Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we surround ourselves?

Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, Objectified documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential product designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.

On an average day, each human uses hundreds of objects. (Don’t believe it? Start counting: alarm clock, light switch, faucet, shampoo bottle, toothbrush, razor…) Who makes all these things, and why do they look and feel the way they do? All of these objects are “designed,” but how can good design make them, and our lives, better?

Objectified had its world premiere at the SxSW Film Festival in March 2009, and screened in hundreds of cities afterwards. The film had its television broadcast debut on PBS's Independent Lens, and was also broadcast in the UK, Canada, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Latin America, and other territories. 

“You’ll never look at your next toothbrush (or your next any product) in quite the same way after watching this astute, elegant inquiry into the purpose and process of industrial design.” – Entertainment Weekly

Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Chris Bangle (BMW Group, Munich)
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (Paris)
Andrew Blauvelt (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis)
Tim Brown (IDEO)
Anthony Dunne (London)
Dan Formosa (Smart Design)
Naoto Fukasawa (Tokyo)
Jonathan Ive (Apple, California)
Hella Jongerius (Rotterdam)
David Kelley (IDEO)
Bill Moggridge (IDEO)
Marc Newson (London/Paris)
Fiona Raby (London)
Dieter Rams (Kronberg, Germany)
Karim Rashid (New York)
Alice Rawsthorn (International Herald Tribune)
Davin Stowell (Smart Design)
Jane Fulton Suri (IDEO)
Rob Walker (New York Times Magazine)

Watch the trailer:

75 Minutes

Produced and Directed by
Gary Hustwit

Joe Beshenkovsky

Director of Photography
Luke Geissbuhler

Additional Photography
Guillermo Cabrera
Kevin Fritz
Gary Hustwit
James Longley
Ben Wolf

Ira Schweitzer

Lou Teti

Sound Design
Brian Bracken

Sound Recordists
Singeli Agnew
Valerio Cerini
Joelle Jaffe
Matty Nematollahi
Sam Pullen
Mike Urdaneta

Post-production Services

Associate Producers
Sharon Hustwit
Jakob Trollbäck

Original Score
Kristian Dunn

Alva Noto
El Ten Eleven
Expanding Head Band
Matthew Dear
Midwest Product
James Rutledge
Telefon Tel Aviv