What is the Golden Ratio?
The golden ratio is a unique proportion which simultaneously patterns structures as small as DNA and as large as galaxies.
I have created handheld instruments called Proportioners (in two versions, 1.0 and now 2.0) to give people the ability to discover the golden ratio in the world around themselves—and to improve whatever it is that they want to design using this amazing proportion.
Due to its precise geometric design, the middle pointer always proportionally indicates the golden ratio with respect to the width of the outer arms.
The whole is to the larger segment in exactly the same "golden ratio" as the larger segment is to the smaller. The golden ratio (~1.618), symbolized by the Greek letter Phi (Φ), is a gateway to the study of sacred geometry.
“Phi (1.618) is the most beautiful number in the universe.” -Robert Langdon, from Dan Brown’s bestselling fiction The Da Vinci Code (2003)
The golden ratio is found in mathematics, geometry, music, philosophy, psychology, art, archaeology, architecture, geography, molecular biology, plant morphology, human physiology, physics and astronomy.
“The golden ratio is the key to universal physics.” -Sir Edward Appleton, Nobel Laureate in physics (1947)
The golden ratio isn't some rarefied or esoteric thing. It's used extensively in corporate logos and chances are you have several golden rectangles on you right now.
People consistently prefer designs with golden ratios without necessarily being aware of its presence or even its existence. The best designers know this proportion really works! Why not incorporate its natural power into your own designs?
I wrote a book on Leonardo's hitherto unrecognized consistent use of the golden ratio in structuring his art:
"I believe that the reason Leonardo's art has lasting power is because it is structured on the divine proportion [golden ratio]. You don't have to know anything of his very secret science to have his art move you. Seeing art structured on the divine proportion sets up a palpable resonance because the divine proportion is part of you." -from my conclusion in Secrets In Plain Sight: Leonardo Da Vinci
Enter the Proportioners
In 2016 I ran the 2000% funded Kickstarter campaign for the original Proportioner and fulfilled rewards to 543 fabulous backers. I didn't continue selling these beauties after the campaign ended because it took me an inordinate amount of time to assemble their unique compression-fit magnetic hinges, all by hand.
Since that original campaign, I've re-designed the instrument and created the 2.0 version, which uses mechanical hinges for much more efficient assembly. The new version is larger, more rugged in the pocket & purse, and more accurate at small opening sizes. Its all-mechanical-hinge design necessitated wider arms and Proportioner 2.0 is definitely more practical, but arguably not quite as elegant as Proportioner 1.0. In a sense, Proportioner 1.0 is to Proportioner 2.0 as the Violin is to the Viola.
Connoisseurs will enjoy both models.
How to choose? So that you don't have to, I offer both models in this campaign!!
Proportioner 1.0 has a range from less than 1 inch to slightly more than 1 foot (24mm - 320mm). Proportioner 2.0 is a bit larger and ranges from 1-5/8" to 1'2-3/4" (41-375mm).
I am prepared for the build time in this campaign and will assemble all Proportioners by hand (parts are laser cut), and all the while I'll get to work with the golden ratio—truly a labor of love!
Each model has its unique attributes & virtues. I find that if I'm headed to the workshop or the field I tend to reach for a measure of gold in the Proportioner 2.0 but if I'm at my desk I preferentially reach for the precious jewel, the original Proportioner d'Elegance.
Got the Fidgets?
I fidget with both Proportioners on my desk all the time! Watching them open and close is close-to-magical and acts as curiously soothing aesthetic therapy while you are otherwise consumed with life's stresses.
The golden ratio is such a major key to "life, the universe and everything"—the icing on the cake is that both Proportioners not only help soothe the soul but they happily occupy fidgeting hands.
Proportioners make great classroom aids, "executive toys," stimulating conversation pieces, and superb gifts.
The Magnetic Stand
All original Proportioners include magnetic stands laser-engraved with the golden rectangle and its classic spiral. These stands ship flat-packed as two mating parts and these require assembly. You must very firmly press the two parts of the stand together on a flat surface and optionally use any general purpose glue (not included) to bond the two parts of the stand to one another permanently. The stand will stay together without glue, but a glued joint is more solid in the long run.
Proportioner 2.0 does not come with a stand. Consider leaving it on your desk as a conversation piece or hang it on an existing nail or coat hook as a piece of art until your next use.
If mechanical hinges loosen over time, you can easily finger-tighten their wide slotted heads. Both Proportioners 1.0 and 2.0 come pre-assembled and are ready to use, right out of the box.
Warning: Both proportioners have sharp points and 1.0 has tiny embedded magnets that must not be liberated and swallowed. You would have to crack apart an original Proportioner to liberate its magnets but this is possible. Keep Proportioners away from small children. Proportioners are not toys.
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