Hello. I’m Gary Meisner, the developer of PhiMatrix and author of Phi: The Golden Number, one of the Internet’s top-ranked sites on the Golden Ratio. PhiMatrix was inspired by my own growing awareness of the beauty and mathematical design found in life and the universe. The concept of PhiMatrix, the “golden ruler” and “golden grid,” was first introduced on another site I developed in 1997, presented on GoldenNumber.net in 2001 and developed as PhiMatrix software in 2004.
The mathematics of design, the easy way
My goal is to help you better appreciate the beauty and design in the world around you, and to apply the same principles of design found in nature in any of your own creative pursuits. I love both the arts and sciences, but am more gifted in the analytic, left-brained side than in innate right-brain artistic skills. Conversely, many creative, artistic types are often not as strong in mathematics. PhiMatrix is my “work of art”, created to help others to easily apply the mathematics, trigonometry and geometry in nature with the ease of selecting a template and clicking and dragging it over anything you desire to design.
Nature’s constant of design, way beyond the “Rule of Thirds”
In its simplest application, a Golden Ratio might be used for little more than a more technically-correct version of the artist’s “Rule of Thirds,” as an aid to draw a horizon line or position a key element of a picture. With PhiMatrix as your guide, you’ll find that applications of the Golden Ratio are limitless, and unveil the secrets of how it has been applied in the design of industry leading and award-winning products, logos, graphics, photographs, art, architecture and more.
Enhance your tool set, enhance your creativity and results
Much like color wheels, vanishing points and other tools of art and design, it’s not that you have to use the golden ratio in design, but that the results are often better when you understand it and use it to advantage. And, for those who want to “color outside the lines,” the Grid Ratio control of the PhiMatrix 1.618 Professional version is there to allow you to create your own unique mathematical patterns with any custom ratio you want.
Simple, fun and inspirational, even magical
The feedback in user testimonials on PhiMatrix has been amazingly rewarding, with users describing the grids as simple, intuitive, helpful, inspiring, magical and even “insanely fun.” I hope you find PhiMatrix to be a wonderful tool in appreciating the beauty around you, and creating beauty for yourself and others.
Thanks for visiting, and for using PhiMatrix.