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Five Netflix Documentaries That Will Bring Out Your Inner Creative Genius

Are you in a mid-winter slump and in need of an inspirational boost? Whether it’s related to your work or your hobbies, everyone needs a good jolt of creativity from time to time. These days, it’s easy to get one from the comfort of your couch. Here are five Netflix documentaries that will bring out your inner creative genius.

Are you in a mid-winter slump and in need of an inspirational boost? Whether it’s related to your work or your hobbies, everyone needs a good jolt of creativity from time to time. These days, it’s easy to get one from the comfort of your couch. Here are five Netflix documentaries that will bring out your inner creative genius.

For the corporate creative:

Art & Copy

Do you ever wonder how the creative minds behind slogans like “Got Milk,” “Just Do It,” and “Where’s the Beef?” found their inspiration?  Art & Copy examines the people behind those famous sayings and takes a look into the world of corporate advertising. It highlights the careers of some of the most influential advertisers of the past few decades and their impact on marketing, culture, and the economy. If you dream of seeing your ideas on a Times Square billboard, Art & Copy will give you an inside look at some of the most creative minds of our time and might even inspire you to follow in their footsteps.

For the budding entrepreneur:

Steve Jobs: One Last Thing

Unless you've been living in a cave for the past decade, you’ve most likely heard of the late Steve Jobs and his billion-dollar tech empire, Apple. You might even be reading this on your iPhone, iPad, or Macbook. Have you ever wondered what inspired the man who inspired us all? Steve Jobs: One Last Thing chronicles the complex mind and life of the Apple founder through in-depth interviews with friends, competitors, and even Jobs himself. It tells the story of a constant quest for inspiration and how one man’s vision revolutionized 21st century technology.

For the graphic designer:

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster

A movie poster acts as the face of the film, conveying a basic sense of the plot and overall feel before and after you’ve left the theater. When done successfully, a movie poster can become a symbol of pop culture and an iconic piece of art. Drew: The Man Behind the Poster explores the creative mind and thought process of Drew Struzan, an artist known for creating over 150 movie posters, including ones for Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. Struzan may not be a household name, but his iconic work has caught the eye of generations. This documentary includes interviews with Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, and Steven Spielberg.

For the UI/UX pro:

Objectified

Have you ever wondered how someone designed the look and feel of your office chair or your favorite coffee mug? Why a specific button is on the left instead of the right side of your keyboard? Objectified looks at everything from toothbrushes to cell phones and the designers who constantly examine, reexamine, and redesign them for better functionality. When most of us look at a lamp or a keyboard, all we see is a useful object and not the textures, colors, and structural elements that it's composed of or the countless creative decisions made to produce the object. This documentary challenges you to view everyday things not as ordinary, but as a masterful combination of creative design and functionality.

For the maker:

Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the story of an architect who never got his license, a painter who rarely painted, and a marriage that transformed 20th century America decor. Charles and Ray Eames, husband and wife, are known for their modern furniture design that led to the creation of the “chair of the century.” The combination of two minds bursting with creativity and the desire to produce simple, sleek, and modern work led to a furniture design revolution. Eames: The Architect and the Painter proves that collaboration with others is a fundamental part of the creative process and can get anyone out of a slump.

Note: Netflix's catalog is updated frequently. While current at the time of this post, some titles may no longer be streaming.

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