Getting started with QuarkXPress

For far too long I’ve been doing layout work in Illustrator and Affinity Designer.

It’s not that it’s bad to do so, vector graphics applications have all the tools to create a single page poster, business card or some other things for print, but lately I’ve found I do work that spans over multiple pages where I need a consistent design – what I need are stylesheets and master pages.

So now that I do most of my design work on my mac and my Adobe CS5 package for Windows is getting a bit dated anyway I thought I’d learn the other “industry standard” application for desktop publishing: QuarkXPress.

Compared to other professional grade software and the fact that they have a few good offers I’m really pleased with getting a full fledged DTP-program. I tried the Open Source Scribus first, but it couldn’t do something so basic as to have master page elements in front of the background.

Now I’m using it to design menu items for websites and will probably use it for my résumé.

 

Logo, Website, WordPress and Menu Items

Designing logos and setting up websites is starting to get a routine.

Today I was asked by my boss to set up the website www.bellonordic.no, he had a few logo design suggestions and a general idea of the website layout.

It seems one of my earlier designs caught on since his new design suggestion hinted toward having three “mountains” in the background, so all I had to do was slightly alter my design, create a few alternative logos and I was done.

 

Then I had to set up the WordPress site. So I picked a theme, dug up some stock photos for menu items and used the art-boards to keep a consistent design.

I really wish Serif would release their upcoming desktop publishing tool “Affinity Publisher”, as much as I like Affinity Designer, I’d prefer to use more proper layout tools when doing layout work.

KML Contracting

A few years ago, back in 2015, I was contacted due to a texture I made earlier.

Apparently, the “diamond plate” pattern I made just for the fun of it proved to be a useful resource for multiple graphic designers and illustrators and Tina (as her name was) wanted to use it for a contracting company based in Pennsylvania called KML Contracting.

Since I wasn’t selling the texture at a stock website or anything I agreed for her to use the image as she liked free of charge as long as I was mentioned and got bragging rights as a designer.

So here it is, logo and everything (that is, I made the texture, Tina Andrews designed the logo):

More modular

I started working on another modular font the other day, and found out I could do all sorts of neat variations on this design, so now I have four different drafts and I still haven’t moved on to importing shapes into FontForge.

Part of the reason why is that I planned on doing the “expand stroke” operation in Illustrator or Inkscape since Affinity Designer tends to make overly complex shapes with too many nodes when expanding circular or curved shapes.

I’m hoping to finish this project some time during the next few days, but in the meanwhile – here’s how it looks now.

Work experience

You know that picture that comes with the frame?

A few months ago, my employer decided that the frames produced in our stores need their own “face paper”. So what I did was dig up a photograph of a fox I took a few years ago, added the company logo, the website and the frame size and put it all together in Affinity Designer. The result looked a little something like this:

The frames are sold in the store I work at situated in Oslo west (Montebello) called Rammexperten.

Norwegian Contributors

I now have a total of 6 fonts up on DaFont and 7 for purchase at CreativeFabrica.

I also noticed that people are listing type designers and typographers from around the world on several sites, including this one from Germany, and so I thought I’d make a list of Norwegian font designers on DaFont.

At the moment, I’m in 9th place with 125 467 downloads, and on a shared 5th place with 6 available fonts.

Nr. Name Website No. of Fonts Downloads
1 Hans Gerhard Meier http://www.fontourist.com/ 6 3,132,590
2 Roger S. Nelsson http://www.cheapprofonts.com 8 2,232,876
3 Hasan Guven http://www.lordkyl.net/ 15 1,207,040
4 Espen Morten Kvalheim http://www.unbornchikken.com/ 11 398,880
5 Svein Kåre Gunnarson http://www.dionaea.com/information/fonts.php 2 382,832
6 Martin Holm http://www.martinholm.com 4 295,064
7 Frode Nordbø http://www.norwegianink.com 7 226,417
8 Morten Talleivsen http://www.211178.no 1 162,158
9 Thor Christopher Arisland http://www.tcarisland.com 6 125,467
10 McKack   2 92,251
11 Sindre Små http://www.digitalflamestudios.net/ 1 74,859
12 Intense   1 71,349
13 Kyrre Honohan   1 59,732
14 Rashid Akrim http://huskmelk.no 2 58,939
15 Atle Mo   1 38,078
16 Erik Jeddere-Fisher http://totallyoilsome.wordpress.com 1 34,427
17 Mark Lund http://www.artbluck.com 2 26,176
18 Lisa   1 25,499
19 Kristian Dalen http://www.classless.biz 1 19,404
20 Erik Holm http://www.k21.no 1 17,580
21 Alexander Rossebø   1 11,947
22 Boksen   1 8,762
23 Manuela Hardy http://www.mrs-hardy.com/ 1 6,406
24 Mattis Folkestad http://machineboy.com 1 5,801

“The Norwegian type Scene”

As I googled my name as I do every now and then I found I was listed somewhere new and unexpected.

It seems someone is cataloguing type designers and typographers from all over the world and I’m listed as part of “the Norwegian type scene”, which is kind of a nice surprise.

Here’s another one of my many online profiles, perhaps the first I didn’t make myself:

http://luc.devroye.org/fonts-89827.html