Design Elements – Point: Learn & Use Correctly

The Elements of Design discuss the components of the work of design itself,and provide the designer with a basic set of tools to begin working with. They are parts which can be isolated and defined in any visual design or work of art. They are the structure of the work, and can carry a wide variety of messages.

Today we look at Point which is the defining characteristic of a dot. I know that sounds so simple but stick with me as I explore more refined understanding of the world of design formation. A Point is of a focused attention. Dots or Points anchor themselves in space and provide a reference point relative to the other forms and space around it.

As dots increase in size we start to see them as shapes, but they still retain their fundamental dot-like qualities and characteristics.

In the art work below, my own take on Design Principles, Point is depicting the “Design Principles”. This was an assignment presented in the early stages of my Diploma course. It is, of course the Principles of Design in Element form and I think it was a clever learning tool used by our Lecturer to integrate an assignment of all the Principles using the Element of Point. Please email me for info on my art work [email protected]

Design Principals

If you are following my Blog then you really are interested in learning about Design. It is a complex yet satisfying discipline to learn and the more you learn the easier and more exciting it becomes.

If there is only one point on a blank page then we seek some kind of relationship or order towards it, if only to use it as a point of orientation in relation to the outline of the page. If there are two points, immediately the eye will make a connection and link a line. If there are three points then we see it as a triangle; our brain fills in the blanks. This desire to connect parts is described as grouping. If a designer wants to say something then he must use the elements (point, line, color, etc) as a way to communicate the message.

To continue the Point theme I have included designs that reflect the dot. And as dots increase in size we start to see them as shapes, but they still retain their fundamental dot-like qualities and characteristics.

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The outdoor furniture, designed by Patricia Urquolia above, makes the use of dots and circles. The dots connect and we translate them as lines.

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The gorgeous copper light fittings above link our eye with the round headrest on the lounge seating, both can be references to Point. The chrome lamps below are like Points of suspended reference and make a great impact in any room. I see them as a dot or point in space. What a stunning design.

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The Principles of Design can be thought of as what we do to the Elements of Design. How we apply the Principles of Design determines how successful we are in creating a work of art. Stay tuned for more Elements in Design.

By Paulina Bird

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