Design Related Podcast

I’ve been hosting a series conversations with product designers for the past year. The podcast is called Design Related, because we talk about design and the interesting tangents around it.

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What I’ve learned

Podcasts create new conversation spaces. The act of recording and publishing allows me to ask a lot of questions. It’s all focused on learning about the other person. This is something that would not be comfortable in a casual, non-interview, setting. Because it would be weird for me to pepper someone with questions for 45 minutes. Conversations flow back and forth, but interviews set the expectation to emphasize one person’s experiences.

It takes more effort to produce audio content than other forms of media. The process to distribute written content is streamlined, while editing and publishing audio can involve multiple workflows. All computers have a text editor, but audio editors are not first class applications. On mobile devices, creating and editing photos and videos are more accessible than audio tools. You can copy/paste a string of text easily, while copy/pasting audio only possible while you are explicitly editing sound inside certain applications.

Production quality is a biproduct of available equipment. The right recording equipment has a big impact on audio track quality. Software can only improve recordings, but it can’t save a muddled track.

Scheduling logistics aren’t fun, but the interviews make it worthwhile. Each time we conduct an interview, the steps to coordinate it take longer than expected. But when we are in a room recording, and after wrapping up an interview, there’s a sense of elation from learning so much in such a short amount of time.

It’s easier with another person. If you’re thinking of starting a show, it’s easier when you have a co-host. Especially if audio production is a new medium for you. The show would not exist without my co-host Mike McDearmon.