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Resume Design, Getting it Right

Your resume is often the first impression you make on a potential employer. As such, it is crucial that you present a clear, understandable, and professional representation of yourself. For those in the design field a good resume design is even more important as you will be quickly evaluated on your aptitude as a designer based upon one page. If glaring spelling mistakes or design crimes are present then your opportunity to connect is lost.

The most important element of good resume design is to be clear. Don’t over design in an attempt to exhibit your stellar Illustrator/Photoshop skills. Let the content take center stage. Present information clearly, logically, and always remember to leave enough white space so the text can breathe.

Easy, right? Not exactly…

Simple design is usually more difficult than elaborate design. A lot of consideration must go into editing out unnecessary elements and pairing down to only what is needed

A great way to learn what works and what doesn’t is to take a look at good design. CV Parade is a website that showcases really well done resume/cv design. Some are simple and straight forward while others have more personality. Look through some of the designs to get a good idea of common characteristics they share. What types of typefaces are being used? How many design elements are introduced? How is color utilized?

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Thank You Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A

I want to say thank you to Brent Dennard at the Georgetown Chick-fil-A for allowing our Brand Identity class to visit yesterday and learn more about the Chick-fil-A brand.

Brand Identity Students at Chick-fil-A

Brand Identity Students at Chick-fil-A with owner, Brent Dennard

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Digital Scrapbooking

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It is important for designers to surround themselves with good design. We learn from and are inspired by others. (note: inspiration does not equal copying the work of others) Because we are often on our computers working and searching, a digital scrapbooking is an excellent way to keep track of and organize designs.

One of my favorite tools for scrap-booking is Pinterest. I allows you to create your own categories for organizing items and then collect, or pin, content from anywhere – the internet, your smart phone, your computer, etc. It has become a great way to work on projects. We are working on our new home and cataloging ideas on Pinterest gives me a place to collect ideas and know that I won’t forget what I saw (which tends to happen a lot).

I also use Pinterest to collect inspiring graphic design and logos from around the web. When I get stuck on a project I always come back to my design boards and look through them to glean some type of inspiration. I also have a board for design tutorials. As I come across tutorials to learn a new design skill I pin them for when I have time or need to utilize that skill.

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Behance Offers Oportunity for Design Students

Behance Student Show

Behance has just launched an entire section devoted to student design work. Design students can post their work for feedback and the chance to win great prizes. No doubt employers will also be checking out the site to find prospective employees.

Here’s what they have to say about their gallery:

The Behance Student Show Gallery showcases the world’s next generation of creative talent. An exclusive community for current students, Student Show provides students’ work with the recognition it deserves. Best of all – membership is free!

The Behance Network receives millions of visitors each month, and Student Show is the only program that’s exclusively for students. Upload and promote your work, get feedback from a community of peers, gain exposure, and even get hired.

As a member, your work may be featured, “appreciated,” followed by fellow creatives, and noticed by recruiters. You’ll receive updates on student competitions and exclusive discounts from some of the world’s top creative brands.

All members of the Behance Student Show must be currently enrolled as a university-level student. All levels of education are welcome.

Why wait until graduation to get your work out there? Start now

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AIGA Design Competition

What role do design competitions play?

AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), the professional association for design, is launching a new type of design competition.Instead of relying entirely on visuals, they are seeing work accompanied with narrative that highlights the value of the design. It will be a showcase of design that matters. If you’re interested in joining, here are the details from their website.

Justified: AIGA Design Competition

Our competition for 2012, “Justified: AIGA Design Competition,” invites designers to submit examples from all media and communication design disciplines, in the form of images and a description of the work’s impact. “Justified” represents the next generation of AIGA’s competitions and seeks stories that reveal the value design created for the client.

AIGA believes its role is to reinforce all the dimensions of design:

  • Hand—the craft of design
  • Heart—the impact on the human experience
  • Head—design thinking and the creation of value

AIGA’s focus on criteria may vary in emphasis among these characteristics, but they will never ignore the critical contribution of each in any successful design.

Case studies created for “Justified” will communicate the power of design that’s brilliantly executed—that reveals the role of a designer in a project, the range of contributions a designer can make, and the effectiveness of design—to audiences beyond our own profession. “Justified” invites entries in all media and communication design disciplines, including books, branding, entertainment, experience design, information design, organizational design, packaging, promotion and service design.

We encourage you to participate; entries are due by March 31. This next stage in AIGA’s competition history will showcase great design while saying so much more.

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