215 episodes

Design Life is a podcast about design and side projects for motivated creators. It was born after your hosts, two serial side project addicts, saw a gap in the podcast market for a conversational show about design and the issues young creatives face, that was hosted by two females.

This show aims to tackle the big issues designers face like getting paid, overcoming a creative block or managing time, to name a few. We want to open up discussion about things we wish we heard people talk about when we were studying, and we want to chat to you about the joys and the frustrations of working in the tech industry by day, and on our passion projects in the rest of our waking hours. We hope that by doing so, Design Life will give you a dose of motivation or inspiration when you need it.

Design Lif‪e‬ Charli Prangley, Femke Van Schoonhoven

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 30 Ratings

Design Life is a podcast about design and side projects for motivated creators. It was born after your hosts, two serial side project addicts, saw a gap in the podcast market for a conversational show about design and the issues young creatives face, that was hosted by two females.

This show aims to tackle the big issues designers face like getting paid, overcoming a creative block or managing time, to name a few. We want to open up discussion about things we wish we heard people talk about when we were studying, and we want to chat to you about the joys and the frustrations of working in the tech industry by day, and on our passion projects in the rest of our waking hours. We hope that by doing so, Design Life will give you a dose of motivation or inspiration when you need it.

    215: Running a hack day

    215: Running a hack day

    Have you ever thought about organising a hack or jam day at your work? A hack, hackathon or jam day is an event for you and your team to put aside your usual work and focus on one project or idea, an opportunity to make progress within a tight time constraint, like one day or a half a day. In this episode Femke shares her experience of running jam days at Uber as Charli prepares to run a hack day for her team at Convertkit.

    • 28 min
    214: Our daily routines

    214: Our daily routines

    How has your daily routine changed over the past year? Working from home has meant our daily routines have adapted so that we start a little later, spend more time on our morning routines and get more from our day as a result. Today on Design Life we chat all about our daily routines and really break down how we spend each part of our day.

    • 25 min
    213: Balancing work and side projects

    213: Balancing work and side projects

    How do we balance our side projects and our full time jobs? This is a question we get asked a lot! The thing is, time gets filled up very easily. You’ll never find the time unless you are purposeful about how you spend it. Today on Design Life we discuss how working from home, taking on more responsibility in our day jobs and having shorter blocks of time in which to get work done has made us change our priorities and find balance in new ways.

    • 35 min
    212: Inside the design hiring process

    212: Inside the design hiring process

    This week on Design Life we want to talk about hiring from the perspective of the person doing the hiring. In the past we’ve talked a lot about finding a design job, portfolios, interviews and everything that the process entails but today we are looking at the other side of hiring.
    What do you need to consider when hiring a designer to join a team at your company? How can you encourage a diverse pool of the right people to apply for the job and how can you whittle it down to the best applicant. If you’re leading a team and own the hiring process, or if you regularly get pulled in to help during the hiring process this episode will be useful for you.

    • 37 min
    211: Ageism in the tech industry

    211: Ageism in the tech industry

    In today’s episode of Design Life we talk about ageing and ageism in the tech industry. This is something we’ve started to think about more recently as we noticed there are a lot of people in the design industry in their 20’s and 30’s and a lot less in their 40’s. What happens to people as they age in this industry? As designers, we are ageing along with tech. Ten years from now will it be common place to have your entire design team made up of people in their 40’s, or is this a naive idea? We discuss finding role models, fuelling your ambition and what we can do about ageism in tech.

    • 29 min
    210: Our plans for 2021

    210: Our plans for 2021

    As has become tradition on the Design Life podcast, we take the first episode of the new year to talk about our goals, our hopes and our intentions for the year ahead. Although there is a lot of uncertainty about what 2021 will hold, it is still possible to think about what you would like to achieve and how you can go about bringing your goals to fruition. In this episode we discuss our goals for side hustle income, new projects, old projects and self care.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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30 Ratings

30 Ratings

latinx ,

Great podcast, so relatable!

Listen to it whilst working at home. It’s great and comforting at times to hear the similarities in designer issues or dilemmas. Still catching up with some of the previous episodes but I would definitely recommend to any fellow designer or creator. Thanks for the podcast!

Nadine3131 ,

Absolute GOLD

I've been listening to Design Life from the very beginning, and it's truly been inspirational for me and my career as a designer. Having recently transitioned into product design after four years working in the tech/marketing space, Charli and Femke have been my go-to for everything design related - from practical career tips to giving back to the design community - it's been my guiding post for how to break into the world of design and what to expect.

Thank you so much for putting out such relevant/valuable content and helping push all of us to strive for more on our design journeys.

Cheers,
Nadine

Marsjet ,

I am designer myself

I like the podcast because I am designer myself because I am web and graphics design as I am student at the movement at college as I am learning and learning at college is about filmmaking, photoghraphy and graphics design.In my personal I am learning about web design as well graphics design.
This podcast is inspired to listen about because two woman's are designer in the creative industries.
This help me grow me in the industries and as well as Charli know graphics and web design.
Finally I am really like this podcast to listen to this in the future next episodes and very inspire podcast who in the creative industries and as designers.Thanks good podcast and staysafe.

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