Ever wonder how things are made? How the services you have become so used to are created and refined for your comfort? Does the sheer brilliance of the product in front of you not make you think about the hard work, the dedication and the resilience it demands from its creator? If yes, then Netflix has just the show for you. ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ opens a window for you to get a glimpse of how a genius creates their masterpiece out of scratch.
Created by Scott Dadich, former editor-in-chief of WIRED, this show enjoys a great assemblage of producers at its helm. Dadich himself acts as an executive producer alongside Morgan Neville, Dave O’Connor, Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes, Jason Spingarn-Koff, Ben Kotner and Lisa Nishimura. Neville is an Emmy and an Academy Award-winning documentary maker. Some of his best works include names like ‘20 Feet from Stardom’, ‘Best of Enemies’ and ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbour?’
O’Connor is known for his work in ‘Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru’, ‘David Blaine: Real or Magic’, ‘Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio’ and ‘Year Million’. Kamen and Wilkes have previously collaborated on documentaries/docuseries like ‘What Happened Miss Simone?’ and ‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’. Kamen’s other works include The Fog of War’, ‘Hamilton’s America’ and ‘My Next Guest’. Wilkes has worked on ‘Mars’, ‘The Fourth Estate’ and ‘Wrong Man’.
Spingarn-Koff is known for his attachment with projects like ‘Icarus’, ‘The White Helmets’, ‘Life 2.0’, ‘Follow This’ and ‘Explained’. Nishimura has previously worked on ‘Making a Murderer’, ‘The Square’, ‘The Keepers’ and ‘Medal of Honor’. Billy Sorrentino and Sarina Roma act as the producers for ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’.
Abstract: The Art of Design Cast/Plot: Who’s in It and What’s It About?
Every episode of this show showcases a different form of art and thus, features a different maestro as its subject. Christoph Niemann is the centre of the episode that has Illustration at its core. Apart from illustrating a great number of children’s books, he has also worked for The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly. His designs have also served as Google Doodles. If there is one man you should learn the art of illustration from, it is Niemann.