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Dot

Dot

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In this lesson, you will learn about the Dot element and how it is used in the visual design process.

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Tutorial

What's Covered

Welcome to today's lesson on dot. Today you will be learning about the dot element and why it is important in individual design process. Specifically, you will look at:

  1. Defining Dot
  2. Cluster

1. Defining Dot

The dot is a complex made of size and shape that anchors itself to any space.

Term to Know

    • Dot
    • The dot is a complex made of size and shape that anchors itself to any space.

Above is an image of a single dot. A dot is a point of emphasis, and, although, here it's the circle, it can really be any shape provided it doesn't visually communicate a line.

So a square placed in the white space of a page is still considered a dot, because it's still the focal point and it still attracts visual attention to it, which is a defining characteristic of a dot. An individual dot is neutral in how it sits in space. It doesn't appear to move vertically, nor does it appear to move horizontally. So the dot doesn't suggest direction. It's just anchored in space.

And again, the dot doesn't have to be a circle, but a dot has a size and unified shape, and a position in space.


2. Cluster

A cluster is a number of dots or elements that are in close proximity. You may notice that even adding a secondary dot creates tension, a strange relationship between elements.

Terms to Know

    • Cluster
    • A number of dots or elements that are close in proximity.
    • Tension
    • A strained relationship between elements.



The dots above are still areas of interest on their own, but the closer you move these dots, the more tension there is. All that tension is held in that tiny bit of space left between those two dots.


Example     It's kind of like if you put two strangers in an empty room, each one of them is a focal point or a dot, but as one moves uncomfortably close, then the area of focus shifts to their proximity.


Summary

So that wraps up the lesson for today on dots, which don't necessarily need to be circles and clusters, which are dots or elements close in proximity.  

Keep up the learning and have a great day!

Source: THIS WORK IS ADAPTED FROM SOPHIA AUTHOR MARIO E. HERNANDEZ

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Dot

    The dot is a complex made of size and shape that anchors itself to any space.

  • Tension

    A strained relationship between elements.

  • Cluster

    A number of dots or elements that are close in proximity.