234 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 • 110 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.

    234: Are you ready to commit to a new side hustle?

    234: Are you ready to commit to a new side hustle?

    There's a lot to consider when you’re starting a new side hustle! Listen to our chat about committing to new side hustles, inspired by the launch of Femke’s design community.

    • 28 min
    233: Increasing the pace of your design process

    233: Increasing the pace of your design process

    Today we’re talking about pace. The more experience we have, the quicker and more efficient we become. We chat about why this happens and how to increase pace without sacrificing quality.

    • 25 min
    232: Do you NEED to do research before you design?

    232: Do you NEED to do research before you design?

    In this week’s episode of Design Life we answer a listener question - Do you NEED to do research before you design? (Maybe not!) We also talk about building a research culture where you work and what defines ‘good’ design.

    • 26 min
    231: Why Femke left Uber

    231: Why Femke left Uber

    After 4 years at Uber, Femke has recently started a new job at Wealthsimple. In this episode of Design Life we chat about how to figure out when is the right time to start a new job, making and maintaining contacts and negotiating good terms.

    • 35 min
    230: After summer catch up

    230: After summer catch up

    Welcome back to the Design Life podcast! In our first episode back after the summer break, we chat about how we spent our time off, our summer trips and look ahead to our end of year goals.

    • 36 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 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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