I have always been told that I am odd for a designer.
I enjoy working alone. I love structure and order. I live for the details.
To most of the people I meet, those are the characteristics they consider to be perfect for a Librarian or Accountant. Typical designers are often stereotyped as unpredictable, touchy-feely artists.
So the question is – which personality types make the best designers?
I have worked with a lot of designers throughout my career and have always struggled with that question. Many people turn to the Jung Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to quickly identify traits that may not be a fit. The test documents 16 personality types based on four categories: Extroversion vs. Introversion, Intuiting vs. Sensing, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving. To try it out go here.
Career profilers have matched what they think are the ideal careers for each type’s strength. According to their results, the ideal personality type for a “career” designer is ISFJ:
1. Introverted: likes to work alone, seeks to understand the world, prefers depth over breadth
2. Sensing: trusts facts and data, accepts the world as it is, prefers practicality
3. Feeling: seeks harmony, considers the feelings of others
4. Judging: gains control through planning, focuses on results
While I think the test does provide some insight, I struggle with how accurate it is at defining the perfect “designer”. In my opinion it really comes down to the type of position you are looking to fill and the type of work you want to do. There is still a lot to be said about sitting down to look at someones book and having a conversation with them.
Having said that, I couldn’t resist and took the test myself to see if I really should have been an Accountant.
Turns out I’m as ISFJ as you can get.