10 movies that will encourage you to study design

We all like to enjoy a good film, don’t we? Today we invite you to choose a film with a specific motivation – to choose a profession – rather than the pure entertainment of watching the latest action movie or the latest blockbuster. And for that, there’s nothing better than seeing what some of the great designers have done. The best help to boost your creative ideas and stimulate you.

Today we share a short selection of 10 films and documentaries that have become classics in the world of design. Films with famous names and inspiring stories, ranging from typography to street art.

01. Why Man Creates, 1968

Seminal artist Saul Bass and Mayo Simon created the animated documentary short Why Man Creates in 1968. The film, a classic of the era, addresses the nature of creativity and is as inspiring today as it was 50 years ago.

02. Helvetica, 2007

American director Gary Hustwit celebrates 50 years of type with a feature-length documentary that focuses on the larger conversation about how typography affects our culture.

Released in 2007, the documentary has received wide acclaim and has been screened at more than 200 film festivals, museums, design conferences and cinemas around the world.

03. Design And Thinking, 2012

Directed by Mu-Ming Tsai, Design and Thinking examines how design can influence business and social change and calls on creative minds to work together to change the world.

Interviewees David Kelley, Bill Moggridge and Tim Brown make the case that trying to ask the right question is more important than giving firm answers.

4. Objectified, 2009

After “Helvetica”, Gary Hustwit’s second film focuses on the world of design engineering and the creative concepts behind everyday objects, such as toothbrushes or technological gadgets. He also completed a trilogy with his third film, “Urbanized,” which examines the design of cities.

05. Milton Glaser: To Inform And Delight, 2009

Wendy Keys’ first documentary offers insight into the mastermind behind the iconic I ❤ NY logo and New York Magazine. The film, released in 2008, illustrates the breadth of Glaser’s artistic oeuvre and has become a design classic.

06. PressPausePlay, 2011

Directed by David Dworsky and Victor Köhler, PressPausePlay interviews some of the most influential creators of the digital age to ask: Does democratized culture mean better art or, on the contrary, does it stifle real talent?

Christina Clausen pays tribute to Haring’s iconic career, told through archival images and a series of interviews with the likes of Jeffrey Deitch, David LaChapelle and Yoko Ono.

This pay-per-view documentary by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon showcases the fascinating stories of more than two dozen poster painters working in cities across the United States, celebrating this specialized art form.

A documentary depicting the art scene of 1940s America, The Cool School tells the story of how a small group of creatives gave birth to the Los Angeles art scene. Walter Hopps and Irving Blum, owners of the Ferus Gallery, painters Ed Ruscha and John Altoon and architect Frank Gehry are among the protagonists.

Directed by Aaron Rose, founder of the now-closed Alleged Gallery in New York, Beautiful Losers showcases the work of a 1990s collective that championed a DIY style influenced by skateboarding, graffiti and hip hop.

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