Copenhagen Signs (Jakob Engberg)

Workshop Instructor, Speaker

Jakob Engberg, founder of Copenhagen Signs, has a background as a graphic designer and have been working with printing, photography, street art and painting, among other fields of creative work, before finishing his apprenticeship as a sign maker in 2015, graduating with a medal.

After a time of working with contemporary sign techniques as wells as screen printing, gold leaf and hand painted signs for highly renowned sign companies in Denmark, he later chose to put all his focus into traditional hand painted signs.

He is now one of the few full-time sign painters in Denmark in hand lettering, gilding, typographic design and traditional sign painting, as well as lettering and mural art. In 2018 and 2019, his lettering artworks have been part of group exhibitions in Copenhagen, Tokyo, London, and Chicago.

With a knowledge in digital design and sign making techniques, he acknowledge the advantages and quality of hand painted signs and is working towards maintaining the craft of sign painting. Attending Letterhead Meets, networking internationally and sharing his knowledge through social media platforms, is a part of his ambition of keeping the art of the hand painted sign alive.

Besides his daily work as a traditional sign painter he teaches lettering workshops around the world and gives talks about his work at typography and graphic design festivals such as Torino Graphic Days (IT), Typetersburg (RU), We Love Graphic Design (DK) and TypoFest (BG). Jakob was a member of the jury at TypeParis18 (FR).

His lettering art is featured in several publications, among some the Hand Style Lettering book published by Victionary.
Jakob is the author to the book Danske Skilte (Danish Signs) published 2018 by BookLab.dk