Patrick Houston Resumé


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I love infographics. I really love infographics that are especially well done, and dense with good and useful information. I love pouring over them and digesting the info they are presenting.

The thing is, they are incredibly time consuming to do. Gathering, distilling, designing and presenting information in such a way that it is digestible and pleasing to the eye takes a lot of thought and attention to detail. It is so time consuming, in practice, that no client would ever pay me to design one.

I spent probably 20-24 hours on designing the Patrick Houston Resumé you see here. They were happy hours of designing, problem-solving, revising and revising again, and I am pleased with the result. It has the essential information (contact info, work history), a bit of personal information (family, volunteerism), it shows examples of my work and who I have done work for, and gives an overview of my toolset. It’s a lot of information packaged in a linear and dense way. A great deal of time was spent on the little details.

If I were a young art director or graphic designer looking for a job, I would consider doing this. When I was working for ad agencies, resumés would come across my desk weekly. Most went straight into the trash after a 5 second glance but something like this would certainly get my attention and get a call back. A young designer who brought me a resumé with this much care and attention would go to the front of the line.

Good and honest infographics seem to be pretty rare. The New York Times graphic design team does some that are stunning. So does Wired magazine.

Bad and dishonest infographics done by hurried or lazy designers are a plague on humanity, and need to be stopped.

At any rate, I had fun doing this and thought I would share.