London Master Signwriting and Gilding by Nick Garrett. Always by eye, by hand… and Heart, NGS – Signs & Courses
Born and Bred London
Our letters make you more beautiful and successful than any others
Stylish, Modern Signwriting classics
Gents of London proud owners of an NGS Trajan fascia piece
Thanks for visiting London’s NGS
Different level, Lettering, Gold Leaf & Gilding and Sign Training Specialists
0044 (0) 7960113799
NGS Popular Styles
Chic Puritan Minimal click images
Classic with a modern twist
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NGS Vintage Romans
Urban Ghost click on image
Thanks to Jack Hollands of Signwriting Jack, John Pope of Pope Signs, Henderson Signs, Glyphics, Perry Signs, Insegne di pinto a mano Milano – Traditional Signwriting of London
Beautiful Visual Impact – Typographic Hierarchy how it’s done
The first step: Getting your design absolutely right
One of the most important aspects of signage is to establish a strong typographic eye catch appeal – to present the content in a way that visually conveys to the viewer exactly where to look, and in what sequence. The styling and placement of elements, should guide the viewer through the sign content with absolute clarity… and focus.
This design roadmap, is achieved through the use of typographic lettering styles and spatial elements; in combination, they create the desired effect.
3 Things a great working sign must say:
Who you are
What you do
Specialist signwriter and glass gilder
Above: Distressed mirrored gold leaf
Hi, I’m 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 to me… I lead youngsters 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! The passion stayed with me and when I left art college I immediately set up my first studio in Streatham.
Lettermaster grandfather Francis Baker: a family heritage of fine lettering started with my great grandfather’s studio ‘Bakers of Fulham’. Studying under Edward Johnston, Camberwell School of Art 1905. Drawing by myself c1986.
My family heritage
My grandfather Francis Baker learnt his craft under the eye of Edward Johnston and taught me all the structures of great Italian and London lettering . I grew up spending a lot of time with him in his Putney studio, watching him pencil out his layouts and and listening to him cutting out his lifetime of work.
My family consists of stone carvers, ship designers/builders (H. Linton, the Cutty sark), aviation designers and a couture dress maker. So it’s a crafts based family heritage that feeds my creativity today… and my sheer joy of the pencil and brush.
Today, my client’s success is my measure.
Lot’s of work on these pages and hope it all inspires you to come to NGS.
PURE PASSION – YOU’RE LOOKING SHARPER
Keeping it all very sexy
Art and Design – I do brand
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 – styling ahead of the market
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.
Creating a look: Urban Distress. NGS were one of the key originators of this look. Gold Leaf window for Le Labo London.
- 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.
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
NGS for Fantastic Letters and Gold Leaf work
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.
Thanks to Signwriting Jack, Perry Signs, Insegne di pinto a mano Milano and John Pope signs