The Best TV and Movies to Stream in February 2017
What to add to your list (and what to catch before it's pulled).
Honestly, documentaries about design are, at best, a bit sterile and at worst, so obsessively "minimal and clean" that they're just plain dull. But that's not the vibe of Abstract: The Art of Design, Netflix's new docu-series (now streaming) that follows designers while they work and explore, inviting the viewer into the creative process. And it's fascinating as hell.
For the last two years, former Wired editor in chief Scott Dadich and his producing partners have ventured into the offices, studios and workshops of the world's most innovative minds to see how designers really work. And, not surprisingly, there's a lot to learn from these geniuses. Each episode of the eight-part series focuses on a different designer, each representing different styles and industries. There's Tinker Hatfield, Nike's legendary designer and Paula Scher, the graphic designer behind some of the world's most iconic logos and branding. See how photographer Platon shoots such striking images or what it takes to build the massive stages Es Devlin has created for the likes of Kanye and Gaga.
You also get a glimpse of the intense focus, pressures and neurosis that comes with doing such great work. "Taste-making takes time," says automotive designer Ralph Gilles. "So if you get it wrong ... you get it really wrong." One thing is clear: When you watch one of these episodes, you leave wanting to do better work in all aspects of your life.