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DESIGN MOVIES TO WATCH

What are we binge watching tonight? There is plenty of choice, of course, so we will help you to watch something other than a crime series or music documentary. How about classics from the fashion, design and street art world? LXRY lists the best 10 titles that may inspire you. Text: Ellen Breemans

Why Man Creates (1968)

The influential Saul Bass and Mayo Simon made this short documentary, which discusses the origins of creativity. Now, many years later, the film is still as inspiring as it was then.

Helvetica (2007)

The American Gary Hustwit celebrates the 50th anniversary of this typeface, with this documentary focusing on the influence of fonts within our culture. Since its release, the documentary has received widespread recognition: Helvetica has been shown at more than 200 film festivals and in museums and cinemas around the world.

Design and Thinking (2012)

Directed by Mu-Ming Tsai, this documentary explores how design influences business and drives social change. Creative people are also called upon to join forces and change the world.

Objectified (2009)

The second film by Gary Hustwit, which looks at the creative concepts and technologies behind everyday objects such as toothbrushes and gadgets. Hustwit completed his trilogy with a third film, Urbanized. In this third film he explores urban architecture and design.

 

Milton Glaser: To inform and Delight (2009)

Wendy Keys makes her debut with this documentary, which gives us a glimpse into the mind behind the iconic I love NY en New York Magazine logos. The documentary shows us Glaser's complete oeuvre and is seen as a classic in the field of design documentaries.

PressPausePlay (2011)

David Dworsky and Victor Köhler interviewed the world's most influential designers of the digital age to find out: does cultural democracy produce better art or is true talent drowning out amid the vast array of art on offer?

The universe of Keith Haring (2008)

Christina Clausen honors Haring's oeuvre using archived images and a series of interviews with Jeffrey Deitch, David LaChapelle and Yoko Ono, among others.

Sign Painters (2014)

An ode to sign painters, or artists who apply lettering and advertisements by hand. A 150-year-old American art form and tradition, which is honored in this documentary.

The Cool School (2008)

We go back to 1940 and see a small group of creatives at the cradle of LA art scene. Walter Hopps and Irving Blum from the Ferus Gallery will be featured, as will artists Ed Ruscha, John Altoon and architect Frank Gehry.

Beautiful Losers (2008)

Led by Aaron Rose, founder of the former Alleged Gallery in New York, we see a collective from 1990 that do it yourself art form, influenced by skating, graffiti and hip hop.