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Dig 1 Grids ... Another piece of interesting grid design to look at is Twitter.
Suppose that you have a piece of rope, and you cut it in some place so that you now have two pieces of rope. If you cut it in the middle, then the two pieces are equal, so their lengths are in a 1:1 ratio. If you cut the rope 1/3 of the way down from one end, then the bigger piece will be twice as long as the smaller piece, so their lengths are in a 2:1 ratio.
In theory, it's possible to cut the rope so that the ratio of the larger piece to the smaller piece, is the same ratio as the original uncut rope length to the bigger piece. THIS special ratio is defined as the golden ratio. There are lots of equivalent ways of defining it, but that's the formal definition.
Unfortunately, there's no neat way of writing the number. You can't write it out as the ratio of two whole numbers. So like pi, it's an irrational number. But expressed as a decimal it's approximately equal to 1.618. You can use algebra to show that it's exact value is (1+√5)/2.
It turns out that the golden ratio has lots of other interesting properties. It shows up in a lot of Greek and Roman architecture, because golden rectangles (a rectangle whose length to width are in the golden ratio) are believed to be most aesthetically pleasing. It also appears in nature. Also, take the Fibonacci sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21....
This is the sequence of numbers where you start with "1, 1", and keep adding the two previous numbers to get the next number (1+1 = 2, 1+2 = 3, 2+3 = 5, 3+5 = 8, etc.). It turns out that if you keep writing this out, the ratios of consecutive numbers get closer and closer to the golden ratio: 1/1, 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, 13/8, 21/13...
Design one, please peruse the I LoveTypography web site. During the next couple of weeks we will be discussing type, its history, design and contemporary uses. It may seem to you to be a relatively small part of design, but it is an essential aspect - as much as colour, line or concept is. Many interesting designs have failed due to the designers lack of type awareness. So check the site out, especially the popular and recent articles sections found on the right side of the page, and please read sections 1 to 4 of "History of Typography", it's a great site. the word typography is linked