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Tube Map CV’s

I have been blogging about creative portfolios recently, with the notion of ‘standing out from the crowd’ as my backbone. This is also relevant to CV’s. Just like a portfolio, you have to stand out from the crowd to get noticed! I came across two fantastic CV’S which mimic a London tube map, and instead of different stops, each coloured line represents a category such as qualifications or education and each ‘stop’ is what the person has achieved or what skills they have or what clubs they belonged to.

On Jonathan Kaczynski CV, the Piccadilly line has been transformed into ‘Education ‘ a timeline reflecting his progress throughout education and the ‘Circle line’ shows off his extra curricular activities, wheres as the longer ‘District line’ demonstrates his computer skills.

However, each line on Kevin Wang’s ‘tube map CV’ reflects places he has worked instead of different categories like¬†Kaczynski’s. It doesn’t matter which way this format is set up, I’m a fan either way! Just how the purpose of a tube map is to figure out how to get you to places, one destination to another, this format for a CV I feel may reflect the same purpose – moving from one job to another, trying to gain more and better skills to get yourself to that next destination – a higher paid job or to become more qualified . An interesting concept, one which I may use myself in the future.


Soap Box

Upon my search for weird and wonderful publishing methods for portfolios, I came across this very imaginative concept. I feel like in order to be noticed you need to stand out in the crowd, especially with portfolios and Nicholas Wilson’s portfolio hits the nail on the head!

Wilson created ‘An Interactive Hand Made Package‘ known as the ‘Soap Box.’ I think his idea here is genius. Firstly, I like the fact that it’s handmade using recycled cardboard and wood. Not only was the box handmade but he also hand bound and stitched the portfolio too! For the printed materials he used the old printing method known as Letterpress. This method of printing, whereby a raised surface is inked and then pressed onto a sheet of paper, was invented in the 15th century and was the traditional form of printing right up until the 19th century. This printing process was widely used for books up until the mid 20th century.

The idea of the Soap Box was to create an item which the recipient could actually be apart of and the way Wilson did that was by recording his voice inside the Box, as the portfolio.

I think this is a perfect example of how, even though technology has expanded immensely since the 15th century , you can still stick to the basics and create a fantastic and unique portfolio, compared to if your were to print or create it online.