Calling all Quarkians – it’s time for the QuarkXPress MS Teams Background Showdown!

Get ready to unleash your creativity and join us in a competition to create a visually appealing background for Microsoft Teams.

The background should incorporate our company logo, colors, and values, and inspire collaboration, positivity, and a sense of belonging among team members.

This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your artistic talents, contribute to our company’s identity, and make a lasting impact on our virtual work environment.

It gives you the chance to add a fun, creative touch to our virtual meetings, whilst simultaneously promoting our brand.

To enter the competition, please email by Friday 18th August.

You will then be provided with a license for QuarkXPress. To help you get started with your design, check out this simple recorded demo.

Or if you are already ahead of the game you can revisit Anit’s recorded demo for more advanced tips and tricks.

To help you with creating the MS Teams background design, please see an attached copy of the brand guidelines below.

brand guidelines pdf


  1. The winning design will be officially adopted as one of our company-branded backgrounds for MS Teams, proudly displayed during meetings and virtual events.
  2. In addition, the creator of the winning design will be awarded 250 credits, to use at our forthcoming Swag store. This prize allows you to select a few items from a variety of options, including a hoodie, t-shirt, water bottle, plus more.

Rules for participation

  1. You must use QuarkXPress to create the design, we will provide you with the license.
  2. Ensure the design is clear, non-distracting, and suitable for a professional setting.
  3. Your design must contain the Quark logo, which you will receive after submitting the entry form.
  4. Please only use royalty-free images in your design such as those available inside QuarkXPress or from,, and We are not permitted to download images from Google or other search engines, where we do not have the image owner’s permission.
  5. Please only submit one design per person.

How to submit your design:

  1. Submit your file in the link below:

  2. Create your design in 1920×1080 pixels, name your file MS Teams Background Showdown with your full name afterwards and save it as a PNG image.

  3. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday, September 18th, 2023.

  4. Voting on the shortlisted designs will be from 21st-27th September, 2023.

  5. The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 5th, 2023.