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๐Ÿ“ What is Golden Ratio, or how to use 60/40 rule?

Published 21 days agoย โ€ขย 4 min read

Hey Reader,

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Here's a quick round up of what's been going on at Curious Muse this week:

  • ๐Ÿ“ What is Golden Ratio, or how the 60/40 rule is used across, art, design and architecture?
  • ๐Ÿ™‹ Discussions in our community:
    • My impressions on 'Expressionists' in Tate Modern (spoiler, it's AWESOME ๐Ÿ’™)
    • ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น The new 'Ripley' series on Netflix is so different but so good!
    • ๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Great book on how to be productive while feeling good
  • ๐Ÿ’ก Curious Bites: Did you know the Chicago Cubs could not win any World Series match due to a curse?
  • โœ๏ธ Quote of the week from Ernest Hemingway

๐Ÿ“ What is Golden Ratio?

Have you heard of the golden ratio? Also known as phi (ฯ†), this mathematical ratio is approximately equal to 1.618 and is considered aesthetically pleasing.

As a simplified approximation, this rule is more known as the 60/40 ratio. For centuries, it has been a fundamental element in art, architecture, and design, creating harmony and balance.

Here are 7 ways it is used across art, design and architecture:
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1. Color Schemes ๐ŸŽจ

The 60/30/10 rule is a popular application of the golden ratio in art. By using a dominant color for 60% of the artwork, a secondary color for 30%, and an accent color for the remaining 10%, artists can achieve a harmonious color palette.

2. Composition ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ

Artists often divide their canvas using the golden ratio (approximately 60/40) to position the focal point or areas of interest. This approach creates a natural and balanced composition that is pleasing to the eye.

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3. Room Color Palette ๐ŸŒˆ

In interior design, the 60/30/10 rule helps determine the color distribution in a room. Typically, 60% is used for the main color (walls), 30% for the secondary color (upholstery, curtains), and 10% for accent colors (accessories, artwork).

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4. Furniture Arrangement ๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ

Designers may use the golden ratio to plan the proportions of furniture placement, ensuring a balanced and visually appealing layout. For example, if a sofa takes up 60% of the seating space in a room, accent chairs should fill the other 40%. A coffee table should be 60% of the sofa's size. On the coffee table, 40% should have decorations, and 60% should be left clear.

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5. Pattern Distribution ๐ŸŸง๐Ÿ”ท

When introducing patterns, the 60/30/10 rule can guide the use of one pattern for 60% of surfaces, another for 30%, and a bold accent pattern for the remaining 10%.

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6. Facade Design ๐Ÿ›๏ธ

The golden ratio is often used to determine the proportions of architectural elements like windows, doors, and columns, resulting in a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing facade.

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7. Floor Plans ๐Ÿ 

Architects may employ the golden ratio to divide spaces and determine room proportions, creating balanced and visually appealing layouts.

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Did you know that and if not, was it useful? Can you spot any examples of the golden ratio in your everyday surroundings? Can you think of a way this rule could improve the design of your space?

Feel free to reply to this email or let's jump into our community (aka COMMUSITY) to discuss!


๐Ÿ™‹ This week in our community

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My impressions on 'Expressionists' in Tate Modern (spoiler, it's AWESOME ๐Ÿ’™)

If you've been following our content for long enough, you might remember this explainer video that goes into the differences between the sub-genres within Expressionism movement.
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So, the Tate Modern's exhibition is solely focused on The Blue Rider group, an important team of artists from Munich and Murnau in the early 20th century. This exhibition highlights the expressive and colorful art created by artists like Gabriele Mรผnter, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexej Jawlensky and more.

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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น The new 'Ripley' series on Netflix is so different but so good!

I'm a huge fan of the original movie from 1999 (which makes me realise how old I am), starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, etc. Also I was a bit sceptical about it being black & white - I thought that depicting Italy in the 1960s in b&w was a crime.
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But OMG, how different and really good the new series by Steven Zaillian is! Neo-noir psychological thriller based on Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel "The Talented Mr. Ripley", the series stars Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley, a grifter who is hired by a wealthy man to retrieve his son, Dickie Greenleaf, from Italy. Set in the 1960s, the show explores themes of deception and ambition as Ripley navigates a web of lies to assimilate into a world of wealth and privilege.

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๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Great book on how to be productive while feeling good

Recently I finished this really good book by one of my favourite creators: Feel Good Productivity. It's written by Ali Abdaal - a doctor turned YouTube creator and entrepreneur. You might have seen some of his videos on YouTube (highly recommended if you aren't subscribed yet!).
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There are lots of handy tools and methods covered in the book so I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a different approach to getting things done (vs traditional hustle culture dogma of doing more).

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๐Ÿ’ก Curious Bites

โ€‹Did you know the Chicago Cubs could not win any World Series match due to a curse?โ€‹

The Curse was placed by the owner of Billy Goat Tavern in 1945 because he was ordered to leave the stadium as his Goat had a bad smell which was bothering the people in the stadium. William was so furious by this rejection that he yelled out: โ€œThem Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more".

True to his curse, the legendary Chicago Cubs couldn't win the 1945 World Series and for the next 71 years, they couldn't win any World Series.

Only in 2016, which was the 46th anniversary of William's death, the curse was broken down when the team won the World Series for the first ever time since 1945.


โœ๏ธ Quote of the week

โ€œWhen people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.โ€ โ€” Ernest Hemingwayโ€‹

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Stay curious and have a great week! ๐Ÿ’™

Artem from Curious Muse

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