After Design – Helping Designers Adapt to an AI Future

Jim MacLeod

AI is redefining the design landscape. Stay ahead with this weekly newsletter on trends & how to prepare your career for an AI future.

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It feels late, but it's not

29 November 2023 | Issue #25 The more things change, the more they stay the same, especially when it comes to tech revolutions. Massive shifts like AI are nothing we haven't seen in the past. Think about the telegraph or the assembly line – these weren't just inventions, they were game-changers that totally reshaped how we work and live. It's like we're in the middle of another one of those big shifts with AI. Some people think AI will be bigger than the Internet. For those of you of a...
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3 days ago • 3 min read
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AI-powered designers!

AI is full of opportunities for designers! Here are a few

24 November 2023 | Issue #24 The growth of AI technologies like ChatGPT has led to a surge in demand for AI-related skills across various industries. This demand is evident in the 21-fold increase in job postings on LinkedIn mentioning GPT or ChatGPT since last year. The roles in this burgeoning field are diverse, ranging from software developers to machine learning engineers, and even extending to unique niches like AI content editing and ChatGPT course instruction. For designers and...
8 days ago • 4 min read
Getting creative help from AI

It's only been a year since ChatGPT launched?!?

16 November 2023 | Issue #23 I watched an interesting video on Threads earlier this week from designer and YouTuber, Fuller Moehagen. In the video, he gives his thoughts on a recent Fortune article that talked about AI's impact on graphic design. Fuller says you don't have to be "team AI is bad" or "team AI is good." It's simply happening. At this point, AI is like gravity. You can try to thwart it for a little while, but at the end, gravity always wins. It just is. AI is here and it's...
16 days ago • 5 min read
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Master Mold is here: robots making robots

9 November 2023 | Issue #22 What happens when robots start making robots? We're about to find out. This past week, OpenAI introduced the ability to create GPTs with ChatGPT. You'll be able to create your own GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) just by asking ChatGPT a few questions. Now you can customize it with your own information and knowledge. You could have multiple GPTs for different purposes. To help amplify these, OpenAI is also launching the GPT Store. It's like an app store...
23 days ago • 4 min read
President Biden faces down AI

Biden Admin Issues Executive Order on AI. Now What?

2 November 2023 | Issue #21 Prompt: please take this photo and have him staring at a robot. The robot is staring back at him. The realistic photo should have an overall blue hue. Shot on 70mm lens, Depth of Field, Bokeh, DOF, Tilt Blur, Shutter Speed 1/1000, F/22, 32k, Super-Resolution, with realistic skin tones and sharp details. --aspect 7:4 President Biden just released a major executive order on AI, and it's a game-changer, especially for us in the marketing...
about 1 month ago • 6 min read
Me, if I was as cool as Midjourney thinks I should be.

Have you named your AI chatbot?

25 October 2023 | Issue #20 Prompt: create a digitized version of this photo but make him look cooler --s 750 --ar 16:9 I was at the B2B Forum this year, and let me tell you, Ann Handley's Barbie-inspired presentation was a hit. But then generative AI took center stage, and the room's vibe started to shift. We had Andrew Davis introduce his digital twin, named Drewdini, and showed us how humanizing your AI creates better results because you're having more...
about 1 month ago • 4 min read
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Generative AI for Everyone (and Everything)!

18 October 2023 | Issue #19 Welcome to all of the new readers! Whether you came in from Threads or the Creator For All Trades newsletter, welcome! Please let me know how I can help. You can view an archive of past issues here. It was a wild week in AI and design. The biggest news probably came out of Adobe MAX. Adobe Firefly, the company's generative AI engine, has been updated to offer more control and quality in image generation. The new Firefly Image 2 Model, for instance, allows for...
about 2 months ago • 4 min read
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Job Mobility is Job Stability

11 October 2023 | Issue #18 Gone are the days when mastering a single skill set and sticking to it for life guaranteed a secure career. In the design industry, this change is particularly evident. The traditional notion of job stability—climbing the corporate ladder within a single organization—has been replaced by job mobility. Recent surveys show Millennials and Gen-Z are hopping jobs far more than previous generations. Being able to adapt, learn, and apply a variety of skills is the new...
about 2 months ago • 4 min read
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Study: AI is developing creative abilities exceeding human capabilities

04 October 2023 | Issue #17 A recent article from Neuroscience News discusses a study that found Artificial Intelligence, specifically GPT-4, to be on par with the top 1% of human thinkers in terms of creativity. The study used the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, a widely recognized tool for assessing creativity, and found that ChatGPT excelled in fluency and originality. Dr. Erik Guzik, the lead researcher, believes that AI could become a crucial tool for business innovation and...
about 2 months ago • 4 min read
The death of websites?

Will AI replace the need for websites?

27 September 2023 | Issue #16 I was part of a fascinating round table yesterday with Andy Crestodina. Of course, it's impossible to have a conversation with marketers without talking about AI. As we were talking about the differences between search engines and ChatGPT, SEO and SGE, Frank Prendergast asked an amazing question: does this mean we'll see the end of the website? We all know that searches lead to fewer and fewer clicks these days. And then consider the idea that the big difference...
2 months ago • 4 min read
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