How to apply the golden section rule to improve your graphic design

When designing a poster, slide, brochure or more, apply the golden section rule to get your point across quickly. You can use Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint or any other design application.

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Design is a specialized art that requires not only knowledge of the tools, but a keen insight for what works and what doesn’t. Many graphic artists can do this intuitively. Most of the rest of us can’t. For this reason, I want to introduce you to a mathematical property that’s also used in design. It’s called the golden section. Work with this construct when placing design objects, whether you’re working in Publisher, PowerPoint, or some other publishing tool. In this article, I’ll explain what the golden section is and supply a bit of its history. Then, we’ll apply it to an existing poster…

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