Josef Müller-Brockmann Grid Systems and Golden Ratio

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jared madere's picture
Joined: 6 Jun 2010 - 3:53pm
Josef Müller-Brockmann Grid Systems and Golden Ratio

I am an artist and I have recently become very interested in Josef Muller-Brockman's grid systems however I am very new to this sort of system and would like to better understand the math at work in the construction of the grids so that I can construct a 20 cell grid for a page that is the golden ratio (ie. the height is 1.618 * the width).

I am using the 20 grid on page 77 of Josef Muller-Brockman's Grid Systems in Graphic Design as a reference, however the page the book is printed on is not exactly a golden ratio, nor is the grid area a true golden ratio.

Please forgive me if any of this is rudimentary as I have never dealt with anything like this since high school geometry, but does anybody have any idea how I would go about constructing a similar grid in Indesign where the page is a golden ratio, and so is the bounding box of the grid?

I have included a scan of page 77 from the Josef Muller-Brockman book.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Thanks so much!

ps. Please let me know if there is any other information or any files i could provide that would be helpful

Nick Curtis's picture
Joined: 21 Apr 2005 - 8:16am

The simplest way to do this would be to open your JPG in Photoshop, crop the extra white space around the grid from the image, then resize the image--de-selecting "Constrain Proportions"--to 1000px wide × 1168px high. Then, place the image in InDesign, resize it--proportionally this time--to fit your page, then use it as a template to create your guidelines. Delete the JPG, make this page a master, and you're all set.

Steven Acres's picture
Joined: 2 Apr 2009 - 2:09am

^ he means 1618 px high.

Keep in mind that you can round the golden ratio to 1.6 or 1.625 to make measurements easier. Although the golden ratio resides at 1:1.618, a near-enough estimate still achieves the intended goal.

Sigurdur Armannsson's picture
Joined: 3 Dec 2003 - 2:05pm

You might find this useful: Easy Grid Calculator is an online calculator for grids. Helps you to calculate rows, columns... all the stuff.