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30 Graphics design and creative resumes

One word: whoa!
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30 Graphics design and creative resumes

One word: whoa!


Oh my. Thanks for posting. Makes me feel ancient and outdated. Man, those guys are good. I didn't read them all but were there any womens' resumes in that pile? Just wondering...

Loved the box idea, I may have to use that for something...
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The resumes look nice, but too nice to the point on first glimpse I would simply look at them for five seconds, laugh, & throw them to the shredder.

"There is much beauty that we fail to see through our own eyes teeming with life forms that give us that perception of our reality.  Leaves on the trees blowing gently in the wind, or scarily, the waves pounding through high surf, or lightly on a warm summer’s day; that opportunity to sit or swim in the water on a white beach.   That comfort to shout, “The universal conscious do you hear me?  I am alive, guide me dear logos towards the path of rightnesses.”  Earned what has been kept, no longer to be absorbed into a life filled with cold damn winds and  that stubborn fog clouding  my vision with nothing but darkness."


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Some outstanding and clever work there. But from what I've read about resume design even graphic design resumes need to be careful with too much illustrative and graphic elements. Better to put a small amount into the resume and save the rest for your portfolio IMO.

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Very cool. However, I have to say that I know someone who used a fancy resume design that he spent tons of time on when he was applying to a firm that specializes in graphic design. His wasn't even as fancy as those shown in this link. Anyway, they asked him to please send them another copy of his resume in a more regular format! Isn't that surprising?

The greatest graphic I've ever seen on a resume is a simple timeline with dates and company names for whom you have worked. If you put that on the top or bottom of the page as a summary it can be very powerful. Then keep the rest of it same-old same-old in terms of design.

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The greatest graphic I've ever seen on a resume is a simple timeline with dates and company names for whom you have worked.


Sounds interesting, any chance you have a link to an example?

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I like the map idea. It would probably be more fun than useful to put together a resume in the form of a map. Any one up for the challenge?

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I appreciate all the effort that they put into designing these resumes. From the perspective of someone who has plowed through a bunch of resumes looking for candidates for a GIS position - 90% of these would have been skipped over. I didn't have the time to read a key and learn how to read the graphics. Though the ones that worked for me were the ones that were clever yet still easy to read. The horror movie one comes to mind, and the one that looked like a newspaper advertisement from the 30's. Both had a sense of humor, but I could quickly find what I would need to know. Those would probably work for a small firm, but not something that went to a large corporation. I don't know how the graphic design industry works, where you would need to supply a portfolio of work, so they might be more acceptable there.

Thanks for sharing those!

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Most of these resumes are just hard to read. They look over-designed and too contrived. The more typographic ones work better. I do appreciate the idea of exploring the resume format more critically. Resumes are tough because they're incredibly personal and a lot is at stake. Everything about them is challenging. They're awkward to write. They're hard to format and you're typically working on them when you need a job - which makes the process even more enjoyable. So, I appreciate the effort made here and it's definitely food for thought. Although, I'd be hesitant to use any pop imagery or graphics because they carry so much visual baggage. You have no idea how they are going to be interpreted. In many of the examples shown here, the imagery seems to faddish and kitschy to be taken seriously.



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I like the map idea. It would probably be more fun than useful to put together a resume in the form of a map. Any one up for the challenge?


I thought the exact same thing. But after the initial buzz , I would rather put effort into a much-needed website. And having done a lot of sales, Erin is absolutely right. You never know how a gimmick will be interpreted - in my experience its mostly negative.

Thanks for that posting Hans . Its like the one of the business cards. I find these things very stimulating. They always spark new ideas in all sort s of ways.
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I like the map idea. It would probably be more fun than useful to put together a resume in the form of a map. Any one up for the challenge?


I actually have been toying with a map resume recently. I have several pages in my sketchbook and a couple of illustrator files playing around with different ideas. Unfortunately, most of my relevant experience has been in a single geographic area, so its not very interesting! More "infographic" than "resume." Fun for the exercise, but not very practical.

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some of those resumes are really great. Thanks for the post Hans.
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