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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.

Geeks Creatives
Introverted Extroverted
How? Why?
Peers Audience
Open source Crowd source
Deterministic Opportunistic
Data Opinion
Obsession Passion
Big Bang Theory Louie
History Story
Kraftwerk Bowie
The future The moment
Mashable Co.Design
Android Apple
Wired New Yorker
The release The performance
Implementation Discovery
Feedback Praise
Logic Emotion
Look at this Look at me
Linear Circular
Games Real life

Matthew Stibbe

Matthew is founder and CEO of Articulate Marketing.