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Archive for November, 2011

What if I’m not a designer?

I’m hoping to create a resume for myself that shows off my visual and design skills. But not everyone has the same goals, nor is everyone looking for a design job.

I showed an engineer friend of mine who is working on his own resume my research. Given his numerical mind and field of work, I thought an infographic resume might appeal to him. But it can be somewhat intimidating trying to figure out how to create one, what information to show, what colors to use, or even how to draw some graphs.  Especially if design is not your primary skill.

If you’re not a designer, but still like the idea of an infographic resume, there are a number of things you can do.

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Where to start?

Process: Research

It has been said that I can over-research a subject prior to a project. Still, I consider research a very necessary part of my workflow. Especially, in this case, where I have not done infographics before, like so many other new project. I find it necessity to constantly adapt to new styles, learn a new paradigm, and simply stay up to date with advances in technology and trends. I myself start this though research.

I also value research as a quest for inspiration. I am not the type of visionary who can pull ideas and creativity out of thin air. I need to surround myself with the ideas of others. Quite simply, I need to create a fertile foundation for ideas to grow from. And this I often seek inspiration in the work of so many other designer far more experienced than me.

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Why a blog?

For me, this blog serves several purposes.

At the most basic level, it is a place for me to collection my thoughts throughout this design process. And I hope the act of collecting and organizing these ideas will help me refine my thinking and force me forwards toward my goal.

I also hope that this blog will also serve as a process log of sorts, chronically my journey and the steps forward (and backward) I take on this projects. Process plays an important role for me. Not only are many Design Thinking processes meant to help stimulate and explore design options and directions, but they ultimate serve the purpose of pushing you to a better result. I’m sure I’ll write more about process later. Recording this log is also a way for me to document and share my thought processes and workflow, which I believe says more about me than any final design or product.

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Why Infographics?

Infographic resumes seem to be becoming a more popular trend, though until recently I had little idea of their existence.  It wasn’t until I ran across this image on another designer’s website that I even began to think of resumes as visual.

So I should give credit to Gavin Worth for sparking the idea within me of trying to represent myself more visually.  Still, it took some time for the idea to sink in, partially because I hadn’t yet decided to seek out a new job.

The Vitruvian Man of Design by Gavin Worth

The Vitruvian Man of Design by Gavin Worth

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