Hi Geeky Purple Unicorn(!!!), Nice to meet you.
I’ve always thought Software creators would be more correct name to describe Software engineers. By making software, you are already creative.
If you want to know more about my examples, you can download and see the code in Framer(There is a trial version!). I can guarantee that my code will make you laugh in terms of programming quality. However, I think it can also encourage you to make something. What about making a spinner animation?
For general creative direction, what I’d recommend is to be more observant for everything you see. And try to mimic it by your own way. It usually ends up quite different from the original, but that’s more interesting.