Geeks vs. Creatives

geek vs creative

I’m a self-confessed geek. My wife is actress. My daily life is a kind of experiment in reconciling two very different ways of dealing with the world.

Why is this important? Well, my job involves the same challenge. Writing is 50 percent technique (geek stuff) and 50 percent inspiration (creative stuff) and, according to my accountant, 10 percent arithmetic.

There’s a similar balance in programming and game design; two other areas of my life. And, perhaps, management.

I’ve written before about the difference between Looney Tunes people and Disney people and the difference between managers and entrepreneurs. And now, with love and respect to both communities and with a foot in both, here is how geeks compare to creatives.

GeeksCreatives
IntrovertedExtroverted
How?Why?
PeersAudience
Open sourceCrowd source
DeterministicOpportunistic
DataOpinion
ObsessionPassion
Big Bang TheoryLouie
HistoryStory
KraftwerkBowie
The futureThe moment
MashableCo.Design
AndroidApple
WiredNew Yorker
The releaseThe performance
ImplementationDiscovery
FeedbackPraise
LogicEmotion
Look at thisLook at me
LinearCircular
GamesReal life
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