Straight Lines: The Ingold Effect

True to the educational fashion, the beginning of the chapter gives us a break down of the history of straight lines, or rather lines in general. We learn that the lines weren’t always straight, and that he parallels curved lines to be more organic or natural whereas straight lines are manufactured,  or man made. He groups straight lines up into either guidelines, or plot lines. Guidelines are exactly as they sound. Guidelines inherently setup the space for content. They were first used when scribes had to make shallow carves into the paper.  Guidelines show movement in this sense. Plotlines are picked up from the 1800’s where plots of land were divied up using actual strings on the land plot. In Ingold’s sense, Plotlines contain that content that the guidelines show.  Ingold also relates these lines to the human body. He goes into the idea that straight lines often are associated with Males and curved lines are more associated with females. His final section is called “Using a Ruler”. Where he explains the history behind the ruler. Interestingly enough, the ruler was a farcry of a tool from Euclid’s idea that light, travels in rays, or directional lines. Where the ruler was birthed off the idea that the shortest distance between 2 points is a straight line, which the ruler constructs so you can measure that distance.

Look at these lines, both straight and curved working in tandem to illustrate a picture.

I never gave much theoretical thought into lines (straight or curved) in how they make us think/ feel. Ingold’s work has made me deconstruct basic shapes and look at things in a more broken down view.

How do we see lines in everyday life?

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