Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Our Creative Personalities

This diagram and the associated definitions is wonderful. I think I'm going make a large print out and hang it at my desk.

What strikes me is how useful it could be in one, setting up a team, but two realizing who you are in a team make up so you can be the best you. I imagine we all have a bit of all of these, although I think as soon as you read the article you will immediately see yourself in one of them. I also think that the other people we work with will influence which of these actually manifest in us. If your naturally a dreamer and there are two other dreamers on the project, either the project is going to fail or someone is going to have to shift to one of the other types (at least try too)

The other thing I really like about this is that it provides a methodology for building good design teams, a methodology that isn't fixed on particular job titles but what you bring to the creative table. A well balanced multi-disciplinary team is beautiful thing but often, the confines of our particular roles and the lack of attention paid to the less concrete (our creative personalities) results in the assembly of a wobbly group of mismatched characters trying to work together.

Nice job Michael. I'm looking forward to reading the follow up posts about how each of these personalities work together.

So which one are you??


Michael April 23, 2009 at 3:34 AM  

Thanks for the post, I like your perspective on how you can shift your perspective based on the team members you're working with.

Naturally, I'm a bit of a Surgeon (love to analyze), but I'm working on my contextual skills and hoping to work my way into one of the leadership quadrants!

tyesha April 23, 2009 at 10:51 AM  

Thanks for the comment Michael.

I forgot to tell what I was.

I think I'm an Evangelist and a Jack of All Trades. Hence my career in UX:) I would be really interested in what other people see me as.

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