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by Sean Hodge

Podcasting is an engaging medium that is available
in both audio and video formats. Podcasts often refer to audiocasts,
but now with iPods and other media players being able to play video,
videocasts are just as popular. A handful of web design podcasters
deliver both audio and video formats. Some do so through the same
subscription, others separate the two.

Audio podcasts are a great way to stay informed about web design news, learn about emerging technologies,
listen to discussions, and continuously learn about the ever-changing
landscape of web design — on your way to work or before you go to bed.
Videocasts are great at showing step by step tutorials, or delivering
visually rich presentations. Many of the long running successful
podcasts have communities built around the show. Forums and detailed
show notes are usual for a podcast that regularly serves its community.
The time span of how long a podcast exists often indicates its level of
quality and professionalism.

We’ve amassed a collection of podcasts that are either directly
about web design, or would be helpful to a web designer. If you’re
interested in more podcasts try searching through Odeo or iTunes.
There are quite a few web development podcasts, and a few niche topic
web design podcasts, not covered in this roundup. Following is a list
of useful podcasts for web design professionals.

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Web Design Podcasts

  • Boagworld
    Boagworld is a
    long running web design podcast. There are over 100 podcasts Paul Boag
    & Co. have put out. They have been covering standards based design
    from the beginning of the show. They do a lot of great interviews with experts
    from the field of web design. There is always web design-related news,
    a special theme of the show, and some fresh content covered. The
    content is well organized, nicely presented and it is funny, too. The
    banter between Paul and Marcus is often the best part; the podcast has
    a large community built around the show. 


  • The Rissington Podcast
    This web design podcast takes the format of answering questions
    from its fan base. Each subject that comes up is discussed. This show
    is informal and loaded with fun British humor. The fans tend to send in
    as many humorous questions as they send in questions asking for web
    design advice. The podcast is still young, with less than ten released
    so far. The hosts John Oxton and Jon Hicks are well versed in web
    design techniques and technologies. They are also well-known in the
    design community. 

    Rissington Podcast

  • Audible Ajax
    This podcast is hosted by Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith. These guys are technically savvy, passionate about scripting and run a professional podcast about Ajax.
    They discuss news on Ajax, related technologies, and the significance
    of changes in this field. They have been broadcasted this podcast since
    2005. The schedule is irregular, on occasion it’s monthly, though not
    always. The Ajaxian site is a great place to keep up with what’s
    happening in the world of Ajax. 

    Audible Ajax

  • Web Axe
    This podcast is focused on web accessibility.
    Hosts Dennis Lembree and Ross Johnson are passionate about this topic.
    They cover web accessibility issues in detail. They review technology
    solutions in regards to accessibility, how WCAG guidelines can be
    practically applied in web design, and they present numerous interviews
    of working professionals that work with accessibility issues daily. The
    podcast has been regularly broadcasted over the last 2 years. Over 60
    issues are available for free download. 

    Web Axe

  • Rookie Designer
    The host of the podcast, Adam Hay, covers a variety of web design-related topics
    — colors, freelance, interviews, technical design and customer service
    — which are useful for both beginners and professionals. The podcast is
    updated weekly every Wednesday. One episode is 45-50 minutes long.
    Until now 98 episodes have been aired. 

    Rookie Designer

Web Design Conference Podcasts

  • Future Of Web Apps
    conference somehow manages to involve a variety of professionals and
    companies of all shapes and sizes that are actively involved in building innovative web projects.
    The most recent event was attended by Matt Mullenweg (WordPress), Kevin
    Hale (Wufoo), Leah Culver (Pownce), Tantek Celik as well as Digg,
    TechCrunch, Google and Twitter. All presentations are available as
    podcasts for free download. This page offers a large number of
    interesting and insightful sessions as podcasts. 


  • @media 2007 Europe, @media 2007 US
    This conference is held each year, both in Europa and in US. @media speakers are renowned web professionals,
    with experience, talent and passion for web design and web-development.
    Last conference in US was attended by Andy Clarke, Dan Cederholm, Joe
    Clark, Jeremy Keith; the recent European conference was attended by
    Jesse James Garrett, Jon Hicks, Kelly Goto and Jason Santa Maria.
    @media regularly offers podcasts and slides of all presentations for
    free download. 


  • South by Southwest Podcast
    podcast have been recorded at the SXSW Interactive Festival Panels.
    These are professional presentations put together by this festival that
    is held annually in Austin, Texas. There are some interesting issues
    discussed. SXSW has released a handful of 2008 podcasts. For some
    topics, it may be worthwhile to review previous years podcast materials
    as well. Podcasts from 2007


  • d.Construct Conference Podcast
    conference is held each year in September, and is located in Brighton,
    UK. The podcasts are recorded presentations from the conference. They
    have multiple podcasts of presentations on topics such as: experience
    design, graphic design, web design, microformats, and mobile design.
    The last conference was in 2007. Clear Left presents this conference. 


Content Management System Podcasts

  • Lullabot Podcast
    Lullabot releases a fairly regular podcast on the Drupal
    content management system. A variety of Drupal-related topics is
    covered in more than 50 podcasts. Hosts often discuss the significance
    of technological changes within Drupal: system release issues, new
    significant modules and documentation projects. Both subjects for
    beginners and advanced users are covered. In each episode usually 3-5
    people participate, discussing Drupal and related topics. There is a videocast as well. Lullabot is an agency that is known for teaching Drupal and building large Drupal projects. 


  • The WordPress Podcast
    This podcast covers all things related to WordPress.
    Blogging, web design, hosting, WordPress plugins, and many other
    topics. Charles Stricklin runs this podcast, and Jonathan Bailey is the
    co-host. They interview members from the Wordpess team and other
    professionals as well. For each episode there are follow-up-links and
    show notes. 

    Wordpress Podcast

  • Joomla Juice Podcast
    This podcast is focused on the Joomla
    content managment system. It doesn’t come out regularly, but it has
    been produced since 2006. The format for the show is an audiocast,
    though they mix in videocasts occasionally as well. The audiocast has a
    multi-media element that allows you to see what they are talking about.
    The links are embedded in the visuals. Pete Russell is the host. He
    interviews key influencers from the Joomla core team and Joomla

    Joomla Juice

Web Design Videocasts

  • Web Design TV Videocast
    Magazine publishes the WDTV videocast. Before the format changes in
    March of this year, they had a podcast that was hosted by Paul Boag.
    Now it’s a “tutorial-style” videocast. Each episode
    focuses on a different web application, and teaches how to create
    specific types of projects. The basics of using tools within each
    application program are covered as well. So far, mostly Photoshop and
    Flash have been covered. Each video podcast is about 15 to 30 minutes
    long. The new release schedule has been weekly so far. 


  • Adobe Creative Suite Video Videocast
    White is the host of this videocast. Terry and guests follow a tutorial
    format. They teach you tools and features within each of the Adobe Creative Suite
    software products; some of them are used in web design. Flash,
    Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and other applications are covered. The videos
    range from short 5 minute tutorials, all the way up to more than an
    hour long sessions. It’s a weekly series you can subscribe to in your
    favorite media player. 

    Adobe Creative Suite Podcast

  • Lynda.com Videocast
    The feature of each of these videocasts is a video from one of the training series
    available at Lynda.com. These videos cover a wide range of software,
    design, and programming languages. The podcast is published to promote
    Lynda’s membership sales, but each weekly episode is informative and of
    course free. There is no obligation to buy, though it’s tempting after
    seeing the quality of each weekly video. 


  • Photoshop User TV
    show is hosted by Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski, and Scott Kelby from the
    National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). They cover
    shortcuts, tips and tricks, timesaving techniques, interviews, and
    tutorials related to Adobe Photoshop. The quality of
    the show is very professional. If you use Photoshop regularly, this is
    a very useful videocast to learn from experts and professionals. 

    Photoshop User TV

  • Layers TV
    TV is produced by Layers Magazine, “the how-to magazine for everything
    Adobe”. The show is focused on step-by-step video tutorials and tips on
    how to work with Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Dreamweaver,
    AfterEffects and Flash. The show is released every week and is 20
    minutes long. So far 34 episodes have been aired. For all tutorials
    source code as well as further examples are provided for free download. 


  • PixelPerfect
    host of this podcast, a professional digital artist Bert Monroy.
    presents tips and tricks you need to whip those digital pictures into
    shape with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The episodes are presented
    weekly and are often step-by-step-tutorials, each 15 minutes long. 


  • Photoshop Killer Tips
    podcast presents Adobe Photoshop tips, timesaving shortcuts,
    workarounds, and undocumented tricks. The host is Matt Kloskowski, one
    of “The Photoshop Guys” from Photoshop User TV. New shows are posted
    almost each weekday. 


  • You Suck at Photoshop
    course, this list would be incomplete without narrator Donnie Hoyle and
    his dramatic, hilarious and always excellent podcast about professional Photoshop techniques.
    Unfortunately, the series has ended after the 10th episode. Hopefully,
    the show will come back. The podcast gained eight million page views
    and two Webby Award 2008 nominations (Best Comedy and Best How-To
    Series). For further Adobe Photoshop video tutorials check our recent
    post Adobe Photoshop Video Tutorials: Best Of


Further podcasts

  • CreativeXpert Podcast
    Houser is the host of this podcast. He has a professional voice and a
    professional approach, with over 10 years of audio and video production
    experience. He also finds interesting people to interview and asks
    probative questions. The show doesn’t stick to a regular schedule, as
    only one episode has been released so far this year. 


  • The Web 2.0 Show
    This podcast has released more than 40 episodes. It comes out sometimes weekly and sometimes monthly. The show centers around interviewing developers and entrepreneurs
    who create web projects and are invovled in interesting web ventures.
    This show provides you with a view behind the scenes of some of these
    innovative companies that are using and defining the “Web 2.0″

    The Web 2.0 Show

  • Geeks and God Podcast
    Christenson (Rob Feature on the podcast) and Matt Farina are the hosts
    of the show. These guys are both upbeat. They plan the show well, and
    it moves along at a quick pace. There is a community built around the
    forum of the site as well. The show is aimed at church ministries,
    but the information covered is often applicable to any website. Rob and
    Matt are well versed in website design and development. They give
    practical advice on the nuances of web design, building websites, and
    running web communities. 


  • You Suck at Web Design Podcast
    This is a comedic podcast put out by freelance web designer Matthew D. Jordan. He creates fictional stories related to web design.
    He describes the podcast as an attempt to deal with web acronyms, such
    as Web 2.0, WYSIWYG, and Ajax. His “disdain for the corporate world,”
    as well as “micro management,” permeates through his stories. You’ll
    likely either love this podcast, laughing uncontrollably, or you’ll
    hate it, and end up breaking iTunes. Mathew describes his humor as,
    “juvenile” and “not-baddish.” 

    You Suck at Web Design Podcast

Sean Hodge is the creative mind behind AiBURN.com, a weblog about design, creativity, inspiration and graphics.