The BEST episodes of Abstract: The Art of Design

Every episode of Abstract: The Art of Design ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Abstract: The Art of Design!

Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers working today in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.

Last Updated: 10/3/2023Network: NetflixStatus: Ended
Platon: Photography
121 votes

#1 - Platon: Photography

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/10/2017

Platon’s fearless portraits capture the souls of world leaders and ordinary people. A shoot with Gen. Colin Powell provides a window into his process.

Bjarke Ingels: Architecture
140 votes

#2 - Bjarke Ingels: Architecture

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/10/2017

Architect Bjarke Ingels unites function, fantasy and sustainability in “pragmatic utopian” designs like a clean power plant topped with a ski slope.

Jonathan Hoefler: Typeface Design
41 votes

#3 - Jonathan Hoefler: Typeface Design

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/25/2019

While researching vintage watches as inspiration for a new font, Jonathan Hoefler delves into his work for Apple, Obama's "Change" campaign and more.

Paula Scher: Graphic Design
125 votes

#4 - Paula Scher: Graphic Design

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/10/2017

Graphic designer Paula Scher paints with words, developing the visual language of iconic brands and institutions around the world.

Neri Oxman: Bio-Architecture
60 votes

#5 - Neri Oxman: Bio-Architecture

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/25/2019

Can we design our way out of an ecological crisis? At the MIT Media Lab, professor Neri Oxman cultivates new materials that emulate nature.

Directors: Morgan Neville
Olafur Eliasson: The Design of Art
59 votes

#6 - Olafur Eliasson: The Design of Art

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/25/2019

Olafur Eliasson creates sensory-rich immersive installations, including a lamp-lit sun at the Tate Modern and chunks of Arctic ice on city streets.

Directors: Jason Zeldes
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Christoph Niemann: Illustration
269 votes

#7 - Christoph Niemann: Illustration

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/10/2017

From New Yorker covers to Instagram sketches, illustrator Christoph Niemann plays with abstraction and interactivity -- and questions authenticity.

Tinker Hatfield: Footwear Design
201 votes

#8 - Tinker Hatfield: Footwear Design

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/10/2017

Tinker Hatfield's background in architecture and athletics sparked his game-changing shoe designs for Nike, including the iconic Air Jordan series.

Es Devlin: Stage Design
176 votes

#9 - Es Devlin: Stage Design

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/10/2017

Stage designer Es Devlin crafts evocative sets for concerts, operas, plays and runway shows using light, film, sculpture -- and even rain.

Ian Spalter: Digital Product Design
50 votes

#10 - Ian Spalter: Digital Product Design

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/25/2019

On the heels of leading influential projects for Nike and Instagram, Ian Spalter explains the process of experimenting with new product designs.

Directors: Scott Dadich
Ilse Crawford: Interior Design
101 votes

#11 - Ilse Crawford: Interior Design

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/10/2017

Interior designer Ilse Crawford creates spaces and objects that engage the senses and promote well-being, from high-end hotels to Ikea furniture.

Ralph Gilles: Automotive Design
110 votes

#12 - Ralph Gilles: Automotive Design

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/10/2017

As Fiat Chrysler’s global head of design, Ralph Gilles steers the brand into the future with sleek new sports cars and a self-driving electric van.

Ruth Carter: Costume Design
51 votes

#13 - Ruth Carter: Costume Design

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/25/2019

A visual storyteller and frequent Spike Lee collaborator, Ruth E. Carter won an Oscar for her Afrofuturistic costume design for "Black Panther."

Directors: Claudia Woloshin
Cas Holman: Design for Play
38 votes

#14 - Cas Holman: Design for Play

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/25/2019

As founder of toy company Heroes Will Rise, Cas Holman crafts tools and objects designed to inspire kids (and adults) to play creatively.