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Some graphic designers believe that creativity is innate while others think it is learnt. I, for one, consider both to be equally essential in graphic design. This is because, nature and nurture, both play a significant role in building our creative instincts. Almost every human being is born with relatively equal capabilities, but with their own set of creative faculties. They just need to be properly nurtured in order to reap the desired fruit.

Likewise, all graphic designers, no matter how small or big in magnitude, have a certain level of creativity embedded in them. Let me make it clear at this juncture that creativity is never static. There is always room for improvement and there are absolutely no bounds to a graphic designer’s resourcefulness. Creativity can be enhanced to levels unimagined.

However today, I have segregated the levels of creativity that graphic designers must pass through in order to reach the pinnacle of ingenuity. Below I have listed 6 levels of creativity for graphic designers, so try finding out on which stage you stand right now. Folks, let’s start the analysis then…


1. ‘Newbie’ Novice:

This is the infant stage where the graphic designer’s creativity is in the initial stage of adopting the basics of graphic design. In this level, the graphic designer has little or no exposure to the practical world. All he knows is the rudimentary principles of graphic designing, but not much information on how to implement them in an orderly fashion. Lack of experience bounds his creative skills to the bare minimum.


2. ‘Aspiring’ Amateur:

This is the level in which, the graphic designer pushes up a gear. He enters the practical field of graphic designing and is aspiring for work. He tries to find opportunities to work on his creative skills and increase his experience. Whatever assignment he gets, takes him loads of time to complete. He cannot even decide on whether to work part-time or full-time. His imaginative and resourceful engine is still not warm enough to process the imagination wheel.


3. ‘Lazy’ Learner:

Now don’t get me wrong here. I don’t mean to offend any graphic designer by using the term ‘lazy’. By lazy learner I implied the level where the graphic designers are slow in picking up things. Since it’s their preliminary stage in the field, they are slow in grasping the resourcefulness and creativity that graphic designing has to offer. Although they are eager to learn and broaden their creative faculties, the lack of adequate exposure and experience refrain them from grappling new ideas quickly.


4. ‘Profound’ Pro:

This is the level that many graphic designers want to reach within their first year of practice. At this degree of creativity, the graphic designer develops problem solving skills and highly astute ways of getting work done. Here, the creative engine starts to ignite and the wheels of imagination start to run wild. But hold on…this is not the final stage yet. This is because in this level, the designer tends to become a little overconfident over his capabilities. The graphic designer still needs to understand the extent of freedom and limitation in graphic designing.


5. ‘Ingenious’ Einstein:

Many graphic designers don’t get to make it to this level. They strive really hard, but really cannot get that creative click that opens doors of ingenuity and tamed imagination. This is the stage where a graphic designer is so adept that he can come up with resourceful ideas to do the same thing in a different way. These ingenious graphic designers get interviewed to share their creativity and inspiring ideas for others to learn.


6. ‘Magnificent’ Maestro:

This is the ‘Elite’ level of creativity, the level which is considered unachievable by many. This is where legends are born. These are the kind of people who can carry out their work and find time for creative ways to beat the heat at the same time. They are so resourceful that they can invent utility out of anything. They have the ability of turning a rock solid pile of coals into heaps of sparkling diamonds. Although this is not the ultimate degree of creativity as there are no limits to creativeness, it can be considered as practically the highest attainable level.


So…which level of creativity are you on? How do you plan go up to the next level? Analyzing your level of creativity, do you see your path clearly now?


  1. Philip On August 6th, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Interesting post, although I can’t help something should go in-between ‘lazy learner’ and ‘profound pro’ ?

  1. huntley On August 6th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    So now that we know the levels, where do we go from here? This needs a follow up story!

  1. Website Design Tampa On August 6th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Everyone has their own personality in everything. Such as doing something, our minds are of different views and objective. In our team, we can provide you a high quality work for you to explore and improve in your fields.

  1. Raelin On August 7th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    fluctuating between newbie novice and aspiring learner :)

  1. Adam Rotmil On August 7th, 2010 at 3:39 am

    What this article calls creativity seems to me nothing of the sort. These levels of proficiency center on technical skill. Creativity is actually completely different from that, much to do with broadness of attention, and a relaxed tendency to connect ideas. The article’s “infant” stage is possibly the most creative (although it is misleadingly diminished here because infants can’t use programs, again misguided.) See New York Times science section on wisdom, which scientists attribute to a return to broadened attention and reduced focus. The scientists posit that wisdom is a partial return to the infant stage. Mentors say it again and again: thinking ruins everything, you just feel it. Are you feeling typography? Then you don’t think, and it is better.

  1. Michelle On August 7th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    oh no! im still on stage 3. actually it makes me feel normal that i feel stuck. I know i can do better.

  1. Jeff On August 9th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Very nicely prepared post… After one read through I believe I agree spot on. Very few designers make it to the 5 spot. I think the 3 spot is where the separation begins. This is where we as designers begin to take on our own challenges and combine creativity with functionality to complete a successful project. On another note, I personally don’t think creativity can be learned. I think we simply learn how to utilize it.

  1. Brisbane web design guy On August 10th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    If I reach the Lazy learner stage I’ll be more than happy. There’s a lot of graphic designers out there who think they are Einstein. Thanks for sharing.

  1. novaabue On August 11th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I’m new in this business and i think im on ‘Aspiring’ Amateur: stage.and im hoping to improve as time goes by.

  1. Vinny On August 15th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Very nice post. I really enjoyed reading it! Thanks!

  1. Dan On August 16th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this artice, I agree that it has room for improvement but from a nostalgic point of view was great to read and look back on where I once was. If you all work hard, one day you may be able to join me as a ‘Magnificent’ Meastro… lol

    Joking aside, top article - enjoyed the read, thank you.

  1. Rufino On August 18th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Im at level 2, I still have a lot to learn about graphic design to be a ‘Magnificent’ Maestro.

  1. Mondo Print On August 26th, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I think we’ve all been a lazy learner at times. There are so many tutorials and resources out there that it almost becomes overwhelming. Gotta keep on learning! :)

  1. Brochure Printing On August 27th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    In general, these stages could fit many designers, but I agree with Adam in that creativity at times can be top notch even at the infant stage. I also agree with your article, though, that most designers do not know what to do with their creativity at this stage because of little to no experience. For instance, a designer may have a brilliant eye for designing unique graphics but does not know how to implement these graphics appropriately in, say, a poster or brochure printing design. The designers who have reached the upper stages are the ones who have developed a nice balance with nature and nurture aspects of design and have the eye for designing both creative and practical projects. Thanks for the great read!

  1. shabnam On September 5th, 2010 at 3:29 am

    ‘Newbie’ Novice :D

  1. bilig On September 21st, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    nice nice. im level 3 :D, i need to move on

  1. Calista On September 27th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Great blog, gives true insight into where one stands in the Graphic Design world.

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