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5 Personality Types All Designers Identify With

Although all designers are creative in some way, not every designer has the same personality. The Myers & Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test separates personality types into 16 different categories.These types can be further broken down into categories such as analysts, diplomats, explorers and sentinels.

Although designers can differ greatly in their backgrounds and personalities, there are some types that seem to be drawn to design as a career choice. Understanding your type can help you understand how to overcome limitations, deal with difficult clients or reach beyond your comfort zone.

Myers Briggs indicates different levels within the personality types in areas such as:

  • Are you an introvert or extrovert (I or E)?
  • Do you enjoy absorbing information or interpreting it (sensing – S or intuition – N)?
  • Do you make decisions based on thinking or feeling (T or F)?
  • Are you a planner or seat of pantser (judging – J or perceiving – P)?

Your particular personality is unique and is represented with four letters out of the choices above. So, if you are an extrovert who interprets information and makes decisions on feelings without a plan, then you would be represented as ENFP. Some studies indicate that most designers are introverts who prefer to work alone on projects most of the time.

  1. Entrepreneur (ESTP)


The entrepreneur is indicated as:

  • E– Extrovert
  • S– Sensing
  • T– Thinking
  • P – Perceiving

This personality type often shows up in design circles. Many designers are also freelancers. Having the personality traits to run your own business is vital. Because the entrepreneur is an extrovert, they are social and make the connections needed to run a successful business. However, in a difficult situation – such as an irate client – they can be a bit unemotional.

How the designer would react: As an entrepreneur, the designer with this personality would handle a difficult client or situation from a business perspective. He would likely evaluate the economic impact of the client’s request as well as other connections he has through that client that can create a ripple effect.

  1. Adventurer (ISFP)


The adventurer falls into the explorer category and is indicated as:

  • I – Introvert
  • S – Sensing
  • T – Thinking
  • P – Perceiving

This personality type is highly creative and loves to discover new things. ISFPs sometimes push the limits of social convention and don’t like being boxed into a stereotype.

How the designer would react: ISFPs dislike being micromanaged, so a client with a lot of demands about fine-tuning a project can upset their balance. They tend to get off track. Designers with this personality type may need to set clear goals and project deadlines to stay on track with clients who are particularly demanding.

  1. The Campaigner (ENFP)

The campaigner has the following personality traits:

  • E – Extrovert
  • N – Interpreting
  • F – Feeling
  • P – Perceiving

This personality type is a described as a free spirit. They truly enjoy connecting with other people on an emotional level. Campaigners tend to be big thinkers with big dreams.However, one of their biggest personality flaws is difficulty in focusing and being highly emotional.

How the designer would react: Designers with this personality type may be extremely hurt when a client is angry about something they’ve designed. This hurt can make it even more difficult to focus. In order to overcome these weaknesses, the ENFP should focus on her strengths, which include enthusiasm and excellent communication skills.

  1. The Virtuoso (ISTP)

The virtuoso has the traits of:

  • I – Introvert
  • S – Sensing
  • T – Thinker
  • P – Perceiving

This personality type explores the world around her. The virtuoso tends to move from one project to the next and is great at multitasking. They are great at figuring out how things work and learning new skills.

How the designer would react: When a client complains or is difficult, the ISTP personality seeks a solution. Learning a new skill to please a difficult client or cracking what the client really wants becomes a challenge to the ISTP that must be solved.

  1. The Logician (INTP)


The logician has the following traits:

  • I – Introvert
  • N –Interpreting
  • T – Thinker
  • P – Perceiving

They are highly creative and enjoy discovering new things. They’re good at abstract thinking and coming up with original ideas no one else has thought of.

How the designer would react: Because they are very private, a demanding client can seem particularly intrusive to this personality type. Because INTPs are very intellectual, they can come across as know-it-alls and anger an irate client further. In order to overcome this weakness, the INTP should focus on their strengths of enthusiasm and straightforward way of communicating with others.

Any personality type has both strengths and weaknesses. Although some personality types seem to be drawn to creative endeavors, such as design work, that doesn’t mean a personality that doesn’t fall in this range can’t be successful as a designer. Understanding the makeup of your particular personality can help you overcome your limitations and become a better designer than ever before.


About the author

Lexie Lu is a designer and writer. She loves researching trends in the web and graphic design industry. She writes weekly on Design Roast and can be followed on Twitter @lexieludesigner.


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