Not just for design buffs of the world, these 13 films will cause you to think deeper about how design plays a significant role in culture.


Helvetica (2007)

What’s in a word? This documentary explores something we see everyday but probably don’t all appreciate — typography and graphic design, and its role in global visual culture.

See the trailer: here

Rams (2018)

Rams is a documentary portrait of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive. It delves into consumerism, sustainability and the future of design.

See the trailer: here

Abstract: The Art of Design

This Netflix series is well worth a binge session but S1/EP2, about legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, stands out as one of the best. This episode profiles the college track-and-field athlete whose journey into architecture, accompanied with his background in sports, sparked a career of game-changing shoe designs for Nike, including the legendary Air Jordan.

Where to watch: Netflix

Eames: The Architect and the Painter (2011)

Eames is an inescapable name in the design industry. Husband and wife team, Charles and Ray Eames, were America’s most influential and important industrial designers. This documentary captures the personal story of these iconic designers.

See the trailer: here

Design Canada (2018)

Design Canada is the first documentary chronicling the history of Canadian graphic design and how it shaped a nation and its people.

See the trailer: here

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf (2017)

Five Seasons, with Piet Oudolf, is an immersive and complex documentary on the world’s most celebrated garden designer who has made gardens become art.

See the trailer: here

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco (2017)

Explore the life and career of fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez and his colourful (and sometimes outrageous) milieu.

See the trailer: here

Super Design (2017)

SuperDesign is a film about 19 players of the Italian Radical Movement. Through their words and stories, the film retraces the history and the heritage of the movement taking us back to a time when everything seemed possible.

See the trailer: here

Konstantin Grcic: Design is Work (2016)

This film observes one of the most innovative and contemporary designers worldwide, Konstantin Grcic. Viewers gain an insight into Konstantin and his creative tea working on fundamental new concepts for products.

Where to watch: Amazon

Why Man Creates (1968)

This animated short documentary film discusses the nature of creativity. It won an Oscar award for ‘best documentary short subject’ in 1941. Get Amongst.

Where to watch: YouTube

Objectified (2009)

This feature-length documentary explores our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.

See the trailer: here

Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (2008)

For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design. The full breadth of Glaser’s remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait. From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men.

See the intro: here

PressPausePlay (2011)

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratised culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed this film, which contains interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.

Where to watch: Vimeo

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