What we do.. Traditional painted signs with a modern twist, Nick Garrett NGS London


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We hand paint logos, murals, graphics to retail, restaurants and domestic sites

About:  London professional sign-writer Nick Garrett NGS, since 1981 – but very much 2013!

My first hand painted sign commission was when I was 16, 1975, a lovely restoration of an antique market sign and as soon as I started sketching up the Roman capitals I knew I had found something special – my grandfather Francis Baker a renowned letter carver showed me my errors and I learnt as I went along.

Signs are beautiful things – they tell clients about you and all about your business

That passion has continued…

How we create a great sign for you

Creating your new sign ID starts with you.  Your idea and business portrayal – your special name plate or tag.

From that point I join the process and develop your idea to completion. When finished something special happens and in the words of my recent client:  It changes everything… identity…

A good sign really is a crucial first marketing step: a wise investment that ensures success for your future.

My mission is to give you the very best in service and product .

The pricetag… it won’t break the bank and stays all sides better than vinyl!

House numerals start off at £60.00 so it isn’t the case that this stuff is out of reach and honestly quite often clients tell us our prices are better than vinyl!

Each job is unique and will require an individual costing.  But to be sure we always outline the whole process and price each component as a breakdown – a white letter on black will always need two coats and will cost more than black on white, but we really do try to match your budget to expectation.

We’ll explain the best solution, innovation and offer ways to make savings.


NGS Testimonials 

Some Recent Work

… if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.  – Vince Lombardi

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West End, Central London and City covered

Home Counties and Europe too

Combining genuine, classical hand painted signwriting with cad design for many clients including retail, architectural, gallery, design industry, and private commissions – I guarantee first class quality, competitive price and prompt service to all my clients.

I am happy to drop by and work out your project with creative input and design details.  Better still email me your ideas to get started.

       Nick Garrett

Diploma in Traditional Signwriting NGS London

Course Curriculum

Start Date April 17, 2017 and consecutively each month thereafter.

Crafts, creative arts and design

Level 04 – 5 Learning Modules (Foundation Diploma Studies)

Start up dates – geared to your choices

The Start up date is the first Monday of the month. Courses will roll flexistudy from that point. Ideal completion time is 12-18 months.

Assessments take place at mid and endpoint of each unit.


Units comprise of 110-140 hrs for completion. Total hours 460-520

Assessment criteria

Coursework and learning interaction account for the majority of progress assessment.

Tutorials serve as crucial learning reference points, external project completion and skills progress checks.

Learning summaries

Written components aim to clarify the learning and exploration of each unit from historical to practical and new field work perspectives. 

Thesis – 2500 words. 5x Learning summaries 500 words.



Coursework comprises of Units 1-5.

Assessments are ongoing, appraisal based and subject to 3 external verification processes. 

Unit 1 

  • Induction day: Presentation & orientation
  • Professional practice introduction: How, Why..
  • How to price work
  • TM and QC awareness
  • Kit and Equipment: DEVELOPMENT & MAINTENANCE
  • Health and Safety
  • Group Crit
  • Access equipment use
  • Surface & Preparation: Wood, Masonry, Glass
  • Basic practice: 8 strokes of shape construction
  • Advanced stroke practice and corner forming skills
  • Water based and oil basic enamel use.
  • Colour tinting.

20 Pts Completion of Segment

110-140 hrs

Studio practice 50 hrs

Unit 2 – Block lettering

History of sans serif letters. Essay Learning review

  • Block letter practice: Drawing and structure of 3 key styles
  • Spacing
  • Bold block lettering
  • Condensed block lettering
  • Lowercase block lettering 2 styles
  • Group Crit
  • Shading
  • Review essay.
  • Presentation
  • Tutorial

20 Pts Completion of Segment Part 1.2

110-140 hrs

Studio practice 50 hrs

Unit 3

  • Serif lettering
  • History of Romans and Venetian serif ‘filleti’
  • 4 styles: Trajan Roman, Traditional London, Venetian, Egyptians
  • Practice and Composition
  • Group Crit
  • Review essay
  • Cursive Lettering
  • History of Cursivo and Italics
  • Key Strokes
  • 3 styles: Calligraphic, Signwriters, and Italian
  • Practice and Composition
  • Review essay
  • Presentation
  • Tutorial

20 Pts Completion of Segment

110-140 hrs

Studio practice 50 hrs

Unit  4


  • Working freehand
  • Design thinking – input
  • Design, Font design and CAD 
  • Photoshop
  • Marketing
  • Designing the Brand icon
  • Production methods
  • Tutorial – Final Editions

20 Pts Completion of Segment

110-140 hrs

Unit  5

Design and Delivery

  • Project Management
    • Group Crit
    • Industry entry
    • Presentation and client handling
    • Business plan and finances
    • How to price work – Review from Unit 1
    • Marketing and future trend
  • Final Exhibition

20 Pts Completion of Segment

110-140 hrs

Studio practice 50 hrs


Crafts, creative arts and design NVQ Level 4

5 Modules 100 pts Total

Learn Easy

Course structure is flexible. Start times, continuation points and close off are set at commencement are are open to renegotiation onward of start-up subject to course leader guidance and approval.

Students who have completed 1 week course with NGS may be eligible for assessment or recommencement. Tutor will advise on level and practical attainment in order to re-join practice at appropriate point.


Public Holiday

Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales

14 April Friday Good Friday
17 April Monday Easter Monday
1 May Monday Early May bank holiday
29 May Monday Spring bank holiday
28 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Monday Christmas Day
26 December Tuesday Boxing Day
1 January Monday New Year’s Day
30 March Friday Good Friday
2 April Monday Easter Monday
7 May Monday Early May bank holiday
28 May Monday Spring bank holiday
27 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Tuesday Christmas Day
26 December Wednesday Boxing Day

If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.

  • Monday 1 January 2019 is a Bank Holiday
  • Easter weekend is Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April 2019
  • May Day Bank Holiday is Monday 6 May 2019
  • Spring Bank Holiday is Monday 27 May 2019


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The Sign Consultancy – Bespoke advanced signage

We have advanced our bespoke range of signage to include new innovative surface and material applications.  Lettering need never be the same again!

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These include glass crafted letters,  3D printing, verre eglomise surfaces, perma chalk designs, bespoke applications and new corporate ID signage.


Paul Lawn –  A specialist in architectural applications and project procurement.  Working in close association since the early 80s now hooking up with NGS design on branding and a host of creative lettering expressions.


Chloe Andrea Garrett –  Has the fresh slick knack with finding the spirit of the look… a super stylist crafting client Identity and product essence out of her Australian base.


Nick Garrett –   typographic product design ID


Built-up Bespoke Metal Letters

Beautifully constructed letters and logos with fully hand blended edges

Meticulously crafted, our Bespoke metal built up letters are created in an array of styles and materials to deliver superior quality branding at a price far less expensive than our customers ever expect.

Sensuous craftsmanship – Bespoke Letters

The fully blended edges of bespoke steel letters produce a flawless finish that’s completely smooth to the touch. In the painstaking production process the soldered edge, where the letter face meets the return, is first filed and then highly polished. This method creates a continuous soldered seam which eliminates all sharp points to create a sleek finish which typifies the superior quality of our bespoke letters.

Custom build

Letters and logos are possible at just 50mm in height, with 6mm returns and stroke widths as narrow as 3mm. Created in stainless steel, copper, brass and titanium, finishes include satin, polished, painted and bead blasted effects along with dark and light oxidised brass and copper, copper verdigris and non directional copper and brass.


Halo illumination can be added from a range of LED modules and for exterior applications, gold titanium offers an appealing alternative to brass whilst bronze titanium provides an alternative to copper.

The letters are particularly effective when used for eye level signage as seen in the receptions of law firms and architectural practices where the detailing of the letters can be appreciated.

For further information on Built-up Letters – Premium Metal or any other product please get in touch.



Heritage and Tomorrow – Gallery of works and Inspiration

Custom Graphics and Prints

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Aged letter inspiration for our custom printing and hand lettering

Below:  Classical Venetian Verre EglomiseVenetian Verre Eglomise, distressed mirroringPrinted lettersYellow band zag Box Gym by NGS London

Interior Graphic wall decor at Box Gym

Urban mirror silvered lettering

Mirrored lettering with urban scrape detail Nick Garrett Signs

Classic fairground replica letters

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Wraps and prints

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Foliage mural for new brand ID
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new innovative signage


 Our Heritage Gallery




New Graphic ID



LCB Chalk Board Inspiration with NGS’s Chloe and Nick

Uber Chalks!

NGS Chalk Boards - Cafe's Bars Pubs

Ideas n Inspiration for the Biz and Home

Here are a few styles to choose from and a link to our Pinterest Inspiration boards

Penned Barrel motif

Retro styles

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All work is made by hand – clients include all creatures great and small.

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Chalk board writing

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2015.. Skilling IT! Learn Sign Painting in London. February weekend workshops NGS

Rad Trad!

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Learn to Paint letters! NGS Signsmith workshops are rolling out Jan and Feb. Stoppress January 10 – 11 and February 21 – 22 classes are booking. Grab your easel and book a place on the day. Discounts for Students.
Have a great Skilling it! New Year. Nick.

Today the new tradition signpainting is all about keeping it alive and learning the skills on an immediate basis… we share all the vocational skillsets and get people on an expanded career path from day 1.  On the day it’s focused and immensely rewarding.

Nick Garrett

Full Course Information


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NGS Painted Letters … London Railway Blocks, Finest Roman Classics, Culty Retro, Wharf Grunge


9.30 – 5.30 


@ 140 Sydenham Road London SE265JZ

– all levels – all materials and food inc

Start-up your Pro geared Lettering Skills

This is the course has all the insight to get you into the zone.  A…

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A New age of graphic ID

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On the back of painting reams of letters over the past 3 years something new has to happen.

It is not enough to simply claim to go further and add this and that as a jump up on the next competitor. That is not innovation – it is simply a jostling for a slither of note over the nearest competitor.

Innovation is at large in the few.

Truly emerging innovation is a felt glimmer being dragged across the horizon…

So what is the next true wave of inspiration likely to look like?

It has to first allow itself the divine right to exist as something entirely new.

This could be new by approach, feel, sensibility.

My own sense is that this is entirely linked to ones ability to find a sensuous magic in whatever is on the table for product development or ID.

The new approach owes much to empathy and…

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Range of marks, tattoo and signwriting styles. NGS London

Range of marks, tattoo and signwriting styles.

Q tips Signs by NGS

Across London today there is a fabulous groundswell of analogue design activity placing signwriting where it once stood as an important infographic transmitter and pure design led solution.

There is no more versatile a tool than a master signwriter and his brush.  Well actually that’s the paradigm shift right there because a host of master signwriters, including myself are now training young art grads and creatives to take up the noble craft like never before.

NGS aims to train start-ups and link them up with projects, taking the lettering itself to a more refined level.  Fueling this are a host of exciting design trends and opportunities opening up new avenues of creative expression and work experience.  At the heart of this New Generation of Signwriting is a greater understanding of quality and detail, ramped up in an age of unique online business marketing.

I guess after 10 years as pubs sign gilder I embarked on a parallel career in product design in order to develop my pure design ability further. Working for the best as senior designer for Laura Ashley or Designers Guild, head of design for China Accent Hong Kong I believed in creating icons, not just beautiful products – I dreamt it, built it and shared it with my 35 strong design team staff. Staying at number one in the world (with these producers) was and is down to working incredibly hard at the most difficult areas of skillsets, having a dream and owning it. So it’s mainly mechanical, long hours and stubborn determination.

For myself the word detail holds the key to success across many meanings, practices and expressions.

Detailing encompasses a gamut of skill sets. For instance identifying nuances and emotional beauty of a particular historic piece, emulating a previous artists hand or revealing a completely new bespoke design detail from talent and hard yakka.

The range of detailing is an incredibly complex and yet wonderfully simple, attentive process. It is thought about a great deal, and like many traditional products, aged and decanted. When that entire creative process is repeated and strengthened over the years it becomes ingrained in a very special way.

At NGS the current styles of signwriting fall into several new categories:

  • Grunge
  • Retro
  • Vintage
  • Classic
  • Graphic Minimalist
  • Corp
  • Combined
  • By Eye


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As a decorative artist, I have developed over the decades some acclaimed paint effects and grunge distressed finishes for Designers Guild UK.  These work perfectly with new era urban grunge lettering (Ghost Signs) and decayed effects – so it is possible to paint it on and peel it off for, as we say… a badass sign!!

Restoration Vintage

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Alongside that fantastic range of marks sits a style which owes everything to my furniture restoration experience.

Since 1990 I have had a love affair with either restoration or design of furniture.  This passion became a twin trade for me for 25 years.  I still restore, create and build furniture today in my Italian home studio.


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Includes this restoration approach and my passion for original iconic lettering.

At the heart of this range is the London Transport regional Victorian fonts and Italian Romans; in particular Florentine gilding and Parma’s Bodoni Roman.


The lettering I use for this collection are traced from the original hands, off carvings, off the walls in London and Italy or off the very peeling fascias I restore.  So they are as original as I can get ’em.

They are not normally from books and simple downloads.

Sempre originale… e sempre tradizionale

These are then either learned and painted by mind’s eye or from original hand traced pencil layouts.

I then (in some instances) add my own hand with the greatest respect to the original.  Just as the original artist would have developed his own pieces. Because as beautiful as they are, the classically trained orginator would have said… ”it could have been better”.

The final piece has an unequaled richness.

Graphic Minimalist

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Reflects the designs passed to me from the new crew of sensational graphic designers across London.

It is a pleasure working closely with these guys and quite often training them in my Signsmith workshops.

These designs are then painted, above the line and perfect to the original.  But there will always be that little moment where I help make it fly.


So it is never the case that this art remains static.  One way my practice has grown and changed is seen in the new workshops I hold training a new generation of Signsmiths.

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Every time I roll across town to create lettering, I go with a sense of pride, anticipation and excitement. Because I know the day I don’t feel that passion, will be the day to lay down my brushes.

That is in part an insight into my creative process.

Of the Times

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For the client these seeds sink into the new sign an action not necessarily measurable… but it becomes a garden that will help us all grow, flower and prosper. I can assure any client that this is a matter of seeing and believing.

Today once again Signwriting is alive… (what a joy) let’s keep it that beautiful way.

Nick Garrett


NGS Website



Sign work in London and UK

Started up 19 10 14 aiming to provide easy work for hard working creatives

SignWorks UK for free biding and project tender

Started up 19 10 14 aiming to provide easy work for hard working creatives

SignWorks provide an active list of projects daily – these are normally needed to be responded to quickly by sign makers and registrants.

Registering is currently free.

Once registered browse the list you can contact us via reply/comments or via the form.
We have the support and knowledge to roll through the work.


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The streets… NGS style

NGS Shoreditch signwriting London

Some of our recent projects in this vibrant part of London.

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We are London’s bad ass sign painters – yep we got attitude … to give you THE BEST EVER

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Inside the world of Nick Garrett’s classic hand painted signwriting

A London Signwriting and Gold Leaf Gilding company, specialising in traditional, retro and modern brand sign writing. Workshop, on site and studio based quality production and courses.

The complete bespoke service.

Inside the world of Nick Garrett’s
classic hand painted signwriting – nickgarrettsigns@gmail.com

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Since NGS began a bespoke signwriting service in 1981 the industry grew, died and is now bursting into life again. We are feeding this great art revival with passion and style, with great signs and great student support.

I love providing a wide range of hand written, gilded and painted lettering. It’s what our forefather’s did and what we continue to invest in today: lettering shop fronts, retail windows, doors, panels and walls.

Message I studied commercial sign writing in Edmonton, Alberta quite a few years ago. I miss the absolute soul and pride that it gives the maker. Thank you for your website. Regards.

Most popular work includes retail displays, hospitality, bars, restaurants, hotels, galleries, homes, objects and offices.

NGS is a leader in quality bespoke sign painting across all London and are always happy to chat over your project and ideas.

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Shops, cafes, house numbers, bars, teaching… we try to cover it all.

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Fantastic Signwriting!

Leading London Signwriting company specialising in Classic Modern Design, Hand Painted Lettering & fine Gold Leaf works – NGS



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