As a former Graphic Designer, I always consider audience first. As part of my class responsibilities, I was looking forward to creating an infographic that would explain to my classmates who say “Hey, self-deprecating old-guy…why are you here? Aren’t you already a teacher?”
I inevitably reply (with a deep breath), “Yes, I am a certified Vocational Instructor, but due to a complicated mix of seniority/administration/certification issues, I was forced to embark on a journey of self-discovery, traversing through the region of Mordor…”.
Seriously, it takes a novel to explain the last seven years of my professional and academic life. Eventually, people start to nod off. I’m pretty sure a few people were somnambulant as they shuffled away.
Now, when the cool kids ask me about my reasons for being in a B.Ed, I will happily refer them to my infographic resume.
I also chose Visualize as an infographic creator because it speaks to the audience of resume readers, e.g.: employers. People respond to graphics quicker than they do to long, boring passages of text (like this blog post).
A few limitations of Visualize that I’ve noticed (the service is in its Beta state):
- Not many themes available
- Not easy to insert snippets of info (like Thinglink does)
- If you choose fonts, then switch to a different theme, you lose that font choice
- Viewing the link on an iOS device does not allow for the text-box to appear, explaining the nuances of the graphics.
Basically, if you wish to know my complete story, view my infographic resume on an actual laptop or desktop computer.