5 informative programs on design and architecture

The streaming giants are not limited to superhero movies and children’s shows. There is also plenty of content for design and architecture enthusiasts. This week, we bring you a selection of shows hosted by veteran designers and eccentric individuals who push the boundaries of design.

Summary: The art of design

The series, which dropped in 2017, tells you how design impacts every aspect of life and the brilliant minds behind groundbreaking works. Thus, it introduces Olafur Eliasson, the popular Danish artist who uses elements such as light, water and fog to create sculptures and installations. Also Ruth E Carter, veteran American TV and television costume designer, best known for her work in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad” (1997) and the Marvel superhero film “Black Panther” (2018). For two seasons, you’ll see prominent names such as shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, architect Bjarke Ingels, and designer and teacher Neri Oxman on the show.

Where: Netflix


It may sound ridiculous, but this show is all about Sans serif font. Yes, those letters without the serif (or trailing stroke). Renowned graphic designers and typographers like Michael Bierut and Massimo Vignelli talk about the positives of sans serif and also the criticisms surrounding it. Directed by design documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit, it was nominated for the 2008 Independent Spirit Award and Design Museum London’s Designs of the Year Award.

Where: Vimeo

Design Disruptors

Facebook, Spotify, Pinterest, Airbnb and Netflix are billion dollar companies. But what is the secret of their success? Surprisingly somewhere it lies in their design approach. “Design Disruptors” shows how their design decisions helped them stay ahead in the tough race. It dives deep into the design strategies that revolutionized 15 of these companies.

Where: InVision app


How are cities built? If this is a question you ask yourself every time you get in your car or on a bus, then “Urbanized” has answers for you. The film is part of the series on a design by Gary Hustwit, the other two being “Helvetica” and “Objectified”. It covers the different philosophies that guide urban planning and features renowned architects such as Oscar Niemeyer and Norman Foster.

Where: Vimeo

Amazing interiors

If you enjoy browsing lavish homes or bizarre buildings, tune into “Amazing Interiors”. Whether it’s the story of a daring couple who gave their apartment a ’70s vibe or a husband-wife duo who turned a historic church into a museum, the eight-episode show is devoted to quirky experiences. The show won acclaim for its polished editing and elegant visuals.

Where: Netflix

Compiled by Vivek MV

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