London Type


NGS APP release – June 2017

V Type splash 007

FREE App mapping London’s great lettering!


A London type trend resource showing exactly where modern-day fonts came from and how they are rolling out ahead of trend.



Forthcoming NGS Book

‘Bones of Painted Letters’ – Book 1

Nick Garrett

Product description

A book introducing the London New York and Milan, sans-serif hand painted lettering techniques to the signpainting enthusiast.

Now available at Amazon for pre-order.

Front Cover bones of letters book 1 NGS copia

Signwriting as an art, a trade and a craft going back 2000 years. Having come back from the brink of extinction in the eighties, today the young designers and artists across the world are taking up the brush and re-kindling this fine artistic trade in ways the inspire the older generation of signmasters.

Old-school meets new-school is the mission of this book.

Plainly speaking, painting a letter is a beautiful thing to do. It makes our world more aesthetic, functional, safe and sociable. It launches boats, products and brand ID.

This manual intends to show the DNA of all the keystone principles of the craft, showing precise sharp lettering techniques that have never previously illustrated in such detail. It can be used as a diploma workbook or as a studio handbook for the new writer, featuring the macro knowledge of brushstroke skills, vintage letter shapes and pure letter design.

Backed up with a historical perspective and cornerstone modern day project application, the renowned sign masters, Noel Weber and David Smith frame the pages and join Nick in leading the way to the next generation of the craft. The first of 4 Books full of the Bones of Letters from the London Signsmiths’ lettering school of NGS.

Creed of Letters NGS painted letters classes London 2 

Extract pages on

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: NGS Signsmith Signwriting Publications; First signed limited edition (16 June 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0995784019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0995784017
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.2 x 20.5 cm

Price £29.99 (pounds sterling)