Inscriptions take many forms but in general the layout and lettering is more significant and expressive than the same message printed on paper. The permanence of the inscription, as opposed to the transitory nature of most printed matter, encourages a more thoughtful and profound approach to design and production. When something can last potentially many decades, or even hundreds of years, it is important to make it as beautiful, expressive and appropriate as possible. A successful inscription is a marriage between material, lettering layout, craft and the celebration of the author’s words.