Top Podcasts for a Creative Mind
The Podcast. It’s the medium that certainly seems to be having a moment and, I mean, what’s not to love?
From bite-size interviews to accompany your commute, to in-depth think pieces to ponder during a long weekend stroll, and with topics that span brows both high and low, there’s something for everyone.
What’s more, when it comes to creative inspiration, it’s a medium that certainly doesn’t fall short.
Take a look at our roundup of top podcasts for the curious and creative mind, and see if you can learn something new today.
An audio spin-off from her acclaimed book, Big Magic, Magic Lessons sees Elizabeth Gilbert impart her wisdom about how to harness your creative power and give it room to grow. Each episode features a conversation between a regular listen, like you or I, who is struggling to pursue their creative dream, and Gilbert, who offers actionable and inspiring advice on how to move forward.
With over 150 million downloads from iTunes and a whole bunch of critical acclaim, 99% is one the most well-known design podcasts, and with good reason. Host Roman Mars aims to expose the unseen and overlooked aspects of design, architecture, and history through interviewing experts, taking road trips, or simply starting conversations with those influenced by the topic in question.
Another success from the podcast mogul that is NPR, How I Built This is a podcast for innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists. Guy Raz invites the founders of some of the world’s best-known companies to share their personal narrative of the triumphs and failures that ultimately got them where they are today. Check out the episode with Suroosh Alvi, who’s scrappy underground magazine grew into VICE Media – it’s one of our personal favorites.
Spawned from her book of the same name, Ctrl Alt Delete sees Emma Gannon ask a brilliant mixture of guests, from Lena Dunham to Seth Godin, to share their stories. At the heart of each conversation is the topic of the internet, particularly how social media has influenced both Emma and her guests’ journey plus the lessons they have learned as a result. Look out for the bonus live recordings from iconic locations like the British Film Institute.
Hosted by Cesar Contreras, this podcast describes itself as a resource for artists to share the process, the principle, and the payoff in doing what we do. Each episode features a different artist and begins with Cesar posing the question ‘pencil or pixel?’, before going on to offer up some brilliant advice for creative minds of all kinds.
Although this podcast is no longer recording new episodes, there are some serious gems in their 158 episode archive. Hosted by Andy Mangold, Dan Auer, and Matt McInerney with the occasional guest, On the Grid is an exploration of all things design. The unscripted nature of the show makes it incredibly easy to listen to, and topics can range from design ethics to Kanye West’s presidential campaign.
Back in 2005, Debbie Millman decided that interviewing designers she revered would be an inventive way to ask her heroes everything she wanted to know about them. With such great content, things escalated fast. Design Matters is now the winner of countless awards and accolades and has featured an impressive amount of remarkable guests including Seth Godin and Tim Ferriss.
Another stellar entry from NPR, the TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create. Each episode centers on a particular theme, which is then explored through a backlog of TED talks with the original speakers joining the show to offer up some extra insight. We recommend Painfully Funny for a fascinating look into the power of laughter.
We hope you’ve found something on this list to help you get inspired. Do you have any favorite creative podcasts of your own? Let us know in the comments or shoot us a tweet @usabilla.