Robert 'Umberto' Walker is the owner of Signs by Umberto. 

A sign-writer as well as an educator, Robert specialises in 

reverse glass sign making based in Huddersfield,

West Yorkshire, UK. 

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

age by his father. Robert has four brothers in total and their

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


Robert 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.

Robert quickly fell in love with typography and painting at a

similar time and soon began to study art and design 

before eventually he 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.

Robert specialises in hand crafted sign making known as 

Verre Églomisé, a process of applying both a design

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

painted sign writing and large scale typographic murals.


September 2019

The Good Life Experience Festival

Hawarden Castle

June 2019

The National Festival of Making


Feb 2019

Signs by Umberto + Copenhagen Signs

The University of Huddersfield


Wilsons Republic 2020


The Barbera Hepworth Building 

The University of Huddersfield

January 2020

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


Sheffield Hallam University


Associate Lecturer

HE_BA [hons]

Graphic Design and


The University of



Former Senior Lecturer

HE_BA [hons]

Graphic Design.



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



Guild Commended Picture

Framer from The

Fine Art Trade Guild, London

Member of 

The Heritage Craft Association




Yorkshire Post Magazine.



The World of Interiors Magazine

Creative Review


The Examiner

Virgin Media