High off design

I spent a cumulative amount of six hours working on this resume, but it was all worth it:

Duan resume

It’s not perfect, and it has a few definitive space errors that I don’t know off the top of my head how to fix. But it’s still something I’m really proud of.

I took art lessons for three years as a kid, but I never liked using charcoal or pencil or watercolor or oil paint to try to capture what my imagination was picturing. It was nearly impossible, and I gave up by freshman year of high school.

But then, junior and senior year, I started doing more for my school magazine, WINK. Being editor-in-chief of WINK entailed eventually becoming head designer as well, and soon enough, I was trying to put myself in the shoes of an art director. I pored over previous graphics or layouts to build up my spatial sense, and experimented with various lines, colors, and paragraph styles to put together the perfect page.

Graphic design is fun because you’re working with concepts everyone’s familiar with: lines, boxes, and fonts are your tools, and inDesign and Illustrator are your helpful canvases (the built-in space alignment tool is so helpful). It’s not messy, because Ctrl-Z is your best friend, and if you make a major error, you can always exit out of your project without saving and start over.

The handiness of virtual art is you have more freedom of expression; while I do commend those who are blessed with a pencil or paintbrush, you don’t have to fret about the physical logistics in graphic design. You can make something beautiful even if you aren’t mechanically inclined.

For a while now, I’ve been entertaining the notion of adding a design emphasis when I start my sequence. Every so often, I’ll test this desire by helping David Freyermuth, the fabulous head Maneater graphics designer, on production night.


It holds up. I really do get a thrill out of seeing something so vividly engaging spring to life on a page, breaking down statistics into a digestible level.

Now I know I’m definitely going to be stalking the Pinterest infographic resume board more.


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