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Design Life

By Charli Prangley, Femke Van Schoonhoven

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.

  1. 1.
    211: Ageism in the tech industry01/18/2021
    29:01
  2. 2.
    210: Our plans for 202101/12/2021
    33:54
  3. 3.
    209: Reflecting on our careers & side hustles in 202012/22/2020
    33:43
  4. 4.
    208: Should you use a Notion doc as your portfolio?12/15/2020
    27:23
  5. 5.
    207: Outsourcing work and hiring help for side projects12/02/2020
    32:07
  6. 6.
    206: How to have productive meetings11/23/2020
    30:16
  7. 7.
    205: How designers could use Facebook ads to get clients11/17/2020
    44:02
  8. 8.
    204: Speeding up the design process11/02/2020
    31:27
  1. 9.
    203: Running a design-focused Instagram10/20/2020
    26:30
  2. 10.
    202: Charli gets a promotion!10/12/2020
    29:08
  3. 11.
    201: Being the only designer on the team09/29/2020
    31:00
  4. 12.
    200: Does using design freebies make you less of a designer?09/22/2020
    27:06
  5. 13.
    199: How direct is TOO direct with feedback?09/14/2020
    29:31
  6. 14.
    198: Making friends at work09/08/2020
    28:47
  7. 15.
    197: Should you go to design school?08/24/2020
    29:33
  8. 16.
    196: Should you have to work nights and weekends to succeed in tech?08/17/2020
    26:15
  9. 17.
    195: Working with freelancers08/11/2020
    27:30
  10. 18.
    194: The future of AI/ML in design08/03/2020
    26:11
  11. 19.
    193: Too many meetings07/27/2020
    29:40
  12. 20.
    192: How to reach out for advice07/06/2020
    30:06
  13. 21.
    191: Attaching self worth to your work06/30/2020
    29:51
  14. 22.
    190: Creating design processes and workflows06/24/2020
    28:52
  15. 23.
    189: Why are there so few women in design leadership?06/15/2020
    31:24
  16. 24.
    188: Creating and launching a digital product06/09/2020
    22:11
  17. 25.
    187: Launching a big project05/25/2020
    29:30
  18. 26.
    186: Design QA Process05/19/2020
    30:06
  19. 27.
    185: Facilitating workshops with Jonathan Courtney (AJ&Smart)05/05/2020
    53:04
  20. 28.
    184: Making design decisions04/28/2020
    33:02
  21. 29.
    183: Design reviews and getting feedback04/21/2020
    33:39
  22. 30.
    182: Starting a new side project04/14/2020
    31:13
  23. 31.
    181: Getting through a motivation slump04/06/2020
    26:11
  24. 32.
    180: Working from home during COVID-1903/24/2020
    39:03
  25. 33.
    179: How to build your network03/17/2020
    30:53
  26. 34.
    178: Performance reviews03/09/2020
    38:18
  27. 35.
    177: Keeping your portfolio up to date02/19/2020
    31:54
  28. 36.
    176: Tackling implementation issues between design and development02/11/2020
    32:24
  29. 37.
    175: The other side of design (it's more than pushing pixels)01/20/2020
    34:31
  30. 38.
    174: How to start and grow a design Youtube Channel01/13/2020
    37:48
  31. 39.
    173: Setting Goals and Intentions in 202001/06/2020
    36:29
  32. 40.
    172: Fulfilling your potential12/11/2019
    30:02
  33. 41.
    171: Learnings from Adobe Max12/03/2019
    43:03
  34. 42.
    170: Jumping from junior to senior designer10/28/2019
    29:06
  35. 43.
    169: Within Design Retreat10/22/2019
    32:25
  36. 44.
    168: When your ideas aren't considered10/08/2019
    29:48
  37. 45.
    167: Career progression09/24/2019
    27:53
  38. 46.
    166: Having difficult conversations09/17/2019
    35:48
  39. 47.
    165: Staying creative during life changes09/09/2019
    29:52
  40. 48.
    164: How to get your first design job07/24/2019
    33:07
  41. 49.
    163: Earning passive income07/08/2019
    30:23
  42. 50.
    162: CEO and designer, Helen Tran07/01/2019
    37:05
  43. 51.
    161: The project kickoff06/11/2019
    25:20
  44. 52.
    160: Every creative feels broken inside05/29/2019
    34:53
  45. 53.
    159: Is your portfolio a lie?05/21/2019
    32:00
  46. 54.
    158: Job titles, are they important?05/13/2019
    34:19
  47. 55.
    157: Project retrospectives04/29/2019
    32:01
  48. 56.
    156: Creating effective design documentation04/17/2019
    31:07
  49. 57.
    155: Done is better than perfect04/09/2019
    31:18
  50. 58.
    154: Goal Setting and OKR's04/02/2019
    33:58
  51. 59.
    153: Creating Design Principles03/18/2019
    27:59
  52. 60.
    152: Navigating office politics03/12/2019
    28:20
  53. 61.
    151: Running Design Sprints03/04/2019
    30:57
  54. 62.
    150: Working with design systems02/18/2019
    32:29
  55. 63.
    149: Weekly Planning01/22/2019
    33:32
  56. 64.
    148: Getting the best start at a new job01/14/2019
    34:31
  57. 65.
    147: Goals for 201901/07/2019
    38:11
  58. 66.
    146: Design Challenges, is it spec work?12/04/2018
    38:34
  59. 67.
    145: Investing in conferences11/20/2018
    31:25
  60. 68.
    144: What to look for in a manager11/13/2018
    26:44
  61. 69.
    143: 3 Things we recommend right now11/06/2018
    28:37
  62. 70.
    142: Iteration10/29/2018
    34:55
  63. 71.
    141: Confront Conference with Zach Grosser10/16/2018
    27:08
  64. 72.
    140: How to switch careers10/08/2018
    30:50
  65. 73.
    139: Working with stakeholders10/01/2018
    38:00
  66. 74.
    138: Salaries and bonuses09/18/2018
    36:58
  67. 75.
    137: Personal brand design09/10/2018
    31:40
  68. 76.
    136: Sharing unfinished work09/03/2018
    25:08
  69. 77.
    135: Productivity in the workplace08/27/2018
    40:58
  70. 78.
    134: Why we stopped freelancing08/20/2018
    30:58
  71. 79.
    133: Becoming a hybrid08/13/2018
    34:51
  72. 80.
    132: User Testing in the design process08/06/2018
    38:17
  73. 81.
    131: Should you fake it till you make it?07/23/2018
    31:02
  74. 82.
    130: How A/B testing can improve your design07/17/2018
    32:27
  75. 83.
    129: When do you know it’s time to move on?07/09/2018
    32:49
  76. 84.
    128: Making time for new side projects07/03/2018
    31:59
  77. 85.
    127: User research in the design process06/19/2018
    37:17
  78. 86.
    126: The rollercoaster of the creative process06/11/2018
    34:46
  79. 87.
    125: Travelling for work06/05/2018
    35:24
  80. 88.
    124: Getting content for your designs05/28/2018
    33:18
  81. 89.
    123: The design handoff and validation process05/21/2018
    40:06
  82. 90.
    122: Being a woman in tech05/14/2018
    39:25
  83. 91.
    121: Trying new design tools05/07/2018
    31:52
  84. 92.
    120: Our biggest flaws as designers04/30/2018
    37:44
  85. 93.
    119: Setting career goals04/23/2018
    36:38
  86. 94.
    118: Too many passions, not enough time04/16/2018
    36:32
  87. 95.
    117: Articulating design decisions04/02/2018
    45:10
  88. 96.
    116: An alternative approach to networking03/12/2018
    34:41
  89. 97.
    115: Friendly competition03/06/2018
    32:18
  90. 98.
    114: Creators Guilt02/26/2018
    31:55
  91. 99.
    113: When to upgrade your technology02/13/2018
    34:58
  92. 100.
    112: Redesigning your website02/05/2018
    35:19
  93. 101.
    111: Starting an official business01/30/2018
    38:26
  94. 102.
    110: Making a career shift01/23/2018
    36:51
  95. 103.
    109: Getting started with making videos01/15/2018
    34:50
  96. 104.
    108: Setting a monthly focus01/08/2018
    31:16
  97. 105.
    107: Advice for networking12/18/2017
    32:36
  98. 106.
    106: Boredom12/11/2017
    36:36
  99. 107.
    105: Portfolio pieces vs just needing the money12/04/2017
    33:20
  100. 108.
    104: The future of our design careers11/27/2017
    37:50
  101. 109.
    103: Product launches and failures11/20/2017
    37:39
  102. 110.
    102: The value of mastermind groups11/13/2017
    34:42
  103. 111.
    101: Starting a new design job11/06/2017
    38:49
  104. 112.
    100: Staying consistent with a side project over time10/30/2017
    29:58
  105. 113.
    099: What to do when you’re lacking motivation10/23/2017
    35:08
  106. 114.
    098: Sunsetting a side project10/16/2017
    38:01
  107. 115.
    097: How to start making money from side projects - with Nathan Barry10/03/2017
    46:35
  108. 116.
    096: Tech & gadgets for designers09/25/2017
    42:56
  109. 117.
    095: Interviewing for design jobs09/18/2017
    40:49
  110. 118.
    094: Speaking at conferences09/11/2017
    44:01
  111. 119.
    093: Taking Risks09/04/2017
    37:30
  112. 120.
    092: Advice for applying to design jobs08/28/2017
    42:59
  113. 121.
    091: Getting your work noticed08/22/2017
    36:10
  114. 122.
    090: Job hunting08/14/2017
    40:18
  115. 123.
    089: Personal vs professional08/07/2017
    37:21
  116. 124.
    088: Shiny Object Syndrome08/01/2017
    31:58
  117. 125.
    087: Project Scoping07/24/2017
    38:03
  118. 126.
    086: Balancing professional growth with getting paid07/17/2017
    38:01
  119. 127.
    085: Keeping up with new tools and frameworks07/10/2017
    36:05
  120. 128.
    084: Self-doubt and feeling unsuccessful07/03/2017
    39:26
  121. 129.
    083: What to do when you’re overwhelmed06/26/2017
    38:58
  122. 130.
    082: When your ideas are bigger than your skillset06/19/2017
    39:02
  123. 131.
    E81: Bullet journalling for task management06/12/2017
    41:03
  124. 132.
    080: Our plans for the Design Life community06/05/2017
    33:15
  125. 133.
    079: The value of design05/29/2017
    33:59
  126. 134.
    078: Using video to build and connect with an audience05/22/2017
    38:01
  127. 135.
    077: The future of the design industry05/15/2017
    40:34
  128. 136.
    076: The pros and cons of procrastiworking05/08/2017
    32:19
  129. 137.
    075: Feeling guilty for taking a break05/01/2017
    32:51
  130. 138.
    074: Working from home04/24/2017
    40:41
  131. 139.
    073: What to do when you run out of passion04/17/2017
    37:00
  132. 140.
    072: Teaching yourself a new skill04/10/2017
    44:27
  133. 141.
    071: Feeling confident as a designer04/03/2017
    34:00
  134. 142.
    070: How to package up client deliverables03/27/2017
    32:37
  135. 143.
    069 - Stepping out of your comfort zone03/20/2017
    34:39
  136. 144.
    068: Speeding up your workflow03/13/2017
    37:45
  137. 145.
    067: We need more crappy work03/06/2017
    34:27
  138. 146.
    066: Morals in design02/27/2017
    31:16
  139. 147.
    065: Life after design school02/20/2017
    41:45
  140. 148.
    064: Consistency in content creation02/13/2017
    43:51
  141. 149.
    063: Advice for remote working02/06/2017
    44:09
  142. 150.
    062: Taking control of your design career01/30/2017
    33:42
  143. 151.
    061: Constraints breed creativity01/24/2017
    30:48
  144. 152.
    060: Focus time01/16/2017
    36:02
  145. 153.
    059: Advice for creating a great portfolio01/09/2017
    42:00
  146. 154.
    058: Setting goals for 201701/03/2017
    47:35
  147. 155.
    057: Surrounding yourself with good people12/19/2016
    32:14
  148. 156.
    056: Saying no to good things12/12/2016
    30:03
  149. 157.
    055: Design contracts & why you should have one12/05/2016
    36:01
  150. 158.
    054: Advice for content marketing11/28/2016
    40:26
  151. 159.
    053: Should you market yourself as an individual or a studio?11/21/2016
    36:41
  152. 160.
    052: Hearing your struggles (Birthday episode)11/14/2016
    35:29
  153. 161.
    051: How to get clients to pay up11/07/2016
    34:54
  154. 162.
    050: The value of conferences11/02/2016
    37:37
  155. 163.
    049: The hustle mindset10/24/2016
    36:00
  156. 164.
    048: Repositioning your online presence10/17/2016
    38:11
  157. 165.
    047: How to price your design work10/10/2016
    42:39
  158. 166.
    046: Dealing with harsh critique10/03/2016
    34:00
  159. 167.
    045: Advice for finding a job in the design industry09/26/2016
    45:49
  160. 168.
    044: What to do at the end of a client project09/19/2016
    39:36
  161. 169.
    043: How to decide what to work on09/12/2016
    34:49
  162. 170.
    042: The truth about freelance marketplaces09/05/2016
    39:47
  163. 171.
    041: Making the most of design school08/29/2016
    39:30
  164. 172.
    040: Fear of Failure08/22/2016
    36:09
  165. 173.
    039: Agency vs freelance vs in-house design08/16/2016
    31:18
  166. 174.
    038: Jack of all trades - Specialist or generalist?08/08/2016
    34:45
  167. 175.
    037: Bringing new clients onboard08/01/2016
    39:44
  168. 176.
    036: Blurring the line between life and work07/25/2016
    37:08
  169. 177.
    035: Defining a niche for your work07/18/2016
    41:43
  170. 178.
    034: Which Design Tools should I use?07/11/2016
    39:15
  171. 179.
    033: The importance of role models07/04/2016
    34:56
  172. 180.
    032: Living in the Present06/27/2016
    37:26
  173. 181.
    031: Fighting procrastination06/20/2016
    36:08
  174. 182.
    030: Getting useful feedback on your work06/13/2016
    36:08
  175. 183.
    029: Should you follow design trends?06/06/2016
    41:23
  176. 184.
    028: Our Design Process05/30/2016
    44:46
  177. 185.
    027: What if nobody notices?05/23/2016
    37:55
  178. 186.
    026: Participating in Design Communities05/16/2016
    39:52
  179. 187.
    025: Should designers learn to code?05/09/2016
    43:24
  180. 188.
    024: Learning new skills for your side project05/02/2016
    42:37
  181. 189.
    023: Being your own worst critic04/25/2016
    35:01
  182. 190.
    022: Long term thinking and planning04/18/2016
    36:51
  183. 191.
    021: Overcoming lack of motivation04/11/2016
    40:23
  184. 192.
    020: How to push through Creative block04/03/2016
    36:39
  185. 193.
    019: How to find Inspiration03/28/2016
    36:01
  186. 194.
    018: The role of a side project in your career03/21/2016
    41:39
  187. 195.
    017: Stress management03/14/2016
    34:38
  188. 196.
    016: Prioritising tasks for personal projects03/07/2016
    36:22
  189. 197.
    015: Facing Imposter Syndrome02/29/2016
    40:14
  190. 198.
    014: How to get up early02/22/2016
    37:29
  191. 199.
    013: Attracting Clients02/15/2016
    38:50
  192. 200.
    012: Work/Life Balance02/08/2016
    37:53

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