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):

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.

“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

 

Logo suggestions

As I mentioned earlier, I was asked to come up with a few logo design suggestions for a real estate project my employer had.

These are a few of the suggestions I came up with: