Typographic Resume


Scenario: You are a graphic design student. A faculty member has just notified you of a potential internship. The employer would like for you to send a resume outlining the following...


• Contact Information
• Objective 
• Education
• Skills
• Work / Employment experience
• Extra Curricular Activities
• Achievements / Awards 
• Professional organizations
• References

This "type driven" resume should have a "modernist" approach. It should be user friendly and can have subtle "iconography".
The resume can be any size, printed on a 8.5"x11" or 11"x17" sheet of paper. The resume should not be folded and should fit in a standard envelope size.

It needs to illustrate the following: 

• Typographic excellence
• Typographic styling / formatting
• Creative usage of type
• Effective use of color
• Attention to detail
• Visual heirarchy
• Visual typographic cues
• Underlying grid structure
• Creative usage of paper
• Demonstrates potential as an entry-level graphic designer

In thumbnail form, you will need to create a minimum of 5 concepts/design layouts. You will determine your top 3 designs and then develop 3 tight computer roughs of the resume to present to your instructor.

In order to make sure that the job is scheduled appropriately, prints correctly and all electronic files are configured correctly you will be in close contact with the technology instructor.

Once the final design has been chosen, a final comprehensive design will need to be generated. This resume will need to be printed in color on a 8.5"x11" or "11"x17" sheet and also submitted as a color PDF file. The faculty have asked that the digital files be delivered to the appropriate folder on the server for archival purposes.

Student Examples (Standard): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Student Resources: 1 | 2 | 3

Design Process

  1. Research how to write a...

    • Skills Based Resume
    • Action Verbs : Power Words

  2. Using Microsoft Word, create content (ie: copy) for the following:

    • Contact Information: Name, Title, Address, E-mail, Web URL
    • Objective 
    • Education
    • Skills
    • Work / Employment experience
    • Extra Curricular Activities
    • Achievements / Awards 
    • Professional Organizations
    • References

  3. Research creative resume examples online. Collect samples and assemble a mood board which includes:
    • images/techniques
    • color palette
    • typographic choices and combinations

  4. Create thumbnails meeting the following criteria:
    • show five different concepts
    • create composition variations for each concept
    • are fast and un-detailed
    • are drawn in proportion to the dimensions of the finished piece
    • communicate a minimum of five different creative concepts
    • that show variations of each creative concept
    • show emphasis, balance, unity, rhythm
    • Convey composition, sizing and position
    • show general shapes of graphic elements (images, text, etc.)
    • display readable headline type

  5. Submit thumbnails for sign-off on or before the deadline date.

  6. Develop three roughs from the thumbnails selected by your art director that meet the following criteria:
    • drawn in proportion or actual size for final product
    • indicating type choice (typeface, case, type style, etc)
    • indicating usage of color and value

  7. Submit roughs for sign-off on or before deadline date.

  8. Develop the final design from the selected rough.

  9. Submit final design on or before the deadline date.

Design Technology

  1. Create job folder(s) as instructed by your production manager.
  2. Choose the appropriate software to create graphic artwork by understanding the difference between vector and raster images.
  3. Develop bezier curve illustrations for the design and save in the appropriate format by...
    • creating smooth curves using a minimum number of anchor points
    • using Bezier curve handles
    • saving illustration files native documents
  4. Use layers to isolate graphic elements in order to manipulate / change specific elements without effecting other elements of the design.
  5. Use ruler guides and document grid to align text and graphics.
  6. Create bleeds to create the illusion that the press printed to the edge of the sheet of paper.
  7. Use effective file management and follow instructions for saving files to appropriate volumes by...
    • collecting all files and assets into "packaged" folders
    • using descriptive file names, formats and extensions
    • using a dedicated folder for working files
  8. Find resources to solve technical problems by...
    • using the software help menus
    • using reference books
    • using online resources
    • communicating with colleagues
  9. Maintain a positive attitude when computer problems arise by...
    • looking at problems as an opportunity to learn something new
    • not having sarcastic remarks
    • maintaining an awareness of appropriate / positive body language
    • eliminating self-defeating thoughts and language
  10. Save the final PDF files and utilize the correct PDF presets by...
    • utilizing "smallest file size" for client view
    • utilizing "print quality" for laser printing
  11. Assess your work and make appropriate revisions.
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