Abstract: The Art of Design

Watch Christoph Niemann: Illustration. Episode 1 of Season 1.

Christoph Niemann: Illustration


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

Watch Tinker Hatfield: Footwear Design. Episode 2 of Season 1.

Tinker Hatfield: Footwear Design


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

Watch Es Devlin: Stage Design. Episode 3 of Season 1.

Es Devlin: Stage Design


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

Watch Bjarke Ingels: Architecture. Episode 4 of Season 1.

Bjarke Ingels: Architecture


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

Watch Ralph Gilles: Automotive Design. Episode 5 of Season 1.

Ralph Gilles: Automotive Design


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.

Watch Paula Scher: Graphic Design. Episode 6 of Season 1.

Paula Scher: Graphic Design


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

Watch Platon: Photography. Episode 7 of Season 1.

Platon: Photography


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.

Watch Ilse Crawford: Interior Design. Episode 8 of Season 1.

Ilse Crawford: Interior Design


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