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Introducing a new font family from the Garage Fonts Collection
by Michael Gene Adkins
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|If you happen to be wandering through the north eastern corner of Oklahoma you might
just pass by a small-town sign shop operated by Michael Gene Adkins. Between lettering
vans, and building vinyl-cut signs of all kinds, Mike finds time to ply his creative
talents to the art of font creation.
... It didn't start out that way -- Mike was a full-time employee for a larger sign company who could give a hoot about fonts. Little did the owner know that when he let Mike go, he was doing us all a favor by freeing Mike to develop some cool fonts!
|... Mike was soon discovered by Sign Business Magazine,
and he began converting well known sign-painters' lettering alphabets to digital
format for vinyl cutting. While the 'big-boy' font companies were totally ignorant
of the really superb type styles available in the sign lettering field, Mike took
the opening and ran with it.
... First Vision Font actually evolved from one of Mike's previous fonts called "Excursions Alternate." Mike wanted to push the design further toward the futuristic look, and break up some of the characters. The name "First Vision" comes from Mike's early years of roll playing games, and the name exegesis refers a "collection of written works".
... First Vision comes with a family of bold, medium and appropriate italic faces, as well as a "TEK" family spin-off for use in smaller sizes. Tek also comes in medium, bold, italic and bold italic.
|... We liked First Visions initially because of the versatility of the face. While it does have a decided futuristic look, you can see it is equally at home in the technology fields.|
|... We knew right away it is perfect for the logo facelift
of one of our web site clients.
After working with the font for a while I began to become very aware of the pure character shapes. This font offers a lot of opportunity for the designer to craft further graphics based on many of the individual characters in the set. Here I took the lower case 'a' and rotated it 180 degrees and found a handsome 'e'. The clean, uniform leg and stem thickness (with straight connecting paths) make the font ultimately usable as a graphic device too. In your vector program you can clip parts of characters, and merge them with other parts to build your own unique graphics for logos or symbols. Very nice.
|... The font reads well in all sizes, and while not
recommended for text, the TEK version makes nice captions and support text where
a smaller size is desired (14 pt. or larger). Mike points out that on vehicles, and
signs the font actually becomes more readable at a distance. He promises a photo
of the next sign project using the font.
... Mike's Font department is called Fontry, and you can thank Mike for First Vision font at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|First Vision By Michael Gene Adkins
is a Garage Fonts Face, available from Phil's Fonts.
First Vision Family #1 "Exegesis" -- $80.00 -- First Vision Family #2 "TEK" -- $80.00
or a 'la carte at $36 per weight/face
See main deck characters of all faces at the Garage Fonts Web site
Read our comments about Garage Fonts
Buy now at http://www.philsfonts.com/ (Select "First Visions" from the menu)
All these fonts are available in both PC/Windows and Mac platforms, in PostScript or TrueType.
Coming Soon: Ryan Donahue, graphic and font designer from Boise, Idaho treats us to our unofficial "back to school" font called: Drunk Robot Pimp. Bet you'll like that one!
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