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


044: What to do at the end of a client project

With freelance projects, last impressions can have just as much meaning as a first impression; you need to make your wrap-up process count! In this episode you’ll hear advice for finishing up a client project and getting feedback to both improve your process, and use as a testimonial.

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043: How to decide what to work on

Time and energy are precious resources, and in order not to waste them we must be picky with what opportunities we take on, and what ideas we act on. In this episode we discuss our process for deciding what side projects and client briefs we work on, and which we say ‘no’ to.

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042: The truth about freelance marketplaces

Freelancing websites that offer the opportunity to bid for projects or compete to have your logo design chosen by a company are damaging to the way design is valued. In this episode we discuss our thoughts and experiences with these sites and explain why they should be avoided.

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041: Making the most of design school

Getting a degree is not a requirement for making it in the design industry, and that means that it is up to us to make the most of our time at design school to get the most value from it.

You shouldn’t sit back and do the bare minimum; you should make the most of the opportunities and contacts available to you at your school and push yourself to do more than just get good grades.

In this episode we discuss our design school experience and share some things we wish we’d known, or done differently while we were studying.

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