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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. Typeface(s): HamburgerHeaven + Cronos Pro