Listen to two creative women who work in tech talk about how they balance side projects on top of a full time job

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.

Tune in every Monday for conversations about design and the issues creatives face as they try to progress their careers, juggle side projects, stay motivated and bring ideas to life.

The hosts

Two female designers working in tech



Living in London, Charli works full time as a marketing designer at retail analytics startup, EDITED. When she’s not busy designing websites and swag, she’s editing videos, selling her own t-shirts or writing honest thoughts on her blog.



From the canals of Amsterdam, Femke works by day in marketing and communications at Atomic and by night as a digital design freelancer. Otherwise Femke is either catching up with other designers on her blog or taking pictures.


All episodes


040: Fear of Failure

A fear of failure can hold us back from going after opportunities, starting new projects, and aiming high. In this episode we talk about how failure is a natural part of the learning and making process, and it’s only an end point if we let it be. In the end the only real failure is giving up, or not even trying it in the first place. You’ll hear advice for pushing through this fear, and hear us talk about the mindset shift you need in order to see the positives in your failures.

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039: Agency vs freelance vs in-house design

There are three main types of design job: agency/studio (where you work as part of a team who does work for clients), freelance (where you work for yourself and have your own clients) and in-house (where you’re a designer on a team at a single company working on projects for them). They each have their own pros and cons, and we discuss them in this episode. We’ll also give you advice for choosing the path that suits you best.

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038: Jack of all trades – Specialist or generalist?

In the tech industry especially, there is a lot of pressure on designers to excel at everything involved in the design and development process and be “unicorns”.
In this episode we discuss how the phrase 'Jack of all trades; master of none' applies to the design industry, and the pitfalls of spreading yourself thin across many different disciplines. We believe in being specialists rather than generalists and we’ll explain why, as well as give you advice for finding out what you’re best at.

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037: Bringing new clients onboard

Bringing a new client onboard is the start of a new working relationship, and it’s important to get it started on the right foot. Having an onboarding process in place to streamline this beginning phase can save you time and also set expectations with your potential client. In this episode we discuss our process, and share advice for figuring out your own.

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036: Blurring the line between life and work

Do you work to live, or live to work? Often the latter is seen as a negative thing, but we beg to differ. In this episode we talk about our attitude towards work and how we see it as an integrated part of our life; not a necessary evil. You’ll hear tips for finding fulfilment and looking at your job in a positive light, and encouragement to make changes if the way in which you spend the majority of your day is not enriching your life. Work is a part of our identity, and we don’t think that’s a bad thing!

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