Friday, December 28, 2012

Point, Line And Plane: Why The Building Blocks Of Design

Design is not possible without a point, a line and planes. All the three design elements constitute the building blocks of design.

Design is a merry-mix of all the design elements. How each is dutifully applied separates what is iconic from a work that is trash. However, design ideas and principles developed from the elements composed of points, lines and planes.

  • Points: Any great idea always starts with a point. It may be insignificant alone, but groups of it can create an artistic expression. Graphically, a point is just a dot with an x and y coordinates. Visibly a point can exist on any space on paper, but it can be the focus of a powerful presentation.  A bullet for instance can pierce through a point. A laser beam projects devastating points. Nails connect pieces together on several points. Group several points together, it creates texture: series of points forms a polygon: tiny point develops into a shade of gray.
  • Lines: Is an expression of a point, although infinite. Make a point on paper with a pen, move it sideways you create a line. Similar to CAD (computer aided design) a line develops by extending a point. Likewise, lines have length but no breadth. Graphically lines are represented in various thicknesses: they can be bold to outline objects: or very fine as construction lines in drafting works. The visual presence of lines is possible through various thicknesses. Or theoretically, lines can be straight or curvilinear.
  • Plane: These are surfaces with width and height, and technically referred to as areas. It is soundly a line with width. Or a plane could be bordered by lines forming a closed polygon. Similarly a tract of land is a large plane. The boundaries are expressed in terms of lines tying all the polar points together. In structures, edifices are conceived with series of planes adjunct to each other.

Point, line and plane become the genetic blueprint in a design. Everything in design depends on the disposition of a design professional. How one manages the interplay of the three elements determines the true value of a design. The great artists of the recent past has thoroughly mastered and put to heart the importance of the three design element. Design ideas and principles will just remain a crap of words for a layman, but turns into a powerful tool at the hands of a true design guru.

Remember, it takes talent, a lot of heart and eons of experience and to really understand why point, line and plane are considered the building blocks of design.  

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