Point, Line, Plane: Tavia Hall

The book Graphic Design: The New Basics by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips states that “point, line and plane are the building blocks for design” in which it helps start the process of whatever is being created (p. 13). The term “mark making” plays a very valuable role when it comes to points, lines, and planes. Mark making is used to help create texture using different patterns, volumes and or illusions (p. 13).

Let’s start off with the term “point”. Point is basically a mark in the position of space, it could be formed as a dot or your eyes automatically visualize it even though it’s not visually there. Lupton and Phillips state “Through its scale, position, and relationship to its surroundings, a point can express its own identity or melt into the crowd” you can really see the point of the blender ball (first picture) because your eyes automatically go straight to the center (p. 14). This is a great example of my explanation for seeing a point without having a visible mark of a dot. With that being said, the floor of my closet (second picture) and the fan (third picture) have some qualities of different points. This would be considered another way of viewing points because from my perspective I see many. For an example, the lines  give off many points just by itself because you can start from point A, B, C, or D and so on. Lupton and Phillips state “The tip of an arrow point the way, just as the crossing of an X marks the spot” Points don’t technically have to start off in the middle, but can start at the end of something especially if there isn’t a visible mark (p. 14).

When it comes to lines I was really focusing on getting the picture of my fan, although the other pictures show some line qualities the fan was really fascinating to me. According to Lupton and Phillips lines are unbounded arrangement of points and can be an association of two points or a way of a moving plane (p. 16). The lines on the fan are straight, and you can see the planes meeting each other at different angles. There’s different sizes to each line contingent upon the heading and where it’s put. You can see the lines covering each other causing texture. In the event that you look carefully you can see a super thin line over a thicker line that shows texture too.

Lastly, the term plane according to Lupton and Phillips is a “flat surface extending in height and width” every shape of a plane is a line that is filled (p. 18). Planes are seen on the fan, but I was mainly focusing on the floor of my closet. The book mentions “a plane can be parallel to the picture surface, or it can skew and recede into space” which pretty much explains my second picture. It almost looks like it’s never ending (hints “receding into space”) and from the angle I took it makes it seems as if the height and width are extending. You can see that with the fan because at different points the lines are getting larger/smaller.

Lupton, E., & Phillips, J. C. (2008). Graphic design : the new basics. Retrieved from https://ntserver1.wsulibs.wsu.edu:3447

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