About

CATCHING THE EYE SINCE 1985

CATCHING THE EYE SINCE 1985

Glyphics makes material realities out of typographic and iconographic design. A collective of artists, crafters and doers, we assemble our multiple disciplines and mutual passion into a creative force to be reckoned with – specialising in quality custom signs that are both beautiful and functional.

As a London sign maker, we provide you with an unrivalled wealth of styles and fabrication techniques from our Shoreditch HQ – from letter painting for cultural spaces and design houses, to large scale logo installation for architects and corporations. With each collaboration, we cultivate traditional skills, contemporary technologies and strong partnerships.

Hand showing vinyl weeding

WHAT OUR PARTNERS SAY

Superb work on our new sign. As a team you were amazing.

Ben, Workspace, London

The Tucker window graphics have been a total success. We have had the best response so far so we are really happy.

Emma, Trilogy Stores, London

Just a quick note to say thank you for the job at the Lord Clyde, it looks fantastic and we are all very pleased with the finished product and particular thanks to Paul for helping me get to the bottom of the design. I appreciate very much the effort that you all made. I will recommend you wherever possible and hope to use your services again in the future.

Matt, The Lord Clyde, London

Can I say that you and the guys have been exceptional. I want to thank everyone involved and can’t wait to work with you guys on the next project!

Max, Livelyhood, London

The sign is up and looks brilliant, thank you so, so much for all your hard work on this. Please say thank you very much to your two men who came to install the sign, they did an absolutely amazing job!

Lucie, Philcox Gray & Co, London

Just wanted to say a BIG thank you to your team for your hard work making the Gs, the arrow and printing on the eggs for me!! Will definitely use Glyphics services for future print jobs.

Anetta, Archer’s Mark, London

Our process

A line drawing representing Glyphics London sign makers processes

You can find us working on

SIGN MAKING & INSTALLATION – Whether it’s handpainting, vinyl graphics or 3D lettering destined for an exhibition, office or the great outdoors – our signs are project managed, made and implemented to have a lasting impact.
Vinyl | Acrylic & Glass | 3D Lettering | Illuminated | Wayfinding | Plaques | Hand Painted | Projecting | Pavement

 

SCOPING SPACES – We take the time to understand the environment we are bringing to life and how consumers will interact with it, ensuring our signs are made of the appropriate materials and in the right dimensions.
Office | High Street | Schools | Cultural Spaces

 

BRAND PSYCHOLOGY – We love having a good chat to get what your organisation is really about and how you want your messaging to manifest – whether it’s subliminal signage or something louder.

 

ART DIRECTION – From custom fonts to logo work, we push boundaries to come up with fresh concepts while keeping one eye on the practicalities of implementation.

 

To learn more about our process, give Liam or John a call on 020 7739 7818, pop into our workshop on 75 Leonard Street or explore our blog.

 

The team

Tim holding a large golden wooden G and Paul an old I metal sign
Ryan holding a deep purple metal letter Y

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Amrita holding a large silver P in front of colourful street art in Shoreditch
Sally framed by Ray and Pedro is holding a large red H
Rory holding a small metal letter I and looking sideways

Rolls of vinyl in the studio

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Dominque holding a large black C
Every Glyphics sign has its own unique character, just like us.

We’re designers, art workers, makers, estimators, fitters, project leads, directors and health & safety. We work with some of the world’s most notable artists and corporations, honing our workmanship year on year. We’re as passionate as we were in 1985, and don’t get us started on artisanal signs. Or do. We’re at 75 Leonard Street, come on in.

Sign makers estimators holding a blue S
Sign maker in Shoreditch
Sign makers from Glyphics in front of a colourful mural in Shoreditch
Glyphics managing director photographed in the sign makers' studio

OUR STORY

Glyphics is the brainchild of father-son duo, Brian and Tim, and is rooted in their common love for lettering, type and design.

Once an apprentice typesetter for The Times newspaper, Brian moved into vinyl lettering by the 80s. Then the design industry exploded. Computer tech developed and processes began modernising more rapidly than ever.

“It went from vinyl lettering to full blown signmaking.”

Tim had been working in an advertising studio and showed great artistry from an early age. He was taught calligraphy at school and his teachers felt he should become a fine artist. To help fill the generational gap, he joined his dad in 2000, and blossomed from a pure creative into a creative entrepreneur.

By 2002, Glyphics was officially incorporated. Brian and Tim got new machinery in, expanded their network and nurtured their team to the point where they moved in to 75 Leonard Street. Fifteen years on, Glyphics is still a London sign maker in the same spot in Shoreditch, Ashurst law firm and the National Crime Agency are still core customers, and employees Dominique and Ray still work here.

“Our space in Shoreditch was once a furniture shop and then when we moved in, it was a gallery, so it has an artisanal past, like we do.”

Today, Tim will lend his skills and ideas as and when they’re needed, but as MD, he carries on his father’s mindset – prioritising meeting people in the flesh and talking them through things to make sure they’re happy, as well as taking the business to the next level with new talent.

He puts his faith in Paul, a creative designer, and Liam, who deals in the technical side of signs. They’ve both had their own love affair with typography and iconography – Paul worked with early Macs and is now an Adobe expert, while Liam was brought up in the trade, building big illuminated 3D signs, before working his way to project management.

“We want to grow and experiment, but we’re always going to stay efficient and stay personal.”

In 2017, Glyphics completes 20,000 projects since becoming a limited company back in November 2002. With experience behind them and fresh faces leading the way, they move seamlessly between legacy processes and fast paced technologies, instilling a sense of heritage in today’s aesthetic.