229 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

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 109 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.

    229: Side hustle income streams

    229: Side hustle income streams

    Today on Design Life we discuss our side hustle income stream growth from the past twelve months and the investment we make into content creation to fuel our personal brands.

    • 35 min
    228: Ways to keep learning and growing

    228: Ways to keep learning and growing

    As a designer, your skillset is always growing and there is always more to learn. In this episode of Design Life we share how we find new opportunities to learn and what we’re learning next.

    • 25 min
    227: Building self awareness

    227: Building self awareness

    Today on Design Life we answer another listener question, this time about self awareness as a designer. Our listener wants to know how to build and improve upon self awareness in a design role - asking a question like this in itself shows self awareness! Reflecting on and understanding our strengths and weaknesses is a big part of being a great designer and in this episode we chat about how we are cultivating the skill of self awareness as we progress in our design careers.

    • 31 min
    226: Decision making as a creative lead

    226: Decision making as a creative lead

    Today on Design Life we answer a listener’s question about decision making as a creative lead and how to find the balance between being decisive, seeking help and leading your team with confidence.

    • 29 min
    225: Finding your why

    225: Finding your why

    Do you know your ‘why’, the thing that fuels you in your professional and personal life? You might have heard of Simon Sinek’s book ‘Finding your why’ which is the inspiration behind today’s episode of Design Life, we discuss how to apply this framework and the impact knowing your ‘why’ can have on your design career and beyond.

    • 23 min
    224: Crafting effective case studies

    224: Crafting effective case studies

    Today on Design Life we chat about how to craft an effective case study. Sharing a project through a case study should involve telling the reader what you did, how you did it and most importantly why you did it, but often this storytelling is missing from the case studies we see. Join us as we dive deep into how to craft a great case study that shows off not just your project, but your skills too.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

Toasts&Tea ,

My Design Role Models

I am learning SO MUCH from this. I just discovered this podcast, so I’m basically picking 2-5 and binge-listening while on my “pandemic therapy walks.” As a junior designer, this is gold.

animallover🦄🐴🐨🐶🐹🐰🦔🐲 ,

Love all around! 10 Stars

This is the most amazing podcast I have ever found! I get more motivation to design from these two then I have from any other podcast or even person. They are realistic than most Artists even when asked questions.

Dan.Pham01 ,

Perfect mix of motivation and inspiration

This has been my go-to podcast for motivation and inspiration for a couple years now. I'm just starting out my career as an iOS developer, but this podcast has introduced me to the wonderful world of design and inspired me to learn more about it. Now I spend half my time learning about iOS development and the other half learning about design. Charli and Femke are amazing hosts who have many insightful conversations, and listeners can learn a lot from their experiences (engineers included!). I highly recommend this to anyone looking to add some intellectual stimulation to their day!

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