Brief and Work Plan
This module is super flexible. It’s all about self-planning, production, and improvement. I plan on renovating myself, by making myself seem more professional by updating and redesigning my CV.
Outline summary of your Self-Directed Production
What do you plan to create and how does it relate to historical and contemporary practice?
inDesign and Photoshop I plan on creating a new CV that will allow me to have a more professional appearance. Currently my CV is a type-up on a automatic CV making website. I want to follow a style I’ve started implementing in other areas.
Areas of research
What are you going to research for this project, what other practitioners are you going to investigate?
During this course I’ve had to learn to use wordpress. When I first created this site it was very clunky and unorganised. Since learning how to master the creating of pages my site is now more easy to navigate and much more clean. I want to do this with my new abilities in inDesign. I want to mimic designs that i have used for my email and business cards. I’ve had successful feedback from them.
What is your aim in producing this work?
By having an easily editable format, updating my resume becomes easier. This allows me to keep up to date, look professional and gives me a chance to showcase my skills.
List the books, journals, articles, and sites you have used for your initial research.
All of my research is based of examples online. Before i dive into my own design i want to look at some other designs from people in my profession and criticise to build apon their ideas.
Will your production raise any ethical issues? For example, will you need to get any permission sheet signed or any Model release Forms signed?
This is solely around me using all my personal information. No permission is required unless I decide to put others information such as references.
Who is the target audience for your work?
When it comes to CV’s you have to cater to a certain audience; that of your profession. Ideally i want to produce a style that is easily adjustable but perhaps a cover letter in a similar style will be a good idea.
How is your work going to reach its audience, is it going to be displayed online? Are you going to exhibit the work?
The same as any other resume; applications, handouts, emails and online (personal website). This means i’ll have to produce different PDF styles for both print and web-viewing.
To better understand styles that work I want to do some research on what others within my area are using.
While I am original I like to look at what others have come up with, i’ll be looking at things such as colours, design, style, information showed and any other things that stand out.
This first example was one I found on the first page of google images when I searched “Graphic Designer CV”. It stood out to me because of the bold grey-scale design. I also love how it’s used the colours to separate two sections of the resume. Quite often resumes can become a list style format, this switches that up. The idea of having a photo is a nice touch as well. One thing I don’t like what this example does is the text. Both the formatting and placement is off. I can see that they’ve used placeholder text to show how it would look (this could potentially be a template) but the formatting of the dates and job-titles doesn’t look well enough separated.
This second example is a screen-grab from google images again. I’m not just a graphic designer but also have experience within photography and video editing. When I searched for “photographers CVs” I was disappointed that most of the results looked like this. They all look like my current CV and I was hoping for more creativity.
Within the sea of boring resumes there was one that stood out to me.
This resume with its grey-scale design, minimalist approach and well formatted text stood out to me. I love how an example of work is embedded on the CV. This really shows off that the owner is talented in not just their area of photography but as a general creative. I also really like how they’ve showcased their skills in a score like style.
This example is more showcasing what my current style is like and how I can relate it to the other examples above.
Above is rendered prints for my business cards. The style, font and colours from these are something i’d like to carry across to my resume. Adding the sections from the first example with the font style from the second example.
I’ll be doing all of this within the Adobe suite, mostly in inDesign as I need my master project file to be easily adaptable for different printing methods. If I was to create this on Photoshop it would restrict me with editing and the layers would be uncontrollable.
Besides some photo albums I’ve not had a massive amount of experience within inDesign. So my main aim of this module is to get to better grips with inDesign so I can be more confident with it in the future.
Going into this project I had a very selfish mindset. To me, the main point of this module was to widen my skills in inDesign. Not only do I feel like I’ve managed to complete that self-set objective but I have produced something that demonstrates the skills I have picked up. While I didn’t massively document the production process due to the limited time I spent a good few hours on the internet watching videos and googling solutions when I couldn’t figure things out.
After my research, I knew some key elements I wanted in my design. Greyscale was something I was set on using from when I saw the first example. Carrying across the grey colour used in my business cards worked out well, not only does it now match as a set but they have similar characteristics besides the colours. The fonts, layout and logo are all very similar as planned. I even managed to do all of the text within the same colour, different levels of text just have a different transparency level which means it easily separates the titles from subtitles and paragraphs. Something that I criticised the first example for not doing.
Something that I complimented the second example for doing was including an example of work in the design. I didn’t manage to do this as a style but did include a section linking my three areas to examples. I like this as it gives any employers an easy bit of eye-bait to get them intrigued at my work. Another thing I took from example two was how they showcased skills. I used blocks which were either filled or blank, this follows my colour scheme and section design.
During the production, I decided to use the logos from my employers/previous work experience. I took their logos and put them into a solid box coloured to match my style. I decided to do this instead of typing my employer’s name. I liked this idea but I now realise my design is too segregated and boxy. If I had done the opposite and filled their logo in with the colours to match my design it would fit better and contribute to the style.
One thing I wish I had followed more from my examples was how minimalistic they looked. Where I have physically separated by sections it doesn’t look as clean and simple as I had hoped. This is the same against my business cards which have a cleaner finished look.
If I had more time on this project I would have shortened down the content on my CV. At the moment the CV acts as both a covering letter and as my résumé. While this looks good with my digitised signature I think two separate documents would be better. Having less content would mean a cleaner minimalistic design, something I would prefer.
Due to personal reasons that left me with little time to complete this module I didn’t get to do as much research as I had hoped. I feel if I had done more research and looked at a variety of job roles and positions to see what’s made them successful in their areas I’d be able to relate more to my own. This is the same for experimenting. While I was adamant on using a greyscale colour tone perhaps if I had tried something else I might have had a different approach. This is the same with the font and general design. Maybe instead of following my existing design, I could have created a variety of concepts and then done a vote, review the concepts and follow one of those designs. That way then I get another view on my résumé which is a good idea as its purpose is for others to read.
Normally I would look at tutorials and figure out what looks good from a creative standpoint. Where I dropped myself straight in means that I didn’t get to figure out the potential of inDesign and was limited by my idea of what could be done within the program. This means that I made something that isn’t special. It could easily be replicated and doesn’t show off my abilities as a creative too much. Although it is still much better than the standard photographers résumés that showed up on google.
Something that I realise now that I’ve seen the résumé as a finished product is how multiple pages ruins the aesthetic of clean and minimalistic. This is something that would also be fixed by separating the documents. By separating as well it would mean less editing on my behalf as most of my personal statement is written to appeal to a specific job
Thanks to this project I have learnt a lot about inDesign including all the basic tools, the layout and rendering process. One thing I could have potentially learnt to do is create an interactive PDF with hyperlinks to places like my portfolio site and this blog. Clickable contacts for references as well. This would reduce the information I have to show on the front page.
When it came for finally printing the résumé the final product looked very professional. Thanks to the way inDesign works, I could easily adjust my project to print from any printer perfectly. I had to learn about exporting on inDesign, all the different pdf types, locking and much more. I enjoy learning new things and am glad that I dived into something new. Now to send off the new résumé and see if I get any interest from employers, that will be the real test.