Watch Abstract: The Art of Design

In Abstract: The Art of Design, step inside the minds of the most innovative designers working today in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.

Netflix
2 Seasons, 14 Episodes
February 10, 2017
Documentary & Biography
8.4/10
Cast: Platon, Elisabeth Biondi, Ilse Crawford, Es Devlin
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Abstract: The Art of Design Full Episode Guide

  • While researching vintage watches as inspiration for a new font, Jonathan Hoefler delves into his work for Apple, Obama's "Change" campaign and more.

  • On the heels of leading influential projects for Nike and Instagram, Ian Spalter explains the process of experimenting with new product designs.

  • As founder of toy company Heroes Will Rise, Cas Holman crafts tools and objects designed to inspire kids (and adults) to play creatively.

  • A visual storyteller and frequent Spike Lee collaborator, Ruth E. Carter won an Oscar for her Afrofuturistic costume design for "Black Panther."

  • Can we design our way out of an ecological crisis? At the MIT Media Lab, professor Neri Oxman cultivates new materials that emulate nature.

  • Olafur Eliasson creates sensory-rich immersive installations, including a lamp-lit sun at the Tate Modern and chunks of Arctic ice on city streets.

  • Interior designer Isle Crawford explains her process in creating original spaces and looks.

  • Photographer Platon is profiled in his capturing images of everyone, from world leaders to ordinary people.

  • Graphic designer, Paula Scher, creates visualizations of words for iconic brands around the world.

  • Fiat Chrysler's global head of design, Ralph Gilles, is featured.

  • Architect Bjarke Ingels unites function, fantasy and sustainability in pragmatic utopian designs like a clean power plant topped with a ski slope.

  • Stage designer Es Devlin explains how she comes up with stage designs for concerts, operas, plays and runway shows.

  • Shoe designer for Nike's Air Jordan, Tinker Hatfield, is profiled.

  • From New Yorker covers to Instagram sketches, illustrator Christoph Niemann plays with abstraction and interactivity -- and questions authenticity.

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