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A 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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Start by drawing a square of any size. The side of this will form the length of the 'short side' of the rectangle.

02. Divide the square

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Next, divide your square in half with a vertical line down the centre. This will leave you with two rectangles.

03. Draw a diagonal line

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In one of these rectangles, draw a straight line from one corner to the opposite corner.

04. Rotate the line

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Rotate this line, pivoting from the bottom (or top) point, until it lines up with the bottom of 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. That's your Golden Rectangle. 

Next page: How to use the Golden Ratio in your design work

Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is the deputy editor of Creative Bloq. Before joining the CB team in 2018, she worked on a range of print titles, including Time Out Buenos Aires, Computer Arts, 3D World, Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. Her interests lie in branding and illustration, tech and sexism, and plenty more in-between.