Lines and dots.

Ben Shahn, “Supermarket” (1957)

Herbert Matter, Arts & Architecture (January 1945)

Ole Flensted, “Futura” mobile (1970)

Charles and Ray Eames, “Hang-It-All” (1953)

Unknown designer, from the “Helvetica” exhibit at MOMA

George Nelson ball clocks (1947)

Elisabeth Dunker, “Dot play” (2008)

Ray Eames, “Dot” pattern fabric design (1947)

  1. AHJDec 23, 20093:16 pm
  2. AHJDec 23, 20093:17 pm
  3. AHJDec 23, 20093:17 pm

    Oops. Tried to fix a comment, posted twice instead. Sorry about that.


  4. Live a Colorful LifeDec 23, 20093:20 pm

    Oh how those ball clocks make me happy!


  5. morris codeDec 23, 20098:10 pm

    .. / .-.. — …- . / .. –


  6. TaniaDec 24, 200912:23 am

    Mmm… Dots and lines… I love them because they look futuristic, 50s, atomic, organic, groovy, abstract and beautiful all at once. Lovely post.


  7. TaniaDec 24, 200912:24 am

    Oh I forgot to sciencey…


  8. StewfDec 24, 20094:44 am
  9. Linda Wary MeyersDec 24, 20099:09 pm

    And also “The Dot and The Line, a Romance in Lower Mathematics” by Norton Juster (The Phantom Tollbooth).
    I love the Ben Shahn grocery carts! Upside down they look like the Knights of the Round Table.


  10. ettyDec 25, 20093:26 pm

    You should check Gego out, her work is awesome.


  11. .amanda.Dec 28, 20094:22 pm

    yeap, Ben Shaun is pretty much a genius..have you read his book?


  12. Ashely Adams : OnlinJan 5, 20103:00 am

    Love the intrinsic dynamism of most of these. Let the wind blow through them and change them… a new sight every time. Reminds me of my organic chemistry lessons.


  13. nathJan 26, 20106:16 am

    perfect. love.


  14. RubyJan 26, 20108:17 pm

    Years ago I wrote for a museum catalog that sold a print of the Ben Shahn. Always really loved it. Thanks for reminding me of it.


  15. LizFeb 3, 20106:26 pm

    I thought of this posting today when I heard about Lucienne Day’s death. Although not exclusively dots and lines for some reason I thought she fitted here. I’m lucky to have a Ernest Race rocking chair in her silver birch print… just right for my little victorian house decorated in white with a bit of sooty black.



  16. JuanSep 25, 20132:16 pm

    I invented those Ray Eames Dot pattern during architecture school way before realising they were invented 40 years before ..


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