Born in West Yorkshire, UK.

Robert Walker is a sign-writer and graphic designer based in West Yorkshire, UK, who specialises in custom lettering, and typography. Sign-writing with traditional materials as well as digital typographic outcomes.
My studio practice as sign writer and typographer enables me to pursue my love of typography in all it’s forms and at present I’m pursuing the techniques in reverse glass sign making that developed around 1880 onwards.

I have been trained in this field by one of the worlds leading figures, techniques in gilding and acid etching that allow my studio output to replicate Victorian themed glass signs.

Specialising in the craft of Victorian/period glass sign making I also adopt techniques in this field to develop contemporary outcomes. Allowing sign work to take on the form suited to the environment.

Umberto has been working in the field for 15 years, and has been teaching custom lettering and broader principles of graphic design for 6 years in design schools across West Yorkshire.

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My Location


Artspace 2
Bates & Co Ltd
Fairfield Mill
Milford Street

Telephone: 07578 621 912

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My News

Huddersfield BID and Signs by Umberto. / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2020-08-03T00:00:00Z">Mon 03 Aug 2020</span>Huddersfield BID and Signs by Umberto. / Mon 03 Aug 2020

Huddersfield Business Improvement District have teamed up with Signs by Umberto to deliver six large scale typographic murals across Huddersfield Town Centre. Currently on going, the work features large scale bright pos...

The Art of Glass. / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-01-05T00:00:00Z">Sat 05 Jan 2019</span>The Art of Glass. / Sat 05 Jan 2019

Signs by Umberto were delighted to be featured in The Yorkshire Post Magazine, the first issue of 2019. The date of the feature was the 5th of January 2019. The interview took place from the studio with Chris Bond of ...

My Events

Record Store Day 2019 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-04-13T00:00:00Z">Sat 13 Apr 2019</span>Record Store Day 2019 / Sat 13 Apr 2019

Signs by Umberto will be sign writing in store at Vinyl Tap Records in Huddersfield for International Record Store Day 2019. Signs by Umberto is looking forward to sign writing on the new stall designed and made by O...

My Videos

Becoming UmbertoBecoming Umberto

This is the story of Robert 'Umberto' Walker, a signwriter from Yorkshire. Robert shares his tales of growing up with little education, becoming a senior lecturer at a top university, his rockstar alter-ego and findin...