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5 Art & Design Movies to Watch During the Winter Break

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Winter break is coming soon, and you know what that means? Besides the holiday we’re all looking forward to, it means a lot of time and a lot of movies! The best way to spend your winter break is to relax and get your mind away from school. Become inspired and dive deeper into the world of art and design; here are eight great movies for you to snack on with your loved ones.


“You cannot understand good design if you do not understand people”

A documentary on one of the most influential designers, Dieter Rams. The movie dives deeper into today’s consumerism, sustainability, and the future of design.

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

“She slows everybody’s brains down; she transforms everybody as a result”

A documentary that presents one of the most known Serbian performance artist, Marina Abramovic. This film shows her process as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

After 500 years of the letterpress process, it has now become endangered as the modern world develops and adapts to new technology. This feature-length documentary explores the question “why has letterpress survived in a digital age?” The experience in creating and intermixing the wood, metal, and type, constantly inspires young printers and communities to keep this traditional process alive.


“What did Helvetica tell you today?”

A feature-length independent film discussing the relationship between typography, graphic design, and global visual culture. The film talks about the commonly-used typeface and how it blends into our lives; it explores urban spaces in major cities and where the typeface inhabits. The film dives deeper into the world of renowned designers; their work, creative process and the thoughts behind their use of type.

Art & Copy

“The frightening and most difficult thing about being what somebody calls a ‘creative person’ is that you have absolutely no idea where any of your thoughts come really, and especially when you don’t have any idea about where they’re gonna come from tomorrow.”

A powerful film talking about advertising and inspiration. It displays the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time. Exploring the creative revolution of advertising in the 1960s, these artists and writers bring a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work—the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.

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