We compare and contrast from a geometric perspective a number of low-dimensional signal models that support stable information-preserving dimensionality reduction. We consider sparse and compressible signal models for deterministic and random signals, structured sparse and compressible signal models, point clouds, and manifold signal models. Each model has a particular geometrical structure that enables signal information in to be stably preserved via a simple linear and nonadaptive projection to a much lower dimensional space whose dimension either is independent of the ambient dimension at best or grows logarithmically with it at worst. As a bonus, we point out a common misconception related to probabilistic compressible signal models, that is, that the generalized Gaussian and Laplacian random models do not support stable linear dimensionality reduction.