Netflix teases upcoming documentary series, ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’

Abstract: Art of Design

At this point there’s a documentary about nearly every topic. And now, thanks to Netflix, design is continuing to become more mainstream. Sure, we have Gary Hustwit’s documentary trilogy of Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized. Outside of Helvetica though, they mostly played to those particular audiences.

Abstract: The Art of Design, will be a documentary series that focuses on a wide variety of creatives (think Chef’s Table but for design) which Netflix describes as showcasing “their creative process, explore their work, and discover how their innovative designs have profoundly affected our every day lives.” Featured in the series is Paula Scher, Christoph Niemann, Platon, Tinker Hatfield, Ralph Giles, Bjarke Ingels, Ilse Crawford, Es Devlin.

It’s a pretty phenomenal line-up, but I find it interesting that there are some folks like Bjarke Ingels who I’d classify as an architect, not a designer. Same with Christoph Niemann, phenomenally talented but I’d certainly put him more int he camp of illustrator. Either way, it’s great to see creatives in our line of work being highlighted in this way. Hopefully the show is a hit and we get several seasons to enjoy.

The series starts streaming February 10.

4 Comments Netflix teases upcoming documentary series, ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’

  1. Alex January 23, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Small note: Such a distinction between designer and architect or designer and illustrator is somewhat irrelevant, especially as “design” problems become increasingly multi-discplinary. Design is a methodology and frame of mind, applied at any given scale at any given time. See Heatherwick and Rams.

  2. Bobby Solomon January 24, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Having distinct titles for your profession does have value. You don’t hire a plumber to do the job of an electrician simply because they work in a similar field. “Design” as catch-all belittles the methodology and frame of mind you speak to.

  3. um... February 2, 2017 at 8:14 AM


    An ilustrator cant be a designer, an architect cant be a designer ?

    Theres design in all of them

  4. Bobby Solomon February 3, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    You could do all of those things, but then what do you call yourself? It’s interesting that designer is becoming a generic catch-all.

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