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List of 30 Creative Designers Traits

We have developed a list of the Design Creatives Traits and compiled it over several days. We don’t all agree on each one, but agree that most apply to all designers. The list was compiled after realizing how many things we all have in common as designers.

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Here is the list:

1. The Creative Designer can let their imagination run wild
2. The Creative Designer can see the image in their mind before execution.
3. The Creative Designer will want to brainstorm with others.
4. The Creative Designer prefers ink/pencil and paper over computers for sketches.
5. The Creative Designer is highly critical of their own work.
6. The Creative Designer enjoys watching other designer’s techniques.
7. The Creative Designer doesn’t follow any fashion trends, but makes their own.
8. The Creative Designer doesn’t like conventional wisdom applied to their designs.
9. The Creative Designer has the ability to understand different media techniques.
10. The Creative Designer can become emotionally attached to their work.
11. The Creative Designer is proficient with several different design programs.
12. The Creative Designer has the ability to become a night owl…without wings of course.
13. The Creative Designer looks at other designers work for inspiration.
14. The Creative Designer studio is an organized mess.
15. The Creative Designer enjoys many cups of coffee a day and more during rush projects.
16. The Creative Designer loves drawing ideas in a sketch book.
17. The Creative Designer uses a lot of reference materials when developing projects.
18. The Creative Designer dislikes talking about pricing their work.
19. The Creative Designer hates rushing their designs for very tight schedules.
20. The Creative Designer prefers not to deal with printing specs.
21. The Creative Designer can eat lunch (and dinner if necessary) and work at the same time.
22. The Creative Designer has a to-do list to stay organized and in control of the work.
23. The Creative Designer doesn’t work for free under any circumstance.
24. The Creative Designer likes to have inspirational items on their desk and shelves.
25. The Creative Designer likes to take walks outside to clear their mind.
26. The Creative Designer is always looking to expand their design ability.
27. The Creative Designer prefers stock images to actually taking photos.
28. The Creative Designer has a tough time designing their own branding.
29. The Creative Designer has a great portfolio and unusually designed website.
30. The Creative Designer prefers a graphic tablet to the mouse.

We are not sure you will agree with all of these, but we are sure you will see at least 75% of them as your own traits. In time we will add more to the list, but we wanted to get it posted right away.

Please let us know what traits we may have missed and if you agree with the list.

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