What is the dimension of the point


The world begins at a point; in the Big Bang, an infinitely small point of infinite density. The point is the beginning of the painting and the framework of the sentences, it regulates the language and marks dimensions. The point is the smallest form, the briefest appearance in terms of time. The point is the remnant of what is long past and the material from which new things emerge.

Exercise AF17: 16 points in empty space 8 points in empty space
Exercises by Jule Bragulla

"The creation of an order (is) easier (...) than the creation of a disorder, an unformed" - Frutiger 1978

Geometric point

  • Immaterial being
  • Symbol of zero
  • Intersection
  • Impact point
  • mark
  • Dimensional marking (definition of a position on a line, plane, space, time ...)


The point is a complementary contrast

  • Matter - emptiness
  • Marking - space
  • Black-and-white
  • Object - environment

The point marks the space - and is therefore information. A special one, however, as it has no limit. Cf. system theory: according to George Spencer Brown, information is a marking that creates a triplicity through its duality - the marking of an “inside” creates an “outside” and thus also a “boundary”. The limit of the point, however, is its interior.


Point, the:

  • Ethymological: <14 Jh, Late Middle High German: punct, pun (k) t. Borrowed from Latin punctum, punctus, actually top (perm. pungere 'stab'). Adjectives: punctually, on time, Verb: puncture
  • English: point, dot
  • French: point

Word collection:

Acupressure point get to the point to get to the point
Cournot point dark point crucial point
Flensburg point Vanishing point G spot
Profit points certain point Green Dot
i point inner point Counterpoint
critical point Make a point! neuralgic point
Payback points Point of no return Pointilism
10 o'clock sharp point by point Point operator
Point before line Point-to-point protocol Point deduction
score Judges Score
puncture dotted line Puncture
Precision landing Point grid Point grid
Spot welding Point win Dot stripe butterflyfish
Point symmetry selectively Point
score Dots in time
Resting point Assembly point End point
Intersection weak point jumping point
position Impact point contentious point
dead point meeting point typographic point
essential point sore point time

"The beginning of the science of painting is the point." (Leonardo da Vinci)


  • Punctuation, double, i, exclamation point, etc points ...
  • Combination of silence and speaking
  • Break symbol
  • Connection (bridge)
  • Emphasis mark / focus

Today I'm going to the cinema.
Today I go. To the movies
Go today. I go to the cinema.

Exercise: Variation of the position of the point as a punctuation mark in a short sentence

Today I'm going to the cinema

When enlarged, the sound of the point gains clarity and strength (independent nature).

Exercise: Free variation of the point sizes in a text

"The point is the designer's exclamation mark."


We find many accumulations of points in nature

  • Micro- / macrocosm (cells, atoms, stars, galaxies ...)
  • Dust, sand, earth, seeds
  • Rain snow
  • Globular clusters
  • Poppy seed rolls :)
  • Created by decay ...
  • ... and material for new things: Beings full of possibilities


Exercise GC11: Point on a square surface - sensation analysis
  • Origin - "origo" = beginning (see origin)
  • Big Bang Theory: Infinitely large density in an infinitely small point
  • Result of the first collision between tool and surface: fertilization of the material.
  • Smallest, inside and temporally tightest form
  • Creates surroundings
  • main emphasis
  • Power center
  • Creates concentric tension
    • The point radiates - and draws towards itself
    • Power from within - power from outside
    • Tension = living force
  • Point shapes (inner relationship with the circle)
  • Direction (when writing), dynamics
  • There are no perfectly pure sounding elements

main emphasis

Everything has a focus. The focus is one of the most elementary design elements. The ability to identify and set priorities is of paramount importance.

See focus exercises by Johannes Itten and Paul Klee "Measures and weights: Scenes in the Waarenhaus" (1922)


  • Pointilism (Mondrian, Matisse, van Gogh)
    • Essential role in the development from representational to abstract painting and constructivism
  • Grid point
  • Etching (cold needle)
  • Lithography
  • (Air) brush
Exercise: creative pointillist implementation


Exercise GC13: 9 points => scatter - accumulation - exclusion - team / hierarchy - escape / movement
  • plastic
  • architecture
  • Point = point
  • meeting point


The lack of desire to move reduces the perception time

  • Dynamic marking of timpani or woodpecker beats
  • Resting point
    • influenced by external and internal vibrations

“Sometimes an extraordinary shock can tear us out of the dead state into a living sensation. (...) The from Outside Coming upheavals (illness, misfortune, grief, war, revolution) are violently torn out of the circle of traditional habits for a shorter or longer period of time, and are usually only felt as a more or less powerful 'injustice'. All other feelings outweigh the desire to return to the abandoned state of traditional habit as soon as possible. " (Kandinsky 1926)


  • dance
  • Music (note, double, ...)


Centered point

A center point in the square
  • Unison
  • balanced area ratios

Acentral structure

One point in the square, azentral structure

Double sound becomes audible:

  • Sound of the point
  • Sound of the place of the base

Quantitative propagation

Exponentially increasing complexity of the perceptible sounds

  • Sound of the individual parts
  • Sound of the relations (individual parts and subgroups to each other)
  • Sound of the sum

The tension between two points is determined by their size and distance:

  • Same distances - same sizes
  • Unequal spacing - same sizes
  • Equal distances - unequal sizes
  • Unequal spacing - unequal sizes
Exercise JIVK71: Point stresses of two points in the four relations described above

"... in the end a work can consist of one point." Kandinsky

This page is part of the work modules Bauhaus Preliminary Course, Basics of Media Design and Generative Bauhaus by Michael Markert for Interface Design at the Bauhaus University Weimar.