Karen Writes in the intro to SQUIGGLE The Book – ISSUU Link;
The Squiggle is totally unlike, or even the opposite of the Square, as Munari describes it…. ‘In the rock inscriptions of early man, it signifies the idea of enclosure, of home, of settlement’. Nor, like the Circle is it ‘related to the divine’ or ‘represented eternity as it has no beginning and no end’. Nor like the Triangle does it give ‘the overall formal balance to lots of works of pure art’. Often it’s job is to create imbalance and chaos, confusion and consternation.
The Squiggle is in the oldest writing going back to cave drawings. To quote the Bradshaw Foundation….
‘These 26 symbols in the paleolithic caves of France (including the Zig-Zag, Spiral and Serpentiform) appear in other parts of the world as well (as France) leading to the possibility that symbolic communication through geometric signs arose with early humans.’ The Squiggle is basic to our communication.
Whilst the Box, Circle and Triangle are found in 20% of the cave sites while the Squiggle shapes are found less, the Squiggle makes a comeback in writing in a big way later—even in drunken Chinese calligraphy!
Does the Squiggle impact our psyche in a BIG way? Look to this statement by the Victoria and Albert Museum on Art Deco—the epitome of Squiggle design.
‘It was the style of the flapper girl and the factory, the luxury ocean liner and the skyscraper, the fantasy world of Hollywood and the real world of the Harlem Renaissance.’
That’s the Squiggle for you.