I have always been obsessed with artists, from set designers to typography experts. I love hearing and watching the behind-the-scenes footage and step-by-step explanations of how particular art is crafted, revealing, and learning from big-name designers in the art world. Thankfully, Netflix created a docu-series that fed this desire for art and design, a show called Abstract: The Art of Design. The series looks beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world.
Typically, I am not a binge-watcher, nor do I truly appreciate TV. I am more of a movie person, but Abstract: The Art of Design was another story. I would not say I was searching for a new show; it just sort of caught my eye. It was a mere 15 seconds before I aggressively turned off the lights, snuggled under my covers, and quickly moved my cursor over the play button.
Now, I know art-related documentaries are a bit of an acquired taste, a niche binge-worthy market, but I learned so much. Some of the featured guests are genuinely inspiring and fascinating, and the cinematography is one for the books. I guess that is why I watched both seasons in under ten days.
And here is why:
- Each episode covers a different artist or designer in another field, so every episode has a slightly different narrative, and the content never overlaps
- The cinematography is unmatched—the visuals are enticing and breathtaking
- It takes you across the globe and features tidbits of different societies and styles
- You learn a ton about art, design, and culture
- It features a story-telling narrative
- It gives a glimpse into the professional world of art and design