Are you a graphic designer wondering if AI is sitting at the threshold to take your job from you? Or are you interested in pursuing graphic designing but the AI is making you second guess your choices? Have you been irked by the looming threat of artificial intelligence?
Cease your worries. We are here to take this overarching question and discuss its many possibilities.
Is AI going to replace Graphic designers?
No. There, take a sigh of relief. Now that you know that your job will not be taken away by a machine, let us look at the possibility of AI helping or sabotaging your job.
By the way, what does AI mean?
Coined in 1956 by John MacCarthy, Artificial Intelligence, commonly known as AI, is a system stuffed with infinitely massive data to work as and like a human. It uses the data to analyze the pattern of the functioning of the subject and develops a sense of working like humans.
But how did a machine become a threat to human craftsmanship and creativity?
Well, it happened so because these technologies were innovated to assist humans and improve their work productivity. This technological development aims to improve workflow efficiency and save human efforts and time from monotonous and tedious tasks. It can perform tasks like reading humongous data in minuscule time, preparing analysis reports, and bookkeeping.
AI if exploited to its best potential and most healthily will be the most trusty assistant any human can ask for. That is why, so far AI has been a co-existing subject, helping humans make their life easy. It is the untapped, recently explored, and glorified potential of AI that has posed it as a threat in the minds of people.
Can graphic designers and AI co-exist? / Why can AI not replace human graphic designers?
Graphic designers need to have a creative mind capable of thinking out of the box. The unpredictability and the creative genius of the human mind set them apart from AI. The intuition and human touch added to a visual are determined by the designers’ understanding of the client’s brief and their experience of working with similar clients.
A textual prompt needs to describe the tone and immediate queries discussed between the client and the designers. The social skills of the designer enhance the interpretation of the client’s vision and allow them to add emotions to the visuals.
Furthermore, AI still lacks human empathy and firm-founded ethics. One of the alarming concerns regarding AI has been its ethical limitations, which can hurt individual sentiments and community feelings, and set the pace of progress backward. In times when efforts are being made to make spaces inclusive and democratic, the lack of empathy and ethics on AI’s part can be alienating.
How can designers weaponize AI to their benefit?
One thing to keep in mind is that both humans and technology can assert their relevance only if they agree to evolve with time. If graphic designers want to stay relevant in the future, they need to adapt to the newly coming innovations. Just like they evolved from manual drawings to using software tools like Adobe, they also would have to evolve gradually and gracefully to the coming of AI. Not to forget, every innovation had the development of humankind and their efficiency in working at the center.
AI too is a way to help humans to excel in their work with the least waste. If the designers of today hold tight to their slowly rotting ways and tricks and do not adapt to the demands of the future, AI can be fatal for them. It can generate mockups, and wireframes, identify commonalities, provide multiple ideas, and help with strategies in developing a more personalized scheme of designs; some of the foundational responsibilities of any designer.
AI can revolutionize the process of graphic design, altering the roles and responsibilities of the designer of the future. They will be required to curate and not necessarily create. Capable of generating desired and accepting graphics, AI will require the supervision and guidance of graphic designers to generate successful graphics.
Thence, the main responsibility of the designer will be to set parameters and goals for the algorithm to determine the behavior of the system. They will act as collaborators or partners in the creative process. AI can assist with tasks like user research and testing in the process.
With the increasing technological development, raising concerns about them are natural and necessary.
But considering it an absolute foe would be a miss conceived notion, that can lead to obsoletism.
The field of graphic design is vast and has enough space to accommodate the technologies and human creativity.
For graphic designers to perform their roles they need to embrace AI with open arms, make it their friend, and yield optimum results out of their collaboration.
The collaboration between humans and technology will ensure a bright future for AI in graphic design.