Often referred to as the ‘divine proportion’, the golden mean has long served as a blueprint for innovation and aesthetic appeal. Golden Meaning puts this to the test, exploring the relationship between graphic design and mathematics to present the golden mean as never before.
Intended to be as intriguing as it is illuminating, Golden Meaning collects the responses of 55 (think Fibonacci) designers, typographers and image-makers to the same brief – to communicate, explore or explain the golden mean, first defined by Euclid. New works by Hort, Moniker, Catherine Zask, Kapitza, Ian Wright, Bibliothèque, Alan Kitching, MGMT. design, Julia, Mike Perry Studio, The Luxury of Protest and George Hardie tackle this ancient mathematical quandary with intelligence, style and a generous pinch of wit – employing sculpture, poetry, cosmology and even cuisine. Each design is accompanied by a short rationale explaining the designer’s decision-making process.
An attempt to demystify mathematics, Golden Meaning is not just a book for graphic designers. Whatever your interest or level of knowledge these 55 interpretations will inform and delight. A contemporary take on a golden oldie, Golden Meaning challenges perceptions of what – and who – graphic design is for.
As Mathematician, broadcaster, writer and Golden Meaning advisor Alex Bellos observes in his introductory essay: ‘This book deserves attention from the maths community as much as it does the design one’. Bellos’s Alex’s Adventures in Numberland was a 2010 Sunday Times bestseller and New Scientist Book of the Year. His latest title, Alex Through the Looking-Glass, publishes in 2014.
Golden Meaning itself shines, with pages printed in one colour – a gold special – and cover run in luminescent fluorescent yellow and incorporating gold and holographic silver metallic foils.
Special bundle price
Buy Golden Meaning and Page 1 together for £27.50 + p&p
Pairing the two ‘core subjects’ of English and Maths, Page 1 makes a perfect companion piece to Golden Meaning.
- Standard format paperback
- 110mm × 178mm
- Perfect bound
- Cover in two specials and two foils
- 300gsm Olin Rough High White
- Text pages in gold special throughout
- 85gsm Arcoprint White
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