Everyone has a Creative Type: What’s Yours?


Yesterday morning I got an invite through LinkedIN for a test provided by Adobe. Through a series of questions, Adobe determines the Creative Type category of the testee.

image: Creative Types by Adobe Creative (source)

I was a bit surprised when I got the qualification: ARTIST

Throughout my life I’m working in quite exact and beta-like environments, though my jobs also included none-beta type activities (I generally deal with technical, operational, sales and some marketing aspects of high tech products and solutions).

But an ARTIST?

That essentially tells me I’m in the wrong line of business: It’s too exact! Apparently I should be in jobs in which I transform my feelings and emotions in something tangible (any type of art), or less tangible (eg concepts, marketing fluff etc).

Though at an early age, signs for being the ARTIST type presented itself: Drawing was one of my passions when I was a child; Writing short stories as well; Even oil painting is something I did for a number of years. However from high school onwards, I choose to take the beta route. Maybe because exact science was not only something I really liked, but also something that comes natural to me.

image: test result given by Adobe's Creative Type test (source)

I may have suppressed my creative side though. Could also be some of my answers to the test, are not 100% correct, or the test itself is flawed (though I would expect this not be the case since Adobe is behind this test). Who knows? :)

What I do know is that I shall more seriously review what I like to do next few decades. Maybe I shall follow the example of a good friend who left his surgeon career behind to fully concentrate on his artist career; Years ago he started creating physical 3D art and felt he was ready to go 100%, a little more than a year ago. Maybe I shall not be that drastic; Maybe I shall move myself more into (Strategic) Consulting and Marketing. But maybe I shall figure out if I can and like to be a real artist. I have some explorations to do; That’s for sure!

You like to know what Creative Type you are?

Do the test:

This is what Adobe Creative write about the test...

The Creative Types test is an exploration of the many faces of the creative personality. Based in psychology research, the test assesses your basic habits and tendencies—how you think, how you act, how you see the world—to help you better understand who you are as a creative. Answer these 15 questions and you’ll gain a deeper understanding of your motivations, plus insight into how to maximize your natural gifts and face your challenges.

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

image: Artist type description by Adobe (source)


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