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Beyond Word – A death clock resume

DustinCurtis

I interview and talk with a lot of young designers who always smile as they hand me a business card they have spent 80 hours designing, printed with a 6 color process, a spot varnish and a die cut on hand made paper which they have then stapled to a an off center Xerox of their resume that they created in Word entirely typeset in 12 point Courier. Your resume is the first design impression you make on a new client or employer so why are we all content to “design” it in a word processor? Word, and really all Microsoft Office programs, are where design and typography go TO DIE!

I want to create a site called The Visual Resume project that would a platform for me to launch my personal crusade to change the thinking of designers that they have to represent themselves and their talents with something as vanilla and unimaginative as a Word document. We have to use our talents to create something more visual, more imaginative and more engaging to represent ourselves.  I took a first pass at doing it to my own resume two years ago with moderate success and I have a new version in the works that will be finished soon.

My favorite example of a designer who has done something really unique with his resume is Dustin Curtis who created a death clock that tracks his progress through his life in real time to his predicted death on March 23, 2068.  I love it because it is completely original, it is a living document and would if it was mine it would remind me everyday that I need to get off my ass and do something with my life.

I challenge you to stand out from the crowd and put your talents to use to create a resume that truly represents you and your talents. Post in the comments any examples you like or an example your have already created for yourself.

1 Comment

  1. iworkinprogress

    September 18, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I think the resume should be clean, clear, and informative. Yes, it should look nice, but I wouldn’t spend an excessive amount of time creating. I feel the same thing about portfolios. Early in your career perhaps you have to make your portfolio into a piece in-of-itself, but hopefully after a few years you present the work simply and let it speak for itself.

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