We run Monthly Sign painting Courses in Italy and UK

First word – Student feedback

Thanks again for the last course, not just the content because you shared so much more than just knowledge, it was truly life changing.

Is there still room on the Ghost signs course? I know I have left it a little late so it may be full but if there is room I would really like to learn more.

Thanks so much

Hi Nick,

I hope you not too exhausted today. It must take a lot of creative energy to teach the way you do. The course was fantastic not only educational but fluid and organic. It gave an insight into the thought process behind every decision. The group were amazing too. I really couldn’t wish for better course mates. Even just sitting in the cafe was an education. Learning and sharing with the others. You were very intuitive to our needs including mine and very talented at putting our minds at ease so just a big thank you really for everything. Good luck and I hope to see you again soon.

Best wishes, IH.

Signsmiths London NGS

The Revival of crafted letters

Overview of truly work orientated Signwriting training, in its newest form.

A fair amount has been written about the recent resurgence in interest in the craft of signwriting. In the past 5 years a steadily increasing demand for hand written signs has characterised architectural and retail developments across the UK.


My response to this trail blazing trend is to teach the new crop of enthusiasts the proper technique of painting letters alongside my own professional signwriting practice – but to teach it in a completely new way… as it should be taught in working parts.

Over the past 5 years I have trained dozens of students, and 4 apprentices now making their way professionally in the marketplace. It has been and continues to be an inspirational time giving people the essential skills to change their lives.

The most important skill I encourage is self empowerment and self belief.

Recent article on the revival.

Brushstrokes not Keystrokes article: The Drum


April 2016 the Drum contacted me regarding an article in the pipeline… I gave them the title for the article, mainstay interview and insight into the new generation of ‘by hand’, sign industry expansion.


You can’t have success without Passion

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NGS Signsmiths Lettering Courses

Learn how to Paint Great Letters

London writers getting you on the right hand from the start



Keeping the Craft Alive.

Sign painting Courses in UK and Italy

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Making London more beautiful has been an amazing journey for me… it is about to begin for you.

Interview Q. I Pirati Grafici :

So what is it you want people to see in NGS today?

What is most exciting is what people see for themselves in a way that redefines me… for example working with client Dana Robertson of Neon lead me into a completely new practice of super graphics in chalkboard style… he saw something and pulled me across the horizon of new trend… when people look at what I do, I really want them to feel the pioneering drive of the emerging product development NGS are getting behind.


On final reflection all of that is fuel for the real ambition to train new artists to take the ember and burn it bright. I saw this art all but die in 1980s… I never want my artists to experience that… and guess what… a lot of signwriters today oppose my teaching of the craft so openly.  The attacks from those that should know Better drive me on.

So yes, my drive is for passing on all of my brushes: real, genuine tradition is actually only ever about creating the very strongest building blocks, for the keyholding youngsters of the future.



Karis Matic Marking out, design and drafting – the first core step, morning 1

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Never underestimate your own ingenuity – believe ‘n do

Of course you are… you’re gonna go out there and make the difference… a new signwriter…

Posted by Nick Garrett on Sunday, 20 March 2016




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Better Painted Letters NGS London Signwriting school

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Sign painting Courses in Italy and UK

Photography Iona Wolff

”Occasionally you take part in something that alters the course of your life. I’m not talking total transformation, more like crossing over a road to be in the sunshine. The change happens quickly, you observe it taking effect. Your eyes and heart open, you see things with clarity and meaning, the new experiences create a new, more beautiful, reality and suddenly the path ahead looks different.   

It happened to me this weekend when I learnt to hand paint letters. 

Katie’s Blog






Keeping this craft alive.

Special thanks to Noel Weber, Dave Smith, Perry, Chloe Garrett’s great camera and brush skills, Jack Hollands, Tobias Newbigin and Hannah Matthews for continually inspiring their mentor/brother.

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