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
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.
Signs by Umberto + Copenhagen Signs
Jack of All Trades....Master of ALL!
DixonBaxi and Signs by Umberto
York Design Week
York St John University
Wood, Glass and Record Sleeves
Northern Qtr, Huddersfield.
Trained in Verre Églomisé
from David A Smith
Visiting Academic Assessor
Fashion Management and
Graphic Design and
Former Senior Lecturer
Former Course Leader FE
specialising in Art and Design.
International Graphic Design
Fine Art Trade Guild, London
The Heritage Craft Association
The World of Interiors Magazine