It’s the same simple word with the same five letters. But in varying fonts, it seems to take on a very different tone – you can practically hear the change in voice.
Typography has that power. As you plan to create a memorial to your loved one, you’ll want to give some thought as to which font or font combination properly conveys his or her essence. A font can signal details about someone’s personality, their culture, and the times in which they lived.
With the aid of modern word processing programs, we now have access to thousands of font options that can be used for inscriptions and epitaphs. The right choice will read clearly to visitors for many generations to come.
Graphic artists will count anywhere between two and a dozen broad styles of typefaces. The following three are among the most commonly used for tombstones and memorials.
Polchinski Memorials recommends consulting with an artist early in your planning to ensure your type choice and materials are compatible, as some thinner fonts are not well-suited for the engraving process. A proper type size will also need to be chosen for each line to ensure the text is legible and that the most important elements are sized accordingly.
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