Design Anthology with the world’s most interesting and innovative designers, working across interiors, architecture, furniture, product and industrial design

Human Factors Cast

  • Publisher: Nick Roome and Blake Arnsdorff
  • Total Episodes: 263

Take a deeper look into the human element in our ever changing digital world. Human Factors Cast is a podcast that investigates the sciences of psychology, engineering, biomechanics, industrial design, physiology and anthropometry and how it affects our interaction with technology. Hosted by Nick Roome, and Blake Arnsdorff.

Talking Design

  • Publisher: RMIT University
  • Total Episodes: 200

Talking Design is a fortnightly podcast review of design in all its facets – from architecture to industrial design, from fashion to automotive design. It features interviews with prominent designers and expert analysis from RMIT University academics. Talking Design is produced by experienced journalist Stephen Crafti and sponsored by RMIT.

Engineering Tomorrow

  • Publisher: Midwest Machinery
  • Total Episodes: 24

Unlock the latest advances in HVAC Engineering and equipment design for commercial and industrial HVAC applications worldwide. This is the stuff they don’t teach you in school. Mechanical Engineers, building operators, contractors and everyone in the commercial space, this podcast is for you. Sit back, relax, press play and improve your mechanical engineering and building engineering skills in no time.

The Manufacturing Show

  • Publisher: Sweet Fish Media
  • Total Episodes: 67

Are you a leader in an industrial or manufacturing company and want to hear from others just like you? In this podcast, you’ll hear from experts that focus on industrial and manufacturing topics and learn the latest trends, ideas, and breakthroughs along with practical tools you can use to stay on top of your game. Listen to real people in the trenches every day just like you! Topics will include the latest strategies to grow your business, new technology updates in areas like additive manufacturing, digital transformation, operations improvements, security, sustainability, HR, design, trade, and regulation.

Enterprise Product Leadership

  • Publisher: Daniel Elizalde
  • Total Episodes: 45

Welcome to Enterprise Product Leadership (formerly IoT Product Leadership). Join Daniel Elizalde as he interviews Product Leaders on what it takes to launch Enterprise and Industrial products into the market. Whether you are a Product, Design, Engineering, UX, Data, or Business Leader, this show will give you insights into how top companies approach their products’ lifecycle. About your host. Daniel Elizalde is the host of the Enterprise Product Leadership podcast. He is a Product Executive with over 20 years of experience, including former VP at Ericsson, former head of Products at Stem (GE-backed startup), and PM instructor at Stanford University. Learn more at danielelizalde.com.

Design Theory and Methodology 2019

  • Publisher: Peter Lloyd and Mieke van der Bijl
  • Total Episodes: 18

A series of podcasts on Design Theory and Methodology followed annually by all master students of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology. Hosted by the course coordinators Peter Lloyd and Mieke van Der Bijl.

Jelly things!

  • Publisher: jelly
  • Total Episodes: 36

Hello we are Cindy and Denny. We are sharing our progress through weekly audio updates where we talk about whatever we want, which usually means our favorite kind of mangoes, new science trends, exciting technology, fancy product design, federated networks, steward ownership, and the downfall of capitalism for the liberation of the scientific proletariat towards a new industrial revolution.


  • Publisher: Heritage Radio Network
  • Total Episodes: 410

THE FOOD SEEN explores the intersections of food, art & design, and how chefs and artists alike are amalgamating those ideas, using food as their muse & medium across a multitude of media. Host, Michael Harlan Turkell, talks with fellow photographers, food stylists, restaurateurs, industrial and interior designers; all the players that make the world so visually delicious, that want to eat with your eyes.

Modern Furniture Design

  • Publisher: Paranormal Design
  • Total Episodes: 12

At last! A podcast dedicated to the world of furniture design has been created. Modern Furniture Design is for lovers of design, interior designers, architects and industrial designers who’ve been looking for a place to indulge in our passion for this highly influential sub genre of design. Join me, Danny Cheung and my expert guests as we discuss the designs that have shaped our lives and captured the imagination of the design world. You’ll gain insights from the interviews that I have with the designers who’ve made it. You’ll discover the designs and designers that matter as I engage the experts in the know. And learn practical knowledge on how to design, make or manufacture that furniture piece you’ve always wanted to create. This is podcast takes furniture design out of the closet and into the mainstream. Enjoy and remember to share this podcast with at least one other person who you know will love it. I would also love to hear from you in the comments section below. www.paranormaldesign.com

WTFFF?! 3D Printing Podcast: Digital Manufacturing From Design to Print

  • Publisher: Tom Hazzard & Tracy Hazzard
  • Total Episodes: 27

The 3D printing industry has gone through a lot of major innovations since the first WTFFF episode was recorded, more than six years ago. When one of the 3D industry leaders, HP, asked hosts, Tom Hazzard and Tracy Hazzard to take a new look at where the 3D print industry is today, they jumped at the chance to get an inside tour into global trends, education, creativity, and design, and an opportunity to cover all aspects of the HP Create Ecosystem from design to print, including 3D design, XR visualization and digital manufacturing. Meet some of the most brilliant, amazing people who are passionate about 3D design and improving the creative workflow for themselves and for their customers. Whether you’ve used HP 3D printers before or not, there is something in this series for everyone. Join the conversation and send in your questions and comments! We’re talking ingenuity, innovation, and creation – the whole process! In collaboration with HP, Tom and Tracy Hazzard have put together this 25-episode special series that invites you to explore the 3D Design and Create Ecosystem. The series will feature interviews of people who have been working in 3D Creative Workflow behind the scenes with HP 3D Print and Z By HP or some of its partner companies, as well as some updates on older WTFFF?! episodes that have topics and guests that are still very relevant today. In the spirit of change, Tom and Tracy also take the podcast to a whole new level by doing video for the first time. Make sure to watch and subscribe! Your Podcast hosts, Tracy Hazzard and Tom Hazzard, co-founders of Hazz Design Consulting have collectively designed and developed 250+ products generating almost $1 Billion in revenue for their retail clients. Their flagship 3D Print Twist Tie Design won Outstanding Work from the China World 3D Printing Tech Alliance. They hold over 37 utility and design patents with an unprecedented 86% commercialization rate – double the USPTO-reported national average. Their entrepreneurial experiences are taught in a Harvard Business Review course in 26 universities around the world. The 3D Printing Podcast WTFFF?! ranked #1 on iTunes and Stitcher. They originally began the WTFFF?! 3D Printing Podcast to help scale the steep learning curve, advocate for more 3D design and product focus, and to help people figure out their what. With almost 600 episodes, the WTFFF?! 3D Print Podcast and its website 3D Start Point has loads of tools, tips, tactics, resources, and insightful interviews to choose. After you listen to this Special Series Sponsored by HP 3D Print and Z by HP, work your way backwards through the three Archive Volumes also available here on your favorite podcast player. Tracy and Tom have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Wired, Fortune Small Business, and CNN Money, Tracy penned a weekly featured Inc. column on innovation for 4 years. They are graduates of Rhode Island School of Design with degrees in Industrial Design and Textile Design respectively. Tracy has worked directly for design-leading companies like Milliken and Herman Miller. Tom built and managed design teams for three ready-to-assemble furniture companies. They have worked as ghost designers behind both secret and well-known brands such as Martha Stewart Living, X-Rocker, Bayside Furnishings, Herman Miller, Steelcase, and Better Homes & Gardens. Their best-selling product – a mesh office chair has been in Costco for over 8 years straight. Tune in to discover what exciting changes are taking place in the 3D printing industry. The WTFFF?! Special Series features reviews, guest contributors, expert viewpoints, and useful tips and tools to help you realize your opportunity as this disruptive technology changes the future. Take a deep dive into 3D printing and the whole 3D creative workflow with us here on the WTFFF?! Special Series sponsored by HP 3D Print and Z by HP with Tom and Tracy Hazzard!

Product Launch Hazzards – The Right Things in the Right Order with the Right Resources for Your Retail Success

  • Publisher: Tracy Hazzard, Tom Hazzard & Guest Experts
  • Total Episodes: 212

Explore the retail and ecommerce product launch formula to out-design, out-source, and out-profit your competition. New Consumer product launches are inherently risky, and the odds of success are not in your favor. 7 out of 10 consumer product launches fail; 14 out of 15 products on the home shopping channels fail; less than 2% of inventions ever make any money. In this podcast, and within the Product Launch Hazzards community, Inc. Columnist and product launch expert Tracy Hazzard, and industrial designer and product development expert Tom Hazzard, share the product launch formula, strategy, and resources that flip the odds and will make your product launch successful. The best products rarely win at retail, but the best product launch strategy does. After designing and developing 250 products that sold over 2 Billion dollars at ecommerce and mass market retail, the Hazzards know what makes a product launch successful. They know how to design out costs, how to design out risk, and how to design products that out sell the competition. Every week they will share the ‘the hazards’ of product launching, the keys to market fit, sourcing tactics, and expose you to the product launch team who really know what it takes to make it. International sourcing is full of pitfalls, what you don’t about product compliance, consumer product safety standards, proper documentation, strategic relationship building, you put your ability to deliver a safe, high quality product into the market, at great risk. Our experts have spent decades sourcing from Asia, and around the world. They share with you not only what can go wrong, but how to source your products using the best product development, quality control, IP security, and relationship building techniques. Tracy & Tom believe that turning your products from a liability to an asset, can build big brand valuation. With the right mix of product intellectual property – copyrights, trademarks, and patents, you can make your brand more valuable and competitive proof.Discover how the right things, in the right order, with the right resources defies product launch odds and will help you out design, our source, and out profit your way to retail success. Product Launch Hazzards is right for you, if you need help from a like-minded product launch expert community to teach you, support you, and answer your questions. If you need ongoing product launch advice, but can’t afford retainers, or the time to find and vet the right experts, then the free Product Launch Hazzards community is right for you. If you have been looking for a product launch mastermind in a no sales pressure environment, who will put you, your product, and your brand first, then please join us now.

Exploded View

  • Publisher: Craig Mackiewicz
  • Total Episodes: 14

Exploded View is a podcast that invites an expert to teach us about a single topic relevant to Industrial Designers and their allies.

Designing For Humanity

  • Publisher: SYPartners
  • Total Episodes: 8

A podcast by SYPartners about designing a future that’s made for all of us—and the best in us. Design, at its heart, is an act of service. It’s the work of solving problems for the benefit of others. But the world’s most complex challenges require something more comprehensive than our existing design frameworks. Climate change, migration, food distribution. The future of work and education. Bigotry, tribalism, and inequality. How do we design for problems that exist on a global scale? Problems where everyone really is our end user? How might we truly design for humanity? In this podcast, host Rie Nørregaard interviews brilliant design minds—product designers, industrial designers, advocates, and more—to explore what it means to design for humanity and what new ways of thinking and methods are required for problem solvers of all kinds. Transcripts available at www.sypartners.com/podcasts Learn more about Rie at www.sypartners.com/leader/rie-norregaard

Design Truth

  • Publisher: Design Truth
  • Total Episodes: 26

We keep industrial design, connected.

The Variable

  • Publisher: Russ Cluff
  • Total Episodes: 18

The Variable is an innovator’s guide to all things related to product design and development. It’s a collection of interviews with industry experts who share their uncensored advice in order to help the next generation of designers and entrepreneurs take their ideas from conception to fruition. Episodes cover aspects of industrial design, graphic design, marketing, engineering, and manufacturing to give listeners key insights on how to successfully develop and sell a product in today’s marketplace.

The Icarus Idea

  • Publisher: The Icarus Idea
  • Total Episodes: 24

Better aim too high and fail than aim too low and… also fail. Five years of studying ‘really hard’ and then what? We are finding out what graduated Industrial Design Engineers are doing with their career. From creating a million dollar start-up to designing revolutionary toilets. Also fun for non IDE-students Follow for inspiration: @the_icarus_idea Contact: [email protected]

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