2D Presentation: Dot Line Shape

Here are the slides Charmaine and I used for our 2D presentation on Dot, line and shape :)

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If you’re lazy to download the file, here are some important points from our research:

General Introduction:

Accessed from https://jessbens.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/dot-line-and-shape/
  • Dot, line, and shape are the basic elements of design
  • Elements are components or 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.


  • A point is that of which there is no part — No part = no width, length, or breadth
  • In pure geometric terms, a point is a pair of x, y coordinates.

Use of points:

  • Vanishing point
    • The spot on the horizon line to which the receding parallel lines diminish
    • Creates depth
  • In art: Yayoi Kusama, Benday dots (in comic illustration), Neo-impressionism movement (A Sunday on la grande jatte)
Accessed from https://hirshhorn.si.edu/kusama/
Accessed from https://georgetowner.com/articles/2013/08/15/lichtenstein-blockbuster-proclaims-power-print/


  • A line is a length without breadth.
  • Graphically, lines exist in many weights; the thickness and texture as well as the path of the mark determine its visual presence.

Use of Line

  • In composition or image
    • Lines are important to guide your eyes.
    • Horizontal lines suggest a feeling of rest
    • Vertical lines often communicate a sense of height
    • Diagonal lines convey a feeling of movement
    • Curve lines can convey energy
    • Use of line to create optical illusions
Accessed from https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/1f/8d/f3/1f8df341ebeff6b434decffc666559f5.jpg
  • Use of line in Fine Art: Chua Ek Kay
Accessed from http://www.theprivatemuseum.org/index.php/exhibition/old-campus-revisited/
  • Use of line in fine art: Gene Davis
Accessed from https://www.artsy.net/artist/gene-davis


  • A surface is that which has length and breadth
  • Shapes are planes with edges.
  • When a form or shape has regular contours, when internal and external measurements are mathematically similar in multiple directions, we think of the form or shape as geometric.
  • Organic shapes and forms are typically irregular or asymmetrical.

Use of Shape:

  • We see shapes every day in logos, flags, books, clothes etc.
  • TV test screen
Accessed from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gKL_3LIK2k
  • Local Artist Yeo Chee Kiong: “Series #02, ‘A Yoga and Pedicure DIY Session on the Beach’“
Accessed from http://cheekiongyeo.com/?language=en_gb
  • Use of shape in Architecture: Louvre
Accessed from https://plus.google.com/communities/115746467979626722538/stream/62b9e0b2-17eb-434b-a8ea-f24a54624569

Point, Line and shape

  • All 3 elements combine Patterns, Compositions (Art)
  • Pattern: A regular repetition of lines, shapes, colours, or values in a composition.
  • Henry Moore’s Wallpaper Design
Accessed from http://midcenturymoderndesign.tumblr.com/post/62745744987
  • Kandinsky Composition viii
Accessed from http://www.wassilykandinsky.net/work-50.php