Films to Inspire You

These movies transport you to hot spots of design history, all from the comfort of your couch.

Does design history sound a little… dry? Then you haven't seen these short films.

The first short movie is about bad-ass supergraphics originator Barbara Stauffacher Solomon; the second short chronicles efforts to reconstruct type designs lost almost a century ago. The third entry in our virtual film fest is actually an entire roster of design film that's rotating weekly.


Visions Not Previously Seen: The Groundbreaking Design Work of Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

You may not know Barbara “Bobbie” Stauffacher Solomon by name, but you've been influenced by her. Bobbie essentially created supergraphics, and in doing so shaped the history of design. Adobe Create is proud to bring you a documentary short film about her work and life.

Hidden Treasures: Reconstructing Lost Bauhaus Typefaces

While the German art school Staatliches Bauhaus—often known as Bauhaus—existed for just 14 years before Nazi regime pressure led to its shutdown, its impact on the world lives on. Adobe asked typographer Erik Spiekermann and a small team of student designers to take hand-drawn type sketches and fragments and transform them into digital typefaces you can use today.

Watch our video about the effort, and then download the reconstructed digital typefaces for your own projects.

Design Films for Free: Every week is a new opportunity.

We're big fans of Gary Hustwit's design-oriented films—Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized, and Rams—and his sense of community. Now you can benefit from both. "I've decided to stream my films for free to viewers stuck indoors anywhere in the world," Hustwit explains on his website. "No catch, nothing to sign up for, just free viewing. I'll be streaming a new free movie every week. Stay strong, we're gonna get through this."

See what's playing this week.


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