50 Shades Of Resume #37: The Typographic

Resume 37

Rob Gregory is an advertising art director who clearly loves typography – because that’s what he pretty much used to make this resume. From different fonts and weights, to varying sizes and colors, the resume is a love letter to text. We’ve seen resumes that vary typography here and there – Rob dives on in and makes it the core of what he’s done.

He’s also thrown out a lot of standard resume flows and ideas here to make a different statement. There’s bits and pieces of personal data, humor, hobbies and more. There’s not exactly a flow to it either.

It’s a very unusual resume, one that takes chances. Of course taking chances can teach us some things, and here’s what I take away from his resume

  • We’ve seen a few landscape resumes, and in some cases I think that works. Here it clearly does, to focus on his use of text.
  • It’s also a resume that shows off skills, period. You don’t do this without being knowledgable.
  • It’s a far more personal resume as well. The typographic nature of the resume actually reinforces that.
  • The use of varied type,fonts, etc. makes this visually interesting and clearly shows skill.
  • At the same time though he varies colors, he doesn’t overdo it. Instead, he picks a standard color set and deviates sparingly.
  • Including the college logo is a nice idea – one that might be worth doing if you’re doing more “iconic” resumes like we’ve seen.

However, there are some challenges and issues to this approach

  • There’s actually not a lot of detail on skill – this is a resume who’s design is there to show what the person it’s about can do. That’s risky.
  • There’s a sense of busyness to the resume that could be toned down.
  • I think the personal details are overdone and could be replaced with more professional information.
  • In turn, a photo or better yet stylized art piece of the author could add a personal touch.
  • The resume needs a more unified flow or feel to help tell a story. There’s personal detail but not a large sense of narrative – he does include that in the section on his real estate career, and adding more “flow” to this resume could make it very effective.

One interesting thing in this resume is his choice of going typographic does drive a lot of the design, so critiques aside, he did dive right into his concept.  I think that stands out, and if you’re going to for a given theme, I think that enthusiasm is required, even if the resume has issues (even if I think it does).  Rob dived on in.

Steve’s Summary: I’d find this a fun resume to get, because there’s a lot of character – and talent. I’d definitely want a “standard” resume with it to pair up. I also think this is a resume other digital artists would “get” over other people.

[“50 Shades of Resume” is an analysis of various interesting resumes to celebrate the launch of the second edition of my book “Fan To Pro” and to give our readers inspiration for their own unique creations.]

– Steven Savage