A dot is one of the most basic types of form (the other types being the line and the plane).
In considering its visual impact, a dot is any shape with a recognizable center. In the image
below, the visual impact of the singular shape in each square is the same - that of a dot - even
though the shapes are different. Identifying the dot as a basic form is critical for creating
and understanding art.
In isolation, the dot attracts attention to itself. In the presence of other dots, the relationship and tension between the dots
and the space becomes more important. In the animation below, the dots suggest meaning about the space and the other dots. However,
the animation is just a series of dots drawn at random locations.