Lines and Dots Part 2: The Line


The Line is the most basic fundamental when drawing any sketch, image, or letter on a page. Since birth we are constantly using the direction of Lines and Paths to put our ideas on paper. Even if it just involves sketching randomly or tightly holding a crayon in our hands to display our ability to make a mark, the line is definitely an indispensable element to use in many forms of our work.

This object of the line may be the single most advantage elements of design. Because the line travels from one point to another the line can dramatically influence order of design. The line can be dynamic or it can be straight forward, going on to infinity or having limitations.

Lines can: Join or separate spaces, and objects, create barriers, enclose, contain or intersect.

As a line becomes thicker or heavier in its original weight it’s naturally perceived as a mass or plane object.


  • A single line presents a single direction.
  • Breaking parts of the line expresses texture and creates activity.
  • Grouping several lines together makes a defined texture on the surface of an area.
  • By altering the weight in a set of lines you give the impression of rhythm as well as depth in their individual space.
  • The more you group lines together the more you cause them to advance in distance and the more the lines are spread apart the more they recede in distance.
  • When lines are crossing each other some lines can appear to be thicker than the others.
  • Even two lines that are thick in appearance, by putting them close together can create a third line in its counter space.
“Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations. ”
Paul Rand

So what are some examples of lines used in your designs or inspirations that you have found?