Abstract: The Art of Design

10 Best Episodes of Abstract: The Art of Design

Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jul 28, 2021.

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#14 - Cas Holman: Design for Play (Season 2 - Episode 4)

As founder of toy company Heroes Will Rise, Cas Holman crafts tools and objects designed to inspire kids (and adults) to play creatively.

The episode was rated 6.76 from 29 votes.

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#13 - Ruth Carter: Costume Design (Season 2 - Episode 3)


A visual storyteller and frequent Spike Lee collaborator, Ruth E. Carter won an Oscar for her Afrofuturistic costume design for "Black Panther."

The episode was rated 7.12 from 41 votes.

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#12 - Ralph Gilles: Automotive Design (Season 1 - Episode 5)

As Fiat Chrysler’s global head of design, Ralph Gilles steers the brand into the future with sleek new sports cars and a self-driving electric van.

The episode was rated 7.31 from 108 votes.

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#11 - Ilse Crawford: Interior Design (Season 1 - Episode 8)


Interior designer Ilse Crawford creates spaces and objects that engage the senses and promote well-being, from high-end hotels to Ikea furniture.

The episode was rated 7.38 from 95 votes.

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#10 - Ian Spalter: Digital Product Design (Season 2 - Episode 5)

On the heels of leading influential projects for Nike and Instagram, Ian Spalter explains the process of experimenting with new product designs.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 36 votes.

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#9 - Es Devlin: Stage Design (Season 1 - Episode 3)


Stage designer Es Devlin crafts evocative sets for concerts, operas, plays and runway shows using light, film, sculpture -- and even rain.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 148 votes.

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#8 - Olafur Eliasson: The Design of Art (Season 2 - Episode 1)

Olafur Eliasson creates sensory-rich immersive installations, including a lamp-lit sun at the Tate Modern and chunks of Arctic ice on city streets.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 43 votes.

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#7 - Neri Oxman: Bio-Architechture (Season 2 - Episode 2)


Can we design our way out of an ecological crisis? At the MIT Media Lab, professor Neri Oxman cultivates new materials that emulate nature.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 46 votes.

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#6 - Jonathan Hoefler: Typeface (Season 2 - Episode 6)

While researching vintage watches as inspiration for a new font, Jonathan Hoefler delves into his work for Apple, Obama's "Change" campaign and more.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 30 votes.

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#5 - Christoph Niemann: Illustration (Season 1 - Episode 1)


From New Yorker covers to Instagram sketches, illustrator Christoph Niemann plays with abstraction and interactivity -- and questions authenticity.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 244 votes.

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#4 - Paula Scher: Graphic Design (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Graphic designer Paula Scher paints with words, developing the visual language of iconic brands and institutions around the world.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 123 votes.

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#3 - Tinker Hatfield: Footwear Design (Season 1 - Episode 2)


Tinker Hatfield's background in architecture and athletics sparked his game-changing shoe designs for Nike, including the iconic Air Jordan series.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 179 votes.

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#2 - Bjarke Ingels: Architecture (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Architect Bjarke Ingels unites function, fantasy and sustainability in “pragmatic utopian” designs like a clean power plant topped with a ski slope.

The episode was rated 8.23 from 134 votes.

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#1 - Platon: Photography (Season 1 - Episode 7)


Platon’s fearless portraits capture the souls of world leaders and ordinary people. A shoot with Gen. Colin Powell provides a window into his process.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 118 votes.

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