Here in Amsterdam, we begin September with the last reminders of summer but soon it’ll be cold and dark, time to get cosy and watch movies. Design, in its many forms, has always fascinated film-makers. These 10 movies explore subjects as wide ranging as typeface, the current zeitgeist and the use of design to make social commentary.

1. Objectified (2009) by Gary Hustwit

Already something of a classic, this film was the first to analyze industrial design’s past, present and future. Interviews with today’s most influential designers and critics, reveal how the field has shifted.

2. Design and Thinking (2012) by Mu-Ming Tsai

Design thinking has increasingly influenced culture and society. Talking to leading creative minds, Tsai provides evidence that interdisciplinary collaboration is rapidly changing the way we do business.

3. Status Anxiety (2008) by Alain de Botton

Botton, a modern-day philosopher, analyses contemporary culture through design. In Status Anxiety, he examines our renewed desire to climb the social ladder and know how others perceive us.

4. F for Fake (1973) by Orson Welles

Welles’ last film tells the story of an art-forger. In a globalized climate, we still try to define what copyright entails and so this movie remains relevant.

5. Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (2009) by Wendy Keys

As one of the most celebrated American graphic designers, Milton Glaser’s entire career is revisited.

From the I love New York campaign to New York Magazine, Keys paints a full picture.

6. Helvetica (2007) by Gary Hustwit

Hustwit discovers the story behind one of the most popular typefaces ever designed by talking to a series of famous designers. In doing so, he also reveals the rich world of graphic design.

7. Powers of 10 (1977) by Charles and Ray Eames

The Eames didn’t just design furniture but also made movies. Powers of 10 explores the perception of time and space, zooming-out from the smallest atom to the farthest reaches of space.  

8. Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011) by Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey

This comprehensive biography of design’s most recognizable couple doesn’t leave out personal detail. To really know a designer’s work, you have to understand their context and lifelong practice.

9. Mon Oncle (1958) by Jacques Tati

As a satirical commentary on modernist society, Tati used humour to express the disconnect between technological innovation and human necessity in our daily lives. 

10. Interiors (1978) by Woody Allen

Allen personifies the interaction between three siblings within the interiors they occupy. As the tumultuous plot progresses, their interiors continue to reflect a collective mood.