Being Brave with Signs by Umberto + Dixon Baxi.

Updated: Nov 24, 2019

Umberto prides himself on delivering talks to the art and design industry on studio output and the practice of making signs that right way.

Invited by Studio UBD from York, and the organisers of the inaugural York design Week; to give a talk on studio practice alongside Simon Dixon of the London design studio Dixon Baxi.



The lecture was a sell out in one week with designers and creative practitioners travelling across the country to be at York St John University to hear the talk.

Altogether Creative travelled down from Newcastle to be at the event on an evening that was less than ideal in terms of weather.





Here is what Altogether Creative had to say after the talk -


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“Robert Walker from Signs by Umberto was truly inspiring. As he talked through his sign writing craft, we were blown away by his passion, attention to detail and level of skill. With techniques such as gold leaf dating back from the Victorians, he spoke about how he uses age-old methods but with a contemporary angle for the future. His typography was stunning and each piece was a real labour of love. As a lecturer you could see he would really inspire the next generation!

Robert spoke about the love of what he does, and almost always spends way more time than he charges for…a familiar message in the creative industries, we love what we do, what can we say!”


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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