I always wanted to have an interactive resume website after I saw one last year. Early this year, I decided to make it happened and started to create my own interactive resume website. I wanted a unique resume so it would stand out from the crowd. I also wanted a fun resume since I loved to entertain users.
It was not easy to combine resume and game since they were very different. Resume showed lots of text and some charts. Game showed lots of characters (main and enemies) and their levels. It would be too crowded if I just put them together literally. Users would have difficulties to digest the information if there were too many of them.
I combined visual elements of game and resume to simplify the information. First, I combined game enemies and resume charts. I positioned game enemies side by side so they looked like resume bar charts. I also designed game enemies to show resume pie charts inside their bodies. I saved lots of spaces and reduced visual element number so they looked more simple. I also combined game levels and resume sections.
It took me a while to finish this project since it was a one man show. I drew, designed, and coded this website by myself. I also had a full time job so I could only work on this project on weekday nights and weekends. I started this project around January 2013 and I finished it around August 2013.
I launched my interactive resume website on October 10, 2013. I updated my status and tweeted about it. Then I submitted my website to several design competitions. Things were still pretty slow for a week, but not after that. I remember I woke up and freaked out when I saw hundreds of new emails in my mailbox. Being featured in some award websites definitely had a lot to do with it.
Robby Leonardi is a multidisciplinary designer. He does illustration, graphic design, animation and programming. He is also a tech enthusiast and an NBA fan.