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Must-See Design Documentaries You Don’t Want To Miss

Inspiration is all around you. Your design taste is developed by the things you consume. Your creative genius is influenced by the food you eat, sounds you hear, music you listen to, books and articles you read and movies you watch. If you feel like procrastinating make sure you spend your time feeding yourself good stuff that will benefit your career.

Here is a compilation of the must-see documentaries for designers, tech visionaries and entrepreneurs. Ideas and processes portrayed in these documentaries will make you rethink your creative process and allow you to look at life and business in a totally different perspective.

Design The New Business (2011)

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Design the New Business is a film dedicated to investigating how designers and business people are working together in new ways to solve the wicked problems facing business today.

Design & Thinking (2012)

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Inspired by design thinking, this documentary grabs businessman, designers, social change-makers and individuals to portrait what they have in common when facing this ambiguous 21st century.

Designers Inbetween (2014)

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Designers Inbetween is a documentary about designers who turn their dream into a business in Hong Kong. The film discovers the strategic advantages and challenges of what international designers face in one of the world’s financial capitals and how the industry is generically different from the West and the rest of Asia.

Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

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The first feature documentary film about making video games. It looks specifically at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their visions with the world.

Design Is One (2012)

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A portrait of two of the world’s most influential designers, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, whose work encompasses thing from graphics and interiors to corporate identities.

Clouds Documentary (2014)

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Clouds is an interactive documentary and a portrait of this community of digital pioneers, explored through the lens of code. The project asks questions about the future of creativity at a time when algorithms play an important role in shaping culture.

PressPausePlay (2011)

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PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era. Discover how the digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed the creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way.

Art & Copy (2009)

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Art & Copy is a powerful film about advertising and inspiration. It reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time — people who’ve profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry.

Print The Legend (2014)

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The 3D printing revolution has begun. Who will make it? A documentary film directed by Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel about the people who are racing to bring 3D printing to consumers.

Objectified (2009)

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Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis.

Originally published at on January 13, 2016.