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

Copenhagen Signs.


Wednesday 30_1_19 Signs by Umberto welcomed Copenhagen Signs to West Yorkshire.


Organised by Signs by Umberto, Copenhagen Signs ran an intensive one day workshop for thirty students at The University of Huddersfield.

The students who were mostly studying a Ba [Hons] in Graphic Design are in their final year of studies and welcomed the workshop with enthusiasm and professionalism.

The students took part in learning basic brush strokes using a sign writing quill brush as well as a traditional mahl stick.

We then moved on to learning how to draw architect casual lettering, adding paint and sign writing the lettering using traditional sign painter's techniques.


Structured feedback and academic discourse took place in an informal manner throughout the day with myself and Jacob on hand to direct the young sign painters in the right direction.