About Design Better

Design Better co-hosts Eli Woolery and Aarron Walter explore the intersection of design, technology, and the creative process through conversations with inspiring guests across many creative fields. Whether you’re design curious or a design pro, Design Better is guaranteed to inspire and inform.

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Awards and recognition

Design Better has more than 100,000 monthly listeners, 70,000 Spotify followers, and has been recognized by the Webbys, W3 Awards, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, and others.

“Design Better is sharp, to the point, and full of incredibly valuable information for anyone looking to better understand how to build a more innovative world.”  —Vanity Fair  “If you want to flex your boss muscle, subscribe to the Design Better podcast.”   —Architectural Digest


Design Better listeners are career-focused design and technology experts at major companies like Apple, Airbnb, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Disney, and Nike. Students just learning about design and technology and those transitioning into creative fields also tune in.

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Aarron Walter

About Aarron Walter

Aarron Walter is a design and technology leader. He started the user experience design practice at Mailchimp and helped grow the company from a few thousand customers to tens of millions. Later at InVision, he studied the design teams at some of the most admired tech companies to identify the traits that influence success. When the COVID19 pandemic emerged, he joined former CDC Director Dr Tom Frieden at Resolve to Save Lives to help US public health teams, the Africa CDC, and the WHO use design and technology in emergency response. He's the author of a number of books, the latest of which is the second edition of Designing for Emotion. Aarron's design guidance has helped the White House, the US Department of State, and dozens of major corporations, startups, and venture capital firms.

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About Eli Woolery

Elijah trained in the Product Design program at Stanford University, where he now teaches as a lecturer. He has a background in photography and filmmaking, as well as product and industrial design. He is formerly the Director of Design Education at InVision, a software design and collaboration platform.

After working as a lead design engineer with Light & Motion, a vertically integrated manufacturer of consumer underwater video and photography equipment, he pursued graduate studies in marine biology at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and co-founded the print magazine Wetpixel Quarterly in 2007. He was a founder in the second class of Innovation Endeavor's Runway Program, a venture-backed startup accelerator backed by Eric Schmidt's fund.

He also founded Out of the Deep Blue, a design consultancy, where he worked on web and mobile applications for clients like Genentech and Kaiser Permanente. As a life-long worshiper of the ocean, he loves to surf, dive, and kayak.

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Hosted by Eli Woolery and Aarron Walter, the Design Better podcast explores creativity at the intersection of design and technology.


Eli trained in the Product Design program at Stanford University, where he now teaches as a lecturer. He's the co-host of the Design Better Podcast, an award winning show that explores creativity at the intersection of design and technology.