191 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
    • 4.9, 88 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.

    191: Attaching self worth to your work

    191: Attaching self worth to your work

    With more people than ever before working from home (WFH) our relationship with our work is changing.

    • 29 min
    190: Creating design processes and workflows

    190: Creating design processes and workflows

    Today on the Design Life podcast, we’re talking about processes and design operations. Writing briefs, developing processes and reviewing workflows are all part of the job, but sometimes it can feel like that’s all we do as designers! If your daily to-do list has shifted away from design, it might be time to start delegating. In this episode we discuss how to use your initiative to accelerate your success, when to improve a process and how to delegate effectively.

    • 28 min
    189: Why are there so few women in design leadership?

    189: Why are there so few women in design leadership?

    In this episode of Design Life we ask the question why are there so few women in design leadership? When Femke tweeted recently wondering why there is a disparity between men and women in design leadership, the replies showed this message resonated with a lot of people. In this episode we discuss why female design leaders are the exception rather than the rule, and what can women, and men, do about it.
    Femke’s Tweet
    How to be antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
    Sign the petition for George Floyd

    • 31 min
    188: Creating and launching a digital product

    188: Creating and launching a digital product

    In this episode of Design Life we celebrate the launch of Charli’s first font! Grayscale, a handmade sans-serif font was launched in May. Having worked on the creation of this digital product for a couple of years now, we dive deep into the nuts and bolts of how the font came to be and how to successfully launch a digital product.

    • 22 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

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!

LunaGitgood ,

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!

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