6 Netflix shows every creative should be watching right now

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May 29, 2020

Words by Abby Brennan

Now, we don’t know about you, but seeing that familiar crimson N flashing up on the screen normally means one is about to embark on some serious mind-melting. The chance to indulge in a bit of well-earned escapism and easy-watching that Netflix offers in such generous abundance – and so you should too. Your brain works ten to the dozen all day long so if you want to retreat into your digital sanctuary at the end of it to watch a guy demolish the world’s longest hot dog, or drag queens lip sync to Lady Gaga then so be it. However, should you wish to make your next Netflix binge more productive then there is a whole host of inspiring and informative documentaries, movies and series on there for you to sink your teeth into too. A family bag of popcorn and an entire tub of ice cream are still essentials here but you just might want to bring a notepad and pen along for the ride too.

Steve Jobs: The Billion Dollar Hippy

Netflix description: Insiders including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak tell extraordinary stories of the rise, fall and rise again of Apple with Steve Jobs at its helm.

No round-up of documentaries and TV shows for entrepreneurs or creatives would be complete with paying homage to Steve Jobs would it? He has played muse for a number of similar productions but one of the latest comes from the BBC and has also been made available on Netflix. This film offers a compelling perspective of the Apple pioneer’s life and times, opening with a shot of people sobbing in front of a shrine-link tribute following his death. Another intriguing insight into a man who truly knew what it meant to start with rubble and build an empire.


Restaurants on the Edge

Netflix description: Three food and design experts travel the world to revive failing restaurants by connecting them to the local culture beyond their gorgeous views.

This series follows a trio of professionals around the globe as they visit restaurants on the edge of civilisation but also on the edge of collapse (hence the name). A restauranteur and marketing guru joins forces with an experienced chef and an interior designer to form a holistic plan of action to revive and rescue the businesses on the brink. The series offers an interesting insight into branding, market research, finding your niche and the impact of customer reviews, with plenty of pearls of wisdom which can be applied to almost any industry, not just those in the hospitality sector.


The Creative Brain

Netflix description: Neuroscientist David Eagleman taps into the creative process of various innovators while exploring brain-bending, risk taking ways to spark creativity.

Recently, we shared our advice on the best ways to transcend your creative comfort zone but this fascinating documentary helps you take things one step further. Eagleman combines science and innovation to investigate how we can truly expand our minds, really push our boundaries to their limits and enter whole new realms of creative potential. It’s no cinematic masterpiece and Eagleman has been panned for his lethargic narration but still a provoking watch for those nurturing creative genius nonetheless.


Abstract: The Art of Design

Netflix description: Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.

This eight-part series has been made free to view throughout the Coronavirus crisis and documents a portfolio of prolific artists, including Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, graphic designer Paula Scher and illustrious illustrator Christoph Niemann. It’s an Aladdin’s Cave of inspiration for the creatives of today, tapping into the processes of some of the world’s most successful artists. The docu-series bagged itself an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction so even if you don’t watch it for anything else, do set some time aside in your screening schedule to sit back and geek out over the incredible feast of graphic wizardry.


Print the Legend

Netflix description: This award-winning, original documentary chronicles the race for market leadership in 3D printing, the next wave of technological evolution.

Dive head first into the world of 3D printing to discover more about where it all began and how it looks to evolve into future generations. The docu-film shines the spotlight on two main start-ups, MakerBot and Formlabs as well as global industry leaders including Print Form and Stratasys. It draws an interesting parallel between the development of 3D printing and gun rights activist, Cody Wilson, who famously sparked controversy for championing 3D printed weapons. A must-see for start-up entrepreneurs looking to find their groove in a bustling marketplace.


Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

Netflix description: In a series of inspiring home makeovers, world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo helps clients clear out the clutter – and choose joy.

Earlier this month we shared with you 10 crafty ways to declutter a chaotic workspace but now it’s time for us to step aside for the real consort of self-organisation, Marie Kondo. This famed series focuses on the Japanese consultant as she helps families apply her ‘KonMari method’ and innovative ways to store, declutter and tidy. You’re sure to find plenty of useful tips and tricks to keep your workspace clear and organised so that you can focus, find what you need and stay productive.

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