Is Your Personality Suited for a Design Career?

Have you ever wondered if you’re fit for the profession you’re choosing? Or is there even such a thing as not being suitable? To answer those questions, a research was conducted by Mississippi State University’s design professor Beth Miller together with a group of researchers. The study shows how a person with a primarily introverted personality type succeeds as a designer, since designers are often working, solving problems, and creating solutions alone.

 

According to the research, most graphic designers are close to the introverted INFP (Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving) and INTJ (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judging) types. While extroverted types like ENFP (Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving) and ENFJ (Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, Judging) are also common but not as prevalent. Introverted people tend to be more careful in processing data, making sure to thoroughly think things over before saying anything or making decisions. This makes them keener on details and become more focused.

 

How to know if you have an introverted personality? Personality types can be categorized following the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as shown below:

 

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI for short is a personality assessment questionnaire that has been designed to measure a person’s psychological preferences along with how he or she perceives the world, makes decisions, among others.

 

With that being said however, no one is strictly introverted or extroverted, so don’t be discouraged just in case you have an extroverted personality type! Strategic Aesthetics has also recently conducted a survey that demonstrates an average of 52 percent introversion in designers. This proves that there’s still a bit of extroversion even in the most introverted person.

 

Extroverts make good designers, too, but they are more likely to approach a job differently; most likely taking risks and have the tendency to bend some rules just to get a result they’re happy with. Extroverted designers can also be chosen to be the ones to present ideas to clients and eventually find a niche as a team leader, or director, which is definitely a win-win!

 

The designers, along with web developers, copywriters, and animators, at MicroCreatives is made up of a mixture of extremely talented people with different personalities that all work harmoniously for one common goal. Regardless of personality type, you can follow your passion and make it work for you by understanding and getting in touch more with your own personality. This way you can find out which creative process works better for you.


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