Recently I’ve had cause to research and examine Podcast websites.
For some bizarre reason, I’ve found it incredibly hard to find well-designed, user friendly podcast websites.
This is probably because most people listen and discover podcasts via third party apps, or iTunes. While somewhat understandable, I personally think podcast sites are selling themselves short. A well designed website creates intrigue and interest. If a user thinks they’re going to be listening to something worthwhile, they are more likely to get past the first 5 minutes.
Not to mention the credibility a well designed site adds to your brand when sourcing guest speakers or interviews.
For this reason, I have compiled a list of 5 podcast websites doing it right:
On first glance, I know that this is a podcast by 2 women who talk about creative entrepreneurship. I didn’t have to read an episode summary to understand this; the website informs me in a matter of seconds. The style guide is consistent, it is easy to navigate episodes and there’s stacks of sharable content for Pinterest and Twitter on the individual episode pages.
It’s A Monkey
I’m a bit bias here since I contributed to the design and development of this website + I happen to be the co-host. However, at the risk of blowing my own trumpet, this site includes some useful features such as a transcript and tweet testimonial slider. The home page also makes it easy for you to access popular and recent episodes. At a glance the website communicates that this is a tech news podcast featuring interviews with industry thought leaders.
This podcast site is a bit quirky, but it nails the intrigue factor. I’d credit this mostly to the unique animations which stand out on the overall clean aesthetic. On first glance though, I’m fairly unsure what the podcast is about. Upon scrolling I discover a short sentence telling me that this is a podcast series that reinterprets historical events and personalities. Perhaps this could be better located but for the most part I’m impressed.
This Week In Startups
The This Week In Startups website tells me straight away what the podcast is about — “The most interesting, outrageous & illuminating stories from the world of entrepreneurship”. The banner video is contextual without distracting from the main message and the social links are prominent. The individual episode cards are a bit text heavy, but the variety of listening channels is helpful.
This podcast website is a theme, so I was unsure whether to include it. But since this article is focusing on design, I decided it was somewhat valid. Albeit reminiscent of Spotify’s app, there is a clear sense of hierarchy in the typography and each episode card clearly displays the duration. The html player is nothing special, but it’s functional.
Do you know of a well-designed podcast website I’ve missed?
Let me know in the comments below or you can Tweet me — @katefrappell