What's your Personality Type? (Related to: Now Hiring Leonardo DaVinci?)
29 Sep 2006 - 11:52pm
9 years ago
I am very curious about the personality types of designers, and the
recent conversation about multidisciplinary skill-sets prompted this
message to you.
I'd like to conduct an informal (and quite unscientific) survey about
the personality types on this list. I think it could shed light on
topics of interest to many of us, including another way to look at what
it is to be a Designer.
Let's use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as common ground. The MBTI
generates a 4-letter type, and I anticipate many of you have taken this
at some point in your educational or professional careers. If you're
not familiar with the MBTI, or don't know your type, more info is at
the end of this message.
My initial questions are also below; if you have limited time, there
are two quick main questions.
I'm interested in any stories or information you are willing to share.
Please feel free to reply on or off-list as you feel comfortable. I
will report an anonymous tally of the types and corresponding
occupations back to the group. (Of course, I'll include my own type and
thoughts as well. :) )
I'm going to continue this exploration in the coming months with a goal
of simply understanding what this thing we call Designer is, and how
personality types might play a role in our design process.
If any of you have expert knowledge of the MBTI, experience
administering the test, or use personality type information in your
design work, I welcome your perspective as well.
Thank you all, and I hope you'll participate and discuss,
Here are the questions:
The quick two:
- What is your type?
- What is your occupation? (Please be as specific as possible.)
If you're willing to write more:
- How does knowledge of your type impact your thoughts about your
career, design, other people, and yourself - as a designer and as a
- What was your experience when you learned your type? Was it
meaningful to you?
- Has personality type ever played a role in your research or designs?
- If you are outside the US, is there different or additional test that
is prominently used?
- What else?
- This free test is the closest to the official test that I've seen: http://www.personalitytest.net/types/index.htm
(There are also a variety of (not free) resources available online and
off to take the original MBTI in a more structured, authentic way.)
(A discussion about the reliability of this test could be another long
thread, I'm sure. My particular interest here is in what your result
meant to you personally and as a designer; did it ring true?)