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Signs, signs, and more signs. MD Custom Signs and Designs is the most creative and innovative sign shop in Eastern North Carolina featuring the latest in technology and design. We are a family oriented business devoted to taking our clients visions and making them a reality. We specialize in vehicle and boat wraps and designs, custom graphics and signage, business rebranding, print media, window graphics and window tinting, murals, neon, glass etching, and sign installations.

Outstanding work, always professional, this company had a great work ethic. Unique designs. Quality products. Recommend highly.

Darren De Palo: Founder


Darren De Palo, a Florida State graduate with over ten years of experience in custom signs and graphics, founded MD Custom Signs & Tinting in 2008 (Name has since been rebranded to MD Custom Signs & Designs). Darren saw a need for a strong, reliable sign shop in the area and built just that. Darren specializes in vehicle and boat wraps and graphics. He is meticulous and works until the job is perfect. Darren also specializes in custom signage, glass etching, neon, murals and sign installations.


They are hard working dedicated people!!! I'm so excited for the wrap they are doing on our truck! Darren is helping with our dream coming true! Working long hours to make it perfect. He takes a lot of pride in his work. I highly recommend this place for all your needs. Signs, tinted windows , wraps , and so much more



Robert Matthews: Executive Creative Director

Robert Matthews graduated with honors from Digital Media Arts College with a degree in Graphic and Web Design. He has extraordinary creativity and vision. He views his work as his artistic expression. Robert specializes in business rebranding and offers logo design, business cards, print media, and more. He is also skilled in vehicle and boat designs, custom graphics and signage, print media, and window graphics.

Amazing place with a great environment! Can literally do anything you want! Would recommend to anyone!

Kim Barber: Office Manager


Kim Barber is an exceptional manager and loving mother of 5 boys. She makes sure the business is running smoothly and keeps the shop in tip-top shape. Kim prides herself on her compassionate, professional approach with clients and employees. She specializes in accounting, bookkeeping, and organization.


I wish I could rate them more than 5!! They're AWSOME! Great work and the sweetest couple in the world.


Ashley Matthews: Promotions Manager


Ashley Matthews graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in Communication Studies and History in 2014. She has extensive retail and promotions experience. Ashley strives for perfection and is gifted in her way with words. Ashley specializes in building relationships within the community and social media.

Great people!!! Very friendly!! Nice Quality work!

Shawn Unwin: Master Tint Technician  

With over 25 years of experience, our Master Tint Technician, Shawn Unwin is a force to be reckoned with. Shawn is an international window tint competitor and winner, as well as a window tint school instructor. A few of his accolades include features in Better Homes & Gardens and Southern Living.


Here at MD Custom Signs and Designs, we take pride in our work and love working with clients and businesses within the community. Reach out today at or call us at 252-259-4515. We look forward to hearing from you!

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