2015 is the year of podcasts. Although they first became popular right after the release of the iPod in 2001, many people lost interest over time. However, there are still some very successful ones remaining, such as RadioLab and This American Life. Plus, with new technology making it easier than ever to record and distribute podcasts, we’re seeing a resurgence in the popularity of this audio format.
In 2014, podcasts were all the rage and continue to be so today. Though it’s hard to determine the root of this fad, experts say there are a few reasons for its widespread popularity. To begin with, podcasters have significantly stepped up the quality of their content in recent years. Additionally, making a podcast is less expensive than either creating or appearing on a television or radio broadcast– another draw for many people. And finally, as more cars come equipped with internet capabilities (it’s estimated that by 2025 100% of cars will be able to connect), automakers expect that commuting will become one giant opportunity to listen in on some great podcasts.
If you’re wondering what all these podcasters are talking about, we compiled a list of some of the top podcasts of 2015 in different categories that will appeal to web designers who work from home. Whether you’re driving, walking your dog, or doing the dishes, there’s a podcast out there for everyone and every interest. If you’ve been addicted to Serial and are looking for more great content, check out our list of the best podcasts below!
Best Web Design Popular Podcast 2015
- Unfinished Business
This podcast focuses on the business side of web design, as opposed to the creative aspects.
- Let’s Make Mistakes
The title is the first compelling thing about this book. Leah Reich and Mike Monteiro’s Let’s Make Mistakes is full of useful tips for anyone in web design.
This is one of the most popular design podcasts for a reason. Host Debbie Millman has fantastic interviews with leading industry figures, educators, authors, change agents, and thinkers. Her ability to draw out their stories and create truly insightful conversations is why this podcast continues to be so well-loved.
If you’re interested in design and what’s going on in the industry, this is the podcast for you.
The Gorilla, also known as Nick Campbell, is a web design podcast that offers listeners great insight into motion graphics, productivity, work ethic, design inspiration, and demo reels.
The hosts of this podcast episode, Wes McDowell, Brand Voss, and Mikelle Morrison have lots of advice to give – perfect for freelancers or in-house/agency designers.
Best Podcasts for Women (and By Women)
From inspiring guests to captivating stories, this podcast is perfect for any woman striving to succeed in her career.
- Black Girls Talking
The Lively Ladies Podcast, hosted by Alesia, Fatima, Aurelia, and Ramou is a place to get interesting discussions from some very opinionated women. They also interview incredible women with fascinating jobs.
This helpful podcast tells you everything that Mom left out. covering topics ranging from why women are more likely to join cults (including SoulCycle) to getting surgery to reduce your cankles.
- I Seem Fun: The Diary Of Jen Kirkman
Jen Kirkman is probably best known for her work on Drunk History or Chelsea Lately, so you know you’re in good hands. But don’t expect anything too fancy – this is just a funny lady talking from her bed!
Best Podcasts in Comedy
- Girl On Guy
Aisha Tyler is best known as the voice of Lana in Archer, but she also hosts a funny and interesting podcast featuring conversations with celebrities and other fascinating people.
- Put Your Hands Together
Cameron Esposito records her weekly stand-up showcase at the L.A. branch of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and it’s a true comic genius.
- The Champs
Each week, two white comics interview a “different black guest” on their podcast. This might sound strange, but it’s surprisingly insightful and interesting. Recent guests include Baratunde Thurston and Damon Wayans Jr.
Do you ever wonder how some of the most random and unnecessary movies get greenlit? Comedians/actors Paul Scheer (The League), June Diane Raphael (New Girl), and Jason Mantzoukas will tell you.
- Throwing Shade
Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi gab about women’s rights, gay rights, and pop culture on their show–and it’s hilarious!
- Professor Blastoff
Seasoned comics Kyle Dunnigan and Tig Notaro make up characters on the fly, while David Huntsberger does his best to keep things organized with an interview format.
The Best Food Podcasts
If you’re looking for a no-fuss approach to learning some new recipes, this video podcast led by Kathy Maister is perfect for you. You’ll be able to follow along easily as she walks you through each step of making a variety of different dishes.
Not only will you find delicious recipes on this blog, but you’ll get a good laugh too. It’s set up like a dinner party play, with different acts corresponding to the course of the meal.
Are you a foodie? If so, this show is for you! On each episode, Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton explore in depth one type of cuisine.
Leite’s Culinaria is a podcast led by some of the brightest minds in the industry.
- The Sporkful
Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison want to help you eat more awesomely, and you don’t have to be a food expert to appreciate this podcast.
Best Small Business Podcasts
- Total Picture Radio
This website is perfect if you’re in search of tips related to talent acquisition, HR, leadership, and so on.
If you find it difficult to motivate your employees, this is the resource for you. Along with plenty of tips for businesses across all industries.
- Home Work
This weekly podcast is for those of you who, like me, work from home. Get advice on how to be productive, organized, and motivated while being your boss.
Looking to up your marketing game? This class covers topics like referral marketing and email marketing.
This podcast features interviews with different entrepreneurs from startup companies. In each episode, we discuss one featured startup and several other news stories that could affect web-based businesses.
If you’re anything like me, Serial was your life for a few months. Now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with myself either. If you share my addiction and still need answers about Jay, check out these: Love+Radio, Unfictional, Radio Diaries, Death, Sex & Money, Strangers, The Moth, and Risk!
This post originally appeared on SkillCrush.com.
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