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 Gold, silver and bronze certificates for a student letterpress competition sponsored by the .918 Club of Lancaster, PA.

Gold, silver and bronze certificates for a student letterpress
competition sponsored by the .918 Club of Lancaster, PA.

 

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Certificates

Really mean what you say

YOUR EYES WIDEN, YOUR HEART BEATS FASTER, and your fingers sense it when you touch the paper. Paper is meant to record great things. And a letterpress certificate is tangible proof of the honesty and depth of feeling surrounding those great things, large & small, recorded on that paper.

Then there's the push-button digital certificate—easy, quick, almost without thinking. Both certificates speak the truth, but only one of them means it.

As you look at these awards, certificates, and diplomas in this section, understand this: All givers, receivers, and witnesses inherently connect the amount of effort it takes to say something to the amount of value in what is said. When you decide to honor someone, it's a good thing to put some effort and emphasis into it.

THE IMAGE BELOW shows the 2017 diploma for the 8th-grade class of the Waldorf School of Philadelphia. Be sure to check out this super project—the students shared in the production of the art piece accompanying each diploma, along with hand setting their names and printing them via letterpress.

Waldorf School of Philadelphia 8th grade diplomas

Art Directors Club of New York Grandmasters Award

.918 Club College Tube Roll Competition certificates

American Association of University Women Award for Excellence in Science & Mathematics

American Printing History Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Justin Leland Award for Excellence in Typography

Kalmar Nyckel Sailing Certification Diploma

University of Delaware Wall of Fame Certificates

Lead Graffiti gift certificates

Metropolitan Opera Certificate of Authenticity