Friday, October 3, 2008
The Donald Does Design
Who knew at the intersection of math and design you would find Donald Duck? Disney and his incredible crew of animators took on the Pythagorean Theorem and the Golden Rectangle in this remarkable 1959 production, Donald in Mathmagic Land. It was originally a 30 minute cartoon, and has been divided into 3 parts for YouTube. The first and second part address the simple elegance of the Golden Section or Rectangle and how it's found in art, nature, music and even games. Mr. Spirit from Mathmagic Land doesn't give mention to any book design applications, but one could see how it could be easily adapted. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 for more on this topic, and Part 3 for good measure (and the art and math of billiards). Thanks Aaron for mention of this great piece!