What the Ratio 1:1.61 Has to Do With Hanging an Incredible Exhibition

“Here’s where you’ll curate your art for the exhibition.”

You’ve been so focused on creating art, you probably haven’t thought about how you’ll show it.

Staring up at that blank slate, wondering what to put where can be paralyzing. Especially if your work is different in size and style.

Do you feel confused about hanging an exhibition? Here’s a quick guide to beating the fear and laying out your first exhibition.

Using Grid-based Layouts

Grid-based layouts are easy to implement and plan out. The key is to leave equal spaces between artworks and keep things looking uniform.

The golden ratio helps you plan compositions that are pleasing to the eye.

The golden ratio is the mathematical ratio of 1:1.61. It’s been used by great artists, architects, and more for over 4000 years. Some people even argue that it was used in the construction of the pyramids! Here’s what the golden ratio looks like:

In practice, you can use it to create a gallery layout that looks something like this:

The golden ratio is an exceptionally powerful system to use if you’re struggling to get things to just ‘look right’. Follow the flow of the spiral and compose your work as one cohesive whole rather than individual pieces. This works best for series and multi-paneled works.

The perfect viewing height

Here’s where things get really interesting.

When people first put their artwork on D Emptyspace, they get pretty excited about increasing the scale of their work. We’ve seen artworks take over full walls — and we love it!

However, these big works might look great on the app, but blowing your work up too big in real life has some significant downsides. Before you decide to go 8 foot high with your prints, think about how far away from your viewer will be from your work.

Will they be able to appreciate your art in its entirety? Or will they have to put their neck out trying to see what’s happening near the ceiling?

Conventional wisdom tells us that the perfect viewing and hanging height for artwork is eye level. (If you want to get really specific, 58-inches from the floor to your painting’s centerline is the exact height you should aim for.)

If you’re attaching the artwork to the wall (not hanging it from wires), remember to add ½ the height of your painting to the recommended 58 inches to figure out the position to hang from.

The viewing height rule doesn’t apply to digital spaces, so have some fun!

When you’re curating a digital art gallery, you can cover as much or as little of the gallery wall as you like. Because your viewer will be looking at your gallery from their device, they’ll be able to view the full range of your work no matter how much space on the screen it takes up. When in doubt, just try filling the entire wall.

This is where you can really start to play with scale. In a digital space, a wall transforms into a canvas for you to ‘paint’ with your art.

A final note on breathing room

Just like you create drama in your art pieces with silhouettes and shapes, don’t forget to do the same thing when curating your gallery wall.

Juxtapose complex works by giving them plenty of breathing room and neutral space. This simple trick will take your exhibit from cluttered and amateur to sleek and professional.

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Feature Updates: How to Share Your Galleries

Photo by Ruben Ramirez

Our previous updates focused on sharing galleries for everyone. This time around, we’ve focused more on you. With a new spin on the UI, more personal customization, and easier share options, V1.8 of D Emptyspace gives you even more ways to share your galleries online.

Share your gallery via the new floating button

In your personal gallery, we’ve adjusted the design to include a floating share button. The quick share button lets you share via any method you choose including popular social applications like Whatsapp, Facebook, and Instagram.

You have plenty of share options to choose from

How to Share:

  1. Go to your profile
  2. Click on one of your galleries to open it
  3. Tap the floating share button (it looks like an envelope)
  4. Pick where you want to share and follow the prompts

Now it’s easier than ever to share your galleries on Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram (Feed and Stories), or by sending a link. Your friends can view your galleries in a web browser, even if they don’t have the D Emptyspace app! (And remember sharing your galleries is the absolute best way to get feedback on your work, or to promote it!)

How to share your galleries on Instagram

We know how important it is to share your galleries on Instagram. That’s why we’ve made it even easier. By using the full-screen button you can now take high res screenshots of your entire gallery.

The full screen button is located on the top right hand corner of the screen

How to share via Instagram:

  1. Tap the full-screen button
  2. Take a screenshot of your gallery
  3. Crop out the black bars
  4. Use the Panorama Crop app to crop your image
  5. Upload the images in sequence to Instagram
  6. Done!

How’s this actually look, you ask? We have tons of great examples on our own Instagram feed.

Quickly set your cover image on your gallery

We’ve made the thumbnails setting for your galleries even easier to find.


  1. Go to your profile
  2. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right corner of your gallery thumbnail
  3. Follow the prompts to choose your thumbnail

How to edit (crop) your cover image

Editing your cover image’s thumbnail is now possible inside the D Emptyspace app. When you select your image, you’ll be prompted to crop it automatically. If it does not fit the rectangular format, you can zoom in and out by using the pinching gesture, or pan by swiping.

We hope you enjoy the new features!

Special thanks to the entire team at Dift for working so hard to keep these updates rolling out so fast!

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Robots are taking wall murals to a whole new level

Robots are taking wall murals to a whole new level

Art and technology meet in unexpected places to create wonderful expressions of humanity.

Perhaps the oldest and most famous example of such a blend of art and technology was Leanardo Da Vinci. One day, he was painting exquisite masterpieces of smiling women, the other, he was inventing thrilling new ways for people to experience the world. From diving suits to flying machines, his unhinged imagination enabled him to envision (and in part create) the future.

Over at D Emptyspace, we’re obsessed with that meeting point. The place where technology and art meet to create something no one thought was possible. Which is why we were so excited to come across the Robots for Humanity community and the Robot Muralist company.

“We are transforming cities, communities, public spaces and homes through the vision of artists.”

Using a wall-crawling robot, they can recreate any artwork, at any scale, on almost any surface. Just take a look at the video below.

This is something that can transform a cityscape in a matter of days.

The technical details of how it works

The robot uses a collection of spray paint cans and a clever algorithm to calculate how the artwork will be scaled on the surface of the wall.

It can spray 1 m² per minute — an incredibly fast application for something that could take weeks to months if hand-painted by an artist.

The robot doesn’t actually come up with its own ‘art’ (although that’s also something these clever folks are working on!). It needs an artists input to transfer the image over. It’s a true collaboration between an artist and technology.

The robot paints much like a traditional printer. It uses small dots of color to make up different colors and details. Each dot is 1cm in diameter. As technology improves and advances, this will probably reduce further making a smoother finish.

Quick side note:This ‘resolution’ translation is something the D Emptyspace team has dealt with at length. When taking an artwork into another medium, be it a digital gallery or gigantic mural, staying true to the original piece is a major concern.

Making the world more beautiful with art

Next up, the Robot Muralist team are partnering with Mindvalley to paint 4 gigantic murals in Pula, Croatia.

They’re on a mission to transform boring, depressing, gray urban spaces into striking points of human expression.

Now that’s something we can get behind!

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