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Subject:RE: Interesting use of infographics for a resume From:"Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com> To:"Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>, <wilg -at- gibbscam -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Thu, 2 Jul 2009 08:36:40 -0700
I'd have to add to Fred's critique. The concept is very interesting and
the graphic is eye catching, but I think this iteration ultimately fails
on several levels. First, the y-axis of employment/academics makes sense
only if you happen to notice the very small key at the top-left of the
graph. Unfortunately, the key is lost amid the rest of the activity on
the graphic. Primary Skill Set has a similar problem. Second, the graphs
all use mostly the same colors, and the colors have meaning for only one
of them. The first few times I tried reading the graphic, I thought the
color key (at the bottom- middle of the page) was suppose to apply to
all of the graphs, and that was very confusing. Finally, the units of
measurement (energy expenditure/personal time investment) are mostly
useless. As a hiring manager, I care about what the applicant can
actually do, not how much energy they expend doing it. Similarly, I care
about their objective level of expertise with tools and technology, not
how good they are at Y relative to Z.
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Subject: RE: Interesting use of infographics for a resume
FWIW, my own inclination is to automatically and irrevocably reject any
person applying for a position that involves any form of graphic design
who didn't know enough not to use the lossy JPEG format for presentation
of content that includes a significant amount of text. This guy's
portfolio is really hard to read and basically unattractive simply
because he used the wrong file format.
Yes, this is a pet peeve of mine, but it is also one of the most
commonly made errors in web page design. JPEG is for *photographs*,
dammit, not text or line art.
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