Day 233 : left-right

Drawing on left is with the left hand. Drawing on right is with the right hand.
Sandy: My friend, also in the creative field – art director, graphic designer, illustrator, creative director – sent me a bio written by a creative guy who ends this short blip saying that he’s left-handed. It’s interesting because it is said that left-handers are creative so he’s suggesting that because he is left-handed, he is creative. How is that – being left-handed and being creative – measured? I read and hear it frequently enough but who is it? In the creative department at three advertising agencies and one design studio where I worked, only two creative people were left-handed, both were copywriters. I’d have to say that there were some very creative right-handers dominating those departments, including my boss who designed the Apple logo. The same aforementioned friend was told by one her left-handed friends that left-handers don’t think right-handers are very creative. And he said left-handers actually make a mental note about the “creative” right-hander. Seems like a load to bear if one were left-handed; the expectations are high. Of my two dozen left-handed friends, there is a graphic designer, an interior designer, an editor, an opera singer, a writer, a photographer and one who does media/production. The rest are in business – finance, real estate, IRS, sales – and the like. Many of them would consider themselves not creative. Maybe they do creative problem solving.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.

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