What better way to start the week than with an excellent TV show and some weekly motivation to boot?
If you happen to be on the hunt for some inspiration for your next project, look no further than your remote control.
My latest Netflix obsession is a series called Abstract: The Art of Design that blew me away me with its detailed look into various artists’ design process.
The Netflix original documentary pays homage to eight designers in diverse fields that have significantly influenced our generation. From Nike’s shoe designer, Tinker Hatfield, to renowned illustrator, Christoph Niemman, and even Beyonce’s stage designer, Es Delvin; the show follows visionary artists as they tackle various projects.
What’s particularly fascinating is that the audience gets a rare look into the minds of true innovators – particularly when it comes to conceptualizing, developing and realizing an idea. These designers happen to draw inspiration from their every day lives in a way that stirs a desire in you to dream audaciously, work vehemently and create unapologetically.
We see how an idea can stem from the mundane but then snowballs into this beautiful, bold work of art – art that can take the form of a self-lacing, intelligent sneaker or sleek car designs.
It took producers Scott Dadich, Morgan Neville and Dave O’Connor two years to create this beautifully crafted, eight-part series.
Using technology and sheer genius, the featured designers share their passions for their art form in a way that allows you to appreciate them from an entirely new perspective, whether or not they tickled your fancy to begin with.
But what’s even more moving is that each and every one of their crafts has had a significant and irrevocable impact on humanity which – when it comes down to the heart of the matter – is what we all yearn for, isn’t it? To have a lasting impact?
If this doesn’t inspire you to take your own work to the next level, I’m not sure what will.
Watch the trailer below: