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Minimalistic Resume Design

Problem

A client came to me with a request to design a resume that could stand out in a crowd without being flashy or overwhelming.  Although he had done some web developing in high school, this was his first time applying for a real job and he wanted his resume to be organized and professional with a focus on varying skills.

Solution

We met and discussed his experience, training, qualifications and desires for employment. From this, I organized the information into groups, then ordered them from most important and relevant information to least. I then spent some time researching different ideas for presenting the information. The result is a minimalistic approach to a simple resume. Grey variations with blue undertones give the feeling of importance and professionalism, while not being distracting. Fonts the headers were chosen for their ease of readability and their unique strong nature. Paired with a strong, easy to scan font for the paragraphs makes this resume easy to scan while retaining a unique quality. The contrast between the dark sidebar and the white content area draws viewers’ attention to the most important information first and then subtly falls to the background as they explore the rest of the document.

Result

The designed was delivered within the week and after a month of applying, he got the job he wanted.

Graphic Designer / Programmer Resume

Problem

This is a project that I came up with myself. I decided that I wanted to create a very unique, visually interesting resume that had small technical accents. I wanted to make the resume speak for itself in regards to graphic design ability, and to provide an eye-catching intuitive way to move through the other vital information provided on the resume.

Solution

With the given content I stripped away everything that was unnecessary information to get to the most important, core information. I then began playing around with different geometric shapes. Colors then came into play when I decided that light text on a dark background would be a good way to grab attention and guide the user to the information. Light blue lines are used throughout the design to guide the user from piece of information to the next. Small accents were added to the lines inspired by computer chips.

Result

Very minimalistic, eye-catching resume that naturally moves you through from one piece of information to the next.

Elliot Golias

Problem

Elliot Golias is currently working on his PhD in Physics at Kent State University. He is extremely active in many of his classes, including teaching several lower level ones. He felt that he needed to update his personal website as a means of demonstrating his ability as well as helping his classmates. He came to us for suggestions on how he could improve the look of his website. We sat down and looked through each of the pages that he had up, we noticed that it was not mobile friendly at all. It also was not very easy to scan, and the design needed to be brought up to date. The site was built on Kent State University web servers which only provide basic web technologies, so we could only use client based technology.

Solution

We completely redesigned the site to present a professional yet simple style. The blue provides a professional, reliable and responsible feel to his site while providing contrast that makes scanning easy. On the original site Elliot had very long lists of links to different course pages. We took the lists and placed them into cards with headers and content. This approach did several things. 1) Increased readability and scanning ability 2) reduced the amount of scrolling 3) properly used more visual space making the site feel more full and complete.

The site is now integrated with Bootstrap, so the whole site scales up and down depending on screen size. Because Elliot has to edit the html directly, we implemented some custom javascript and set up a template for him so that he can update the site as he needs. Everything is run server side, so it is able to be hosted on the school computers without losing functionality.

Result

We were able to deliver a whole new website to Elliot that was mobile friendly and portrays his professionalism with his colleagues, fellow students, and future employers.

 

IATCCC

Problem

The Indiana Association for Track and Cross Country Coaches (IATCCC) approached me and asked if I could update their website. Their website consisted of multiple individual .html files that all had to tediously updated by editing the files directly. New information was added minimum monthly, and a lot of the time more than that, especially during the track and cross country seasons. All of this was managed by one person, but the information was being collected from multiple different people. The site was static and used tables to format everything. They wanted a site that could be easily updated by multiple people and that looked better than just a simple .html page with various tables. Each year they also had a huge convention and they needed an integrated system where they could have people sign up for the event, pay online, and receive attendee only content.

Solution

Background and text colors were chosen based on their established logo. The background depicts a portion of a track, but also gives the feeling of movement and speed – both associated with Cross Country and Track.

I worked with them to come up with a new system of displaying, recording and accessing all of the various types of important information quickly and easily. The IATCCC site is built on WordPress, making it quick and easy to update. New users with different levels of accessibility could be created so that each person could only update and access  the content that was relevant to them. Because the site is built on WordPress, they could then install different plugins that allowed them to have a live twitter feed in the sidebar of their site. New ways of organizing the information on the site were implemented to searching for specific content and information a snap. Another WordPress plugin was installed that was able to handle all of the event sign ups, transactions and information so that all of that could be handled within the site.

Result

A brand new website that is easily updatable, accessible on mobile, and handles event registrations and payments within the site.

Culwell & Luke LLC

Problem

Culwell & Luke LLP are an Indiana based law firm specializing in immigration, bankruptcy, civil litigation and business law in Spanish, English and Hungarian. Because the majority of their cases were primarily from the Indianapolis, Indiana area, they were hoping that with a new website they would be able to expand their client base to neighboring states. They wanted the design of their site to updated with a clean, solid landing page, and simple supporting pages. Because their client base spoke 3 languages, they also wanted their site to be able to be translated into those three languages.

Solution

After several design options, they chose to go with a light background theme with a heavy header and footer to give the site spacial guidance. By keeping the color palette simple with three neutrals and the color of their logo, I was able to pull in a good yellow accent color that would provide visual contrast and accentuation on important information. Three custom icons were created for the menu, language and login buttons in the top right corner.

Built on WordPress, the site is easy to update and maintain. The front page is automatically generated by pulling different information from the site into it’s corresponding section, mitigating the need for updating the same information in three or four places. By using Google translate services, the entire website can be translated from English to Spanish or Hungarian. The site easily scales up and down depending on screen size.

Result

Brand new website that better caters to Culwell & Luke’s client base, represents their law firm better and in a more modern light, and gives them ease and flexibility in updating content.

Foods with Judes – Postcard

Problem

Judes came to us with a request to design a postcard for her upcoming speaking event in Boston. She needed a postcard that would advertise her new eBook, Lean Body, Smart Life, as well as promote her other products and services.

Solution

On the front of the card, the book cover is clearly displayed as both a physical book and an eBook, making it easy to see what is being advertised. A simple bubble is used to bring attention to the launch date of the eBook, while not taking away from the over all look of the postcard. The back is very simple and straightforward, with a picture of here and her other products and services, as well as her logo strategically placed in the bottom right corner so as to be the last and most rememberable part of the card.

Result

The cards were a hit at her conference, helping to spread the word about her business and upcoming products.