4 Movies Every Industrial Designer and Inventor Should Watch

Five Movies Every Inventor and Industrial Designer Should Watch

October 23, 2018

We’ve all been known to get lost in a sea of binge-watching television shows and movies. It’s easy to look at your clock and wonder where on earth all the time went.

However, there are so many great movies and TV shows out there that can actually be incredibly beneficial to watch if you’re an inventor and industrial designer. Here are just five that we’re adding to our must-watch lists.

Movies For Modern Inventors and Industrial Designers

Abstract: The Art of Design

This is a Netflix Original and is a series for designers that profiles design elites that we’ve all idolized including Nike footwear designer Tinker Hatfield, and more. We feel this series gives a good in-depth look into computer design and modern contemporary design while bringing you behind the minds of some of the best of the best.

If You Build It

This inspiring documentary follows a group of high school students as they learn to design and construct a new building for their school. It’s a look into a radically different approach to education that completely shakes up the archaic system our kids grow up in today.

Leading a fight against a change-resistant school board, the teachers lead their students in a year-long design and build a project that teaches them much more than just construction. If you’re an industrial designer or an inventor, watch for this one!

As an industrial designer, this is a great movie to binge-watch.
Product of the If You Build It movie.

Fresh Dressed

This documentary gives you a look at hip-hop culture. It may seem odd for an inventor or industrial designer, but understanding design phenomena outside of just the industrial atmosphere can be inspiring and extremely educational.

Fresh Dressed takes you into the history of this era of fashion and hip-hop for looks at the origins of trends like baggy pants to sneakers. It includes interviews with prominent people in the fashion and entertainment industries, like Kanye West.


What makes you happy? Truly, truly makes you happy. This documentary answers that question by exploring different parts of the world, cultures and people to find out what really makes us happy. This will leave every inventor rethinking the way they design.

What do we need? What will change the way we think? What will make us happy? If you’re an industrial designer or inventor, you always consider these things, but this takes a deeper dive into the mindset behind being happy.

Let us know your favorite movies in the comments below!

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