A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It reveals how individual designers take abstract concepts and incorporate them into their design work. Creative processes, routines, etc. are also discussed.
Positive Role Models
The designers featured are from different countries around the world, and are innovative contributors to their respective fields.
Violence & Scariness
There are references to feeling pressure as if it were "a gun to the head." The shooting death of a spouse is discussed. Some artwork features designs that some may consider dark or creepy. but they are offered within the context of the art form and the abstract concepts inspiring them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasionally artistic images and illustrations feature renditions of sexual situations, but they are presented within an artistic and informative context.
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"Hell," "s--t," other strong words are occasionally audible or visible in quotes.
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Products & Purchases
The New Yorker Magazine, The Tate Modern, and other publications and organizations featured. Samsung tablets, Apple technology, apps like Instagram, Nike shoes, and other brands visible or featured in some episodes. Most of this is offered within the context of the designer's work.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Liquor is shown at bars. People talk about drinking, and wine is sometimes shown being poured. Cigarettes are sometimes visible in art work.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Abstract: The Art of Design is a documentary series that profiles the work and creative process of designers from a range of disciplines. In one episode a violent death is discussed, and others contain a few curse words including "hell" and "s--t." On a few occasions alcohol is visible, and featured art work includes some sexual innuendo and pop art-like images of cigarettes. Publications like The New Yorker, logos for Apple, Instagram, and Nike, and museums like The Tate Modern are featured, but largely within the context of featured designers' work.
Is It Any Good?
This fascinating series shows the process by which designers use critical thinking, as well as their design skills in their respective fields, to produce innovative art and designs. Nike footwear designer Tinker Hatfield, Oscar-winning Black Panther costume designer Ruth Carter, and Ian Spalter, an Instagram user interface designer, are just some of the many innovative individuals who share their thought and design processes, and who highlight some of the personal obstacles faced when experimenting with design ideas. The topic may not interest everyone, but those who want to learn more about the work that designers across the board do, Abstract: The Art of Design will prove itself to be both interesting and insightful.
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