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Classic Documentaries and Movies about graphic design

Classic Documentaries and Movies about graphic design
Classic Documentaries and Movies about graphic design

These quality documentaries will inspire you, and help you become more aware and creative.


2007 ‧ Documentary/Indie film ‧ 1h 20m

Filmmaker Gary Hustwit explores the history and proliferation of the typeface, interviewing leading graphic and type designers.


2009 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 16m

An in-depth look at how industrial manufacturing, art, and design impact our lives.

Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

2009 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 13m

Filmmaker Wendy Keys examines the life and work of graphic designer Milton Glaser.

Design & Thinking

2012 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 14m

Filmmaker Mu-Ming Tsai shows how design thinking

impacts society and business.

Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production

2016 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 24m

The graphic design industry enters the computer era, leaving its analog methods and tools behind.

Art & Copy

2009 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 30m

Art & Copy is a 2009 documentary film, directed by Doug Pray, about the advertising industry in the U.S. The film follows the careers of advertisers, including Hal Riney, George Lois, Mary Wells Lawrence, Dan Wieden, and Lee Clow.

Design Is One: The Vignellis

2012 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 26m

A portrait of two of the world's most influential designers, whose work encompasses everything from graphics and interiors to corporate identities.

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Why Man Creates

1968 ‧ Documentary/Animation ‧ 29 mins

Why Man Creates is a 1968 animated short documentary film that discusses the nature of creativity. It was written by Saul Bass and Mayo Simon, and directed by Saul Bass. It won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject.

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster

2013 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 37m

In the gig poster community, creating artwork is more than just a career. This documentary looks at the life and work of poster artist Drew Struzan.


2012 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 16m

Exploring how the invention of the Linotype machine revolutionized printing.

Sign Painters

2013 ‧ Documentary ‧ 2 hours

Artists Ira Coyne, Norma Jeane Maloney, and others discuss the history and renaissance of hand-painted signs.

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Beautiful Losers

2008 ‧ Documentary/Music ‧ 1h 30m

Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard document the lives and careers of young artists and designers who -- though unfamiliar with the workings of the traditional art world -- have had an impact on it.


2009 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 3m

Artists and craftsmen meet at a museum and print shop in rural Wisconsin to practice modern designs and traditional techniques.

My Favorite Netflix Documentaries For Graphic Designers
My Favorite Netflix Documentaries For Graphic Designers


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