Profile: Ian Macdonald

By signcraft

Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2021

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Shop name:
Historic Sign Restorations

Rochester, New York

Age: 60

Ian plus Scott Knox

Shop size:
800 sq. ft.

Instagram: @historicsignrestoration

Ian Macdonald left the sign business back in the nineties as computers became more involved with making signs. His roots were in hand lettering and hand carving, and he wasn’t too interested in shifting gears into the world of computers, plotters and printers. He ended up in the business of building kiosks and carts for retail markets, and that led him to building out food trucks. But a turn of events brought him back to the sign business three years ago, and he’s enjoying it more than ever:

I did other things for quite a while, and design and signage of some sort was always a part of it. But my heart was still in making signs. I finally decided that there was an opportunity for handmade custom signs done with traditional materials once again, so in 2018 I went back into the sign business.

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