A while back I came across this post compiling images of creatively designed resumes. As graphic designers, we're lucky — we're allowed to get really ridiculous with our resumes, pushing the limits of visual design in order to distinctify* our resumes for the purpose of showing off the skills that we're supposed to be hired for.
*Yes, distinctify is totally a word. Nakware made it up in Mark's class last quarter and I am stealing it forever and ever.
But how far is too far? I find that while I do like how most of these resumes look and the concept behind them, I also find some of them really hard to read. (In particular, I have little patience for the comic-style resumes, whose style I otherwise like. Weird.) Which kind of defeats the purpose of a resume, doesn't it? You create a resume to show off your skills and experience to a potential employer, but if the employer can't read it then it's essentially wasted effort. I think that if you get a little too creative with your resume design, then it ends up paradoxically contradicting your skill as a designer, because that means that you've lost the communication channel between your work and your audience. At that point, about all the resume is good for is either recycling bin fodder, impromptu paper airplane fodder, or being framed and hung on a wall as an abstract art piece.
The resume featured at the top of this post is one that I think is very creative and eye-catching, yet it's also very easy to read and find the information that you're looking for. About the only thing I have a problem with is the bolded font for the body text, but that's picking the tiniest of nits.