Some of the world’s best designers are opening their sketchbooks for the new Netflix series Abstract, which begins streaming today.
In this series, the top names in design from several different industries will talk about exactly how it is they do what they do. It’s an inside look at the mind of a designer. Sound a little boring? Thanks to this series, it’s not.
Nearly every aspect of the world around us has some element of design, from the building that we work in to the clothes we wear to the car we drive and the paper we read. And Abstract is out to explain how the designed world around us got that way.
Telling exactly what designers do can be a tough task. That’s why this series leaves it up to the designers themselves. Viewers will get an inside look at the creative process: why certain things work and why certain things don’t. If it sounds a little boring, think again. The show is fast paced, using drones and speeding cars, along with enticing camera angles and bright colors to lure the viewer in. A stuffy public TV documentary this isn’t.
Each episode features a different type of designer, including graphic designer Paula Scher, illustrator Christoph Niemann, shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, photographer Platon, architect Bjarke Ingels, car designer Ralph Gilles, stage designer Es Devlin, and interior designer Ilse Crawford. Each episode also has a different director, including Morgan Neville, famous for his Academy Award winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom about the life of a backup music artist.
The show has been compared to another Netflix series, The Chef’s Table, where culinary visionaries from around the world share how they create their dishes.
Eight episodes are a part of Abstract‘s first season, currently available for streaming on Netflix worldwide.