Point, Line, Plane
Lupton and Phillips call Point, Line, and plane “the building blocks of design” (pg. 13). They are the foundation upon which all visual artists scaffold. These basic elements are used to “create images, icons, textures, patterns, diagrams, animations, and typographic systems” (pg. 13).
In relation to Calvino, I feel that the point, line, and plane are the groundwork for imagination. Lupton and Phillips even point out that typography itself is part of this infrastructure, and that it “consists of individual letters (points) that form into lines and fields of text” (pg. 13). So not only do these elements structure our imagination, but structure the way writing occurs. I feel that they are the starting points of the visual-verbal cycle that Calvino mentions as part of visibility. To make things visible, we have to begin at the most basic point, literally.
However, point, line, and plane also explicate perfectly the visual and verbal overlapping of my chosen e-lit for visibility, The Last Performance. You begin with a typographic point (a word) and it sends you into a plane of text that shifts, swirls, and dances before your eyes. There are also points in the lenses, in which every lens (or point) leads to a plane of text, a poem. In the collaborative project, the poem is only revealed through the process of beginning with a point that leads to a line, that leads to a plane, that leads to movement that leads the user to understand the poems.
I think the point is very crucial in the revealing of the dancing, throbbing poetry. Lupton and Phillips describe the point’s versatility, in that it “can be an insignificant fleck of matter or a concentrated locus of power…a point can express its own identity or melt into the crowd” (pg. 14). I think that this versatility is played with in the e-literature, because the power of the point is in the hands of the user, who choose which point (or word) catches their interest.