187 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
    • 4.8, 83 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.

    187: Launching a big project

    187: Launching a big project

    In this week’s episode of Design Life we’re going to talk about how it feels to launch big projects. At Convertkit, Charli and the team have launched an updated homepage with a new focus, telling creator stories. Meanwhile over at UberEats, Femke and the team have launched an ads manager, giving restaurants the ability to place ads directly in the app. Both launches had their ups and downs, influenced in part by the usual launch day celebrations being postponed for the time being. Listen in as we share our experiences which might help you if you find yourself launching a project soon.

    • 29 min
    186: Design QA Process

    186: Design QA Process

    In today’s episode of Design Life we discuss the design QA process. People use many different terms to describe this process but basically to us it means reviewing the build.

    • 30 min
    185: Facilitating workshops with Jonathan Courtney (AJ&Smart)

    185: Facilitating workshops with Jonathan Courtney (AJ&Smart)

    In this episode of Design Life we are joined by a special guest, Jonathan Courtney, CEO of Innovation and Design company AJ&Smart.

    • 52 min
    184: Making design decisions

    184: Making design decisions

    As designers, we make a lot of decisions. From moving something two pixels to the left to redesigning an entire website, our decisions range in difficulty. Today on Design Life we talk about how we go about making these decisions and how to overcome decision paralysis.

    • 33 min
    183: Design reviews and getting feedback

    183: Design reviews and getting feedback

    In this week’s episode of Design Life we are talking about design reviews.

    • 33 min
    182: Starting a new side project

    182: Starting a new side project

    On this episode of Design Life we are talking side projects. You might have a few ideas bouncing around in your mind of late, that keep coming back to you. Maybe you want to see if your idea would spark interest in the audience you have in mind, but you don’t know where to start. Using our own side projects as examples, we talk about how you can bring your idea to life and avoid potential pitfalls along the way.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

Cottene323 ,

Couldn’t recommend a better design podcast

I’ve listened to this podcast for almost 2 years and I feel so happy every time there is a new episode. Being a female designer, it’s great to listen to 2 females talk about the things I want to talk about. I appreciate their perspectives and their discussions and I will continue to be a listener as long as the podcast continues.

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as someone who can translate creative energy into the impact you want to have on the world, or just getting started as a designer - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Charli and Femke do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of navigating the shifting landscape of design, freelancing and tech culture - while building a life you're proud of. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

Emily Nickel ,

Informative + Real!

As a freelance designer, this podcast has given me incredible insight for how to approach different situations, such as meeting with clients, the handoff process, and more.

I really appreciate you both for bringing our community together with your podcast. I highly recommend!

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