A Playful Experiment in Parallax Scrolling and the Mystery of Phi

This Mans Life

UK-based UX designer – with a penchant for photography – James Mellers has a passion for the playful and narrative in his portfolio:

A playful experiment in parallax scrolling a simple photo-narrative which allows the viewer to form the image by scrolling through the scene. It is also known as fumbling in the dark. “I hacked this together in stolen moments, based on ideas conceived while drinking saké cocktails, cooking myself in the Florida sunshine, and musing about redesigning this site,” says Mellers.

He proceeds: “Sometimes I see stories. While I’m taking photographs, or maybe afterwards. Whichever way, each of the following is the result of stitching together things I’ve captured, either in sequence or as some other animated montage, to create an imagined narrative.”


Are you having problems with Phi? No, I don’t mean Koh Phi Phi (Phi Phi Islands are located in Thailand, between the large island of Phuket and the western Andaman Sea coast of the mainland), I’m talking about Φ, Phi, the Fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio, the golden section, the golden mean, the divine proportion. It’s known as many things, but the mysterious ratio they all refer to is the same, 1:1.618033988749…

Found in art, architecture, design, and most intriguingly, in nature, this ratio has been used throughout history and to this day for its aesthetic beauty.

Phiculator is a simple app and tool for your Mac OSX dashboard, which given any number, will calculate the corresponding value according to golden ratio. Recently rebuilt from the ground-up in HTML+JS. Oh, and it’s FREE and now one of my favorite Widgets! ❚