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)

16 comments
  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.

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

    Oh how those ball clocks make me happy!

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  5. morris codeDec 23, 20098:10 pm

    .. / .-.. — …- . / .. -

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  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.

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  7. TaniaDec 24, 200912:24 am

    Oh I forgot to sciencey…

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  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.

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  10. ettyDec 25, 20093:26 pm

    You should check Gego out, her work is awesome.

    http://vvp.avu.cz/foto/aktivity/vystavy/freeing/malich-gego1.jpg

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

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

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  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.

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  13. nathJan 26, 20106:16 am

    perfect. love.

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  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.

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  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.

    (http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/feb/03/lucienne-day-obituary)

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  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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