WHAT TYPE OF DESIGN-CREATIVE ARE YOU?
Not Just One Type Of Person Becomes A Designer
There is not just one type of person who becomes a designer. There are many, many types of people who find the creative pursuit of design a common passion. They may have different ambitions. They may prefer to use different techniques and materials. They may have different expectations for financial success. They may have different compulsions for creating their designs. But the excitement is there for each of them.
We can differentiate people who become designers by their aspirations (Neuendorf, 2016) — why they became designers. Some designers fit one type of aspiration; others, more than one. But the contour of their lives brings them to similar places within their occupations and professions and their core projects and products of design.
There are 5 basic types of Design-Creatives which can be defined by their aspirations:
o Social Interactants
o Compulsive Creators
o Lifestyle of Freedom Seekers
o Financial Success Achievers
o People Who Find Themselves Making DesignsThrough Happenstance and Chance
This type of Design-Creative often seeks out other creatives and forms a social network. Social Interactants may be makers. They may be sellers or exhibiters or collectors. But their excitement comes, in part, by looking for ways to interact and meet and share close-knit social ties. Part of the reason is to learn new ideas. Another part is to get feedback and critique. The social group and network will offer support, advice, career and business opportunities and direction. These are people you can lean on when times get tough. There might even be some shared glamour and celebrity, depending on the designers and their group.
Social Interactants typically seek recognition for their efforts and their works. The success of any design project or product depends on the judgements of the various audiences which interact with it. Social interactants allocate a good deal of their time anticipating how others will understand and react to any particular design. They spend time seeking out opportunities to display or present their works publicly.
There is this innate, compulsive, don’t-fight-it desire that some designers have when creating their designs. This is the Compulsive Creator. Applying creative thinking is at the core of their excitement. Composing, constructing and manipulating design elements is intrinsically rewarding. There is a strong, profound commitment to design, and this directed energy is often associated with productivity and success.
Compulsive Creators love what they do. It allows them to think creatively. They allocate a lot of their time towards achieving a high level of quality and sophistication.
Lifestyle of Freedom Seekers
These Freedom Seeker designers like to set their own pace, establish their own routines, work when the spirit moves them. A regular 9 to 5 job is not for them. They like to make their own rules and be self-directed. Any financial insecurity and uncertainty that comes with this is worth the price to pay for a lifestyle of freedom.
Excitement equals freedom and the strategies for incorporating whatever comes. These designers believe that this freedom allows them to experience the world around them in a greater depth and to a greater degree. In turn, they have more understandings for how to find and then turn inspirations into finished designs.
Financial Success Achievers
Financially Successful designers can do quite well for themselves, but it takes a lot of drive, organization and business and marketing sense. Design can be a lucrative career with such determination, gaining visibility, and a little bit of being in the right place at the right time. Accumulating money or wealth is a big part of the excitement.
Some designers seek to make design a self-supporting career. However, many designers primarily look for money to supplement their income or retirement. Some look to make enough money to pay for their inventory, supplies and equipment.
Sometimes, designers make designs to seek wealth, rather than income. They accumulate many design products and projects and many unusual supplies, components and equipment to achieve wealth as success.
Financial Success Achievers typically try to create a business around their designs.
Happenstance and Chance
Not everyone who becomes a designer aspired to be one. Sometimes people fall into it. They need a something designed — an interior, a website, a piece of jewelry — to get them through some event or process in their immediate lives — and decide to make something themselves, then get hooked. They watch someone design something, then get intrigued. They try to repair a broken product or project by themselves. They accompany a friend to a design class, then want to try it out. Their excitement evolves over time.
A Myriad of Aspirations and Ambitions
Aspirations and ambitions vary. There is no best way or right way. It becomes a matter of the designer finding that balance of design, self, and other-life which works for them, and drives their passion.
Creative-Designers are motivated to become designers for many different reasons. But motivations and ambitions are only a start at channeling one’s excitement. These make up only a small part of what it truly takes to be a successful designer. Designers need to develop skills and techniques, creative thinking, design process management, and disciplinary literacy, to continue on their pathway to success.
(1) Henri Neuendorf, A Young Artist’s Brief Guide to Art World
Ambition, Art World, November 18, 2016
As referenced: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/4-motivations-that-make-
(2) Drew Kimble, Five Fears That Can Destroy An Artist, Skinny Artist,
As referenced: https://skinnyartist.com/5-fears-that-can-destroy-an-artist/
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