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New Netflix documentary series spotlights the work of 8 global designers

Featuring an architect, sneaker designer, and a photographer

Shot of a man diving in front of a triangular building.
Bjarke believes he can fly.
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Calling all design-nerds: There’s a new design documentary in town, and judging by the trailer, it looks like it’ll be just as sleek and pleasing to behold as some of your favorite products.

Created by Wired magazine editor-in-chief Scott Dadich, the eight-episode Netflix original series, called Abstract: The Art of Design, is about, according to the man himself in this month’s letter from the editor, “creativity, about visionary designers who shape the world around us.”

Featuring the work of and interviews with eight professionals from across a variety of disciplines, including three women and one man of color (plus a cameo by Michael Jordan!), each episode stands alone as a single film. Dadich also promises that the show will not be like most “boring as hell” design documentaries:

Restrained, polished, pretty—so many of them look like a moving version of a coffee table book. You’ve got softly lit interviews, esoteric conversations, and subtle tracking shots of wide landscapes beneath unobtrusive music. [...] We’re not doing that.

That remains to be seen, when the series premieres on February 10. The subjects are as follows:

Es Devlin, a British stage designer known for the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, and pop music tour stages for artists like Beyoncé, Adele, and U2;

Tinker Hatfield, an American footwear designer and Nike's Vice President for Design and Special Projects;

Bjarke Ingels, the Danish architect who runs the Copenhagen- and New York-based practice BIG;

Ralph Gilles, a Canadian-American automotive designer and the head of design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles;

Paula Scher, an American graphic designer known for her work on the marketing campaigns for The Public Theater, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York;

Christoph Niemann, an illustrator born in Germany who has created covers for the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine;

Ilse Crawford, a British interior designer, who was the founding editor-in-chief of ELLE Decoration UK and is known for her work for the Soho House Group and the redesign of the VitraHaus;

Platon, a photographer born in London and raised in Greece who is known for his intimate portraits of heads of states and celebrities shot for publications like Rolling Stone, Time, Vanity Fair, and GQ.