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What’s Your Creative Type?

June 17, 2019 - Stephan Salt

Everyone Has One

I’ve been busy finding out my Creative type through a creative testing that explores the many faces of the creative personality.

What fascinates me about this is that’s it’s all based in psychology research which as a UX designer I’m pretty fond of. The test assesses the basic habits and tendencies—how you think, from how you act to how you see the world, to then help you better understand who you are as a creative person. This isn’t just for a creative minded soul, it’s a form to make you know who you are as an artistic human.

All you will need to do is simply answer 15 questions (with two answers per question) which will give you a deeper understanding of your motivations, plus an insight into how to maximize your natural gifts, you as a person from a psychology point of few to then face your challenges.

These personality types aren’t black-and-white labels they are more complex than that. Think of them more as signposts pointing you towards your full creative potential. While there’s probably a core type that best describes you as a creative you may change types at different points in your life and career, or even at different stages of the creative process whilst working on a project. As a creative, you have a little bit of all eight Types inside you.

Here is a little more information that you might find useful about this new test, these are the people or organisations that brought you this insightful test allowing you to know a little more about yourself as a creative person:

Adobe Create: Community Champion

Adobe Create
Creative Types is brought to you by Adobe Create Magazine. Through the lenses of craft, culture, and career, we celebrate and fuel creative minds with inspirational stories, Creative Cloud how-tos, and more.

Anyways Creative: Creative Partner

Anyways is a creative agency that helps brands to become more adventurous and meaning-driven through collaborations with the world’s best creative talent. As part of the HudsonBec Group alongside It’s Nice That, they believe in the power of creativity in brand communications. Anyways Creative acted as the Creative Partner behind Adobe’s Creative Types project, including sourcing creative collaborators and overseeing the project from ideation to execution.

Carolyn Gregoire: Test Designer + Writer

Carolyn is a Brooklyn-based writer and creative collaborator whose work explores the inner lives of humans. She’s written about everything from psychedelic research to neuroaesthetics to Vedic meditation for publications like Scientific American, TIME, Harvard Business Review, and The Huffington Post, and she is a co-author of Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind. Carolyn created the experimental design and wrote the content for the Creative Types project.

Isabel + Helen: Set Designers

Isabel + Helen use simple sensory pleasures as a starting point to create ambitious installations that invite their audiences to become participants in play. Combining a stripped-back aesthetic with a sense of humour, they conceive both quiet interventions and large-scale constructions. Isabel + Helen designed and created the playful, tactile environments that appear in the videos between the Creative Types test questions.

Anton Hjertstedt: Character Designer

Anton Hjertstedt is a 3D artist living and working in London. He uses 3D software and virtual reality to create pieces that integrate digital explorations, still life, uncanny architecture, and materiality. Anton has worked with brands including the New York Times, Zegna, Soho house, Droga5, and Reebok. He designed and produced the Creative Types’ eight character representations.

BBDE: Videographer + Film Director

Brendan Baker and Daniel Evans are a London-based photographic duo whose still-life work combines the power of the surreal and the hyperreal. Collaborating since 2011, they’ve produced imagery for the likes of Apple, Adidas, Louis Vuitton, and Hermés, and their work has been exhibited in galleries in London, Los Angeles, and New York. Baker and Evans directed and photographed the sets used for the videos between the Creative Types test questions.

Daniel Powell: Web Designer

Dan Powell is a web designer and developer whose work explores the way people interact and play within digital spaces. Dan, who works primarily in the realm of art and design, created and produced the Creatives Types of interactive digital experience.

Adobe Create Creative Meeting

Taking the test

So I thought I would have a play and therefore I took the test and this was my outcome:

I’m a Visionary: imagining the impossible

Here’s what it says about me:

  • Creative Strengths
  • I’m full of big ideas, ability to see potential and possibilities everywhere
  • Untapped Potential
  • Using my visions to fuel consistent daily action
  • Ideal Collaborator
  • The Thinker

Here’s a little more which might help you gain a little more insight into who I am as a Creative if you ever work with me.

I live in a world of infinite possibilities, preferring to see things not as they are but as they could be. Apparently, I know life is limited only by the boundaries of my own beliefs, and I would say this for sure, I’m driven to push the limits of, well, everything.

It continues to say that I’m Emotional, passion-driven, and full of ideas, and the VISIONARY combines a vivid imagination with a desire for practical solutions. (That’s real Deep)

My introspective and intuitive nature is balanced by a keen interest in the world around myself and a desire to contribute to society – check out my other blog “Believe in the Power of Creativity to Change the World” which will show you some of my contributions to society not just at a creative level but my carbon footprint.

I’ll tell you more about what the test says about me. It continues to say, I’m charismatic and expressive, (I do) love sharing my ideas and visions with others and creating a community around shared values and ideals.

What is my greatest gift? It’s the ability to see the spark of potential in everything and everyone and to inspire others to see it, too. I am able to guide people toward an invisible horizon with a rare generosity of spirit and strength of conviction, which is great as I see myself as a creative who gives back rather than holds everything in.

I’m also being told not to get stuck in the dreaming stage, VISIONARY. My greatest challenge—and true power—lies in learning to take consistent daily action to create the future envision for myself.

Seek out the “voice of reason” of the THINKER type to help me take a grounded, rational approach to the creative work I do. The THINKER’s deep perception and probing intellect lend a powerful clarity that can bring the visions into sharper focus.

Wow. That was some powerful insight into myself. I feel I can see myself in this and feel if you take the test you’ll be able to find your Type.

There are 8 Creative Types:

  • The Artist – seeing beauty, creating beauty
  • The Thinker – deep thoughts, big questions
  • The Adventurer – so much inspiration, so little time
  • The Maker – committed to your craft
  • The Producer – process is power
  • The Dreamer – the power of imagination unleashed
  • The Innovator – move, shake, disrupt, repeat
  • The Visionary – imagining the impossible

What creativity is and where it comes from is one of life’s great unsolved mysteries and with this quiz you might start to understand a little more behind your creativity.

Psychologists say that creative people have a tendency to avoid habit and routine—which means we’re constantly changing. We often feel misunderstood because we see the world differently from others—and indeed, neuroscience shows that our brains are literally wired differently.

While creative people are master shape-shifters, we do tend to have one particular shape that best expresses who we are at our core, with a unique set of perspectives, motivations, gifts, challenges, and ways of engaging with the world and other people.

So with this Test, “Creative Types” aims to identify the core personality in each of us. The test’s goal is to shine a light on the inner workings of different creative personalities types in a way that might help us better understand ourselves, our creative process, and our potential.

The creator of this wonderful test has said;

“There were countless different traits and characteristics to measure, but it all seemed to boil down into three core questions: Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Are you more intellect-dominant or emotion-dominant? Are you a dreamer or a doer?”

These three questions mixed to create a surprisingly clear and vivid combination of personality types. That became the Creative Types test formula.

Using these in your field of working as a creative you’ll get to know the strengths of yourself and the people around you. I will for sure be learning a few more aspects of the team here at Fifteen and putting their Creative Type to the Test when working with them.

So if you feel inspired to know which type you are then head over to My Creative Type and discover your true inner creative.

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