Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

"Shake the tree of life and bring down fruits unheard of."
Arbus' Yearbook Quote.

"The more precise you'll get, the more general you'll become",
Lisette Model, to D.A.

Child with Toy Hand Grenade By Diane Arbus


All is a question of measurement...

Here I wanted to sum up a few proportion ratios, I hope it'll help you drawing. 

1 - Square / Ratio 2. 

The rule is really easy : a=b, then one can try to add/subtract/multiply/divide by 2, 3. 

2 - Golden ratio 

The golden rule : 1.618 ! 

"At least since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio—especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio—believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing." from Wiki.

Examples here.

3 - Fibonacci number

Not far from the golden ratio, the sequence is as following: 

1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89...
allowing the usual proportions 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, 13/8...

See Wiki for more. 

4 - Renard numbers.

Charles Renard (1847 - 1905) was a French military engineer. After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71 he started work on the design of air ships at the French army aeronautical department. He proposed a now widely used system of preferred numbers that was later named after him and became international standard ISO 3. It helped the French army to reduce the number of different balloon ropes kept on inventory from 425 to 17. From Wiki

Most important is the following sequence : 

10   12   16   20   25   32   40   50   63   80   100

5 - The paper sheet ratio : ISO 216.

The international paper size standard, ISO 216, is based on the German DIN 476 standard for paper sizes. ISO paper sizes are all based on a single aspect ratio of square root of 2, or approximately 1/1.4142. From Wiki.

See more here : 

Chairs & More - Müller, Knoll, Cascando, Porro

Charles Pollock Chair, by Knoll.

Still Knoll...

Cascando's Ward Robe Panel.


Sidepark Design Culture.

  Mirador Living Berlin-based Design Shop.

  Froystad+Klock Swedish furniture maker.

  Magis Magis, Furniture/Design.

  Brendan Ravenhill Design from the USA.

  Naushon Hale Furniture-maker, USA.

  Bear&Lion Brooklyn designers.

  David B. French drawer/painter.

  Irina Vinnik Russian illustrator/drawer.

  Tyrsa Graphic Arts/Typo from Paris.

  Sauerkids Dutch graphic artists, selection of chilly tunes.

  Alexandre Nicolas French artist, interessant work on synthetic crystal.

  Shag From California, Pop Art paintings.
  Grape-frogg Graphic artist.

  From Paris What's up, Paris ?

  AGD Mag Art Graphisme Design - Paris.

  Typeverything Typo Blog.

  8h/day Design, Illustration, Minneapolis.

  Family Tree Cute Illustrations.

  Manufactum German Furniture.

  D&S Tischlerei Cabinet-Maker, Berlin

. Masswerk Tischlerei Cabinet-Maker, Berlin.

  Novamob Modern Furniture, France.

  Müller Möbel German Furnitures.

  Metro Retro Furniture Design Classics for Sale, Paris.

 ...more are yet to come...