Art + Design

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)

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  • Reply AHJ December 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Don’t forget Joan Miró!

  • Reply AHJ December 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Don’t forget Joan Miró!

  • Reply AHJ December 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm

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

  • Reply Live a Colorful Life December 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Oh how those ball clocks make me happy!

  • Reply morris code December 23, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    .. / .-.. — …- . / .. –

  • Reply Tania December 24, 2009 at 12:23 am

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

  • Reply Tania December 24, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Oh I forgot to sciencey…

  • Reply Stewf December 24, 2009 at 4:44 am

    Adelita Fina

  • Reply Linda Wary Meyers December 24, 2009 at 9:09 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.

  • Reply etty December 25, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    You should check Gego out, her work is awesome.

  • Reply .amanda. December 28, 2009 at 4:22 pm

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

  • Reply Ashely Adams : Onlin January 5, 2010 at 3:00 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.

  • Reply nath January 26, 2010 at 6:16 am

    perfect. love.

  • Reply Ruby January 26, 2010 at 8:17 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.

  • Reply Liz February 3, 2010 at 6:26 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.


  • Reply Juan September 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

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

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