RGD invites Members to request funding for local Documentary Screening events!
Design Documentaries

Looking to organize a Design-based documentary screening in your community? RGD's Programs Committee wants to help!


RGD's Film Screening Funding Request form invites Members to tell us about the design documentary screenings you'd like to have in your community and to request funding and operational assistance to help you organize them. (RGD has been in touch with all of the distributors of the films below and will secure screening rights and get you a copy of the documentary, where required.)


"This is an idea the Programs Committee has been discussing for many, many months, and we are really excited to finally offer this unique funding opportunity. We encourage design communities everywhere to find a venue, pop some corn and dive into some great documentaries - we are here to help make that happen!" - Jesse Gibb RGD, Chair of Programs Committee and Art Director, Carve Design


RGD Members (Certified RGDs, Provisional RGDs and Affiliate Members) residing in Canada can submit a request. Answer questions about your film preferences, screening location and promotional strategies and the Programs Committee will evaluate the request and be in touch. The form should be submitted 30 days prior to the proposed date of the screening. If you choose a film that is shorter than 30 minutes, we suggest pairiing it up with another short film from the list. 


Screenings that receive funding will be asked to submit a report after the event to be published to the RGD website under Community News.


If you have any questions, email .


Please select your preferences from the following list of documentaries:


Design is Future (2016) - 35 minutes

Design is Future is the result of 'Design is Future congresstival', an event held at Barcelona Design Week 2016. The film focuses on conference highlights through interviews with curators and the 15 speakers who took part in the event. Everyone shares their opinion of the key role of design, explaining how it can help professionals, businesses and society to be more innovative and sustainable.


Connecting – Trends in UI, Interaction & Experience Design (2012) - 18 minutes

This documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry’s thought leaders. As the role of software is catapulting forward, Interaction Design is seen to be not only increasing in importance dramatically, but also expected to play a leading role in shaping the coming “Internet of things.” 


Inge Druckrey: Teaching to See (2012) - 37 minutes

This is a film about the design and teaching of Inge Druckrey and some of her students and colleagues. The film covers various topics and principles of seeing, analyzing and executing. It provides insights into graphic design, typography, composition, form and visual arts education.


Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli (2012) - 86 minutes

Italian-born Massimo and Lella Vignelli are among the world's most influential designers. Throughout their long career, their motto has been, 'If you can't find it, design it' The work covers such a broad spectrum that one could say the Vignellis are known by everybody, even those who don't know their names. From graphics to interiors to products and corporate identities, the film brings us into the work and everyday moments of the Vignellis' world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humour.


Design & Thinking (2012) - 74 minutes

Design & Thinking is a documentary exploring the idea of "design thinking". How do we fully engage organizations to think about the changing landscape of business, culture and society? What is design thinking? How is it applied in business models? How are people changing the world with their creative minds? It is a call to conventional minds to change and collaborate.


Typeface (2009) - 63 minutes

Typeface focuses on a rural Midwestern museum and print shop where international artists meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique.


The Happy Film (2016) - 93 minutes

The Happy Film is a feature-length documentary in which graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister undergoes a series of self-experiments outlined by popular psychology to test once and for all if it’s possible for a person to have a meaningful impact on their own happiness.


Graphic Means (2017) - 85 minutes

Up until just over 30 years ago, when the desktop computer debuted, the whole design production process was done primarily by hand, and with the aide of analog machines. Graphic Means is a journey through this transformative Mad Men-era of pre-digital design production to the advent of the desktop computer. It explores the methods, tools and evolving social roles that gave rise to the graphic design industry as it is today.

Between The Folds (2008) - 56 minutes

Between the Folds chronicles the stories of 10 fine artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who have abandoned careers and scoffed at hard-earned graduate degrees - all to forge unconventional lives as modern-day paperfolders.


Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) - 37 minutes

A portrait of a patron of the arts extraordinaire who transformed a modest fortune and impeccable taste into one of the premiere collections of twentieth century art.


Why Man Creates (1968) - 29 minutes

Through several amusing live action and animated vignettes, Saul Bass illustrates a fundamental and essential particularity of human nature that keeps us alive and the world turning, evolving and reaching new designs and possibilities: the necessity of creation. 


The Visual Language of Herbert Matter (2010) - 66 minutes

This is a revealing look at the fascinating life story of the highly influential mid-century modern design master. Known as a quintessential designer's designer, Swiss-born Herbert Matter is largely credited with expanding the use of photography as a design tool and bringing the semantics of fine art into the realm of applied arts.


Eames: The Architect and the Painter (2011) - 85 minutes

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to iconic status in American culture. This documentary draws from a treasure trove of archival material, as well as interviews with friends, colleagues and experts to capture the personal story of Charles and Ray while placing them firmly in the context of their fascinating times.