One of the things that expert speed readers know how to do is to pick out the most important information from a page of text. An employer looking through a stack of resumes uses the same techniques to find keywords related to the skills they’re looking for – but if you want to be the successful candidate, you’ll need format your resume to highlight those same skills and stand out from the crowd. Of course, you could always write a small video game to present your credentials, right? Well, that’s what Robby Leonardi has done. We talked to Robby recently about speed reading and information management.
7SR: Yours is the first “interactive resume” we’ve seen here at eReflect. How did you come up with the idea?
I always want to create an interactive resume because I saw that some designers already did that. I also wanted to create a game at that time. So I decided to combine those into one single project. I never saw anyone did game theme resume, so I thought this would be a very unique project.
7SR: You’ve worked for a major TV channel doing graphic design and website content development. How do you arrange information on the webpage or screen to make it easy to read and understand?
I arrange them based on the priority of those website elements. I tend to put everything important at the top and less important at the bottom. But sometimes I shift those elements a bit if it is better visually.
7SR: It seems like every company has multiple media streams directed to their clients and potential customers, and that’s a lot of information that those people have to read. How do you handle this information overload, and what are your coping strategies for reading and processing all of those emails and other mailings?
To tell the truth, I still have no strategy how to handle this. I still read those messages from many different media stream.
7SR: What are your top three tips for making a website’s text attractive and easy to use?
Combine 2 or 3 different fonts and play with their sizes.
7SR: With all of your involvement in online media, do you still read printed books? What’s your opinion of print media vs. e-books?
I rarely read printed books nowadays. Usually it is almost always e-book. Print media will still exist, but it will be very few in the future.
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