Understanding Your Brain for Better Design: Left vs. Right

The concept of the left and right brain only lately popped up in the late 1960’s, but since has become a well-known part of human psychology.

While we all use both sides of the brain, each of us has a dominant side, and this dominant side makes up for a huge part of our personalities.

Each individual thinks a certain way, has more interest in certain areas, and above and beyond all — is most effective in certain ways. An accurate understanding of the left and right brain can help one to become more productive, efficient, and creative.

This article will cover a basic understanding of what the left and right brains are, and each of their traits. We’ll also go into how we, as creative people, can harness this understanding of the left and right brain to be more creative, as well as succeed in other work-related tasks.

 

What They Are, and Their Difference

Some may have heard of this, others may have not. Before we get too into specific examples to aid in our benefit, let’s go over exactly what the left and right brain are, and their associated characteristics.

Left Brain Right BrainOur brain is divided into two halves, as most of us know: the left and right side. Each side processes information very differently than the other, and the biggest difference is the visual aspect.

The right side of the brain looks at visual reference as a whole, whether it be a landscape, object, or piece of artwork, and then works its way into noticing finer details.

The left side on the other hand, first sees the details and puts them together to form the bigger picture.

Our brains use both of these sides, mixing and matching each side’s abilities for a fully-functional human brain. However, each of us has a dominant side that leans more towards the behaviors of that respected side.

There are a number of characteristics, many of which could be considered personality traits, that a person with either type of dominate side has:

Right Brain

Those with a right-side dominant brain depend more on visual references for understanding and are often times visual learners.

They are more emotional, swayed by feelings, and are able to better understand and reflect on these feelings. Furthermore, right-brained thinkers are very intuitive and curious about the world.

Finally, as a down side, they tend to be disorganized, lacking in time-management, and unable to prioritize well.

Left Brain

The left brain is the side that handles organization and logic.

Because of this, those that have a dominant left side are also very organized; they prefer schedules and deadlines, and love rules and regulations. They are more auditory learners, and are better at using words to remember things rather than visual aids.

They process ideas in a step-by-step, algorithmic way, and are therefore less prone to error.

 

Their Relation to Art, Design, and Creativity

As one may have probably already guessed, those with dominance in the right brain may be more naturally creative.

It’s easy to assume this because for one, right-brained thinkers are less common than left, so it seems as though one would be seeing the world differently from everyone else.

Also, the natural heightened visual nature and curiosity tend to make the mind never stop thinking of the alternative — as well as how it can be applied visually.

Those with a dominant left brain are far more common, and far more analytical. They may feel at disadvantage for not having that ‘natural’ creativity. Realistically, though, left-brained people can be just as creative; they just come about it in a different way.

To better understand the artistic nature of both sides, let’s take a look at a few examples of artwork.


Abstraction = Right Brain

Right brained people may lean more towards abstract art, because of its lack of order and disorganization. Abstraction also gives no boundaries, so it can be considered more ‘outside-the-box’, or creative.

Abstract art is also known to portray emotion, even with no hard visual evidence. A right brained person may more easily be able to pick up on an abstract piece’s deeper meaning.

Abstract


Orderly Art = Left Brain

In contrast to abstraction, left brained people may be more attracted to a more ‘orderly’ form of art — either photo-realistic, or otherwise. As long as it is artwork with guidelines, form, and sense, it works.

Below is a painting, with plenty of creativity — but also with little abstraction.

Photo Realistic

 

Find Your Dominant Side

Before discovering how to harness one’s own creativity, one must find which side of the brain is dominant. As we know ourselves best, we may already have a good guess based on the definitions above. However, for more accurate results, there are a number of quizzes one can take online:

  • Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz for Artists
    This quiz is targeted at artists, with the questions concerning painting. Even if you do not paint for your practice, you can relate them to similar practices. For example, if you are a web designer, apply the questions to your digital workspace, and your online tools to your painting supplies, etc.
  • Right Brain vs Left Brain Creativity Test
    This is a more generalized test and may be more helpful to a wider audience. Furthermore, upon completion, this test gives you very detailed, highly accurate results, as well as further information.

Take the quizzes above and read through some more information. It may be surprising what you find, and you will probably already begin to brainstorm ways of making your work better based off of the results.

 

Benefit Your Work

Let’s now look into some further ideas of how we can specifically better our work by understanding our own psychology.

After taking the tests above, you may have found out that we are not either 100% right brained, or 100% left brained. We are a mix of them both, while some traits may lean far to the opposite side, and other may not.

Also, in certain traits, we may only be a certain percentage right/left brained, while the remainder of the percentage leads the opposite way.

We each have such unique characteristics, and an in-depth analysis of each (second test listed above) can help. Let’s now look over a few strategies that can help anyone with any combination of traits:

Understand Your Style

As shown above in this article, right brained people tend more towards abstraction while left-brained people tend more towards realism. If we have mixed characteristics, we may tend towards mixes in these forms of art as well.

Find your style, and your preferred mix of abstraction and realism. Adding more form may be for those with stronger left sides, but with hints of right-brained thinking.

Abstraction with a hint of form may be for those who lean right, but have a bit of left-brained thinking. It’s really a gentle balance, with an associated art/design style to go with that balance.

Mixed

View a number of different types of art, and make note of which interest you the best. Save them in a collection, and review them later to find out their similarities, to test for their amount of abstraction, and to analyze how they relate to your own way of thinking. Then, reflect on that in your own work.


Abide by Your Brain

If you like organization, then use it in your art. Don’t feel the need to be more creative by being more quirky, different, or strange.

One can be just as original by using measurements, form, pattern, and rules. For left-brained people try this trick: create one rule to abide by for an entire design, and then come up with varying ways of altering that rule throughout the design to bring more variety.

For example, use only one shape and turn it into a large picture, use only one color in different shades, or try isometric artwork (below).

Isometric

If you don’t like form, and would rather try out extreme abstraction, then go for it.

Don’t hold yourself to limits because you feel that artwork needs organization — it doesn’t. It can, but doesn’t have to. Right brained people should try experimenting with different colors, patterns, textures, and whatever else, all while keeping the big picture in mind.

Because right dominance means seeing the big picture and then the details, imagine the outcome first, and then detail along the way. (For right-brained web designers, this is one more reason as to why wireframing is so important.)

 

Work Around Your Faults

Because we can now better understand our positive traits, we can also better understand our faults. Identify them, and think of ways to build upon them.

Instead of fighting disorganization everyday (both in artwork and business/life), use tools and resources to make it easier, and try to make certain organization habitual.

If one has trouble finding creativity because they are overly analytical, like above, don’t fight your natural instinct of order. Instead explore new methods for harnessing creativity and practice new techniques.

Remember, nobody’s graphic design or artistic talents are perfect at first — no matter what their natural traits may be. Both sides must work at it, and must be better able to accept their faults and work on them to better themselves.

 

Wrapping Up

Understanding the right and left sides of the brain is a great way to better your work, and to obtain a better understanding of who you are as an individual. Often times, the path to better creativity lies in science and logic — in this case, psychology.

As we can better understand ourselves at this deeper level, we can better understand what we are naturally good at and what we should put our focus on.

In contrast, we can also better identify where we’re lacking, and think of smarter solutions for combating our faults.


Written exclusively for WDD by Kayla Knight.

Feel free to share your thoughts on this matter, as well as any recommendations to fulfill our natural faults, or strive in our natural talents.


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  • http://www.what-a-geek.com Adit Gupta

    Nice post :) my quiz result was 55% right dominant..

    • adam

      Mine, too :)

    • http://www.dokyo.net Aaron

      yeah me too! :)

    • nowigen

      mine as well 55% right on the 1st test
      51% right on the 2nd test

      lol I’ve took a quiz like this before and I was slightly left-dominant
      probably after focusing more on design and art made that switch? :/

  • http://carnewsandreviews.info Car News and Reviews

    Well… I am more of a right sided, but working for years to make the left side keep up. some improvements begun to show but there is still a lot of work to be done. :)

    However this is an impressive post, and I am glad I’ve found it. Thanks for sharing. And keep up the good work.

  • http://www.trashness.com creativeblondes

    Nice one! Good explenation and very nice art in this post.

    • Mike

      why are you so hot?

      • http://raena.net Raena Jackson Armitage

        Wow, and people wonder why we don’t have more women in the industry.

  • pesho

    tHANKS
    Nice post

  • http://www.shusho.com.ar Ignacio

    Congratulations to Kayla, this article is great.

  • http://drehmenezes.co.cc dreh menezes

    Great post Kayla!
    70% right brained ^^

  • http://www.google.com Rik

    Well, i’m a lefty with 67%. Working on keeping up with my right-side, But feel it’s getting better and better. Thanks for the post!

  • http://designrfix.com Tony

    Thanks for the great info.

  • Evan Shelhamer

    Not that I don’t think this is useful advice for people, or that some do not have a preference for orderliness vs. disorder, rationality vs. intuition, or what have you–since I’m sure everyone has noticed these preferences in action–but the left brain/right brain split is not good science, or currently accepted psychology (or more specifically neuroscience). It’s a nice time-saving metaphor to refer to qualities we often think of as related, but these preferences aren’t always grouped together, and they’re not linked in the brain.

    It is true that certain parts of the brain perform certain tasks (for example, mentally rotating images is most in the right hemisphere); however all complicated behaviors recruit both hemispheres of the brain, and there is certainly no dominance or one over the other.

    Here’s a good starting point, with references to scientific papers:
    http://www.spring.org.uk/2008/03/two-brains-for-price-of-one.php

  • http://prandall.com Paul Randall

    A great post, and for me a really interesting subject. One of the best tips for improving creativity I found, was to use your mouse in your opposite hand!

    • http://designintheraw.com Roy Ho

      Is that a joke or you really mean that? If that will get me to be more creative I will use my left hand to navigate my mouse right now…hehe….

    • http://www.jonathlee.com Jonath Lee

      I agree with you, it’s not easy but once you get start with it, you’ll get used to it. It’ll helps to balance your left and right brain also.

    • http://www.creativeindividual.co.uk Laura

      Yep in college we were suggested to try this in life drawing classes (with the pencil, chalk, charcoal, etc.) And I found it really worked for me.

      On my graphic design course there was about 20 of us – 5 left-hand, the rest right. I’m a righty but found that using my left hand gave me “more interesting marks” and stuck with it for my more creative work – must people went back to their dominant hand.

      This all kinda makes sense because if I remember correctly, the left hand is controlled by the right side of the brain, which is way a lot of artists and creative people are left handed.

  • http://syntaxmonster.net John Hamelink

    Very Interesting. I am 60% right brained in both tests :)

  • http://www.eyefruit.com/ Scott Buchanan

    As a designer with my degree in biology (minor in psychology), I was going to point out the outdated science behind the left-brain/right-brain dichotomy; however, Evan beat me to it. I’ll just echo everything he said — decent advice, but it’s not grounded in actual science.

  • http://www.fatlizardmedia.com Juan C Rois

    Great post, thank you very much Kayla.

    This article has definitely helped me understand a great deal as to how I work, also helped me realize how I should work, instead of looking at the computer screen for hours without being able to make a decision about how my designs should look.

    It happens that I scored 80% right brain in the first quiz and 67% right brain in the second quiz.

    I guess I could try to exploit my creativity a little more.

    Thanks for the article.

  • http://designintheraw.com Roy Ho

    45% right so my left is slightly dominant…doh!! Self TO DO list: need to be more creative..!!

  • Smarky

    Hmm I am 90% right brained!!!!

    Is this why I am struggling so badly to organise myself? I absolutely detest systems like GTD and i’m trying to come up with something myself, but I can’t. I am really struggling to know what to do.

    I can come up with big lofty visions, big creative ideas, but it’s overwhelming to me, I can’t prioritise and i don’t know what to do one day to the next!

    Hmm!

  • http://www.classesandcareers.com/ Teacher Teacher

    no wonder I am so confused – I’m pretty much half and half right and left brained. Quite interesting to know….

  • http://vector.laroouse.com esranull

    very nice good work

  • http://gulati.info Austin

    Sweet post! I guess that I am a left brainer, according to the quick. It was pretty close though, 57% to 43%.

  • http://designinformer.com Design Informer

    I’m the same as John. I also got 60% right brained on both tests.

    :) Great article!

  • aurel

    really interesting post, and it really would help if you better understand your self

    i will need to take these tests and look further in this concept – though from just reading this post, i think i am a left thinker that really wants to lean a bit more to the right – though the tests may prove otherwise

    thanks for the post

  • http://www.thekhromatic.com Kasey

    Cool article you got here. I find it much more interesting to get lost in abstract works vs. realistic pieces which explains why I am 70% right brained.

    Using the mouse with your opposite hand boost’s creativity ? source? hahaha might have to tackle that if it’s true.

  • http://www.whatsthebigidea.com David Radovanovic

    Here’s another take on the right-left brain concept which I wrote a while back: http://www.whatsthebigidea.com/webdesign/usability-left-navigation-or-right.html

    Thanks for your insight on an always interesting topic!

  • dieverdog

    That was a very interesting article. I love taking quizzes like that. Oddly enough the first one said I was right-brained and the second one said I was left-brain dominant. I think I tend to be more right-brained but interesting that the two tests said the opposite!

  • Philip Hodgson (Psychologist)

    Oh please! Are designers really so gullible? Read a science book. This is pure twaddle.

    • Marc

      i think the psychologcal acuratcy doesn’t really matter as much as the meaning of the post “Find your style, and your preferred mix of abstraction and realism”. isn’t there some truth to the fact that some (maybe most) prefer orderliness vs. disorder, rationality vs. intuition or vice versa?

  • Mike

    Both are bad it’s better to learn how to integrate yourself utilizing “The Whole Brain”
    Since this is a fine-line but far more cohesive. Imagination and logic overlap and become something new, achieve this then the possibilities are endless.

    Good article I have seen a lot of different takes on this subject and enjoyed yours much more.

  • http://svnote.cn steven

    36% left brain 64% right brain ,but is that true! order VS disorder.

  • http://shiju-on-karma.blogspot.com shijutc

    Great Post!!!!!

    Thanks alot….

  • Vikas K

    Interesting article… I was just wondering, if people with left dominant brain are far more common, then a designer with a right dominant brain should ideally be designing websites/interfaces for the common people rather than creating abstract interfaces with a hint of form. In the real world good websites/interfaces are usually designed for common people. So, how does a right dominant person inclined towards creativity and abstraction design for the common people?

  • http://www.itsselvam.com Selvam

    i’m right

  • Markus

    I got 60% right. but some questions proves that environment has a lot to with stuff and that you can easily adjust your “thinking” in one way or another. This is ofcourse quite natural.

    Myself for instance have grown up with a couple of awesome dogs and I’ve had dogs around me more or less my whole life, so yes I prefer dogs. But what if my parents have had some totally awesome cats instead? My parents btw, are fosterparents and are waaay more organized and structural than I’ll ever be. One thing they thought me well was how important it is to be on time(which serves me very well in todays society), something that I might not be “naturally” otherwise.

    What I think I’m trying to say is that the environment can affect your “left vs. right brain” more than you perhaps are aware of. Correct me if im wrong, I just woke up ^^

  • Mike

    50/50

  • hotmac

    @ Evan Shelhamer

    “It is true that certain parts of the brain perform certain tasks (for example, mentally rotating images is most in the right hemisphere); however all complicated behaviors recruit both hemispheres of the brain, and there is certainly no dominance or one over the other.”

    Thanks for your comment. That was exactly what I wanted to mention. Since we know a little bit more about how our brain works, some of the good old brain-mystery-stories become redundant. (Like the new-age-statement that we only use 2-4% of our brain, the remaining 90-something-% need to be evolved by spiritual techniques. What a nonsense…)

  • http://www.webdesignexpert.me WebDesignExpert.Me

    Interesting blog post. Now no designer can say ‘thats a no-brainer’! I linked to the post from my blog so web designers could benefit.

  • Veronica

    Thank you Kayla, this is a very interesting topic
    great post!

  • James

    Sorry, but this is complete pop psychology nonsense I’m afraid. Sure enough the left-brain/right-brain theory did spring up in the 60s, but recent advances in brain-scanning technology have shown that all complex behaviours and cognitive functions require the integrated actions of multiple brain regions in both hemispheres of the brain.

  • Nina

    There’s a book relating to this topic called “A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule The Future”, it’s really good.

  • http://www.imarscreative.com Kim

    very interesting article
    on both tests I am 51% right brain and i think it’s quite true.

  • http://www.creativeindividual.co.uk Laura

    My brain is highly right dominant – in the two tests 75% and 73% – and I am perhaps one of the most disorganised people you could meet!

    Though contrary to this, I’m right handed, so at least for fine motorary skills my left side of the brain is dominant…

    Confused!

    Oh look, another right brainer trait!

    =D

    Thanks for this, interesting reading

    • http://ruthdemitroff.blogspot.com ruthdemitroff

      Laura, are you sure you are right handed? When learning how to write, there’s a tendency to imitate the person doing the teaching because it’s easier to do an exact copy than try to figure out how to do it left-handed. I’m right brained and right handed but my handwriting was never attractive. The lines would slope, the letters didn’t have a consistent slant and I never felt good about the final product. Are you right or left handed when doing simpler or automatic tasks. Which hand throws the ball, grabs objects, opens the lid on a jar? When thinking I rub my leg, consistently wearing out the left leg of my jeans. If you wear gloves when working, which glove wears out first?

  • http://www.itaniumdesign.it itanium

    85% my right brain rule!

  • http://www.25thingsdesign.com Devin

    Left Right
    44% 56%
    I remember taking this a while back and I believe the results were different.

  • http://unitedwedesign.com mrdeming

    I am certainly a right-side dominent person. I took the questionarre and achieved a 80% for right-side. Though I have organization styles simalur to those of left-siders. I’m happy with my result. This post is fantastic! Really helpful for someone like myself. You really outlined it well. Thank you.

  • http://www.hastishah.com Hastimal Shah

    Nice post… according to this am always using right side brain
    “Those with a right-side dominant brain depend more on visual references for understanding and are often times visual learners.
    They are more emotional, swayed by feelings, and are able to better understand and reflect on these feelings. Furthermore, right-brained thinkers are very intuitive and curious about the world.”

    And am improving myself to use more the left side brain now a days.

  • aurel

    i just took the test and it turned out that im 69% right

    a great follow up post would be how to project these creative feature in your work

    cool

  • http://www.clippingimages.com clippingimages

    Nice post. Awesome art used in this article. Well explained . Thanks for sharing this nice post. :)

  • http://www.jeremygode.com Jeremy

    Very interesting post; I’m always fascinated with the subject of brain functionality. 80% righty.

  • http://www.chotrul.com Mark Carter

    I’ve so heavily right brain! .. yet it’s interesting to note the strategies I’ve developed over the years to balance this out, without knowing explicitly how all this work.

    thanks for the article, and as others have noted, the great illustrations!

  • http://kver.ca Kver

    I thought the results were interesting for the second test; While I’m right-dominated, I found that the most dominant attributes juxtaposed each other; My left side is highly sequential while my right is almost completely random, the rest seemed to follow suit.

    After doing this, it’s neat because I never really noticed that what while I tend to produce is sequential and organised, assembling it is completely random and chaotic.

    Either way, it looks like I’m about 80’s right 20’s left.

  • SilentWarrior

    Funny, I am 75% right sided and i am very disorganized, cant remember short time stuff (like forgetting what i eat for lunch at dinner time) but i can remember details of meaningless stuff that happen years ago Oo.

    Also, i like to program, and have been a self taught programmer since age of 11, shouldnt this mean i would have a “linear” left sided dominance too ?

    And its also funny that i never read any manuals for new stuff, i jump right into testing, same with programming (as strangely as that sounds).

    I am strugling at colledge right now, cant seem to get any good grades at “linear” stuff like Linear Algebra or math analisys or… fisics (this one beeing my highest of the 3). Anyone have any tips for studying? (never was a “study” person and i am on a very tecnical course)

  • http://www.designfollow.com/ designfollow

    very useful

    thank you

  • angemy

    Hrmm it is interesting. I am slightly conflicted about it though. The first test I was right brained and the second test I was definitely left brained by a fair amount.

    I like to think I am about half, with some really strong right brained attributes and left brained attributes.

    But I guess it doesnt matter what said of the brain is more dominant. If you are good and confident at what you do, then it doesnt matter

  • http://ui-logic.ch Geronimi

    Excellent article, thx a lot!

  • RoaldA

    Cool! Right brainer!

  • T

    I took the second test twice, and some of my strongest sides turned into my weakest! Like first I was very verbal (and I do love talking and listening), in the second time I had only little verbal skils! WHAT!? Maybe it’s because I know I need to explain a bit more in order for people to understnd me. Maybe it’s because I’m in the middle. (I was in both test, first slightly more right, second time slightly more left!) – Maybe because Evan Shelhamer’s comment was right.

  • Cindy D.

    I immediately went to try brushing my teeth with my left hand (my non-dominant hand). It was wierd initally but what a refreshing way to actively engage the other side of my brain! HA!
    I’m currently into “creative-thinking” and saw this other article on getting creative at work:
    http://www.rafflesbusiness.com/quick-ideas/getting-creative
    Hope to see more “creative” topics in this blog! Cheers!

  • http://lenss.nl Lana

    Test 1:
    You answered 11 items out of 20 as right brained. Your score is 55%. Your right and left brain work together equally.
    Right side 55%, Left 45%

    Test 2:
    Right side 41%, Left 59%

    Truth is somewhere in between :)

  • RamoN

    My result is 75% right brained in the Right Brain / Left Brain Quiz for Artists which imo is a bit black and white in terms of questions.

    The other resulted in 56% Right Brained.

    So in my case there’s a big difference in results.

    Personally I don’t really think these tests are very accurate because of the obvious questions. Anyone who takes interest of reading Webdesignersdepot or any other creative blog, prefers to be right brained I think.

    However I enjoyed reading the article and think it’s a creative right brained post :-)

  • http://sethetter.com Seth Etter

    Amazing article, thanks for posting this. I know I’m a bit more left-brained, so I should probably be harnessing my organization a little more in my designs instead of trying to make myself be more abstract. Good information here, thanks for the read. :)

  • Iain

    Chiming in with Evan Shelhamer et al. This left-brain/right-brain thing is a nice metaphor, but isn’t science, so your article is giving out some bad information.

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Keep an open mind.

  • http://newbloggertemplates.com/ NewBloggerTemplates

    This article is very good because I got to know what the right brain functions and left brain .. thanks for the explanation..

  • http://www.ryanmwebmedia.com ryanm

    Thanks for the nice post.. I took the exam and the result?

    “Your score is 50%. Your right and left brain work together equally.”

  • http://www.dic-syen.com Dic-Syen

    This is a magnificent article. All the while I can’t figure out my own brain traits and personalities.

  • http://lifeinus1960present.blogspot.com David B Katague

    Interesting article, but it is also controversial. More study is needed on this subject!

  • http://www.thoughtware.tv Andres

    90% right-sided. Interesting article : )

  • http://www.alive77.cn z.Yleo77

    perfect… let me see this quiz.. i have a big interesting in this.

  • http://www.kaplang.com/blog Michelle

    really interesting :) thanks

  • Grant

    I use my WHOLE brain!
    That’s why God gave it to me…

    51%-49% split (could easily go either way)

    Strongest left: Reality-based
    Strongest right: Fantasy-oriented

    THAT’S an interesting mix.

    • http://www.syaoran.net/ Patrick

      Same here. First test gave me 50/50 while the second test gave 52/48. That probably means I’m a balanced thinker. But I think I want to use my right side more because I don’t think I’m that creative really!

  • http://www.styleprone.com CSS

    Very interesting article.

  • Arnomad

    Interesting, but as a 90% right-brained, i can tell you that this is probably not the big picture ;)

  • http://www.designtorontoweb.ca/ Web Designer Canada

    Long post but kept me hooked, I better go take that test…really interesting and intrigues me a bit which of my brain works better when I create design. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.bluri.com Chakib

    hhh you wouldn’t believe it !!!! Brain Centered !! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4417204&id=567200140

    49% Left 51 Right !!!!!!!

    @Kyla : you didn’t talk abt this case !! xD
    @Grant : yehh me too ! you brains are the only place where Order meets Chaos and Abstraction meets Concreteness.

    anyways good article ! i like it !! we rarely find such posts talking abt where it all begins … The Brain

    • http://www.bluri.com Chakib

      ouch !! i hate mis spelling !!!
      its : OUR Brains… not You Brains
      sorry for that

  • http://pestonaipblogs.gr viky

    Left Brain Right Brain
    40% 60%
    ….Your thought process can appear quite illogical and meandering. The problem-solving techniques that you use involve free association, which is often very innovative and creative…

  • Farnerud

    Wow, this is great! My results was 53% Left Brain and 46% Right Brain. I guess that is OK.

  • http://www.roland-rld.blogspot.com roland

    nice article, my results was equal 50% on Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz for Artists
    and 51% left 49% right on Right Brain vs Left Brain Creativity Test
    i love designing things but i guess im more organized person though

  • TeMc

    Ouch !

    The about.com test for artists (first one), question 7:

    “Q: 7. How often are you late for a painting workshop, appointment, or date?”
    [-] Very rarely
    [X] All the time
    –> That answer was the right-brain choice.

    My results were about 50/50. I organise a lot, but when into something I’m into something and I will finish that untill it’s good and ready. And when the design is totally finished. THEN I start touching code and not a second earlier.

    From then on I’ll mind code conventions, functionality and place myself in the UX and GUI sets and be creative about what functions could be used and how they should work.

  • http://www.protoquest.ca Muad

    My God!! For years I’ve wondered what makes an artwork look good. Why and how can something look so beautiful. I think that all along, I was looking for this article!

    BEST ARTICLE I’VE EVER READ!! I totally feel like opening Photoshop right now and applying my knowledge =)

    Thank You Kayla!

  • http://www.brainline.org/multimedia/http://www.brainline.org/multimedia/interactive_brain/the_human_brain.html Interactive Brain

    It’s incredible how much we “know” and still don’t know about the brain. It’s incredible how two people can see the world differently from how their brain is configured!

  • ME!!!

    Wow!!! I’m a double sider equal. I’ve done about 20 tests and 19 of them showed that i was 50, 50 :-) It’s so weird!

  • Isaiah

    I’ve always known myself to match both those descriptions thanks for laying this out real help to understanding my mind

  • http://www.mehanizam.com.ba Mirza

    You answered 10 items out of 20 as right brained.

    Your score is 50%. Your right and left brain work together equally.

  • http://www.armbilisim.com Web Tasarım

    Long post but kept me hooked, I better go take that test. interesting and intrigues me a bit which of my brain works better when I create design.

  • http://www.laiaprats.com Laia

    Interesting… I’m 70% right brained :) Great article!

  • http://www.emlakx.net Emlak

    There’s a book relating to this topic called “A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule The Future”, it’s really good

  • http://www.sudarsantechnologies.com Mahendran Natarajan

    76 % right Brained……..!!

  • Abdou

    I got 65% right on the first and 78% right on test 2 XD.

  • Marco

    I looked at comment #67 and #68 and I am stunned: “Keep an open mind.”. Truth is, Iain is right. And this response just says: if you don’t agree, look at it differently. That might be a suitable answer in most design-related cases (where there’s no true or false, just taste and bad taste), but not in science. This article is filled with false claims about science, psychology and the brain. I think a big blog should take responsibility for this. Now it’s just promoting false beliefs. It’s like saying the earth is flat. Yes, that viewed as the truth lightyears ago. If I would say it today, and people would tell me that it is not true, should I say that they should keep an open mind? The answer, of course, would be no. I should stand corrected and admit that I was wrong.

    Maybe the following will explain the situation a little better.

    In the end of the article, I found something beautifully ironic:

    “Often times, the path to better creativity lies in science and logic — in this case, psychology.” (quote from the ‘Wrapping up’ conclusion part).

    None of these three aspects (science, logic and psychology) are featured in this article. It is beyond me why nobody here has added a disclaimer to the article. Now it’s just promoting false beliefs with no scientific ground. Forgive my bitter tone, but I feel this article disrespects years of very hard work in the field of psychology. I mean, we designers want to be taken seriously, right? How would we feel if a doctor on a major health-blog talks about using webdesign in healthcare, applying all wrong and outdated design principles (use of the tag, Comic Sans, background midi-music, only bright colors, flash intro)? Can you image that: “To better help patients with a heart condition we should add background music for relaxation. We should use Comic Sans MS as our typeface so that the patients feel comfortable on our website and don’t get upset by hard edges on fonts. Our emergency telephone number should blink, so that it’s clearly visible.”

    What this article is doing, is comparable to my example. It should be rewritten. Or it should feature a very big disclaimer, stating that any mention of psychology and the brain should be viewed as a metaphor and is not by any means reliable knowledge.

    Don’t get me wrong, there’s some nice stuff in there. Just get rid of the psychology and the brain, use a different metaphor. People tend to believe all these claims on a influential website. You have a responsibility. Please take it.

    PS. I know the response is going to be that I should not take the article literally. I agree, but the article should not present its content as accurate psychological knowledge.

    • Alicia

      “Can you image that: “To better help patients with a heart condition we should add background music for relaxation. We should use Comic Sans MS as our typeface so that the patients feel comfortable on our website and don’t get upset by hard edges on fonts. Our emergency telephone number should blink, so that it’s clearly visible.””

      I must be truly right brain dominant, because I didn’t see any problems in that.

  • http://tavateaweb.com tava tea

    Since this is a fine-line but far more cohesive. Imagination and logic overlap and become something new, achieve this then the possibilities are endless.

    Good article I have seen a lot of different takes on this subject and enjoyed yours much more.

  • j0hnd03

    Nice article, but I saw pros and contras in the comment section…maybe further study on this subject should be taken by us, readers.
    I have made the test what was linked, 54% Right
    The test was really fun and analytic, well done.

  • Valerie

    Thank you for the article.

    I went to art college but have always known that I’m more left-brained.
    Training the right will be a lot of work, do you suggest I give up totally on design and do something more left-brained? I’ve been struggling because I’m not creative enough.

    I wish to be more creative but it’s so difficult, like fighting against what’s given.

  • http://www.designerslist.info/ Marc

    Thanks, great article!

  • http://www.benstokesmarketing.co.uk Web design Shrewsbury

    nice – I enjoyed this article very much. it is amazing to think how different we all are, brilliant quiz as well :)

  • kufik

    80% right brain. yet to improve the left side. :) nice article