︎ Info

I’m a sign painter, graphic designer, husband and Dad with a passion for typography, lettering and working by hand.

Clarity, craftsmanship, care and quality are the foundations of my approach.

Over the years I've worked on design and signwriting projects on an independent and in-house basis for lots of great clients including well know brands, private individuals, restuarants, pub’s, cafe’s, a bakery, a bank, a watchmaker, costume makers and many others.

I specialise in bespoke lettering and traditional hand painted signs that confer warmth, charm and a human touch. Much of my inspiration comes from old signwriting manuals, vintage packaging, labels, old shop signs and ephemra.

By utilising a blend of heritage craft techniques including signwriting, gold leaf gilding and pencil draughting alongside a sound knowledge of design software I can produce work that is rooted in tradition, relevant in today's digital world and designed to stand the test of time.

︎ My Services


︎ Hand painted signs
︎ Gold leaf gilding 
︎ Fascias, windows, A Boards 
︎ Bespoke lettering 

︎ Vehicles


︎ Logo & identity
︎ Packaging design
︎ Design for print
︎ Illustration

︎ Concepts & visualisation

︎ Clients & Brands

︎ Testimonials

“ Jon combines all of the traditional skills of a master signwriter to deliver the beautiful hand painted look that we wanted. ”

John Azzopardi - The Brooksteed, Worthing

“ But what really floats my boat is the wonderful things sign! The shop just got a whole lot better because Jon May made it by hand, in the traditional way. What a pleasure doing business with that guy!”

Giles Ellis - Schofield Watch Company, Upper Beading

“Jon's attention to detail and ability to completely encapsulate who Chocolatician is now and will be in decades to come in the logo, chocolate coin and signage work was just astounding.”

Jen Lindsey-Clark - Chocolatician, Shoreham

“We commissioned Jon to gild the name of our home on the fanlight above the front door. Jon was quick to respond, helpful in his advice and expert in his creation of the gilding.  It really adds something special to the appearance of our home.”

Emily McCunn - Worthing