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Which designer type are you?
Nobody wants to be pigeonholed (except for cats - but even they prefer cardboard boxes), but classifying them into categories can help you better understand drivers and passions.
The Myers-Briggs personality test is particularly popular in the United States. It is based on findings from Carl Jung, which Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katharine Cook Briggs have applied to a formalized test. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is used as an instrument to identify psychological drives and desires.
How does the Myers-Briggs type indicator work?
The assessment consists of a series of questions that classify our personality into one of 16 types. There are four categories, each with two forms. Each characteristic of a category is represented by a letter. The final name of a Myers-Briggs type consists of a combination of four letters, each of which describes one of the categories.
The following categories are also explained on the MBTI website:
- Motivation, drive: Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I). Extraverts focus on their surroundings, introverts look inward.
- Attention: Sensory (S) or intuition (N). Sensory personalities process the information that is available to them. Interpreting intuitively and paying attention to the overall context.
- Decision: Thinking (T) or Feeling (F). Thinkers pay attention to logic and consistency, while emotional people refer to people and circumstances.
- Lifestyle: Assessment / decision (Judging - J) or perceiving (Perceiving - P). Judging personalities want to come to a decision quickly and efficiently. Perceptors are open to new information and ideas for as long as possible.
This list will give you an idea of what type of personality you are. The MBTI questionnaire is usually only available from certified trainers. However, online you can find numerous free and paid versions of the test (in German and English) that you can use for your information. Ultimately, you decide for yourself which of the 16 combinations best reflects your personality.
MBTI in the workplace
Many organizations, including 80% of the Fortune 500 companies also use personality tests according to Myers Briggs to sensitize employees to their own personality as well as that of their colleagues. The test is intended to make organizations more successful because it shows employees that better collaboration is possible by using the strengths of each individual team member.
Why should you take the test?
The work of designers is decisive for the success of many organizations and the range of tasks in the design area is gigantic. Knowing your MBTI profile will not only give you a better sense of what type of design activity best suits your personality and preferences, but also which company best suits your design style. Both insights are important prerequisites for a fulfilling professional life.
Design jobs by MBTI type
To help you get started with the MBTI model, we have listed 16 personality types and the most suitable work in the field of design for them. The conclusions you draw from this depend on your own analysis. It is best to do your own research and tests.
The 16 personality types are divided into the four categories mentioned earlier.
INTJ: The architect. You are a pearl found only under 2% of humanity. This may make you feel lonely in most positions, but your passion for conscientious work and data keeps you going. You are an excellent problem solver who makes decisions strategically and based on sound knowledge. If something doesn't work, find an alternative solution. You would feel most comfortable in an innovative, but practical company, where you could work in the development and / or on the backend of complex user interfaces. When it comes to IT architectures, you are in top form. Well-known INTJ representative: Michelle Obama
INTP: The logician. You are a curious and attentive person, but you seem a little disorganized at times. You get bored easily and do best in a hectic environment that offers many challenges and variety at work. Maybe you would be happy in the design department of an established company. Despite your enthusiasm, you proceed very logically and do not trust people who make decisions based on their gut instinct. You could therefore also become self-employed so that you can make your own decisions. Well-known INTP representative: Bill Gates
ENTJ: The commander. You are an alpha - the born leader who ruthlessly pursues his goals. Nothing can easily get you off your course. If you cannot see a meaningful path to the goal, you will pave the way for yourself. And you will pull others with you. You are a great personality, but rather insensitive to emotions. You prefer intellectual challenges and those who follow suit. You would be perfectly suited to take the helm of a design-oriented company that dares to venture into uncharted territory without hesitation. Well-known ENTJ representative: Steve Jobs
ENTP: The debater. As “the devil's advocate” you love to question ideas and shed light on all aspects. For you, discussions are the fuel for knowledge, but occasionally you can get lost in ideas that you don't really believe in - simply because you follow your convictions. You work hard and no one will question your intelligence. But your personality can be daunting to others, making it difficult for you to climb the corporate ladder. If you overcome this shortcoming, you will do an excellent job in a role in which you can approach challenges in different ways. Perhaps you are designing multiple versions of a product and leading the field study to determine the best option. Well-known ENTP representative: Captain Jack Sparrow
INFJ: The lawyer. This personality profile applies to less than 1% of humanity. In your heart of hearts you don't just want to help others, you want to come up with solutions so that other people don't need help in the first place. Love is your motivation and you want to make the world a little better, but sometimes you take criticism a little too personally. You would be ideally placed when it comes to working on products that directly improve people's quality of life - whether in a large company or a non-profit organization. For example, you could design applications that help doctors in developing countries do their jobs. Known INFJ representative: Nelson Mandela
INFP: The mediator. You follow your heart rather than your mind - after all, you prefer poetry to logic. Despite your natural ability to communicate and your passion for language, you sometimes seem shy in large groups. You are best placed in a small team of like-minded people who share your commitment to good. Often times you feel misunderstood so you should invest your feelings in projects you believe in. You probably won't be happy in an agency or corporate department because you'd rather put all your energy into one big cause. Well-known INFP representative: William Shakespeare
ENFJ: The protagonist. You are a charismatic leader who can inspire others. Your energy is contagious, which makes you a born speaker. This personality is often found in politicians or moderators. You would be in your element at large conferences where you can present the ideas you are passionate about. You stand up for what you believe in. However, your tendency to self-reflection sometimes slows you down. Your prime role would be leading a team that develops a product you can stand behind - at a company that gives you the opportunity to share your enthusiasm with the public. Well-known ENFJ representative: Barack Obama
ENFP: The activist. Here we have a real party lion! You are full of enthusiasm, happy and carefree - a real free spirit and idealist. You would be happiest in an organization that offers a good work-life balance and promotes social interaction. Or you become a digital nomad who travels around the world working on various design projects. You are a charming leader whose creative ideas often put him in the spotlight, but you also have a "crazy" touch. Learn to use this to your advantage. Well-known ENFP representative: Robin Williams
ISTJ: The logistician. This personality type is most common with a share of 13% of the population. You are traditional and reliable. Working in a startup could worry you, so you'd be best off with an established company with a successful history. You need security and will therefore possibly do a job that you may not like, but that guarantees you the necessary stability. When your work is recognized, you exceed all expectations. Dare yourself and bring some momentum to your work life! Well-known ISTJ representative: Denzel Washington
ISFJ: The defense attorney. Your diversity makes you a valuable team member. You see things from different perspectives and you are warm-hearted. You don't like boring activities or activities that focus on you. You prefer to stay under the radar as much as possible, even if you don't always succeed in your successes. You are the ideal team player in an environment where colleagues are friends too. As a true family person, you need a role that enables a positive work-life balance so that you can find fulfillment. Well-known ISFJ representative: Vin Diesel
ESTJ: The director. As a role model for order and reliability, you clearly set the tone. You are equally talented in administration and management. Others let you lead and trust your decisions. You're passionate about bringing people together so a cross-functional role would be good for you - maybe a combination of design, development and marketing. You would be brilliant in customer contact, especially when it comes to the consistent and competent presentation of information. Well-known ESTJ representative: Judge Judy (leading actress on a US court program)
ESFJ: The consul. You are a sociable and popular person who gets along with everyone. And you're genuinely nice at the same time! You care about helping others and spending time with them. You are extremely creative, but you also respect authority. A creative role in front-end design would suit you, where you can experiment with constraints and have fun at the same time. Perhaps UX design would be even more suitable for you, where you can create fascinating experiences on a large scale. People trust you, so researching user behavior would also be an idea. Known ESFJ representative: Taylor Swift
ISTP: The virtuoso. You love practical experiments and are eager to learn. Your passion is prototyping, but also developing and publishing real products. Whenever possible, you try things out in different ways and learn new tools. You are flexible, adaptable - almost like a jack of all trades - and prefer to work on many small projects rather than on a single large project. Problem solving is your specialty. That's a good thing, because sometimes you make rash decisions for which you then have to find alternatives. Your personality is a bit quirky and unpredictable, so you should find a job where those traits would be a real plus. Known ISTP representative: Clint Eastwood
ISFP: The Adventurer. You are a true artist and like to use design as a means of communication. You will hardly like the division into one of 16 personalities, because you hold great store by your individuality and unpredictability. You love new challenges and experiences, which will probably draw you in the direction of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality. As you explore, your preferences may change and you will give in to them without hesitation to explore new territory. You don't have the big picture in mind, let alone a five-year plan. You keep reinventing yourself. You will have many jobs in your life, but one thing is certain: you will succeed in whatever you touch. Well-known ISFP representative: Britney Spears
ESTP: The entrepreneur. You just know everyone, are open-minded and known for your intelligence and your ability to solve problems. If necessary, you take risks - regardless of the consequences, but you learn from your mistakes and see failure as a further development. You follow your own path, but have a keen eye for your surroundings. You notice things that others miss. Maybe that's why you will design something that you think should have been around for a long time. You use your energy effectively. You may prefer to be freelance or start your own company that realizes your vision of design. Well-known ESTP representative: Nicolas Sarkozy
ESFP: the entertainer. You are spontaneous, you stand out and you have endless amounts of energy. You can overwhelm some people with that, but you stand by your crazy ways. It is important for you that you enjoy your work. Otherwise you will suffer. You mostly mirror your surroundings. If your job is too formal, it will affect you negatively. Data just isn't your thing. You could be really good at researching user behavior because you have such a natural connection with people. Or maybe you prefer a role that combines different areas such as design, marketing and event management. Well-known ESFP representative: Marilyn Monroe
What Myers-Briggs Personality Type Are You? Do these descriptions fit your previous professional decisions? The better you understand yourself, the sooner you can shape your life according to your dreams.
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