For those who want not only to take time, but also to learn something new about the industry — 5 documentary series about the secrets of professional craftsmanship and the history of visual culture.
Abstraction: The Art of Design
The documentary series from Netflix was released in 2017 – this eight stories about fashion, graphic designers and architects shows not only how the pros work, but also tells what techniques they use and what they want to say with their work. The series is intended to prove that our whole world is the embodiment of a great work of creative people, including Bjarke Ingels or Ilse Crawford , with great potential and imagination.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
A fictional story about the life and murder of legendary designer Gianni Versace was released in 2018 and is a good way to explore the life of the brand. Based on Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Biggest Failed Police Hunt in U.S. History, the series explores the designer’s murder mystery by serial hitman Andrew Cunanan. The season received the most nominations and positive reviews from critics.
The 2010 miniseries from the BBC is five episodes about the role of design in history, from the beginning of the 18th century to the present day. A history of a culture in which designers have played a decisive role, whether it be incorporating technology into everyday life or creating new sustainable consumption items. Each episode reveals an important episode in the development of design: from industrialization, through the futuristic Bauhaus , to the plastic design of the 20th century.
Artist Series by Hillman Curtis
Started in 2014 by designer Hillman Curtis , this project consists of a series of interviews with contemporary designers and artists about their studios, production and branding. The shorts were filmed over the course of two years and Hillman was in full charge of production, including filming and editing. The designer himself admitted that working on the series was his hobby and he was not going to turn it into work, but only wanted to know more about what was happening behind the scenes of creating a product. In 15 minutes of an interview, he reveals the secrets that he has kept for years.
BBC: The Power of Art
Documentary series by Simon Sham (2006), historian and art critic, is a series of travels and historical information about the origin and development of art in different countries. Each of the eight episodes explores the artist’s biography and one of his key works, including Vincent van Gogh’s Wheatfield and Pablo Picasso’s Guernica.