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Just like all five fingers of the human hand are not the same, all graphic designers are unalike. The field of graphic design is blessed with immense designers, each endowed with a unique talent. All designers have their own style of working, thought processes, likes and dislikes and above all their own distinctive personality. Every graphic designer tackles clients in a different way.

Personality is a set of characteristics, attributes or traits of the person distinguishing him from others. Nowadays, designers of various personalities are found. Let us have a humorous examination of the different types of graphic designers and how are they different from one another.

Following are 10 personality types of designers resembling with movie or cartoon characters. Read and discover which one you are.


1. The Perfectionist “Monk”

You might remember the character “Adrian Monk” played by Tony Shalhoub from the TV series “The Monk”. The personality of Adrian Monk is that of a perfectionist. The way he tries to keep everything clean and perfect as possible is hilarious. Similarly, some graphic designers are analogous to The Monk. They want every project to be done with perfection and precision. Extreme obsession with their work makes them behave compulsively. Although being a perfectionist is good, it can also be stressful for designers to achieve absolute flawlessness.

2. The Ingenious “Sherlock”

Almost everyone is familiar with Ol’ Sherlock Holmes, the most astute detective in the fictional world. The creative and ingenious ways in which he used to solve the toughest of mysteries is of amazement. Some designers are akin to this personality…clever, resourceful and ingenious in their work. Designers with this type of personality have unique problem solving skills. When face with the toughest of design projects, they execute it Sherlock style with astuteness and inventiveness.

3. The Brainy “Dexter”

There are nerds in every work profession, and graphic designing has its own share of Dexters and Dorksters. You may easily recall the famous cartoon character “Dexter”, the boy genius. Graphic designers with this personality are usually an ace in the academia and as a result, have a vast in-depth knowledge of graphic designing. They know concepts that even the most experienced designers might not be familiar with.

4. The Friendly “Casper”

Ghosts are usually known to be frightful spirits. But of course with the exception of one, who is popularly known as the “friendly ghost”. Yes, I’m talking about the one and the only “Casper”. He is one ghost that loves to make friends and be sociable. Similarly, designers of this personality type are gregarious and use social media excessively, not just for professional purposes, but for personal use as well. They love to make new friends and connections and just cannot live without a social circle.

5. The Experienced “Papa Smurf”

Many of you might remember the cartoon “Smurfs”. It had this character named “Papa Smurf”. He was one of the oldest and most knowledgeable of the smurfs. He serves as the Smurfs’ leader whom which the Smurfs usually go to when they require counsel and guidance. Designers of this personality type are the experienced campaigners who are distinguished in their field as veterans. Emerging graphic designers look at them as an icon of inspiration and motivation.

6. The Show-off “Johnny Bravo”

Remember the cartoon in which a handsome hunk who keeps trying to impress chicks but ends up being beaten by them? You got it right…I’m talking about Johnny Bravo. The one quality that gets Johnny into trouble is his habit of showing-off in front of the girls. Without any specific mention, some designers do fall under this personality type. They like to brag about their work and skills.

7. The Speedy “Flash”

The fastest cartoon character in the anime world is Flash. He is capable of running at lightning pace and can perform a certain task within the blink of an eye. Designers of this personality type are very fast and prompt. They like to finish off their assignments in as less time as possible. They meet their deadlines with ease, sometimes complete the assignment way before the due date. Although rapid speed is a very good attribute, in some circumstances haste can make waste.

8. The Lazy “Garfield”

Even though most cats become lethargic when they grow up, but there is no match to the laziness of Garfield, the cartoon character. Garfield the cat, that loves to eat and sleep. Graphic designers of this category are gluttonous and ravenous. Moreover they tend to get sluggish and this delays their projects. They mostly don’t meet the project deadlines and are liable for procrastination.

9. The Enduring “Ironman”

The biggest trait of ironman is its exceptional ability for endurance. The ironman was originally created to act as an armor and endurance suit. Similar to this theory, graphic designers who fall under this personality type are extremely forbearing and tolerant. They can easily endure countless hours of design work and complete it without experiencing any fatigue. They can tolerate heaps of pressure and strain to finish off a design job within the deadline.

10. The Hyper “Hulk”

The marvel created by Marvel Comics is a giant, raging, humanoid monster named The Hulk. He is an emotional and impulsive mirror image of the withdrawn and reserved physicist Dr. Bruce Banner. The Hulk can get hyper at the slightest of provocation and can run havoc if provoked. These types of graphic designers are an exact opposite of the “enduring Ironman”. They are hyper, intolerant and can be angry at the slightest of things.
Which type are you?

After analyzing the different types of graphic designers above, where would you place yourself? Or do you have another character in your mind that suits your graphic designing skills.


Author Charlie B. Johnson

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  1. matin On June 16th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    The Speedy Flash I guess;). intresting post

  1. SG84 On June 16th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I’d be the Flash, fast and sometimes prone to mistakes.

  1. Miluje On June 16th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Great article but youve made a mistake, you write the same thing in Casper and Iron Man .

  1. Jae Xavier On June 16th, 2010 at 5:09 pm


    I’m one or more of these characters in just one day.

    Garfield on Sundays, most notably.

    By the way, the Iron Man description is like Casper’s. Might want to fix that :)

  1. Mark On June 16th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Great post! Just thought you might want to know that you used the casper description again under the iron man heading.

  1. Lisa Raymond On June 16th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Good post! I wonder what personality type I would be – now I have a type of roadmap to figure it out!

  1. Charlie B. Johnson On June 17th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Thanks for the comments everyone…and sorry for the content slip-up guys, i was in a rush yesterday :(

    The error is now fixed.

  1. Credit Letter On June 17th, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Should there be a #11 for The Amateur who does a nearly-professional job?

  1. Mrst On June 17th, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I can fit in the ironman catergory.

  1. Anil Amrit On June 17th, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Oh def Ironman & The Flash…though to be honest, I tend to make silly errors when being The Flash

  1. xindachen On June 17th, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Chronologically speaking, I started out as “Monk”, after a while, social media got to me and I became “Casper”, now, I’m a combination of “Casper” and “Hulk”. Over time, I hope to become “Papa Smurf”!

  1. Raelin On June 17th, 2010 at 6:54 am

    I am somewhere between Casper and Flash on most days, but Garfield on weekends :)

  1. Taj On June 17th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Umm just thought I say Flash is not from anime, he might be in one, but not originating.

  1. Social Bookmarking Service On June 18th, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Lol!! Johnny Bravo definitely :P

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  1. Blaine Ross On June 18th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Chronologically speaking, I started out as “Monk”, after a while, social media got to me and I became “Casper”, now, I’m a combination of “Casper” and “Hulk”. Over time, I hope to become “Papa Smurf”!

  1. Multyshades On June 18th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    very interesting article, well i should be the perfectionist but unfortunately now a days i consider myself as the lazy Garfield lol

  1. Atlanta Graphic Designer On June 18th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Hmmm…it’s hard to choose! I think I have different traits from a few of them.


  1. Vael On June 19th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I’m more of a Sherlock and a Garfield ^^

  1. andrew On June 19th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I would definitely say I am the perfectionist. I always work on projects longer than I have to simply because I want them to be perfect!

  1. Jonathan Zarco On June 20th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Sherlock hands down!

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  1. Steve On June 20th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Very nice post, I like the friendly casper, thanks.

  1. Yogesh Kumar On June 21st, 2010 at 3:44 am

    def Johnny Bravo , thanks for this wonderful article.

  1. Web design Croydon On June 22nd, 2010 at 8:38 am

    nice and ligthearted post, cool!

  1. Wendy Maynard On June 22nd, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    What if you don’t fit into any one of these categories? I am sort of a blend.

  1. Web Designers On June 23rd, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Haha, lazy Garfield here! :D

  1. Hsquareddesigner On June 23rd, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    after reading these categories i find myself in two, the Sherlock Holmes and the Flash categories. I work fast but i research and look through given materials before designing something, the more research and time you put into a project the better it will turn out to be.

  1. Hsquareddesigner On June 23rd, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    after reading these categories i find myself in the Sherlock Holmes and the Flash categories. I work fast but i research and look through given materials before designing something, the more research and time you put into a project the better it will turn out to be.

  1. Kara Brooks On June 23rd, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Without doubt the lazy Garfield :-D… but when time calls for prompt work i can become Flash ;)

  1. Mário Santos On June 23rd, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I think i’m the speddy flash, but its very funny when iu read the post I was able to see my coleges in the cartoons ;)

  1. Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing On June 24th, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Well, I feel every designer should read this post once. Being a designer myself, I feel I am more like the friendly Casper as I am always available on social networking sites and love to make friends.

  1. absolutely organic girl On June 24th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    hahaha I’m like casper i suppose, a very interesting article!

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  1. 48hourslogo On June 24th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I’m for sure the dextor. very interesting thought.

  1. Jennifer Little On June 24th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I think I am a cross between “Sherlock” and “Flash”. I try to make sure the “flash” side slows down enough to make sure there are no mistakes.

  1. Jhon Frank On June 26th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Very nice post i like Ironman because he flying like superman he is very fast. I like this article this is very intersting

  1. Rhonda B On June 26th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Interesting article. I guess I’m a Monk/Dexter combination.

  1. Justin On June 27th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I’m a combination of Sherlock, Casper, Johnny Bravo, and The Hulk.

  1. Victoria Blount On June 28th, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Interesting post, im not sure that i fall into any of these characters but i do recognise that designers have certain personality trait’s which defines how they work.

  1. ipad case On June 29th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    i hate to say but i guess i’m Johnny Bravo then Q__Q

  1. edward On June 30th, 2010 at 5:21 am

    I think this post is one of the mirror to the designers……
    Many of the designers will come in the beneath of anyone of this category.

  1. lawoman On June 30th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I am definitely a combination of several of these! Does that make me a schizo graphic designer?

  1. thinles chosdup On June 30th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I think im a combination of “SHERLOCK” and “IRONMAN” also “SPEEDY FLASH”.

  1. Melo Silva On July 1st, 2010 at 1:32 am

    this is is for children right? …

  1. Ben Stokes On July 1st, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I guess . . . . Friendly Casper :D

  1. Meg Barnes On July 1st, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Monk – perfectionist up to deadline.
    Sherlock – what did you mean to say?
    Papa Smurf – happy to share expertise.
    Ironman – what, another all-nighter?

  1. behzad On July 2nd, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I enjoyed reading this article. Very entertaining.

  1. Dennis Salvatier On July 7th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I’m a few of these, but mostly the friendly ghost.

  1. Banmoco On July 14th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I would like to think of myself as a Perfectionist, as I do like to keep my work and designs up to scratch, neat and tidy.

  1. shabnam yasmin On July 19th, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Casper and Garfield :))

  1. Clipping Path India On July 29th, 2010 at 6:13 am

    The Speedy Flash,,, Great post. Thanks

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  1. Shelley On September 8th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Hey that was interesting. I have to admit that I noticed a lack of female personalities to choose from.

    I think I would be the Madonna of personalities. A designer that likes to constantly evolve and surprise. Driven to always deliver the whole package with good timing and style. The Madonna isn’t afraid to take risks but only if they are calculated and researched well. She strives for perfection but relies on her team of expert editors and proofers to make certain that things are correct, and if they aren’t then she has and iron clad contract to cover her ass.

    And maybe a little Lucile Ball too. Quirky, talented and a little goofball. She wasn’t always the swan when it came to graceful execution but she always made you laugh and it worked out in the end.

    And add a bit of Super Woman because oftentimes as a designer I have to be a super hero to pull off some of the deadlines and revisions that I do!

    How about that?

  1. Carlos Godinez On September 28th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Sometimes I feel like I have split personality disorder making it hard to pick what type of graphic designer I am. But If I was to choose what characteristic I obtain they would be Iron Man and Casper. I can tolerate almost any client and I have strong social skills making it easy to meet new people.

  1. masa On October 3rd, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    i am Monk/Sherlock/Casper…

  1. Paul On October 25th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I’d have to be a mix between the flash, ironman and garfield. Fast at times, slow at times, but pretty much never stop working, 24/7.

  1. Asikur Rhaman Reko On November 8th, 2010 at 4:47 am

    This is a nice and impressive posting.

  1. Carl Sandy Tolores On November 22nd, 2010 at 2:51 am

    I cycle myself from flash to garfield, to ironman and at times turn into hulk..i dont think one personality can describe one designer…
    i like your articles, cheers!

  1. Johnny On March 27th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I’m Monk and Iroman >P

  1. Darth_suse On March 28th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    garfield for me

  1. Portland Website Design On May 4th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Shared valid points about Graphic Designers. I would be Perfectionist & flash designer. A great article helps a lot for graphic designing newbies.

  1. William DuBois On September 12th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Definitely “The Monk” and perfectionists can have a handicap quite often…

  1. Person On September 22nd, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I would be a casper type of designer

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  1. Anne On November 1st, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Great blog post! I would say The Perfectionist “Monk”.

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