Month: February 2015

Personality and the professional environment

I took the personality test based on Jung and Briggs Myer typological approach to psychology and received the following personality result:

  • Extravert (11%) I have slight preference of extraversion over introversion.
  • INtuitive (50%) I have moderate preference of intuition over sensing.
  • Thinking (1%) I have marginal or no preference of thinking over feeling.
  • Judging (44%) I have moderate preference of judging over perceiving.

Result: ENTJ

Personality Summary: As summarised by 16 Personalities, ENTJ’s are natural leaders. They are rational thinkers with sharp minds who aim to achieve whatever goals they set. As a result of their extroverted nature, they are confident and charismatic and can effortlessly encourage others to get behind a common goal. They find emotional expression difficult and can often crush the feelings of their more sensitive counterparts. Being powerhouses, in a professional environment ENTJ’s often need to remember their stature comes from having a solid team and therefore, should remember to recognise the contributions of others. ENTJs have no problem adopting a “fake it ’til you make it” mentality.

Famous ENTJs: (Images are links to original image source)

steve martin

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc.

The ENTJ strengths are listed as efficient, strong-willed, strategic thinker, energetic and self-confident. The weaknesses are listed as stubborn, intolerant, impatient, arrogant and cold/ruthless.

In ways I am a little disappointed the results didn’t link to anything specifically creative. Although, I do debate whether creativity needs to arise from a free-spirit personality type – as there can be method in creativity. Creativity can also come in many different forms, in terms of thinking outside the box – consider innovation, evolution and revolution.

In all honesty I can’t argue with this personality assessment, as it mentions quite a few traits that resonate with me. I would describe myself as someone who always strives to do well. I also love nothing more than to absorb the knowledge of others – I like to learn and understand I don’t always have the answers. It may be cliche but there is a Confucius saying I appreciate, “True wisdom is knowing what you don’t know“.

Additionally, on occasion I also recognise the flaws in my personality when I refuse to understand different people’s perspectives. Sometimes when I’ve made my decision I’m hard to sway as I believe my collation of knowledge has led me to a specific path – so can agree with the ENTJ weaknesses and is something I am already conscious of and working on.

I’m glad to see there are actors that share the ENTJ personality type, as it shows me that creativity can be generated from sharp minds. Though that’s not to say the above listed politicians weren’t innovative, evolutionary or revolutionary – they found solutions to problems and that is something I can relate to (I’m already thinking about design briefs)! They were also strategic thinkers, strong-willed and efficient – something I aim to be while completing full-time work and part-time study.

Unfortunately, I think being an ENTJ also makes me overly critical of my own work – in terms of never thinking it’s good enough and feeling pressured to immediately reach the ‘wonderful’ end result without always respecting the process.

I think this personality type makes me more of a manager than a team member, though I would rather be a team member so I can train myself to be more of a team player – the thought of being inflexible worries me! I’m gathering I would work better in a global agency rather than a small studio as it seems ENTJs may have ambition that cannot be satisfied by working for a small studio – though I haven’t thought about it like that before.

Something that inspires me as a designer

An object that inspires me and continues to ignite my interest in graphic design is a particular art print I was gifted from a good friend. It is by an Australian studio, Three of the Possessed and is a lion’s face made up of a series of geometric shapes, named Wild Neon (available at Society6).


In this design, I like the use of flat shapes (triangles and polygons) and colour to form a three dimensional object. I appreciate the roots of geometry and how shape, size, the relative position of objects and the properties of space can be used in a graphic sense to create depth and bring a flat surface to life. I especially like how a range of colours are incorporated in this piece, from bright to dark to pastel tones, and how contrast is achieved by using different shades of similar colours. I also like the how the essence of the animal is not lost in the abstractness.

My interest in graphic design arose from my interest in art, so it was pretty effortless for vector-based art to appeal to me. I like how geometric art can be used in many forms of design such as textile, architecture and typography as well.

Some more designs from the same studio that I love are shown below respectively: Island at Sea, September 1927 (throw pillow) and Love Will Tear Us Apart. The abstract, modern and prismatic nature of these designs perpetuate my interest.

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Image credit: Society6

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Image credit: Society6

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Image credit: Society6

As a result, this style has influenced my graphic design on a couple of occasions. The first being when I created packaging for a door key, in the form of a 10cm high garden gnome (note: for this particular piece, creativity took precedence over packaging excessiveness).

I focused on an untraditional garden gnome look, opting for triangular and rectangular prisms over cylinders and spheres. It created a more abstract twist and gave the gnome another unexpected dimension.

Gnome 2

Gnome key

Another piece influenced by geometric style was my redesign of the Groovin The Moo (GTM) website (concept only). I wanted to create something that was modern and reflected the essence of the festival. Cattleyard (the event manager) described the GTM name as “nonsensical but unforgettable” and that’s something I wanted to communicate in my design – and I think abstract, geometric art achieves this!

GTM site

I think geometric style reflects the part of my personality that likes to think outside the box. The abstractness, the illusions, the dimensions, all encourage me to look beyond the obvious – it reminds me that things don’t always have to appear as they seem.