Design Resume – More than a Word Doc


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.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume on Behance.

Enjoy!

20 Tips to Overcome that Creative Block

A post like this seems appropriate for anyone with a case of the Mondays.   We’ve all been there before, the seemingly impossible task to get the creative juices flowing.

Take a look at these 20 tips and perhaps there’s one listed that may do the trick for you.

How to overcome creative block: 20 brilliant tips | Creative Bloq.

Designing for Print in a Social Media World

Everyone is using social media…it’s a staple for any start up especially.  So much of what I do for clients lives online…Facebook, Twitter, eBlasts, Web banners. Ads….not to mention gB after gB of photos.

Even with all the digital work out there, people still need to print things.  From the conversations I have with clients, a misconception is taking shape…that designing images for print is the same as designing images for the web.

Don’t get me wrong, designing imagery for the web is no simple task.  Dimensions, formats, pixels, file size, images matching across multiple platforms, …it can be a challenge.  But designing for print carries it’s own challenges and risks.  If you aren’t careful you can end up costing you and your client a lot of time and money…not to mention resources.  (You can Ctrl + Z a mistake of a digital design with relative ease….but Ctrl + Z a mistake after a print run of 10,000 pieces is a little tougher)

That’s why I found this write up from Creative Bloq (@CreativeBloq) so helpful…and yes I do mess up from time to time.

“10 questions you should always ask your printer” is a helpful guide to keep even the most experienced designers from making a rookie mistake when working with a print house.

Print media and Social Media aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon.  It’s important as designers that we stay sharp on the fundamentals for both.

10 questions you should always ask your printer | Creative Bloq.

Luftbanza Airlines #Photoshop Timelapse

I have photoshop skills…but this guys has mad photoshop skills.  Check out this timelapse of a Photoshop creation by artist Alexander Koshelkov.  He brings together a mosaic of images to create one disturbingly beautiful piece.

Enjoy!
Luftbanza Airlines ( #Photoshop ) – YouTube.

Mind Officially Blown – Cool Sound and Water Experiment!

Check out this amazing affect sound can have on water.  The video doesn’t explain how it works…and I’m sort of glad, because the sheer wonderment/enjoyment of watching would be lessened I think.

The Brusspup YouTube Channel is responsible for this video.  I’ve subscribed to his channel and most every video he creates is top-notch.  I highly encourage you to check his videos out.

Cool Sound and Water Experiment! – YouTube.

2500 Frames Per Second – Ridiculous (and awesome)Activities Captured in Slow Motion

Ever wanted to see what a carpet being mowed looks like in slo motion?  How about a handful of flour catching fire or a rocket propelled clothes line?

Sure no one “needs” to see these things happen in slow motion, and even fewer would think up scenarios so obscure.   However the Danish show “Dumt & Farligt” has done just that.  Successfully I might add.

One thing I’ve learned from this video is that everything looks amazing at 2500 frames per second.

Dumt & Farligt – Phantom Flex Highlights – 1080p – YouTube.

Monument to the World’s Tallest Man

My shoe next to that of the tallest man ever known to walk the earth.

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.

Here’s a video about his life.

Make It Count

A lot can happen in a day.  Imagine if you had 10.

Max Joseph and Casey Neistat created this video of their 10 day jaunt around the world.

If you are a fan of inspirational quotes,  you’ll like this video.
If you are a fan of traveling the world, you’ll like this video.
If you are a fan of seeing people embracing life, you’ll like this video.

Be sure to check out Max and Casey’s sites as well.  It’s always motivational for me to see people using their talents in such a cool way.

Caine’s Arcade

Is it wrong for me to be jealous of a 9 year-old?  Ha ha.  I’m kidding of course
…or am I 🙂

When was the last time you went to an arcade?  Chances are you can’t even remember.   As a child I went all the time, well whenever my parent’s would give me some money anyway.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, and the Simpsons were my favorite games, aside from ski ball of course.  Arcades now reside in the world of nostalgia for many, as the home gaming consoles and Angry Birds have taken their place for today’s generation.

Today I ran across a great short documentary called Caine’s Arcade, a story about 9-year-old Caine Monroy from L.A.  who founded his own arcade in his father’s auto parts story.   Oh, did I mention its made out of cardboard.  Directed by Nirvan Mullick, Caine’s Arcade is a touching story about the power of one young child’s imagination.  Nirvan also happened to be Caine’s first customer.

I could tell the whole story for you, but I encourage you to take 10 minutes and discover the joy of this film for yourself. If I still lived in California I’d be a frequent patron of this fine establishment, if only to be reminded of my own childhood days spent at the arcade.

Like Cain’s Arcade on Facebook and be sure to support a Scholarship Fund that has been set up in his name!