Movies for Designers

written by Johannes Ippen. founder of Human Deluxe, @johannesippen

When stuck in a global lockdown, what better to do than firing up your favourite streaming service and watch a good movie or documentary? When you are done watching all of the free Abstract episodes, there is more: Here are the Top 5 movies and documentaries about design, process and the industry you should watch - either to learn something or to impress a fellow designer.


The film by Gary Hustwit explores the complex relationship that we humans have with objects – why we design them the way they are, why we love them so much and why they dictate our everyday life.


If any typeface deserves a movie, it is legendary Helvetica. The film not only looks at what makes Helvetica such a masterpiece, but also let’s the haters speak. Like Objectified, Helvetica is part of Hustwit’s Design Trilogy.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Is it real or is it staged? Banksy takes us into the life of Thierry Guetta, a French wannabe street artist in Los Angeles – and tells us more about Banksy himself than about “Mr Brainwash”, Guetta’s artist name.

Design and Thinking

A great documentary about the origins of design thinking and a deep look into the modern process of creating ideas and businesses. If you want to understand how world-renowned agencies like IDEO work, this is the movie.

Design Disruptors

Created by design company Invision, Design Disruptors shows an interesting and deep look into the UX industry – interviewing international designers in studios and startups, showing how they work today.

written by Johannes Ippen. founder of Human Deluxe, @johannesippen