The designer's guide to the Golden Ratio

Creating a Golden Rectangle is pretty straightforward, and starts with a basic square. Follow the steps below to create your own Golden Ratio:

01. Draw a square

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This will form the length of the 'short side' of the rectangle.

02. Divide the square

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Divide your square in half with a vertical line, leaving you with two rectangles.

03. Draw a diagonal line

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In one rectangle, draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner.

04. Rotate

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Rotate this line so that it appears horizontally adjacent to the first rectangle.

05. Create a new rectangle

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Create a rectangle using the new horizontal line and original rectangle as guides.

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