When I was a senior in college, one of my last projects as a graphic design major was to create a personal identity system. A personal identity system is really important for anyone in the communication field today, especially visual artists.
A personal identity system allows the world—your peers, potential clients or employers, network connections—to get an instant snapshot about your point of view as a designer.
When I started sketching out ideas and coming up with keywords that I wanted my personal brand to reflect, words like refined, edgy, fun, out of the ordinary, professional, and approachable came to mind.
It’s really important to think about how you want people to think about you as a designer when you set out to create a personal identity system. While you don’t want to undermine your point of view, you also need to consider what you people think when they see your brand.
Below is how my resume turned out when it was finished. I used signature purple and green colors that were an important and consistent part of my brand for a long time. The long, thick line from the M running down the page instantly commands attention and also serves to break up different important information.
I’ve had countless people email me and ask if they can use this design for their own use, presentations, or part of blog posts. Send me an email on how you’re interested in using the resume. Most often than not, I’m happy to provide my consent and am even willing to give up the original art files for the right situation.
Note: if you’d like to edit the resume for your own use, you will need Adobe InDesign CS5 or later (you can purchase a subscription to InDesign for a small fee here). However, please know that I cannot offer technical support for InDesign.