Add Some Flair to your Watchlist with Art and Design Documentaries
After a month or so in quarantine you’ve probably grown tired of watching mind-numbing TV shows and movies. The good news is that there is still some inspiration left to be had. Art and design documentaries are a great way to feed your creative side and learn something new. This short list of resources is where you can find design films to rent, purchase, or stream for free.
1. Detroit Public Television
Video features on DPTV. (Photo: DPTV/One Detroit)
2. Oh You Pretty Things.com
Run by visual artists and filmmakers in Brooklyn, NY, the online shop is where you can stream documentaries from filmmaker Gary Hustwit each week at no cost. Previously posted films now available for rent or purchase include “Helvetica”, and “Urbanized”. This week, you can check out Hustwit’s film “Rams”, about design icon Dieter Rams, streaming free May 1-3 as part of Deezen’s Virtual Design Festival.
Trailer for Gary Hustwit’s documentary “Helvetica”. (Photo: Gary Hustwit)
Poster for Gary Hustwit’s documentary “Urbanized”. (Photo: Gary Hustwit)
Designers.Watch website. (Photo: Designers.Watch)
Abstract – The Art of Design (Photo: Netflix)
The Creative Brain. (Photo: The Creative Brain)
Rounding off the list is YouTube. With a massive amount of content under its hood, the platform is is an easy way to search for design films that suit your interests.
What are some of your favorite design documentaries? Share them with me in the comments!