Golden Ratio, bullshit or not bullshit

almost 7 years ago from Christophe Fresard, Webdesigner & Graphist Freelance

  • Joe Crupi, almost 7 years ago

    As amusing as this is, this is in fact what a lot of people think the golden ratio is. It's a lot more than this. It is the framework woven into every single thing in the universe - from the atoms in your body through to the rotation of our galaxy.

    Those designers out there that think 'eyeballing' it is better, they simply don't understand that they are most likely subconsciously using the divine proportion to make their design beautiful.

    4 points
    • Ethan BondEthan Bond, almost 7 years ago

      Sure but so are pi and e. Why don't we use those? There is an infinite number of important numbers throughout nature. It's not all that significant to pick the one that results in pleasing proportionality and then justify its significance by the fact that its proportionality is pleasing.

      0 points
      • Joe Crupi, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

        If by pi you actually mean mean 'phi' then you'll know that this is the golden ratio (1.618033987)

        The point I'm trying to make is that it isn't bullshit because it's interwoven into everything - you simply can't dismiss it.

        The grids we use in our layouts (even this page) uses an approximate content vs sidebar ratio of 1.610...

        Photography/image composition - ever used the rule of thirds? It's based on the golden ratio.

        The hierarchy of typography we choose more often than not follows a mathematical scale. Learn more at

        Highly suggest you watch:

        The Code: The Connected Universe:

        And if you wanna get REALLY hardcore and have your mind blown, start listening to theoretical physicist Nassim Haramein (c:

        2 points