Lego Leah leaves a legacy
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Published on April 3, 2014
Creative resumes frequently gain an impressive amount of attention on social media sharing sites like Buzzfeed and Reddit. One job application that recently piqued the interest of national news agencies comes from 20-year-old Leah Bowman, who created a resume that had to be physically assembled by the people who read it.
According to ABC News, Bowman's resume kit comes with a set of Legos and instruction sheet for assemblers to follow. The packaging perfectly resembles the traditional packaging in which Lego sells its products. In the top left corner, a red block reads "LEAH" instead of "LEGO." Underneath, she mocks the age requirement frequently posted on Lego sets by writing, "Great with People Ages 6+." Additionally, she included a visual resume that features the same "LEAH" block, along with an image of the figure and several of her skills listed beneath.
After posting her creation to Reddit, the young woman received a wave of attention. It was quickly picked up by Good Morning America, where she explained that the project has given her quite a bit of unexpected press so far.
"The attention has been overwhelming in the best way," Bowman said. "A lot of people have expressed how creative or unique my project was."
While her resume has been crafted using design software and she indicates that she has design skills, she does not wish to pursue a career in the digital design field.
Building a creative package such as the ones used by Leah Bowman uses skills with tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. A good starting point for learning how to create attention-worthy graphics is to build your page-layout skills with InDesign classes and image editing skills with Photoshop classes.
About the author
Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the creator and editor of the Digital Classroom book series. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, and Microsoft. He delivers workshops relating to digital marketing, web analytics, SEO, and SEM. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.