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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMay 22 - May 28, 2019
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Slick Design with Modern, Industrial Feel

0 b40e1By George L. Nitti

Often times what one envisions and what turns out to be are drastically different, especially in graphic design.

For Heath Compton, owner of All-Star Towing & Recovery in Decatur, Alabama, while he didn't get the design he submitted, he was nevertheless happy with the end result.

"I told my guy (Blair Barnes of Barnes Sign Company) what I wanted," Compton said, "and sent him three different pictures; but after the design was done, it was quite different from what I expected. I was pleased, though, with his work."

Compton, who always wanted to have his trucks wrapped, had his 2008 Dodge 5500/Chevron 19' flatbed wrapped a year and a half ago, drawing on the talents of Barnes, who uses a combination of skills to create an eye-popping design.

The wrap stands out with its cohesive color scheme, bringing together green, gray, silver and blue with gradients created across each color scheme.

The final result is a slick, sharp-looking wrap that has a modern, industrial feel.

"We get a lot of wonderful comments on it," Compton said. "Everybody seems to like it. My guy has gotten a lot of business off of it, I can tell you that much."

The All Star name is written in large blue letters and aptly sits on a star. Contrasting fonts accentuate the All Star name while highlighting other lettering.

But the design features Barnes brought to the table that signified the biggest departure from Compton's vision were the arrow shapes found on the back of the bed and the side of the truck.

"I like the arrows. It also makes people move over and to be aware of the Move Over laws."

Intended or not, sometimes our expectations are exceeded in the hands of a good designer.

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