London Master Signwriting and Gilding by Nick Garrett. Always by eye, by hand… and Heart, NGS – Signs & Courses
London – Milano – Firenze
Our letters are the most Beautiful
Modern Signwriting classics
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Lettering, Gold Leaf & Gilding and Sign Training Specialists
0044 (0) 7960113799
Using our own custom made ‘Surefire’ brushes
Getting the design absolutely right
Beautiful Visual Impact – Typographic Hierarchy
One of the most important aspects of signage communicating with type is to establish a strong typographic hierarchy or visual sequence of play. This refers to presenting the content in a way that visually conveys to the viewer exactly where to look, and in what sequence. The styling and placement of all elements – both type and logos – should guide the viewer through the sign content with absolute clarity.
This organizational system, or roadmap, is achieved through the use of both typographic lettering styles and spatial elements; in combination, they create the desired effect. To begin the process, it’s essential to understand the relative importance of all components of the sign content – which can include headline, subhead, contact listings, as well as other elements – and then design to visually reinforce this core information.
A great working sign must say:
Who you are – what you do – and how to best contact us
About NGS – specialist signwriters and glass gilders
NGS founder Nick Garrett, a dedicated, London Signwriting and Gold Leaf Gilding artist, specialising in traditional, retro and modern trend leading work. It’s more than just a job this to me… I lead youngster into the craft, design fonts, create, teach and share.
I grew up in West Norwood, Herne Hill and Brixton, painted my first sign aged 15, in the summer of 76 and loved it!
Lettermaster Francis Baker: a family heritage of fine lettering
A Family heritage
My grandfather Francis Baker taught me all the structures of great London lettering . I grew up in his Putney studio watching and listening to him work. Our family consisted of stone carvers, ship builders, aviation designers and couture dress makers. So it’s a crafts based family heritage that feeds my creativity today… and the sheer joy of the brush.
Today my client’s success is my measure.
Lot’s of work on these pages and hope it inspires you to come to NGS.
PURE PASSION – YOU’RE LOOKING SHARPER
Designing each and every letter
It’s all about honing… and experience.
A comprehensive sign service with a recent history spanning 38 years in a wide range of disciplines which really help feed extra quality into your final product.
It’s more than just classic, beautiful English signwriting that you will find here. There’s a passion and a beating heart for starters, but essentially this is a specialist team with the highest levels of expertise and ambition at hand.
Design is everything and apart from making your brand pop, it often saves you time and money. Here’s how:
- Good designers Keep it Simple.
- Great designers land the essential ID… but with hidden extras
- Great icons have hidden yet simple refinements
Materials are selected for all the right qualities and NGS have our own series of super-sharp brushes, custom made to suit my hand and those of my team.
Clients often approach me with complex projects precisely because of the reputation I have earned for sharp solutions, beautiful refinements and turnkey project experience.
Made special by design, it is a service you can depend upon and one that will guarantee you success.
Art and Design
My career started as honours graduate in fine art before moving into lettering in 1981. I also have decades of associated creative practice including since 1986, brand ID, ceramic form design, furniture form design, special paint finishes, global production, design management, restoration and middle weight typographic commissions under the bonnet.
Applying NGS Pure design to your cool London Signwriting, is the game changing difference that will count.
Under the hood: Trend setting
I have developed trend for the likes of Laura Ashley, Designers Guild, Impressionen and Qool Tango since 1996. Because of this area of product expertise I see the importance of applying trend development across my services.
If you want to get the jump on competitors or a heads up on emerging trend, talk to me.
Each NGS custom typeface is therefore evolving via the studio, tailored to the client needs and sharing a DNA from genuine original forms. I connect the style to historical lettering and the result is magic.
Not ending there getting into the core of type design has manifested NGSinside our new secure Client Area on the website – a cool place you are invited.
Urban Distress Gold Leaf window for Le Labo
Method: The Crafting of Your ID
NGS London signwriting made to your particular needs or can follow perfectly your existing design layouts and brand ID. I call it couture lettering and it all fits your budget. It’s going to shape your future.
- Branding & Graphics
- Pure Design
- Modern Minimalism
- Classic Vintage
- Ghost signs
- Gilding on glass and panel
- Panel Manufacture
- Teaching and Mentoring
Recent works include visits to London, Paris, Milan and Watford. Projects can be completed in our workshop or with you on site anywhere in the world – rain or shine, super big or small, quality productions.
I am happy to share with you my complete bespoke service. Feel free to contact me for a chat.
call me 07960113799
Fine Romans, Murals, Minimalist or Urban Ghost signs
Interiors, Missions, Retail, Pubs, Bars, Hotels, Cafes, Cats, Dogs, Aeroplanes and Boats
Courses – Next Gen
Join our NGS Letterheads Signwriting Courses
Smooth Design and Sharp Finishing
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Above: Tom’s Waffle Float at Alexandra Palace
for the discerning retailer
Retro and modern sign writing. Workshop or on site – rain or shine
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NGS for Fantastic Letters and Gold
3 generations of iconic London letterers become 4 with a lot of fun
Signs by NGS: Nick Garrett
NGS Teaching the craft
Signwriters in the House
NGS teach too! My star pupil and immensely talented Pro Writer and Gilder Jack Hollands now Signwriting Jack during his training year with me.