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Communications Design Industry Discussion, Inspiration, & Tutorials

Jun 17, 2011

Because I can, I think

By On 10:03

I snagged this image from ubpubdesign. Just a friendly reminder from my alma mater.

Jun 8, 2011

Dope Dingbats!

By On 10:49
On a recent biz card project, I got to revisit DaFont.com in search of dingbats.  I needed old skool 80s graphics, and I found what I was looking for—and then some:

CKas- Retro cassette tape dingbats by junkohanhero

Beatbox- Ghetto blaster dingbats by Mathew Taft

DeeJay Supreme – Early 21st century rave style simplified dingbats by Fontalicious

Jun 1, 2011

Working and Listening: Matisyahu

By On 13:05

Nothing beats a dope beatbox when you're stuck at a desk!

Are You Resume Savvy?

By On 06:01
from Web Design Dispatch
Checked my inbox and was happy to see this post What Recruiters Look for in a Resume  on the SimplyHired Blog. The article breaks down the criteria in a logical fashion. You need to present a resume that outlines your:

Work experience/ employment dates
Software packages & technology
Success- If you’ve won awards, increased Web traffic, etc.

I want to add two more things to this list for professional designers. Your resume needs to have:
  1. Portfolio or link to your design samples 
  2. A clear, well-designed identity (your brand)
 Graphic designer’s resumes must be carefully thought out, designed pieces.

I don’t mean to say that your resume has to have over-the-top typography, reverse type on a color, over-sized glyph elements, or some 3-D component. I mean that the page must be easily scannable AND elegantly designed. This is the most important marketing piece you’ll ever work on, because the product you’re selling is YOU.

When recently tasked with reviewing resumes for a graphic designer position, I scanned the applications of 200+ respondents—quickly weeding out the poorly designed ones first; art directors and hiring managers don’t want to see MS Word Resume Wizard! I also weeded out CVs with no portfolio link or samples.

When there is one job and 200 applicants, the designers who present the best first impression (i.e. resume/portfolio design) get the interview.