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So, What Are The Most Creative Resume Designs Ever Created?

We’re so glad you asked! Here’s are current list of the best of the best.

1. Resume by xiruxiru

The designer here has used fruit, and the caption “Full of Vitamin Creativity” to appeal to viewers.

2. Rei’s Resume by Rei-pash

A lovely background texture with a spotlight effect creates a beautiful backdrop for this resume.

3. Resume by zxcxvxc

The paint splash here shows the artist’s creative side.

4. Resume by brazilnut

This resume has been lain out beautifully with lines, and the logo merging well.

5. Typographic Resume by mac1388

I’m not sure what’s with the tilting trend, but I love it here, especially with the name centrepiece.

6. My Recent Resume by pixelprop

This resume appeals to an employer’s humorous side with a horror film poster theme.

7. My Resume by darthkix

A personal favourite, beautiful colours, nothing over the top, and plenty information.

8. Resume by cheektocheek

This resume also takes on the arty poster persona, and it works brilliantly!

10. Resume by KevinPire

With bold, attention-grabbing titles, and the use of lime green, this is an eye catcher.

11. Resume by Kyuzengi

This artist uses the contrast between black and white to separate the headings, and information which works incredibly well.

12. Resume by heydani

Subtle but powerful, this resume puts typography through its paces with an awesome header.

13. Resume Upgrade by mac1388

An update to a previous resume, this time with less bold headers. But it’s equally powerful.

14. Resume Updated by twolapdesigns

Clever usage of colour and outlines mixed with a different choice of typeface make this resume stand out, but maybe less readable.

15. icART resume by icasialnrdy

The fact that it’s an artist’s resume is instantly apparent with the media images alongside the person’s skills and education.

16. Resume by Akashrine

Getting personal with rabbit/squirrel gives an insight into the personality of this resume’s owner.

17. Resume Espanol by rogaziano

The avatar here and the bright colors show this person’s love for color, and art.

18. Resume by bdechantal

This resume makes use of browns and greys, and along with the logo, and title font, gives a nice old feel.

19. Curriculum Resume by toromuco

Beautiful graphics are used here to get across the information in a pleasant way while showing off the author’s skills.


20. Resume by puziah

A mix of gradients and splashes here work well alongside a personal picture to sell this person’s resume.

21. Personal Resume 2010 by heeeeman

An absolutely stunning infographic-style resume, which shows Steve Duncan’s life in a sort of time-line.

22. Resume W.I.P. by AchisutoShinzo

A interesting usage of a train/underground map to show this person’s life paths.

23. Resume by ILICarrieDoll

Getting fairly personal with this resume which shows what the user has around them.

24. Server Resume by rkaponm

Making use of a waiter’s notepad to get a job as a waiter? Very clever!

25. My Resume by littlearashi

This resume gives the feel of old school ink printing for this graphic designer.

26. Resume by LordGabsta

This black and white CV shows creative things that interest the applicant.

27. Resume by spen

Another life infographic here, though I did find it slightly harder to follow.

27. The Birth of My Resume by NoviceXyooj

The oriental flair of this resume is perfect, especially in making it look more artsy.

28. Resume by tenbiscuits

The curly brackets, texture, and drop shadow used in this resume allow it to have some depth, making it have an almost scrapbook-style.

29. Creative Resume First Edition by NikonD50

The bright color, shades of purple, and beautiful typography here work. They work incredibly well!

30. My Old Designer’s Resume by ExtremeJuvenile

Very bright and cartoony. It’s certainly an attention grabber.

31. Curriculum Vitae by arbrenoir

This is as much a piece of art as it is a resume. Absolutely stunning.

32. My new Resume by living2prove

A less illustrative, but equally informative info-graphic here.

33. CV by Verine

Again, the use of bright colours on the timeline gives an artistic feel.

34. Updated CV by xchingx

Simple and to the point, this resume puts the information down, and subtly registers the person’s interest in art.

35. CV by Giemax

I’m unsure how practical this is, but you can’t deny its intricate beauty.

36. CV by Johnnywall

Rotation here is used to split up the text, and create easily definable sections without having to create dividers.

37. My Creative Resume by liagiannjezreel

Very personal, this takes the approach of being cartoony and artistic, but it doesn’t offer much of a professional feel.

38. My curriculum vitae by flaterie

A purely black and white CV that gets across all the info in a clean and precise way.

39. CV Tudor Deleanu by iTudor

A very creative approach to a resume. Instead of a piece of paper, what about slide out cards?

40. Adam Balazy CV by Balazy

The grungy texture, and flowing icons really top this resume off.


Well there you have it: 40 truly inspiring examples of how you can get across more than just your life achievements in your CV / Resume, and show off your creative, and illustrative side as well. If you know of further fantastic examples of inspiring resume designs, then as always, get them down in the comments for us all to see!

Editorial Team

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  • shawn

    Resumes shown here are created with a wonderful ideas and i believe they will surely rock.
    I would love have a resume of such kind for myself.
    They really have a very creative mind and I appreciate their talent.

    • Pete

      Ok, so what if you have a creative mind but don’t know how to put pen to paper? Do you think a website like this is a good thing or bad? I want a creative resume but don’t even know how to draw a stick figure.

    • greg

      Sorry, I’m with Tribune Creative and I would toss all of these. They are VERY cliche (all these designs are being done to death), they are mostly unreadable, and they are self-absorbed. If you are branding yourself with a logo, it better be the best logo you’ve ever created. In reality, resumes are simply for background information, and your portfolio or website is what will showcase your work. Keep your resume simple, and get your points across. If you can’t get simple, important points across in a readable fashion, why would I hire you to do real life work? Do NOT put a cat head, a paint splash, or bad font on there. Make it classy and professional, not “hey I just graduated from ITT”, even if you just did. MAYBE these might work for a specific company, but I can’t think of one. Don’t make one like this and use it as your primary… trust me.

      • I agree! I’m an artist & some of these things look totally made up. Lies! What’s with all the weird sideways lines of text? It’s like their on mushrooms! Some look like websites. Most waste so much space because they have nothing to say about their experience because they have none. And who would share great resumes to steal? That’s stealing – plagiarism! Even in high school you get in big trouble for that! That’s a crime! You steal my things I’ll sue you! They suck!

  • creosoul
    • greg

      Too hard to glean information from. A resume should not be an exercise in your ability to clutter a page, it should be a simple, easy to read and professional document.

  • Luke

    HI, Nice post.
    I did my super creative resume also, you can see it here
    and you can post it on your site as well

    • Iza

      Great look :) Nice idea to use programs’ icons.

  • Max

    Hey guys! Check out my resume and let me know what you think! Feedback welcome.
    Link: msdesigns.me/resume.html

    • Kavitha K

      awesome creation…you have a very bright future…..Good Luck Friend….

  • Irobot

    Ok, I am a manager and get many many CV’s a week and here is my honest opinion. These CV’s are a great breath of fresh air, I get hundreds of CV’s over the Christmas period which are all pretty much exactly the same, black writing on white paper and do they stand out? No.? Do they get the job? Most of them don’t. By making their CV stand out they are already demonstrating to me that they are different from others, determined and creative. If any one of these CV’s came to me I would interview them. To the rest of you who think these CV’s are rubbish…well..you are obviously part of the majority of boring CV’s who don’t even get to the interview stage let alone get employed.

    • greg

      I’m with Tribune Creative, and most of these are rubbish.

  • jeoff

    do you have templates for these very creative and artistic resumes?
    looking forward to a prompt reply
    thanks so much :)

  • Peterson

    Garbage. All of them. If i need to tilt my head or rotate a page to read your resumé you’re going right into a garbage bin. If i print your resume in black and white and it is illegible i’m trashing it and if you have gradients in your resumé i’m going to do my best to end your bloodline.

    • Clay

      Says the man with a slightly tilted avatar, with over used Photoshop paint splatter brushes.

    • Curtis

      Clearly a creative resume wouldn’t be sent over email, so you don’t need to worry yourself about printing gradients. I love when people like you have no idea what you are talking about, very humorous! If you do not appreciate creativity then you sir are in the wrong area.

      • Chel

        He has a point though. You can be creative, but you need to cater to the possible employer. There’s a very fine line between creative to stand out, and ending up in the trash. The tilt is a very good point, one of the things you’re taught in design is to remember where you’re guiding the reader’s attention and if you’re making them tilt your head. With the right accompanying graphic/layout, a tilt is ok to some of it, but for example, the gray one with his picture and EVERYTHING was perfectly tilted the same, it almost made me feel sick trying to look at it, so I didn’t even read it. You want to make your future employer want to read it, not just look at how pretty it is. If it isn’t easy to read, they won’t read it. If they don’t know what to look at first, they won’t read it. You DO need to consider how it will look in black and white. Often times copies are made for either your interviewer, an extra copy to keep on file, for anyone else who might need to see a copy, and they aren’t going to print everything in color, that costs money.

        Like I said, there’s a balance to creativity and functionality.

    • Joey Bolles

      Nope, Chuck Testa

  • Raju

    Nice Post :) This is very useful for website designer

  • Rowan

    Very creative design and information. Would you say this type of resume is being generally accepted or laughed at?

    • 1WD Editorial

      Well everyone has own taste of creativity and design, IMHO they are cool and should be accepted and appreciated.

    • Rick

      Hey I work for Orange Resume, the only thing I do is create resumes for people. I have to be honest, it depends on your job. Medical professionals will most likely not be taken seriously. I created the waiter one above and I know for a fact, that resume was passed around the restaurant and landed him a job. Most companies see resumes like these as a “nice break” from looking at the plain white sheet over and over. I’m not saying the resumes get you jobs, but they get you noticed. The rest is up to the individuals experience.

      • Ryn

        Getting noticed is the first step. I’m struggling to get that full time job after having kids. I’m going to take pieces of these creative designs and use them to get noticed! Fabulous!

  • Erick Guerrero

    Nice post, but these CV are from really nice designers? i look creative a few of them.
    Maybe, with a little more explain a search you could improve that post.

    • Tom

      It’s funny, I designed the “waiter” resume that’s on this post. But a lot of these resumes are out of date. I see the same ones over and over on every creative resume site.

  • Stapleyarts

    These resumes are great. Thought I would throw mine out there for praise, bashing or criticism. Here is a link to it :: stapleydesign.com/resume_2011.pdf

    Thanks, Craig

  • Danno

    This is definitely a mix of good and bad resumes. I see a few that are not only creative, but functional. I especially like the one with the “scale of skill”; it not only tells potential hirers what you know, but how well.

    There are some mediocre websites as well. A lot of them actually. Just because you know a cool graffiti type doesn’t mean you need to use it, and you don’t have to just arbitrarily use shapes and images. They need to be there for a reason that is relevant to the project. Legibility is huge in some of these. Just because you scrambled the text like an egg, doesn’t mean much, especially in an instance where you want your information to be conveyed to a potential employer.

  • Danny

    most of theses are beyond bad design, putting your text on a tilt doesnt make it cool, it makes it harder to read and less functional as a CV

  • Aural

    Some are nice designs, but the most important of a resumé is: clear and brief information. Nice post to see what to do and what not to do in a resumé ;-)

  • Brian

    I’m sorry but most of these are just absolutely terrible. I mean…#23 uses comic sans. I seriously question the judgment of anyone who would call this list “inspiring.” There are maybe 3 in that list that I wouldn’t throw out right away.

    Good resumés are judged on their ability to effectively and efficiently communicate pertinent information about the individual to a potential employer. This is especially important when you are applying for a design position because it’s a design position. Design is not art; it has to function. Your CV should feature subtle typography with clear hierarchy that displays your ability to create beautiful, normative layouts.

    Form follows function: Design 101

  • Naddy

    Most of these are completely impractical and ridiculous. I mean really, who the hell is going to pick up one of these pieces of shit and spin it around 360 degrees just to read someone’s work experience?

    If you want your resume to show that you are a professional, choose a clean typeface and use proper formatting and grammar. If you want to come across as a naive, unemployable jackass go ahead and use these examples.

  • Tyler Totman

    Often we don’t. 10-15 seconds per resume by a recruiter or large HR shop. That being said, I would love someone with the above talent to work in our communications division, but these are best for a portfolio.

    These are excellent for small design firms etc. where resumes are actually read. A large firm, or a role in PR/Advertising/Corporate Design and you are most likely better off using traditional resumes and bringing a nice portfolio to your interview.

  • Edguth

    In some countries, a photo is standard on a resume, but your point is well taken.

  • L Erickson

    #17 is a blatant rip off of smashing magazines’ resume challenger:


  • Concubidated

    These are resumes for design positions, not shitty white collar cubicle jobs. Nancy, your first words give your response zero respect. “If I was an employer”… You might as well stop talking there.

  • Catherine Adenle

    Wow, what an amazing collection. I can see a Graphic Artist, a Web Designer, An architect, a Social Media Exective etc., making use of these designs. As jobseekers have to professionally comply with what is universally accepted by most hiring managers or organizations, they have to be careful so as not to ruin their chances. However, to set yourself aside from everyone else, you can take a gamble and use one of the formats. As a creative person myself, if I am hiring, I’ll surely be interested in a candidate with a creative CV. As long as you have the skills, qualifications, experience and your list of achievements is on point, how you communicate that to me is secondary. Social Media savvy companies now hire via Social Networking Sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. The key is trusting your own judgement.

  • vantre

    Some of these are interesting but most are just aesthetic without much substance. Also, it’s “resumé”. “Resume” means “to start again.” Typos such as these would be enough for me to pass over their resumé and go onto someone else more interested in communicating ideas and less interesting in looking cool.

  • vantre

    oops: typos in my own post aside, of course! :-/

  • Ben

    I can’t take any of that last comment seriously if they aren’t going to take the time to even use real words. Aside from that, some of these were off to a good start most completely overwhelmed the usable info with convoluted layout and design, which is not what most firms are looking for. I say stick to the old adage “less is more.” If its not necessary and it isn’t adding anything valuable then get rid of it. Some of these are interesting as mailers that might accompany a resume but 9 out of 10 are entirely disposable.

  • hjemmeside

    Creative people.
    Its always good to be inspired.
    So thanks for making this resume design list.

  • nancy

    If I was an employer I would not hire someone from the looks of these resume’s. The one with a skull? Give me a break. None of these look “Professional” they look like “party fliers”. When I graduated from high school I had a party and we made a flier for that party that looked like these. About 500 people ended up coming. You could have a great party.

    • Emily

      I have to agree with you on some of these (the majority actually.) But some were very well thought out and simple designs considering their purpose. I particularly enjoyed the type-driven designs.

      And please, please, please don’t try to emphasize a word with quotations. That’s what italics are for.


  • Mica Knibbs

    I think that a lot of these examples are for junior designers who are attempting to stand out in a sea of job applicants. While they are not all executed in the best way, I think that they serve their purpose. To show that a new designer has a lot of creativity to offer without a huge portfolio. When I first started as a graphic designer, I used a resume similar to those above, and received a lot of opportunities even with a relatively small portfolio. I was told more than once that it was because my cover letter, resume, portfolio, Twitter, etc. were all pieces of the same design family. Agencies felt that they understood my design style and strengths from the moment they saw the cover letter, and that it was reinforced as they continued to learn more about me across all mediums.

    That said, for a designer with a stronger and more complete portfolio, it is probably wise to keep your CV clean and simple. These are the tools best kept for students and junior designers.

  • mitchell

    as a designer i can appreciate these for their aesthetic appeal but part of good design is understanding and implementing the best possible way to convey your message. if these were posters or something they’d be great, as resumes though, they fail miserably.

  • Dee

    While the designs look really nice, they are impractical for a resume! I am a Senior Graphic Designer who does all the hiring. Please, please, please DO NOT “design” a resume! It needs to be as simple as possible, because resumes are normally gathered/screened by HR… they do NOT want to spend time digging through a design to get to the real info. Moreover, DO NOT put your picture on your resume, unless you really don’t want the job! Resumes that are overdone are tossed. Trust me.

    Save the heavy design work for the portfolio. The resume should be only type.

  • Emkinator

    What’s with all the slanted resumes! It doesn’t make them look any better, quite the opposite actually.

  • tom

    They are ugly, and don’t communicate anything. If you think that these are good examples of design you are just offending actual designers.

    • Brittany

      I couldn’t agree with you more. They were tacky and ill-constructed. They lacked clarity and comprehension. A good designer can develop a beautiful and visually stimulating typographic compositions with OUT painfully literal (and poorly executed) interpretations like notebook paper. UGH SO BAD

    • alvaro

      You are not a designer because designers are humble. Simply, any girl wants to have sex with you

  • takyar

    Yummy! I didn’t know you could write your resume in so many ways. Hopefully the HR department finds these acceptable!

  • beadee

    they’re all stunning, however based on my experience i did something like this before in my resume but doesn’t help at all.

    ***employer’s would still base on your creativity test NOT on how decorative your resume is…

  • 08EI8HT

    Fail! Spelling mistakes, irrelevant info, photos and bad design. Keep it simple kids and let your portfolio do the talking.

    • Sara

      I would have to agree, bad spelling and irrelevance are two very good reasons not to be hired.

  • Joe

    One consistent thing I see across all of these resumes is they’re all for entry-level and junior people. To me, all the cuteness and clever design just looks like an attempt to fill an empty page because they have no work experience and no accomplishments to list — lots of sizzle and not a lot of steak.

    I’m an engineer so I have no idea what’s the standard in the design field, but I can see how having the resume be a sample of your work might be a good idea. I could also see how it could work against you if you’re applying for a design job in corporate world.

  • jaine

    some of these are nice-ish, most are terrible. just because someone uses different “fonts” or graphics on their resume doesn’t make it good.

  • Nate

    Why not just take a sh** on a piece of paper and mail it in?

    • Brook Adyn

      Lol! What an amazing answer! I had full visual on that one

  • njmehta

    some of these are hard to read. you need to take readablity over pretty

  • abayomi sopein

    these are out of this world resume,highly creative and attention catching
    hardly you can ignore the candidate…….good job,keep it real

  • Alessandra

    No, no, no, no, and no. Sorry. Terrible layouts, poor typography, overused textures and ideas.

  • Jules

    Matt mate, you’re doing your job. You made all these ppl open an honest conversation about what you put up. So well done.

    As for the designs…most employers won’t spend a second digging for info on a prospect’s resume. Not in this job market where there are 10 qualified ppl for every opening. In fact, I’d say not in any job market.

    Granted some of these are for designated employers with specific criteria in mind and if you can definitively aim an elaborate resume design at a specific employer, go ahead, put pink polka dots all over it if that’s what will float said employer’s boat. But in general, a big part of a designer’s daily grind is spent on figuring out how to convey information that is both accessible and easy on the eyes.

    Most of these fail at that although I think #16 was good except for those damn cyan dates.

  • VT

    I found another stunning CV on the net, which is strikingly look-alike the CV of heeeeman (No 21) so I don’t known which is the original and which is the copy. Or maybe both?

    Compare the two:

    That is another risk of being creative. You may just copied it from someone else!

  • Amber

    These are terrible examples of resumes. Most of them are too busy with terrible choices in typefaces. If I were a hiring manager and received any of these, the person would never be hired. I actually wouldn’t even read the resume, just trash it. Designers sometimes focus too much on standing out & not enough on what the item they are designing is being used for. You can see my resume online at amberjosey.com. Simple, clean & easy to read.

    • Waqas Alvi

      Amber! u chk these resources at ur point of veiw but these are fantastic and really innovative. u r doing bechelor but have to be creative not immitative. graphics areever creative its ur veiw to look and thnk.

  • Simon Ashley

    Wow – so much anger for a simple “I like these” post.
    What it demonstrates is that design is subjective – one man’s meat etc…
    As an employer what I look for is enthusiasm! If someone has gone to a lot of effort to “design” their CV (resume) what it says to me is that they are passionate about what they do. Their design skills will be refined as they work in the agency world, what they can’t learn (if they don’t have it) is enthusiasm.
    I once received a CV written on a light bulb. It wasn’t very neat but I loved the idea.
    All you old pro’s out there stop being such design snobs and just appreciate the effort! Remember your design skills when you were fresh from college?

  • Ish

    Eew, number 23 is using comic sans. Note to self: Don’t hire her.

  • Jason

    Great design work…… too bad its completely impractical. You got to figure your resume is probably going to be printed off a crummy black and white printer, or worse be sent via fax(which really destroys readability). Color, gradients, transparency, all that stuff is just going to ruin your design when the employer goes to print a copy of your resume, or requests you to fax them a copy. You most likely will not land you that job because they simply can’t read your resume. Save the fancy textures and gradient for your next poster design or website. Dont forget about functionality, simple black and white design, and clean typography

  • Roberto

    I think that many people are overlooking the fact that none of this resumes were made by the author of the post, he just thinks that those are good, so all the advices should go to the people doing the resumes; but I surely hope that he will listen when the time comes for him to do his own resume.
    On the resumes themselves, I didn’t take the time to read all the text, just saw the designs and obviously there are some that are very good and others not so; the one with the skull made me think of a kid and I wasn’t disappointed, in the text reads that the author of that resume is an 18 year old looking for a part time job in order to save for college. So, to end this comment, a very good post that I liked.

  • kd

    The majority of these are completely awful, especially so for designers. Sideways text, text blocks that go in all different directions, busy backgrounds, difficult to read graphs… Seriously?? Nobody wants to see this when they’re shuffling through 100’s of resumes, this is the type of shit that gets trashed. You need to be able to quickly identify key points while shifting through them. Making the human resources department squint and turn your paper all sideways just to find out what school you went to doesn’t make their lives any easier.

    Graphic design is about presenting information in a very quick and easy to understand way, most of these resumes fail at that. Less is more. There are much better ways to stand out with a resume then tilt it 20degrees left.

    #’s 16, 17, and 25 are fantastic, though.

  • nice post good designs.

  • Adam T. Reis Lunde

    Maybe I’m all old-fashioned now, but tilting the content so that it is not parallel to the page seems counter-productive. You don’t tilt your book whilst reading. Design at points needs to be subtle, but again, perhaps that is just me.

    By comparison, this is my resume. http://www.adam.reislunde.com/docs/mmd.pdf and I think you’ll notice it’s much more content heavy and much less designed.

    • Andy

      I hate to break it to you mate but thats a really ugly CV. If I were applying for a design company (which I’m not, I already work for one) I would at least use attractive colours and fonts.

  • chris

    what you failed to think about is these are all from GRAPHICS DESIGNERS. You have to think carefully before making lists like this – effort is subjective to ability. I would call my own resume amazing even though its not fancy just because i put a lot of thought into the design…and im a mathematician.

    im dissapointed i could learn nothing from any of these!

  • Lisa

    These resumes are pretty horrific to read. A lot of background gradient with a thin white text on top. A lot of eye candy but NO sense of design and functionality. It shouldn’t be a chore to read your resume. Seriously, reading an article from an 18-year old kid with no serious training in traditional art, should I expect any more? Is Web design and Development so easy as in reading a couple of tutorials/books and call yourself a web designer? Go to school or read up on the principles of basic design, Matt. It’s just insulting.

    • What’s insulting, Lisa? Your arrogantly judgmental response, or the complete lack of examples of what you consider to be good design? How about linking to a website where you show us how it’s done then? Or how about you share with us what awesome experience and professionalism you have that earns you the right to pass such judgment on the work featured here?

      As a web developer with 12+ years’ experience and 25 years’ experience in software engineering, I hold that the designs featured here are original and show good design skills and thinking. Some are easier to read than others; the ones that got my attention most are Maria Rybak’s and Adam Balazi’s. Considering not one of the CV’s that have landed on my desk have shown half the originality of most of these I’d be pleased to interview all of the applicants above for a design role.

    • Jeff

      @Lisa: I think you’ve missed the point.

      Very nice collection, some are astounding, some are creative, but crowded and hard to read.

  • jared thompson

    These are great designs for me to help motivate and inspire whilst doing my CV and resume, as ive just graduated university.

  • Bex White

    There are some beautiful infographics and trypographic artworks in here, some are easy to read quickly and pick out the information needed as well. And it is those which tick the latter box which are good resumes. Many of these are rather more promo info-graphic art pieces than actual CVs, they are designed to be sent to a few select employers to grab their attention rather than mass usage.

    Thinking about them as CVs – which sometimes are quickly read in a pile of hundreds of similar ones, often printed on standard printers and sometimes sent to HR departments before creative directors… The best examples are 18. bdechantal and 16. Akashrine. Both would print easily, read well and use graphic elements and branding to create distinctive and powerful layouts whilst still being usable and approachable to all who might receive them.

    I do think there is a place for the self promo infographic or artistic CV as well. For me, being able to read the CV quickly is the most important aspect. Beautiful CVs sent to large busy companies or recruitment agencies will often mean they are overlooked in favour of the one where the reader can print it and understand the content in an instant.

    A balance between design and art needs to be struck for these kinds of functional works.

    Bex White

  • Ben

    Save a few the *might* work, these are all way over-designed and impractical. A resume is a simple resource and the content on it is what matters above all else, like a Wikipedia article. I believe it should be minimal and the design focus should be on legibility, document structure, and typography.

    • Nick

      @Tom –

      I think you are way off base for designers resumes… i mean, think about it… your resume is a 30 second elevator on your competencies and talents, what better way for a designer to translate those important points…

  • Claire

    Some of these are great, but some of them just show poor design skills and childlike attributes – I would not employ half of them.

  • Jenni

    Definitely some of these are very creative (except the typo and the comic sans!) but having been in a position to hire graphic designers this type of content is much better placed in a portfolio. Some employers receive literally 100’s – 1000’s of applications and yes, resumes are scanned. And quickly. I’ve seen this type of resume overlooked because it appeared the applicant had ‘forgotten’ to include a resume and had just sent in a design sample. A designers resume needs to strike a bit more of a balance between design and information presentation.

  • Sugarneko

    I understand that as designers, it would be understandable for us to make our resumes different because that is what we do. This is a smart way to show our creativity but some of these crammed in too many elements. I will agree that choosing the right font is extremely important and skulls is definitely not a good choice to go buy unless there is an absolute reason or meaning behind it but even though, I wouldn’t suggest using it either. It’s always a struggling question of whether or not I should submit in a designed resume such as the ones above or just the simple typical resumes that people normally submit

  • Spencer Creelman

    Thanks for adding my resume to your list! You might want to let the designers that you’ve showcased know, we tend to be flattered and appreciative.

    As a response to all the negative commentary (and the same response I gave the last time my resume was showcased like this) is that this isn’t the resume I use all the time – to be honest, I rarely use it (it’s out of date now anyway). Resumes have to be tailored to the employer as well as the employee, which means if I were to be applying to a law firm my resume would be more conservative. My most recent client, however, is a video game design company – they really appreciate energy and abnormality.

    On a side-note (sorry for dragging on) one of the things I cannot stand in resume design is a piece of lined paper, photoshopped onto a desk (or woodgrain table) with an assortment of cutesy items photoshopped around the edges. That resume is far too common and could only be used to apply to Walmart as back-to-school seasonal.

  • Denise Kawaii

    As someone who has spent days looking through hundreds of identical resumes, I would LOVE to receive resumes as eye catching as this. Yes, they’re outside the norm but they’re also something that a hiring manager will remember! Love them all!

  • Ivan

    Most of them are impractical and some of them childish.

    Geez… keep it simple and pro – looking !

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Adriana Morales

      If you’re going after a career like graphic deign, any one can say they are creative, but with a resume like that they are also demonstrating it. I see how if you apply to a more ‘casual’ or ‘normal’ job a resume like this would be impractical but wen it comes to art related jobs they are brilliant.

  • JohnnyG

    A lot of the time, the crooked ones just look like they were printed badly. If I were leafing through a pile of resumes I would totally think that this person doesn’t care enough about the job to properly print out his or her resume! Maybe this is just me, but if your design or idea for presenting your resume doesn’t immediately make sense to other people, don’t do it, you will look foolish.

  • Yes

    Most of these designs are too busy and over the top. Hardly any of the designs are attractive; there are so many elements fighting with each other and there is no cohesion. A potential employer needs to easily read the content, not sit there lost in a labyrinth of information. They do not function as practical resumes. Simple and clean design begins with a better understanding of color, typography, and hierarchy, which many of these designs are severely lacking.

  • anise

    I think it’s important to remember the context for these resumes. Most of them are for people in some sort of design field, which makes sense. If you are hiring a designer, you’re not going to spend 15 seconds looking over a resume for a skilled position, because that’s going to be a $55,000+ mistake. Resumes and CVs don’t have to conform to whatever rudimentary highschool knowledge everyone got about finding a job.

    The design of the resume shows someone who’s looking for a designer some technical and creative skills right up front. It’s very smart.

    I teach drawing and cartooning. You’d better believe there’s a drawing I did on my resume. It creates visual interest and shows a potential employer that I have the skills I purport to have.

  • Chris

    They’re pretty but speaking as an employer, I’d not give them a second look if they were sent to me. I shouldn’t have to hunt for information among a “spiffy design.”

  • werasd

    It’s easy to see who is adult and who is still a child.
    Using Comic Sans, having hearts or sculls on the resume and having an email with idiot in it, are all no go’s.

    Remember, making a resume is all about selling you self and the faster an employer see who you are the better, so make the info fast readable, because an employer might get hundreds resumes to read per job announced.
    Also, a resume can be more than one page, and often is, especially if you like it readable.
    Think like a commercial. You need the costumer to fast know the product.
    Most of these resumes, regarding their great designs, are hard to read.

    And what is no 7 all about ?
    Oh, look at all those awards and honors that smarty pants got. What an ego-tripper!

  • Max

    Most of them are brilliant, in fact I’d say all of them bar 23 and 37 are worth inclusion. Seriously, comic sans and line paper from a graphic designer? That’s embarrassing.

    • Vanja

      Well, it’s not comic sans, but it still sucks. Also, line height of the text doesn’t match the height between lines on the papers. Eyesore.

    • pookie


      you’re embarrassing.

      they’re all great.

      • don

        i agree with you that what he said is embarrassing, but not because theyre all great, but because they’re nearly all terrible. these reek of “amateur designer”. nearly 100% of the above “designers” need to turn off their computers and open up a design book.

        over designed is the perfect way to describe these. they are cluttered and illegible in all the wrong ways. im not trying to be a dick. some of these people might be able to be successful designers. however they aren’t going to do it with purple gradients and comic sans.

        last time i use stumble upon to look for design sites…

    • I agree with you. And judging from nr. 37’s deviantart gallery she isn’t quite a professional yet…

      But that’s okay, you live and learn and I don’t think it’s a bad outcome for a first try. When she’ll get older she’ll know better (even though she’s only a year younger than me…)

  • These are beautiful but some of them are just so impractical. Resumes should be easy to scan – designers can showcase their creativity in their portfolio.

    • What? Who scans resumes? Half the time I have to enter the exact same info into every job site, recruiter site, and corporate career site. I’m not sure that anyone actually reads the resume I attach anymore.

    • robert

      I agree. Don’t make me have to learn to read your resume. Keep it simple for fast scanning of pertinent data. Unless of course you’re trying to hide behind bells & whistles. They do get looked at, especially for the interview.