Joe: Creative Types and What They Say About Us

August 28, 2020

At Aquí, we take our cuppa Joe very seriously. Rest assured, because the same applies when it comes to design. As avid coffee drinkers, we often ask, “How do you like your coffee?” And as a creative boutique, we like to ask, “How do you like your design?” Joe is a blog segment where we - #TeamAquí - share our design inspirations.

On your path to self-actualization lies a few personality tests that you might take in hopes of finding “answers”. While the psychological classification of each complex individual is questionable, the broad nature of it helps us see our similarities and differences from an unbiased common ground in a way that is relatable for most. On top of that, personality tests are also good conversation starters (you’re welcome).

We - María, Nella, Evelyn and Yu Ting - recently discovered our creative personalities by completing Adobe’s Creative Types test. To add to the thrill, we each did a round of guessing before the results were shared and oh boy it is safe to say that we are not good with guessing game


The Guess

The Producer 

The Adventurer

The Answer

María is actually The Dreamer.

The Debate

“Your greatest gift is your depth of sensitivity and empathy, which allows you to give voice to universal human emotions in a way that touches people on a profound level.”

M: I do feel that I have a good connection with people as I am often able to relate to them and make them feel heard. A big part of what I create is relative to the people I create for. 

 “You’re deeply emotional and intuitive, with a vivid imagination—the quintessential idealist and romantic."

M: I agree that I’m deeply emotional and intuitive. The part about imagination doesn’t feel like me; I have an imagination but it’s not the kind that is insanely out of this world. 

“The inner world is always where you’ve felt most at home. You’re happy to roam your mental landscape of thoughts, emotions, and fantasies for hours on end.”

M: This is true! I’ve always been fond of mindfulness practices and looking inwards to evaluate my mental landscape. I feel it even more during this period because I now have more time and space to myself.


The Guess

The Thinker 

The Artist

The Innovator

The Answer

Evelyn is actually The Thinker

The Debate 

E: I don’t know if I’m really like this. The person that they are describing feels like someone who ponders over philosophical ideals whereas I’m someone who thinks more about the present. 

“Driven by an insatiable intellectual curiosity, the THINKER makes the quest for knowledge and truth a lifelong pursuit. With all those big questions and abstract thinking, you’ve got some serious electrical activity going on in that brain of yours!”

E: I feel that I am somewhat like this but not most of the time. I’m not the person in school who wonders what the world has to offer. My curiosity lies in the practical matters of life and not in the deep and abstract matters.

“Your biggest challenges? Getting out of your head and learning to balance theory with practice. Try not to get too caught up in concepts and abstractions, dear THINKER. Great ideas are meant to be brought to life.”

E: The person that they are describing sounds to me like they constantly have their head in the clouds. I’m not like that - I’m a do-er, someone who’s more grounded.


The Guess

The Maker 

The Visionary

The Answer

Nella is actually The Dreamer

The Debate

N: I did the quiz based on my first instincts, not solely from a creative lens, but I feel that the results are pretty accurate.

“You’re naturally drawn to express your inner world through literary pursuits, music, and the visual arts. Think of yourself as the “magical realist” of the creative types: like the literary masters of that genre, you naturally infuse your everyday life with the beauty and wonder of the imagination.”

N: I feel that I’m interested in and have quite an understanding about the different aspects of art. But more often than not, I spend too much time thinking about creating art rather than actually creating them.

“Seek out opportunities to collaborate with INNOVATOR types, who combine your lofty idealism with a focus on pragmatic solutions. The grounding energy of the INNOVATOR can inspire you to apply your imagination to real-world change.”

N: This makes sense to me because I need to work with someone who would push me to create the things that I see or vision in my head.


The Guess

The Producer

The Innovator

The Answer

Yu Ting is actually The Dreamer

The Debate

“The world is a place of beauty and magic in the eyes of a DREAMER. Where others see facts and figures, you see symbols, metaphors, and hidden meanings.”

YT: Daydreaming is probably one of my favourite things to do. There’s a meaning and story behind everything and I like to spend time thinking about that.

“Let your mind roam free, DREAMER, but don’t forget to return to the here and now. Practicing mindfulness will go a long way in helping you turn your dreams into reality.”

YT: I can relate to Nella in that aspect. I can be very in my own head sometimes and it is difficult to get things done in that state of mind. That’s why it’s important to practice grounding myself.

At the end of the discussion, we did realise that the team is made up of three Dreamers and one Thinker and none of us have each other as ideal collaborators. It is both interesting and funny how we all had a different take on each other.

We came to a conclusion that the questions asked in the test were a little fuzzy and not strong indicators of each creative type. “Honestly, I struggled because I didn’t know how to answer some of the questions,” Evelyn said. However, hearing from each other did make us realise some things about ourselves that came as a surprise. 

These personality tests were never meant to tell us who we are. What they do is make us question ourselves and dig deeper into our identities. You would come to realise that no one knows you better than you know yourself. 

So, tell us - what’s your true creative type? Take a guess and do the test.


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