Point, Line, Plane: Whitney Demarest

When I opened up the topic for this weeks blog post, I thought that I had a strong understanding of what pont, line, and plane were. I thought to myself yeah, this blog will be a piece of cake! … then I looked at the readings and suddenly felt wildly confused about the differences between the three characteristics. I could undoubtable show you an example of each, but there is no way that before I went through this weeks readings that I could describe the aspects that made each characteristic different from the other.

Photo by Whitney Demarest

This first example is of a point. I took this picture of the top of a fire hydrant because when I was thinking about objects that I have specific x and y coordinates, I thought about the firefighters who have designated fire hydrants around every building. If you took an arial picture of pullman, and highlighted the tops of every fire hydrant, the literal form they would take on a map would look like the image I took. Lupton’s book also talks about how the object would be seen when plotted on a graph. If you used the arial view of Pullman, you could connect the plotted hydrants to portray the type of line graph the book talks about.


Photo by Whitney Demarest

A line is different from a point because it is infinite. A point has a single set of coordinates, or a single point on a graph, but a line has an infinite number of points. This is a picture that has multiple sets of lines. the first is the yellow curb that really does feel like it could go on forever. The second set of lines are the ones on the drainage grate. These lines have an infinite number of points, but still have a visible ending.


Photo by Whitney Demarest

A plane was one of the terms that I could show you an example of, but wouldn’t necessarily be able to explain the difference between it and a line. After reading, I am still a little confused, but I do know that a plane has width and always consists of a line and a fill. I understand that type is an example, as well as most things I can create in illustrator, but I am not sure if this image is a good example. The curb has width, and you can infer that the edge of the curb is the line, and the yellow concrete in between is the fill, but i am not sure that it serves as the best example.

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