Back in 2007, a couple years after graduating college, and before I ventured into the world of design all on my own, I would scour the internet and job boards for hours on end looking for work. What is the one item every potential employee is supposed to have…the all encompassing “get to know me in one page before ever meeting me” resume.
My resume was a Word doc masterpiece. After 7,000 revisions and edits…or so it felt like…every well crafted word I beleived represented my best qualities to a total stranger that I often times would never meet. But being a designer, I came to learn that I needed more that a piece of paper to “stand out”. My resume had to be much more visual.
That’s why I found this resume from fellow designer, Ashley Spencer, so very interesting. Her “Info-Graphic Map of Me” is a great take on the tired resume.
The question is, would it make you as employer take notice or just toss it aside. Take a look and decide for yourself.
I admit it. I’ve bought beer strictly based on the label. Guilty as charged. Running into the store with a limited amount of time, looking for the first thing to catch my eye…that’s my plan.
But who hasn’t?
It’s all about marketing really. As a graphic designer much of my time is spent in promoting a brand or entity. Print, web, logos, social media, event fliers…it’s all about catching the audiences attention, and engaging them enough to want what I’m presenting. So it should come as no surprise when I say I “window shop” for beer from time to time. If I like the label, I’ll probably like what’s inside.
Now to the point of this post. Oh Beautiful Beer. Oh Beautiful Beer is a site that “celebrates remarkable graphic design from the world of beer”, a site showcasing the creative energy that goes into marketing beer, and the amazing designs that result. It’s a work of art on a six-pack! I’m a huge fan and I think you will be too.
I’m 6 ft 1in tall and wear size 12 shoes.
Robert Pershing Wadlow was 8ft 11in and wore size 37 shoes.
Out of all the people on the planet, the honor of being the World’s Tallest Man in recorded history belonged to a gentleman from Alton, IL, a town just 30 minutes from my own hometown. I thought it only fitting for me to grab my camera and make the short drive to the monument dedicated to him.
The life-size statue of Wadlow stands on College Avenue in Alton, opposite the Alton Museum of History and Art. The statue was erected in 1986 in honor of the hometown native. I first visited the statue with my grandparents back in 1995 (check out the shorts I’m rocking in a picture in the gallery below) but hadn’t been back until this past week. His statue looked just as enormous as it had when I was 12. Unfortunately I was the only one at the statue when I took pictures…so my shoe was the only point of reference I had to show just how, pardon the pun, largest than life he was.
Known as the Alton Giant, Robert Wadlow was born in 1918. His size was noticeable from an early age with special desks having to be made for him as an elementary school student. By his freshman year of college he was already over 8ft 3in and showing no signs of stopping. His celebrity status in American culture comes as no surprise and in 1936 he toured the country with the Ringling Brother Circus.
Mobility was always a problem for Wadlow, often requiring braces to support his 440lb frame. Sadly his giant stature would be his undoing. On July 4, 1940 a blister on Robert’s foot became infected requiring doctors to perform an unsuccessful blood transfusion. He would pass away in his sleep 15 days later at the young age of 22.
It is said his funeral was attended by nearly 40,000 people. His casket was 10 feet and required 12 pallbearers to take Robert to final resting place, which was interred in a vault of solid concrete.
While Robert Wadlow will likely hold the world record indefinitely at 8ft 11in doctors said that his body showed no signs of slowed growth. Who knows how tall he could have become.
There are six other life size statues of Wadlow, one of which resides at the Guinness Museum in Niagara Falls.
One of the first video projects I ever did in high school was a stop motion video. Mine was about the Iron Chef. It was terrible.
This stop motion video, however, is top notch. Sean Olhenkamp and his wife, along with an army of volunteers, spent countless hours moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto (883 Queen Street West, (416) 366-8973).
Check it out. I’m sure you’ll be as impressed as I was.