TCT Brainstorming Meeting

Are You Really a Creative Designer?

Some say they are creative designers and other are convinced. Which one are you? Today it seems as though anyone can be a designer with the right software. You don’t even need any training of any kind – except the software itself.

The days of going to design school or working at an agency to learn the trade are quickly fading. There was a time when you could work at an agency or studio to learn all the aspects of being a designer. It was hard work, but always paid off.

Now get some software and boom. You are a designer. But are you? Do you really understand what design is and how it works for the consumer. After all the final judge is the consumer.

Go through this list and see how you fair and be honest with yourself. Besides no one is watching: 

  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.

So…how do you do? Like I said there is no one watching or no scoring. Just your own thoughts on who you are as a designer. Are you the learning through experience or the learning though software type?

If you have any more ideas to add to this list, please comment below. Thanks.

The Creative Tablet Staff
John

 

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