A Love Letter to Compelling Design

One of the most vivid memories I have from growing up is watching a segment on how crayons are made on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” I couldn’t put it into words then, but it must have been a remarkable moment for me to discover that most useful objects on this earth do not magically grow out of the shelves at stores, but are meticulously produced and thoughtfully designed by people.

I can’t be sure, but this realization must have informed my passion for learning about how things are made.

Over the past few weeks, I have been scratching this itch by watching the inspiring new Netflix series, “Abstract: The Art of Design,” which follows eight industry leaders of various design disciplines carefully explaining the specific history, philosophy, and approach to their crafts. The documentary series by Scott Dadich is a love letter to compelling design, and to a handful of brilliant minds that are changing the ways we see and experience the world.

It is also worth mentioning that the series features a dynamic score by Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder of one of my favorite bands DEVO (don’t judge), and composer of one of my favorite movies, “Rushmore.”

If you don’t know where to start, check out my favorite episode focusing on Es Devlin, stage and set designer extraordinaire.