Course 3 Final Project

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Readers gravitate toward resumes with eye catching fonts and structure. They also lean toward resources with ample white space throughout the document – Sharlyn Lauby on mashable.com.

Zero Experience

Of infographics, not in teaching or in life generally, otherwise choosing ‘Option 3’ for the Course 3 Final Project would have proven pretty tough! Option 3 of Course 3 asks COETAILers to add an infographic or visual resume to their ‘About Me’ page and is the option that I chose on this occasion.

Infographics, for me, are often seen but never created. That was until this particular course of the COETAIL journey, where I really enjoyed spending some time looking into the possibilities that such visuals can offer for creators and audiences alike. Previously, I had also never considered the idea of making an infographic or visual based resume, but the challenge certainly appealed to me after seeing all that good designs can do.

Like, Subscribe and Share…oft repeated modern cliches!

It strikes me that if we make our CVs more visually appealing, then this can only be a good thing to stand out in highly competitive jobs market (especially for jobs in international schools these days). I feel that a good design would demonstrate that the creator is motivated, cares deeply about what they do and is…well, creative.

Even if you are not looking for a new job, such an infographic is still useful. I have added a copy of my resume (see below in this post as well) to the ‘About Me’ page of this blog, if people want to know more about me (I did carefully edit my personal information though, call me Mr Safety First). I would also be inclined to make this visual available to the parents of my students and also my fellow colleagues, if they are interested.

Plan to Succeed

I began the design process by looking through hosts of examples of digital resumes, primarily with a quick ‘Google’. You can quickly see examples which suit your tastes and ones which do not so much. You can also see which resumes follow the learning of this particular COETAIL course (more on this later), and again which do not.

The infographic resume which inspired me the most was this one by Sonya Terborg. I love the way that she simplified her ideas during this process and I also like her lively colour scheme as well. Additionally; the personal picture, use of timeline, QR code and icons really bring the information to life. It was with these ideas, plus a few from some other visual CVs, that I embarked on my design!

The following video also set me up well for the design process. Though I personally do not like the example that they gave, it has many of the elements which I attempted to include and I also like the advice about looking at examples first, etc.

The Design

There is a vast array of websites which you can use to design infographics with. Creativebloq and the Mashable link above are great places to start when you are considering which tool to use. Despite using Canva for my previous infographic, this time I went for Piktochart. I was so pleased with this decision. The whole website is so easy to use and is so intuitive. I found the template designs to be extremely helpful and the selection of icons and text boxes to be more than enough for the resume that I had in mind.

I then drew out my idea in ‘analogue’ and noted down what each of the constituent parts should contain (with my old school Microsoft Word CV to hand, of course). This type of planning process is something that I think is essential for effective designs and is something that is advocated on Presentation Zen. So, without further ado, here is the infographic resume which I created…

I am really pleased with this design. I feel that it tells the story of my career so far and is balanced well between ‘CV basics’ and a notion of my philosophy as an educator. I find the colour scheme and text theme to be exciting and add to information that I wanted to communicate.

I added the visuals such as icons and charts to try and support the information and add to the reader’s understanding in the small space that is available. I used colour contrast to try to make the design stand out and appeal to the eyes of the audience. I also utilised size contrast to attempt to demonstrate relative importance of information and I used both alignment and proximity to try and communicate how some information is related.

I was very aware about the effectiveness of including white space, and though I found it difficult to do this in such a small space, I hope that there is just enough.

Finally, the maps and the QR code created on qr-code-generator is something that I find genuinely exciting. This may just be me though!

Conclusion

Hopefully, this is effective in communicating the main information that a CV normally holds, and more. It was a process that I really enjoyed and is certainly much more appealing to my eyes than a load of text in Times New Roman font in Microsoft Word! The main challenge with this sort of design is always, 1) whittling down the most important information due to the space available, and 2) the perception of a ‘modern’ resume, as opposed to the more ‘traditional’.

What do you think of my new resume design?

How might it be improved?

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6 Responses to Course 3 Final Project

  1. Tom says:

    Looks good Rory.

    If you used Google Slides, however, you could add links. Google Drawings would be cleaner, but I can’t find a way to make the links work.

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    • Rory Bell says:

      Thanks for the comment Tom!

      I will look into adding links, and into using Slides.

      Rory.

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  2. Sara McAllister says:

    Wow Rory! This looks great! I’m really impressed! Makes me want to go try making one on Piktochart! I created mine using Pages and it doesn’t look nearly as good and probably took a lot longer trying to make it all work with text boxes everywhere! Excellent job!

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  3. Rory Bell says:

    Hi Sara,

    Thank you for the lovely comment – really appreciate it.

    I’d really recommend Piktochart. The templates and ease of use really make the design process simpler.

    That said, yours looks awesome too. Consider me impressed as well 😀

    Rory.

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  4. Hi Rory, great job on your infographic resume. I love the use of the QR code as a link to your website. It looks modern and is a great way to provide access. I also love that you used a variety of visual tools to express your express your experience. The number icons to describe your years in different types of teaching experiences stand out way more that just writing the dates next to the school names would. I also like how you managed to include a graph. Great work.

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    • Rory Bell says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Many thanks for the feedback! I found Piktochart a relatively simple and very enjoyable way to make the infographic – would recommend.

      I look forward to reading your thoughts on Course 4.

      Rory.

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