Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up

Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up - student project

I was thinking the other day as to what I could do as a simple project – something that isn't covered in the class, yet something that can very quickly generate a wide range of patterns just by experimenting. Chevrons sprang to mind. So I set about using one of the grids to generate some chevron patterns.

 

To do this I rotated Grid-03 forty five degrees and started with a pair of chevrons that align with the grid. The thickness of the orange to white lines is the golden ratio ( 1.618 : 1 ).

 

Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up - image 1 - student project

 

Next, the chevron pair was repeated equidistantly...

 

Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up - image 2 - student project

 

Here it is with a blue background, but don't stare at it for too long...

 

Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up - image 3 - student project

 

Something a bit weird happened when setting up the following chevron pattern, but I decided to go with it...

 

Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up - image 4 - student project

 

Next up is another playful pattern using inner and outer shadows...

 

Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up - image 5 - student project

And if you thought that was different, it was time to have some fun with the above patterns by displaying them onscreen at the same time...

 

Chevron Mix 01

 

Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up - image 6 - student project

 

Chevron Mix 02

 

Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up - image 7 - student project

 

Chevron Mix 03

 

Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up - image 8 - student project

 

Chevron Mix 04

 

Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up - image 9 - student project

 

Chevron Mix 05

 

Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up - image 10 - student project

 

Chevron Mix 06

 

Golden Ratio Chevron Mash Up - image 11 - student project

So if you are getting bored with standard equidistant chevron patterns, it's time to spice things up with the golden ratio. The permutations seem endless, asymmetrically spaced, and yet still harmonious. 

With a little imagination and a willingness to explore, these golden ratio grids can become a springboard for your creativity. If you make some happy mistakes on the way, as I have done above, it just adds to the fun!

Chris Heath
The Geometrical Design Guy
Teacher