Much of my time is spent making commemorative plaques for schools, universities and other institutions. These are often opening plaques, which mark a grand and celebratory moment. Memorial plaques tend to be quieter and more subtle, and are often fixed in a church or in a peaceful place. Commemorative plaques require a good strong design, especially when there is a lot of text. Good letter spacing and rhythm are critical, and no computer program can match the skill of drawing out an inscription by hand. A bevel may be cut around the edge to “hold” the inscription.