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The use of ratios of different elements is rather important to design.  Nearly everything can be equated to one of the two approaches pictured below.


These proportions when used with one another is very similar to what people do in framing a photo (2D) or packing a box (3D) – only difference is we can resize to make things fit in what we are placing them inside of.  Even make them float in 3D!

Although we can resize, sometimes you just shouldn’t – mostly due to details that can become lost when the laser collapses many points of a larger design into a just a few points.

Regardless, the idea of ratios is really only being discussed for now to describe how to avoid designs that don’t make use of the available space, maximizing the available design or move to alternative shapes and sizes when the design call for it.