In my last post I mentioned how geometry was an organizing principle in my work. What I wasn’t very clear about was how math plays into that concept. (Now I'm not always successful at incorporating this into all my designs but I do try to remember to use this rule as much as possible.)
The golden mean, golden ratio or golden section is based on an equation where an object such as a line is divided into parts and the longer part (a) divided by the smaller part (b) is equal to the sum of (a) + (b) divided by (a), where both equal 1.618 or Phi.
Now before your eyes roll back in your head as you contemplate this formula, this all comes down to aesthetics and how the application of the golden section can be used to produce pleasing compositions in design.
The golden section exists in nature,
is found in the human body,
has been used in architecture for over 2000 years,
and is found in the paintings of the masters.
If you're interested in learning more there are great sources on the internet that explain it much better than I can. Just do a search with the words "golden ratio". There are hundreds of entries and examples of how it can be used in design.