UK Design Documentaries, Series & Talks

There are some great documentary films, and more recently series (, about Design. But 2 things I have noticed about these are that;

  1. The same Design related films tend to be promoted across different ( resources (
  2. These films tend to have a US focus, both in subject matter and creation.

As such, I’ve been looking at films that focus at the great Design history here in the UK, both at a general level and on ones that focus on specific, British Designers.

📽 UK Design Documentary Films

Abram Games - Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means

“A film of the life and work of Abram Games features rare archive conversations with Games, interviews with his family and assessments today’s leading designers. All aspects of Games’s is explored from posters to product design.”

📺 UK Design Documentary Series

The Brits Who Designed the Modern World

BBC Arts profiles ten great living British designers … to find out what inspires them to make such phenomenal objects. She reveals how designers have responded to society’s evolving tastes, from the brash 60s modernism of Margaret Calvert’s road signs through to the colourful technology of Rick Dickinson’s ZX Spectrum.

The Genius of Design

This five-part series, made by the team behind the award-winning series The Genius of Photography, tells the story of design from the Industrial Revolution through 20s modernism, the swinging 60s, the designer 80s and up to the present day.

🗣 UK Design Talks

Matthew Carter - My Life in Typefaces

In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books – remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

I’m hoping this resource will expand out over time so if you have any suggestions, let me know, I’m always happy to hear about new Design films ツ