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


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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035: Defining a niche for your work

Defining a niche means targeting a specific audience with your work and content. In this episode we discuss the benefits of this focussed approach and discuss the niche(s) we’re aiming our content at. You’ll hear advice for choosing a niche, and we’ll quell any fears that you’ll find it harder to build an audience or find clients if you don’t appeal to everyone. Trust us; you will!

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034: Which Design Tools should I use?

Design tools are all the things we use to bring our ideas to life.

In this episode we discuss the software we design in, the resources we use, the analogue items we take our workflow offline with, and our top little workflow hacks. While learning design tools doesn’t automatically make you a good designer, it is good to know what tools professional designers use day-to-day to see which ones you should focus your attention on.

We use different tools for different tasks and we share them all along with some background on how we learned to use them.

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033: The importance of role models

No one is born knowing how to lead a successful life. That’s something we learn along the way from role models. In this episode we discuss the value and importance we place on role models and share our attitude towards taking inspiration from them while still following our own path.

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032: Living in the present

Things get philosophical in this episode as we talk about the importance of living in the ‘now’. It’s so easy to look at successful people and feel pressured to hustle more so that you can achieve what they have, but if you don’t enjoy the journey towards your goals and find fulfilment in the process, will you ever feel content? We want you to know it’s okay to have down time! In this episode we share tips for remembering to enjoy your present, and how this works in with your future goals.

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