Rethinking my T-type (maybe even my I-type) against the commodity, firmness, desirability framework ala Vitruvius. I’m pretty much focused on commodity, utility or usefulness.
This doesn’t mean I don’t understand the greater whole that the triumvirate express together so well. It means that my self-admitted mindset and bias focuses my attention and my skillsets have matured next to that mindset against a sharp focus on making sure that solutions first and foremost fit the needs and motivations for people.
I love desirability and understand the power of the emotional story that an amazing product or service can co-create with people. But for whatever reasons my mindset and skillsets have not led me in the same direction of mastery in this direction as it has in the other direction. The same can be true for what makes up “firmitas” which breaks down to both usability and performance. This can equally just be called engineering. Making it right.
Utilitas – utility – Getting to the right design = research, analysis, synthesis
Firmitas – usability and performance – Getting it to work right
Venustas – Beautiful or desirable – Getting it to feel right
All three are equally important. I know a few people who are a true M-Type person who’s special ability to change mindsets and who have the special discipline to learn all the mindsets and skillsets required to be effective, efficient at quality being an M-Type. But hey, aspirations are great.
But for me, I have found comfort and success with my focus on utility and my ability to collaborate with others who compliment me.