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I’ve been on a bit of a documentary kick as of late, and on a recent search for new films to watch I couldn’t help but notice how many fabulous docs are out there that cover just about every aspect of design. Here are a few of my personal faves; some are more recent and some you may have missed but are definitely worth a viewing.
Eames: The Architect and the Painter (2011)
Eames is the story of the dynamic design duo Charles and Ray Eames. The film itself is a visual explosion fitting for the incomparable creativity of its subjects. At the heart of this film is the extraordinary love story of Charles and Ray.
Indie Game (2012)
Indie Game is an unexpectedly moving doc about independent video game designers and the passion they have for their work. Even if you’re not a fan of video games the care and respect this doc has for it’s subjects will pull you in.
Art & Copy (2009)
The world of advertising, whether you love it or hate it, makes for a fascinating topic, as demonstrated by Art & Copy. Candid interviews with some of the giants in advertising give you a peek behind the scenes of the ad world. This film also offers a brief history of the advertising industry, and it shows how ads inform all aspects of our culture.
The September Issue
Vogue magazine has long been considered the ultimate source on high end fashion. The September Issue gives the audience unprecedented access into the offices of vogue, and even more interestingly, the life of iconic fashion editor Anna Wintour. Whether you’re a fan of fashion, or just curious about the publishing industry, this film is an absolute must.
Herb and Dorothy (2008)
Herb and Dorothy Vogel are an unlikely couple of art collectors with one of the most extensive and impressive private modern and contemporary art collections in North America. Getting a peek at their impressive collection is marvellous, but so is learning about the history of the Vogels and their instinctive appreciation of art.
How do the objects that surround us shape our lives? That is the question this documentary tries to answer. Featuring interviews with many of the world’s top industrial designers, as well as a look into the manufacturing process, this doc is well crafted and engaging. The success of this film is that after viewing it you can’t help but look at even the most mundane objects in a new way.
Between the Folds (2008)
Origami fans will delight in this PBS film about origami artists. Not only does the film explore the art of origami but also the engineering and science behind it. The archival footage of the legendary origami artist Akira Yoshizawa at work is reason enough to rent this film or add it to your Netflix queue.
This one is not strictly speaking design related but I am still excited for it nonetheless. Detropia is about the fall of Detroit and the signs of potential rebirth. The trailer itself gave me chills, and it’s made by the people who made Jesus Camp so it’s likely going to be good. If you’re interested in urban planning and architecture this may be one to keep an eye out for.
This list only scratches the surface of art and design documentaries, what are some of your favorites?