February 21, 2017

Netflix’s ‘Abstract’ Is a Must-Watch for Designers

consumer-brands-netflixWe’ve all come across a Netflix series that completely consumes us for a few weeks. From Stranger Things to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to House of Cards, I’ve tuned into about every genre of addictive Netflix programming. But every now and then, I stumble upon a series that inspires me. After taking a couple of weeks to watch (and re-watch) the first season of Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design, I highly recommended this series for anyone working in the design and creative industry.

Abstract focuses on the impact and influence that design has on our culture and everyday life. Each episode – eight total for your viewing pleasure – highlights a different designer who has shaped or is shaping their respective industry. From 2D typography to 3D architecture, Abstract gives you a closer look at the superstars of design and the creative processes behind their work.

My favorite episodes were on famous portrait photographer Platon and innovative architect Bjarke Ingels. If you have ever picked up a camera, or an iPhone for that matter, you will appreciate the dedication Platon has to getting the perfect shot. Ingels’ episode on architecture makes you reconsider what you thought was possible in the purpose of a commercial or residential building, and his nonconventional designs defy traditional constraints to create powerful places and experiences. To be honest, all of them are good in their own way. I’m a big fan of documentaries that make you smarter, and this series is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

If you’ve already binge-watched this show, let us know what you thought!