A selection of documentaries and shorts exploring the who, how and why of creativity. All free options are saved here ready to stream from a YouTube playlist︎︎︎

Abstract: The Art of Design


Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life. Highlights include Christoph Niemann, Paula Schur, Neri Oxman, Jonathan Hoefler & Olafur Eliasson..
– Season One is free to view on YouTube. Season Two can be watched on Netflix.

Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production


30 years since the desktop computer revolutionized the way the graphic design industry works, this movie studies the decades before that. When design was at the hands of industrious workers, and various ingenious machines and tools.
– Available to rent or buy on Vimeo



A full-length and insightful documentary into the history of this ubiquous font. Features many great interviews with some of the most well-known designers around.
– Available to rent or buy on Vimeo

Kingdoms of Dreams and Madness


A documentary following the lives and inner workings of Studio Ghibli, one of the most successful animation studios in the world.

Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight


A treasure of a documentary delving into Glaser’s life and work.
– Free to view on YouTube



From Helvetica’s filmmaker, Rams looks at the life, work and, essentially, the design ethos of Dieter Rams. A must for any designer contemplating the industries role in society.
– Available to rent or buy on Vimeo

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda


A beautiful study of the creative process, of making through play and experimentation. The most inspiring films exploring the art of creating.
– Available to rent or buy on iTunes

Why Man Creates


Animated short by Saul Bass and Mayo Simon which discusses the nature of creativity. It even won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short.
– Free to view on YouTube