abstract: the evolution of design in the media today


Thanks to technology, and the advent of internet especially, our exposure to art and design is no longer limited to galleries and museums. We interact with aspects of art and design every day of our lives, often without even being aware of it, and can access a plethora of information at the touch of a button.

In honour of the #HLArtIssue2018, we’ve rounded up some of the best series, films and podcasts from which to get your art fix.

abstract: the art of design

Launched last year on Netflix, Abstract: The Art of Design is a 10-part series that profiles some of the world’s most creative luminaries working in diverse design disciplines such as illustration, footwear, stage design, architecture, graphic design, photography to better understand how their ideas have influenced our lives.

Discover how Tinker Hatfield came up with his design of the iconic Nike Air Max sneaker and explore how Paula Scher’s typography made its way into the corporate identities of major brands and much of New York’s signage and theatre posters.

design matters

What started out as a humble radio show in 2005 is now the world’s longest running podcast dedicated to design. American writer, designer and brand strategist Debbie Millman is the creator and host of the dynamic series Design Matters. During her time on the show, Debbie has interviewed more than 300 creatives and cultural commentators, including Massimo Vignelli, Malcolm Gladwell, Amanda Palmer and Seth Godin.

Millman has been lauded as one of the most influential designers of our time and has garnered numerous awards for her work in the field.

blurred lines: inside the art world

In the 2017 documentary Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, Canadian director Barry Avrich investigates art’s cut-throat billion-dollar economy while he takes viewers on a journey to discover the process of how art is created, exhibited, and ultimately sold around the globe. The film features prominent role players in the industry and insider accounts from experts representing big names such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Art Basel fair and renowned auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

beltracchi: the art of forgery

The story of Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery follows the story one of the art world’s greatest con artists of all time, German art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi, who, up until his arrest in 2010, has been outsmarting some of the most powerful kingpins in the international art world.

Beltracchi confessed to forging as many as 14 paintings by painters including Heinrich Campendonk, André Derain, Kees van Dongen, Fernand Léger and Max Pechstein, and spent six years in prison for his crimes. The documentary uncovers the lengths he went to fool gallerists, auctioneers and even celebrities who purchased his work.