Click here to preview the new Fast Company

Want to try out the new

If you’d like to return to the previous design, click the yellow button on the lower left corner.

Is An iPad App The New Resume?

João Dornellas, a Portuguese art director who's worked for big-name ad agencies like McCann Erickson and Ogilvy & Mather (Portugal), decided that his portfolio wasn't standing out enough on LinkedIn or the creative equivalent, Behance. So, in what may be a trendsetting move, he transformed it into a free iPad app.


It's handsome, and clever, but honestly the guy who coded it may stand to gain even more from this gambit than Dornellas himself. His website is beautiful.

Add New Comment


  • Ash Nallawalla

    Great initiative, but my first reaction was, "Does the iTunes Store allow resumes to be submitted?"

  • John Cabarga

    Awesome idea. Job seekers need to find innovative ways to stand out from the crowd these days. Here's a shameless plug: I created this website to help me land a marketing job before moving from Miami to Chicago this summer. I also added a QR code to my resume that links potential employers to a mobile version of the site. It's no iPad app, but it's been a big help in getting me noticed so far. the Animoto portfolio is still a great idea. It also depends on what careers you're looking for though. I don't see many accountants doing this anytime soon. The point is, if you're only relying on LinkedIn to get you hired, you're going to have a tough time.

  • Frank Black

    The idea of a creatives portfolio as an iPad App is great if the App and the content is continually updated. It needs to stay current with technology. iOS changes constantly and this App should as well.

    As far as the content? Showing a Cannes logo under all the companies listed is a massive junior mistake, unless you have won awards for all of those campaigns and companies.

    Its not a funny promotion if you haven't, its a mistake.

    Lastly, in addition to having this App you better have an online portfolio that rivals it.

  • Leslie-Ann Drummond

    That is friggin' sweet. Hope it lands you a great job. I guess this means an animoto portfolio just doesn't cut it anymore.
    la la

  • elizabethboylan

    Absolutely agree with this article. Resume's don't cut it anymore! If you want to stand out, you have to do something different as an artist or designer. We make apps and games @VectorBloom:twitter but I decided to release an iPhone App to feature my artwork specifically. So we've released a FREE iPhone app titled 'ArtCards by Elizabeth Boylan'. It's a wall paper/ ecard app on steroids and I did all the artwork and designed the layout which complements the design of my website

    We're working on a separate version for iPad and the Mac which will have a game like feel to it, and released under a paid/ freemium model with full integration with Twitter and Facebook.

  • jdornellas


    Thanks for the plug! Right off the bat, let me just say that the two typos in these screenshots have already been corrected (sucks not having a copywriter to take the heat).

    Filipe Barrenho was the app developer and, yes, he deserves much of the credit.