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Personalized Fitness and Nutrition Poster by SaraChristensen Personalized Fitness and Nutrition Poster by SaraChristensen
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In order to transfer into Computer Graphic Design III, I had to prove that I knew how to navigate and create in
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Quark… guess which one I had never used before? Yep, it was Quark.
Because I didn't want to go through the first two preliminary courses and re-learn the Adobe programs again,
I made a deal with my professor: if I learned Quark independently and completed a design project to show my
skills, she would sign me into the class. This is what I came up with after wrestling with the software, haha.

I actually asked my Health & Fitness professor if I could modify the final project and create an infographic. He
said he would love that since it would be more fun than reading the papers that everyone else was writing. XD
The gist of the assignment was to create a personalized exercise plan for yourself that would help you meet
fitness goals, as well as guidelines for proper nutrition. It would essentially sum up everything we learned in
the class, which only ran for one month anyway. Easy project, right? Except I had to make it in QuarkXPress.

Quark is very similar to InDesign but at the same time, so not. I found myself really missing a lot of key features.
The truth is, Quark probably has all of the same tools, but they work quite differently and don't always achieve
the results I want. I spent half of my time trying to figure out how to do what I wanted and the other half actually
doing it, lol. My biggest issue was the hit-and-miss pen tool and lack of a pathfinder equivalent. I also could
not figure out where to go for kerning or how to wrap text around objects on a background layer. Sad face…

Despite my struggles, I learned a lot and I think the project turned out really well. I ended up drawing all of
the vector icons in Illustrator and importing them, along with the swatches. The background layout shapes
that didn't involve heavy pen-tooling were all done in Quark, though. I really played with the color scheme
and tried to do something with cool hues (unlike the rest of my portfolio, heheh). The design itself was the
product of an intense sketch and it might not be groundbreaking or anything, but I still like it. It's clean. ^^

My favorite aspect of the piece is actually the "Health vs. Junk" typography and BPM heart/stethoscope
icon. Two very small details, I know, but they sure were fun. I also like the clipboard for my disabilities.
Let me know what you guys think! I spent a lot of time with the icons and arguing with Quark, haha.

Created in Illustrator CS5 and QuarkXPress 9 on January 24, 2012.

:bulletgreen: Typeface(s): HamburgerHeaven + Cronos Pro
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sampea Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Neat!
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SaraChristensen Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks!
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gingergenius Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, this is really cool! The colors go well with each other and I love the fonts. The whole thing is readable and beautiful!
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SaraChristensen Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:love: Aww, thank you! I am a font and color nerd, so that means a lot to me.
And serious points to you for being a blue-eyed redhead, because I am too!
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gingergenius Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaaay! Redheads rule the world!
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SaraChristensen Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:headbang:
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obetron Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
lol you had to learn quark? why? i always thought it was pretty inferior in terms of function compared to indesign.
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SaraChristensen Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
In my opinion, it is inferior to InDesign. Unfortunately, there are still businesses out there
that use Quark and they want the designers that they hire to know how to work in it. Essentially,
I did it for my resume, not because it's actually a relevant program. I'm InDesign all the way, lol.
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obetron Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student General Artist
That's what I thought. I know how to use Quark as well, but it feels like InDesign's dumb cousin. lol
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SaraChristensen Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:XD: So true! It totally is its dumb cousin.
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Natewich4lunch Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Awesome colours!
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SaraChristensen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you! I liked them, too.
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kittykittyhunter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Writer
Daaaang, this is impressive! I absolutely adore the colours (lol, as usual). And ooh, I really should get round to making a fitness chart for myself. *w*
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SaraChristensen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you! I loves me some colors, haha. I don't think I'll be able to
manage this fitness plan during the Spring since my schedule is whack
(7:50am to 5:30pm with only a one-hour break at 2pm, ugh), but it's a nice
dream to have. I'll at least be modifying my eating habits to be healthier.
A fitness plan would be nice for yourself! What do you like to do exercise-wise?
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kittykittyhunter Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012   Writer
Exercise-wise... well, I'm adverse to running out door and jogging in general, though it would probably be a good idea to focus on those things. XD My friend very kindly sent me a lot of exercise info; I need to sit down and go through that information properly.
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SolinaBright Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow dear! Again you amaze me with your fabulous-ness! :omg: You know this is indeed a very useful health plan! i like how its explained nicley! And i really like how you showed how we need to have our food ( the people today think that we should fill it to the fullest - and most highest - degree ). i too like the healthy vs junky! ha ha! Absolutley splendid! i seriously felt like i was becoming more skinny as i read through this! :happybounce: i love your style, its very professional. I could totally see this in a magazine! You have a brilliant way of expressing things dear, and you have prooved it with scary movies, with health and soo much more! I'm such a fan! ;)
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daughterofthestars Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Holy shitcakes, I went to read your disabilities and I wondered for a second if you've been watching me all these years. "How's she know that I have asthma and subluxating kneecaps???" High five for shared physical weaknesses.

Are you actually going to follow this health plan or is this info-graphic purely for the sake of your classes?
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SaraChristensen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:omg: No way! That's crazy! I had no idea we shared the same disabilities, lol.

The infographic is purely for the sake of the class, but I am adopting the nutrition
guidelines. It's a bit more stringent than my usual diet, but I feel healthier already.
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daughterofthestars Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, super weird! My knees haven't gone out in a while, thank goodness, I think because I walk a lot more now instead of driving to school, and I've started running. I got an inhaler for my asthma and I'm hoping my lungs will be strong enough from running that when the inhaler runs out, I won't actually need it anymore.

My nutritional guidelines are that I don't buy candy or cookies or soda, and then guess what, I don't eat those things. XD After a while you start to prefer the tastes of the healthier options.
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SaraChristensen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's a great approach! I'm sure your knees will slowly get better.
Mine haven't slipped out for about four or five years now, but when
I was younger, it was something that occurred annually if not more
often than that. No fun! When I was in aerobics four days a week,
I gradually outgrew the use of my inhaler, so you're sure to do
the same. Conditioning yourself to strenuous activity is going
to reprogram your body... you just have to keep it up, lol. :XD:

Exactly! Those are basic rules college students need to have!
I don't buy junk food and keep it in my room. I buy deli meat,
whole-grain cereal, and dried or frozen fruit for my apartment
and it keeps me from eating crap. I do, however, have a sweet
tooth problem so the candy issue is what I'm struggling with. ;)
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daughterofthestars Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
My knee went out for the first time in middle school and it went out every three or four months throughout highschool. It was getting better except that my first college major was hard work and along with the atraumatic happenings, I also traumatized my left knee once by stepping into a ditch. But I don't think I've twisted either knee since I moved to my current town two years ago.

I stopped eating candy when it started making my teeth hurt whenever I ate it. :/
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SaraChristensen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, that must have been annoying. I can't imagine it happening that often,
it's so painful! And then to exacerbate the condition is so much worse, too.
I'm glad that it's getting better (or, at least not happening). Gives me hope!

:omg: That's intense. Was it because you stopped for awhile and then tried it again?
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daughterofthestars Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
For me the worst part about twisting my knee isn't the actual pain in the knee, that's pretty bearable - it's that awful rush that goes to my head, the shock to my system that makes me so nauseous and dizzy that I have to catch my breath before I can even stand up and walk it off. Bleh.

Meh, I think my tastes just got different. Cause I still love candy corn, but if I eat more than a piece or two it gets stuck in my teeth and makes them hurt, or makes my stomach hurt.
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