New Netflix Show - Abstract: The Art of Design

Hello everyone. I hope you are well. I would like to welcome you back to my arts and entertainment blog. Netflix has quite a bunch of very interesting in house shows. And lately they launched a new documentary series called "Abstract: The Art of Design". The show portrays industrial and fashion designers as well as interior designers and architects. In doing so, the film team is approaching the question of how creativity and inspiration can be generated and can lead to inspiring results.

Concept of the Show

Abstract: The Art of Design currently consists of eight parts, each one featuring a special aspect of design. Therefore every episode an artist/designer is portrayed, the way he works, the way he thinks, the way of his inspiration. This offers great insights into the creative's mind and his philosophy about art and design. If you want to get to know more about this show, please check out the Netflix website

Netflix Abstract: The Art of Deisgn


Featured Designers

Episode 1: Illustration – Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann is a German illustrator and graphic designer and (co-) author of several books. After is studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart he moved to New York City. His work has appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration.

Christoph Niemann Sketches

He has won awards from AIGA, the Art Directors Club and American Illustration. Furthermore Niemann is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. In 2010, he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. He now lives in Berlin with his wife Lisa and their three sons.

Episode 2: Shoe Design – Tinker Hatfield

Tinker Hatfield is an American designer. He designed numerous Nike athletic shoes including the Air Jordan and other athletic sneakers including the world's first "cross training" shoes, the Nike Air Trainer. Hatfield is Nike's Vice President for Design and Special Projects. He is considered a legend of design. So make sure you grab one of his legendary shoes. The website offers great deals and bargains on shoes and fashion.

Episode 3: Stage Design – Es Devlin

Es Devlin is a stage designer. Her work has been awarded three Olivier Awards and she was appointed OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Years Honours List 2015. She also designed the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony.

Es Devlin Batman Main

Episode 4: Architecture – Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels is a Danish architect. He is known for buildings that defy traditional architectural conventions and dimensions. His designs incorporate sustainable development ideas and sociological concepts. Since 2009, Ingels has won numerous architectural competitions. In October 2011, the Wall Street Journal named him the Innovator of the Year for architecture.
There are also plenty of illustrated and picture books available showing his amazing buildings. Just visit, grab a book and start exploring his outstanding work.

Episode 5: Automobile Desing – Ralph Gilles

Ralph Gilles is a Canadian-American automobile designer. He was the President and CEO of Chrysler's SRT brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler before being promoted to Head of Design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in April 2015.

Episode 6: Graphic Design – Paula Scher

Paula Scher is an American graphic designer, painter and art educator in design, and the first female principal at Pentagram, which she joined in 1991.

Paula Scher Typography

Episode 7: Photography – Platon

Platon Antoniou is a Greek photographer who has taken portraits of many presidents and well known world figures. His photo of Vladimir Putin was on the cover of Time Magazine in 2007.

Eposide 8: Interior Design – Ilse Crawford

Ilse Crawford is a British designer. She was working for Donna Karan but left in 1998. Afterwards she moved on to interior deign and set up her own studio in London in 2001. She also published several books.

Ilse Crawford Interior Design

If you want to get to know more about these outstanding designers, make sure you visit This website offers a wide variety of cheap books on various aspects of design as well as biographies and illustrated books, both new and second hand.