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2.18.17 / Weekend Heller: Design Stars of the Netflix Screen


There is no better evidence that design is essential to our popular and business culture than to have a series devoted to “The Minds of the World’s Greatest Designers” on Netflix. “Abstract,” executive produced by Scott Dadich (former editor-in-chief of Wired), focuses its camera lenses on eight varied and distinctive designers.

Each 40-minute segment covers the creative life of one person—illustrator Christoph Niemann, graphic designer Paula Scher, photographer Platon, shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, architect Bjarke Ingels, interior designer Ilse Crawford, car designer Ralph Gilles, and stage designer Es Devlin. Individually directed, each segment also has its own personality based largely on the characters, eccentricities, insecurities, and goals. “The show is about going inside the minds of some of the greatest designers in the world and unpacking their creative process in a truthful and honest way, in order to show people how the world around them is shaped,” Dave O’Connor, an executive producer at Radical Media (the series’ production company), told Wired.

The joy of this series is it is about us. And it allows us to take part in the lives and work of these often-underexposed masters of our everyday environments.






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is the co-founder and the co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts. He writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review and the Graphic Content blog for T-Style. He is the author, coauthor, and/or editor of more than 120 books on design and popular culture, including the recent book Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig (Chronicle).