Must See Documentaries For Designers and Artists

5 Must See Documentaries for Designers & Artists

#1. Design the New Business

Design and business can no longer be thought of as distinct activities with individual goals. Design the New Business is a film dedicated to investigating how designers and businesspeople are working together in new ways to solve the wicked problems facing business today. The short documentary examines how they are joining forces by bringing together an international collection of design service providers, education experts and businesses that have incorporated design as a part of their core approach. Design the New Business features inspiring case studies and insightful discussions, helping to illustrate the state of the relationship and how it needs to continue evolving to meet tomorrow’s challenges. This film is a Zilver Innovation initiative, and was created by 6 students from the Master in Strategic Product Design at the TU Delft in The Netherlands.

#2. Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View of Mid-Century Modern Architecture

“Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View of Mid-Century Modern Architecture,” a documentary produced by AETN’s Mark Wilcken, focuses on the construction boom in the United States after World War II. Sometimes considered cold and unattractive, mid-century modern designs were a by-product of post-war optimism and reflected a nation’s dedication to building a new future. This new architecture used modern materials such as reinforced concrete, glass and steel and was defined by clean lines, simple shapes and unornamented facades. The documentary looks at examples of mid-century modern architecture around the state, from the University of Arkansas’s Fine Arts Center designed by Arkansas native and internationally known architect Edward Durell Stone to the Tower Building in Little Rock, the Fulbright Library in Fayetteville that reflects the aesthetics of famous Chicago architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, and the abandoned Hotel Mountainaire, perfectly defining art moderne.

#3. Inge Druckrey: Teaching to See

Teaching to See is a 2012 educational documentary film about graphic design and teaching of Inge Druckrey and some of her students and colleagues. Directed by Andrei Severny and produced by Edward Tufte, it was released in July 2012 and was screened in New York, Phoenix, Toronto, Reykjavik and was seen by thousands on the internet. The film covers various topics and principles of seeing, analyzing and executing. It provides insights into graphic design, typography, composition, form and visual arts education.

#4. American Look

The definitive Populuxe film on 1950s automotive, industrial, interior and architectural design. This film shows contempory and futuristic designs, many of which now seem dated while others were well ahead of their time. You’ll also see the many steps of the design process. It has been released by the Chevrolet Division of the General Motors Corporation in 1958.

#5. PressPausePlay

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.


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