Signs by Umberto

Traditional signwriter based between West Yorkshire and Manchester specialising in reverse glass signs and gold leaf application.

All work © of Robert Walker - owner of Signs by Umberto.

Artwork except Knuckle on the pages Record Sleeves and Reading are not the work of Signs by Umberto and are on display only to showcase the inspiration to the sign writing.

All images copyright of Robert Walker 2017

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Hello, I'm Robert Walker the owner of Signs by Umberto. 

I'm a sign-writer as well as an educator, specialising in 

reverse glass sign making based in Huddersfield,

West Yorkshire, UK. 

The name derives from a name given to me at a young

age by my father. I have four brothers in total and our

dad has a name for each of his sons that has links to

films.

I began sign writing in 1991 at the age of 14, working

with a sign writer from Bradford in West Yorkshire, to

paint large wall pieces for the Eureka children's museum

in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

I quickly fell in love with typography and painting at a

similar time and soon began to study art and design 

before eventually I began to teach typography on design

courses across Yorkshire after completing a Master's

Degree in International Graphic Design Practice as well

as a Post Graduate Certificate in Lifelong Education.

I specialises in hand crafted sign making known as 

Verre Églomisé, a process of applying both a design

and gilding onto the rear face of glass as well as hand

painted sign writing and large scale typographic murals.

Workshops

September 2019

The Good Life Experience Festival

Hawarden Castle

June 2019

The National Festival of Making

Blackburn.

Feb 2019

Signs by Umberto + Copenhagen Signs

The University of Huddersfield

Lectures

December 2019

Glug Bradford

Jack of All Trades....Master of ALL!

Assembly Rooms

October 2019

DixonBaxi and Signs by Umberto 

York Design Week

York St John University

Feb 2019

Wood, Glass and Record Sleeves

Northern Qtr, Huddersfield.

Trained in Verre Églomisé

from David A Smith

Visiting Academic Assessor

HE_BA [hons]

Graphic Design.

York St John University

 

Associate Lecturer

HE_BA [hons]

Fashion Management and

Communication.

Sheffield Hallam University

 

Associate Lecturer

HE_BA [hons]

Graphic Design and

Animation.

The University of

Huddersfield

 

Former Senior Lecturer

HE_BA [hons]

Graphic Design.

LCA.

 

Former Course Leader FE

Graphic Design.

 

Fellow of the

Higher Education Academy

 

Post Graduate Certificate 

Lifelong Education

specialising in Art and Design.

 

Master of Arts Degree

International Graphic Design

Practice.

 

Guild Commended Picture

Framer from The

Fine Art Trade Guild, London

Member of 

The Heritage Craft Association

 

FEATURES

 

Yorkshire Post Magazine.

Gestalten

Vimeo

The World of Interiors Magazine

Creative Review

DesignTaxi

The Examiner

Virgin Media