Take a look at Apple’s iCloud icon and you’ll see the Golden Ratio. View the Parthenon’s facade and you’re looking at an ancient use of the Golden Ratio. What is the Golden Ratio and how can you use it on your Mac?
The golden ratio, also known as the divine proportion, golden mean, or golden section, is a number often encountered when taking the ratios of distances in simple geometric figures such as the pentagon, pentagram, decagon and dodecahedron.
In mathematics and the arts, two quantities are in the golden ratio () if the ratio of the sum of the quantities to the larger quantity is equal to the ratio of the larger quantity to the smaller one.
Simply put, the Golden Ratio is a math formula which can be used in visual aesthetics. Architecture. Art. Design. For more detail on the use of the Golden Ratio through the ages, view the Golden Ratio video.
Alright, what good is the Golden Ratio in a web site? Proper use of the ratio in layout and design provides for a more pleasing visual perspective. The Mac app goldenRATIO helps designers layout web page sections according to the ratio.
goldenRATIO features a built-in calculator for the divine proportion, including instant visual feedback on page layout components.
In addition to the onscreen calculator, goldenRATIO can save screen positions and settings to be reused on other layouts and designs. Photoshop design images can be dropped into goldenRATIO to ensure the design conforms to the ratio.
MacRumors first published an analysis of Apple’s iCloud icon in mid 2011.
If you want to use the Golden Ratio in website layouts and other designs, goldenRATIO gives you a quick and easy way to apply the ratio.