I’ve posted lists of books, journals, and blogs for the IxD n00b; it’s about time I do the same for podcasts. It takes a lot more work to publish a regular audio show than it does a blog, so there are a lot fewer of them, and fewer still with professional-level production values. Here is my recommended set, in alphabetical order. There are others, but these are the ones to which I subscribe and know to be of value. Of course, you are always welcome to add your own recommendations in the comments.
Adaptive Path’s podcast has 103 episodes spanning from 2006 to 2012. 5 of the episodes are videos. However, all of the episodes more recent than 2008 are other podcasts featuring their people. So, I’m considering this one defunct.
Boxes and Arrows
This is a prolific podcast that has been running regularly for several years. The production values aren’t at a professional level, but the content is excellent, made up mostly of interviews and conference presentations. Their coverage of the IA Summit is thorough, having included all of the presentations in past years.
Tim Keirnan encourages usable products for a better customer experience. He does so by reviewing products that he has purchased and used for significant periods of time. He also conducts interviews with user experience practitioners, authors and educators. With 97 episodes since 2005, there is a lot to listen to.
Debbie Millman’s podcast isn’t specifically about Interaction Design; it’s about all types of design, or rather, all types of designers. Debbie conducts interviews with “industry-leading graphic designers, change agents, artists, writers, and educators.” It’s certainly my favorite design-related podcast. For an in-depth review, see my earlier post.
Lunar has been podcasting about product design since 2005. They don’t have a regular schedule, and there can be long gaps between episodes, but they have a good selection of discussions, interviews, and critiques with a smattering of video episodes.
The Prepared Mind
Chris Gee’s podcast was the first design podcast I subscribed to back in 2005. Unfortunately, it only lasted six months, topping out at 13 episodes. Oh, but what a fine set of podcasts they were. I include them here as a nostalgic tribute.
Johnny Holland’s podcast only started in 2010, so it doesn’t have quite as large an archive as most in this list, but you can expect to find interviews with a lot of the names you have become familiar with through IxDA, IAI, and the general UX community. The audio quality isn’t particularly good, but the content is worth it.
UIE Brain Sparks
It should be no surprise that Jared Spool has the most prolific podcast in this list. Only the last 100 episodes are listed in iTunes, but this one has been going in earnest since 2006. There are tons of interviews, discussions, debates, and segments from conference presentations. Continue encouraging their behavior.
Gerry Gaffney has been conducting interviews with UX practitioners since 2006. There are 66 episodes as of this writing. The audio quality is typically rather poor, and I find this one to be the least exciting of the podcasts listed here, but there is still enough valuable content that I remain subscribed.
Both the newest and best produced podcast in the list, Roman Mars’ brief exposés are entrancing. While not specifically an IxD podcast, it is 99% relevant. Check out my review from a couple weeks ago.