Why You Should Absolutely Watch „Abstract: The Art of Design”
Short answer: trust me, you won’t regret it
Long answer: because it’s a very educational, well-filmed and genuinely captivating show even if you don’t work in design.
Hi, I’m Sarah. I’m 19 and I am completely obsessed with the Netflix show “Abstract: The Art of Design”. I’ve reached the point where it’s basically taken over my life. I know I’m a bit late to the game but if you haven’t watched it, here’s why you definitely should.
Just do it: When I first started watching it, I was in bed with a deadly fever and it was the first ting in the recommended section on Netflix, so instead of getting out of bed to reach the remote, I let the autoplay do its thing. Looking back, that was one of the best decisions of my life. I’ve watched the show at least 3 times since then and it just keeps giving. It has me captured now so badly that I catch myself fantasising about leaving university and pursuing my newfound interest in design – don’t worry mom, I won’t do it.
It's so damn good: Now listen. I am not a person of documentaries. When I hear the word, my mind immediately jumps back in time to 7th grade when our biology teacher made us watch a 50-minute long video of how fish mate. Since that moment in life I have always defined myself as ‘not a documentary’ person. But hey. Now I’m here writing an entire article about one of them.
Abstract captivates you. From the first second of the first episode I was hooked. I watched the whole thing in one sitting (more like one laying) and sat on the side of my bed after finishing it, contemplating every decision I’ve ever made in my life leading up to that point.
Watch it, kids: I don’t want to get all technical, this is not an IMBD page after all but ever my relatively untrained eye noticed that the show is well-made. It’s edited in an easily recognisable and remarkable style with each individual episode having its special little twists. If I were someone who’s waited their entire life for the sign to leave their boring ass 9 to 5 and start chasing after the dream of working in design, this show would’ve pushed me over the edge.
Paula – kicks your ass – Scher: Also known as “the most influential person in graphic design living today”. And no, I did not make that up. She really is the bomb and it’s specifically great because she isn’t referred to as the best woman in graphic design. Just the best person. Period. She, and all the other designers on the show did something great in their respective fields and that had me shook even as someone who’s never even once thought about stuff like the font of ads I see on a regular basis.
Your friend might hate you after you watch it: Now I am basically the master of design. Since I first binged my way through the 8 episodes I am like a living-breathing design superhero. I see the world differently. When I look at a table all I can think about is how and why it was built that way. If it wasn1t myself doing this, I probably would’ve punched me in the face for saying stupid stuff like this.
All in all: it’s good. Trust me, I, a completely inadequate 19-old, wrote this article on the internet about it. But it’s really good. So watch it now and thank me later.