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How Do I Design A Plaque?

Posted by Sacred Engraving on 12/30/2014
Designing a cast bronze plaque to commemorate or honor a loved one or even a colleague involves a lot of personal choices, and can seem a bit overwhelming to start. Before you can even start, however, you need to decide on the purpose of the plaque. Will it be to dedicate a garden or a park bench to someone who's made great contributions to your organization? Is it meant to honor a retiree or to give academic accolades?

If you’re not sure where to start, try creating a rough sketch of your idea. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but enough to give you a general idea. Try out different shapes and sizes on sketch paper, and decide which style you like best for your plaque. Remember, plaques can take many different forms and shapes. Doodle in some verbiage like the recipient’s name and what you’re commemorating.

Once you have a rough idea, take a look at different font types and styles. Schools and historical sites generally use block letters in all caps. The kind of font you choose will say a lot about the plaque itself and the person receiving it. Classic and traditional plaques tend to have subtle-hued background color fills that complement the bronze itself. More contemporary styles can be found with more vibrant colors such as deep greens, reds and navy blues.

Using a “Design Wizard,” some websites allow you to create your own designs to see what they’d look like before making a commitment. From start to finish, you can choose the inscription font, background color, textures such as Travertine or Pebbled, what kind of border you’d like, and even how you’d like your plaque mounted. If you’re not comfortable creating your own design, simply provide the company with your specifications, and they’ll design it for you. You can even incorporate business logos and photographs to enhance your plaque’s design.

Any project can seem overwhelming and daunting at first, but once you get going, it’s really very simple. All you really need is an idea, a few clicks of the mouse, and your plaque design can be cast in bronze.




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