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Commentator

Type-Three Persona: Artist, Collector, Storyteller

Favourite play activities include:

  • Sports commentary
  • Writing zines
  • Street art
  • Editing magazines

A Commentator is a Type-Three Play Persona, combining Artist, Collector and Storyteller. A Commentator has something to say about the state of things - and says it. Bringing together creative, narrative responses to the world around them, they love to share, and love hearing other people sharing their thoughts too. Commentators are great to have around for their perspicuous insights and ability to express their views.

Reflects traits of type-two personas:

Researcher

Type-Two Persona: Artist, Collector

Favourite play activities include:

  • Gathering pretty objects
  • Bottle-collecting
  • Drawing (particularly around a theme)
  • Collecting art

A Researcher is a play persona combining Artist and Collector. With a passion for both beauty and organising, a researcher may seek to have a complete set of attractive objects. He or she may enjoy seeking out items – for example through scouring flea markets or antiques shops. For a researcher the hunt for objects is just as important as having them – but then, having them is also as important as the hunt!

Cartoonist

Type-Two Persona: Artist, Storyteller

Favourite play activities include:

  • Creating cartoons / graphic novels
  • Immersive theatre
  • Naturalistic / representative painting

A Cartoonist is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Artist and Storyteller. For a Cartoonist, creating things is rarely just a practical endeavour. They love to tell stories with their creations, building in narrative, memories and lived experiences. Beauty is less about the aesthetic and more about what it evokes in you, and how it reframes the world from some other perspective. Sometimes you'll want to ask a Cartoonist just to use words to explain what they're thinking - but this is often a mistake. They're eager to tell their story, but you must allow them to do so in their own way.

Editor

Type-Two Persona: Collector, Storyteller

Favourite play activities include:

  • Reading
  • Collecting books
  • Editorial work
  • Trying multiple storytelling forms
  • Trying new food

An Editor is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Collector and Storyteller. They enjoy bringing together different stories and memories, and frequently delight in seeing the comparisons between them. Often Editors are voracious readers, but their thirst for storytelling could easily be found in creative forms - interpretative dance, for example. In fact, Editors might well enjoy lots of different ways of sharing their narrative.

Combines traits of basic, type-one personas:

Artist

Type-One Persona: Artist

Favourite play activities include:

  • Colouring-in
  • Drawing
  • Doodling
  • Visiting galleries
  • Watching nature
  • Choosing colours for painting rooms / wallpaper / furniture

An Artist is one of the basic, single-type Play Personas. He or she loves to observe or create beauty in the world. An artist derives pleasure from creating – whether that’s building a structure from just the right selection of Lego, or life-drawing in charcoal. If you’re an artist, you might also enjoy going to galleries, listening to music, or watching a gorgeous sunset.

Collector

Type-One Persona: Collector

Favourite play activities include:

  • Collecting (stamps, bottles, etc.)
  • Visiting sets of places
  • Organising, alphabetising, etc.

A Collector is a basic, type-one Play Persona. A collector, you'll be unsurprised to hear, enjoys collecting. This doesn't necessarily mean physical objects, but could just as easily be experiences. Collectors like to set themselves challenges, and are frequently motivated as much by completeness (visiting every single restaurant in the top 100!) as by the experience itself. They may also like to do something on a daily basis, and are motivated by the need to maintain an unbroken chain.

Storyteller

Type-One Persona: Storyteller

Favourite play activities include:

  • Writing
  • Lecturing
  • Sharing experiences
  • Imagining
  • Role-Playing

A Storyteller is a basic, Type-One Play Persona. Enjoying sharing their experience (though not necessarily using words) a storyteller often uses play to form memories as much as for the experience itself. They love to imagine - and to share the product of their imaginings with their fellow travellers. On occasion this can tend towards storytellers seeming a little distant from the action, but be reassured that this is just them storing up information to relate back later!

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