There are more than a few sacred geometry fans visiting disinformation based on the outrage expressed at the recent post The Golden Ratio in Design is Nonsense. The Guardian profiles a new book, Golden Meaning in which the world’s top graphic designers explore the ancient geometrical concept of the Golden Ratio in poetry, food, sculpture, hairstyles and decorative art:
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Pictured above are two self-portraits of the British designer Oli Kellett.
Which one is most attractive?
The left one is untouched. The right one is retouched so that the features of his face conform to the golden ratio.
The golden ratio – or golden mean – is a number that is said to provide the secret of aesthetic beauty.
Yet the picture on the right is just weird!
There is something about it that makes him look a bit too perfect – so much so that it is subtly grotesque.
I love the juxtaposition of these portraits since it makes you reflect on the idea of aesthetic perfection; whether or not beauty can ever be prescribed by mathematics.