Quark Partners With Studica.com To Promote Student Competition

Online educational arm of XPress reseller collaborates with Denver software publisher to allow students a chance to show their skills using professional tools.

Press Release


“Net Savvy” stu­dent design com­pe­ti­tion fea­tures QuarkXPress;
Competition pro­motes stu­dents’ skills and use of pre­mier desk­top pub­lish­ing soft­ware

(Denver - December 8, 2005 - Quark​.com) Quark Inc. announced today that Studica, a divi­sion of Torcomp Inc., one of Quark’s edu­ca­tion­al resellers, is spon­sor­ing a skills com­pe­ti­tion for high school, col­lege under­grad­u­ate, and grad­u­ate stu­dents fea­tur­ing the award-winning QuarkXPress 6.5 soft­ware.

Open to qual­i­fied stu­dents who are enrolled in a sec­ondary or post-secondary full- or part-time edu­ca­tion pro­gram, the com­pe­ti­tion will eval­u­ate con­tes­tants’ abil­i­ties and skills with and knowl­edge of desk­top pub­lish­ing using QuarkXPress. Contestants will design a â€œNet Savvy” brochure for first-year stu­dents that pro­vides effec­tive Internet research tips. Studica is spon­sor­ing this com­pe­ti­tion to help stim­u­late and moti­vate stu­dents and staff to devel­op their skills in using high-end desk­top pub­lish­ing solu­tions, such as QuarkXPress.

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion, teach­ers are encour­aged to make par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­pe­ti­tion an in-class activ­i­ty to enhance the stu­dents’ learn­ing expe­ri­ence and pro­vide them with an oppor­tu­ni­ty to show­case their tal­ents.

“We are pleased to be work­ing with Quark in order to pro­vide stu­dents with the best in desk­top pub­lish­ing software,” said Frank Nanfara, pres­i­dent of Torcomp-Studica. “By pro­mot­ing this com­pe­ti­tion, we encour­age stu­dents to improve their design skills as they become even more involved in their cre­ative work, striv­ing to pro­duce inno­v­a­tive projects.”

“Active par­tic­i­pa­tion in the edu­ca­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty enables Quark to sup­port the next gen­er­a­tion of design­ers, offer­ing them the abil­i­ty to learn and lever­age QuarkXPress, the lead­ing design tool for multi-channel publishing,” said Cherie Walker, direc­tor of chan­nel devel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing for Quark.

In addi­tion to cash prizes pro­vid­ed by Studica for the top three win­ners, Quark will give a copy of QuarkXPress 6.5 to each of the top three win­ners when the com­pe­ti­tion ends on April 28, 2006. For more infor­ma­tion about Quark’s edu­ca­tion pro­grams, vis­it the Quark Web site at

About Studica

The Studica Skills Web site (www​.stu​di​ca​.com/​skills) is an online cen­ter where stu­dents and schools can com­pete for prizes and show­case their work using industry-leading soft­ware. Studica​.com, a divi­sion of Torcomp Inc., is an autho­rized solu­tions provider for stu­dents, teach­ers, and edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions. As one of the top aca­d­e­m­ic resellers in North America, Studica is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the lat­est prod­ucts to stu­dents and edu­ca­tors.

About Quark

Quark Inc. (www​.quark​.com) is an indus­try leader and the only soft­ware com­pa­ny pro­vid­ing multi-channel com­mu­ni­ca­tion and com­merce man­age­ment soft­ware solu­tions that are trans­form­ing the busi­ness of cre­ative com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Quark has pro­vid­ed award-winning soft­ware for pro­fes­sion­al pub­lish­ers since its flag­ship prod­uct, QuarkXPress, changed the course of tra­di­tion­al pub­lish­ing. Founded in 1981, Denver-based Quark Inc. is pri­vate­ly held.

Pariah Burke

Author, consultant, trainer, guru: Digital Publishing, ePub, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark. Empowering, Informing, Connecting Creative Professionals™

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2 Responses

  1. hunter says:

    I won­der if logo design will be part of the skills com­petion? Perhaps Studica would want some­one oth­er than Quark to judge that aspect of the stu­den­t’s work. Students real­ly should­n’t start learn­ing bold faced pla­gia­rism until they’ve been in the pro­fes­sion­al work­force for a few years.

  2. Justin Howel says:

    why is your web­site so quark like vs inde­sign man i mean go with some­thing else