In today’s times, AI is intertwined with almost every aspect of the world and its presence is only going to widen. It is going to change the way businesses work, and it is no news that human jobs are in danger.
A futurist and speaker, Thomas Frey said that over 2 billion jobs will disappear by 2030 and robots will take over! That’s certainly a scary statistic.
But in our opinion, AI has been positioned slightly wrong which has led to various speculations that AI is about to take over all human jobs, even the designer’s- which is one of the most creative occupations of all time.
We believe that AI is set to change the world, (take for example, Uber’s self-driving cars, chatbots on most websites, voice assistants like Alexa, Ok Google, Siri or Amazon’s delivery drones etc.) but an AI that can design a website or mobile application is a faraway dream.
So, let’s explore the effect that AI will have on UI UX designing which is currently dominated by human creativity.
The fate of designers in the age of AI:
Remember when computers and automation first came in, there was a lot of noise about how it was going to harm people financially. But the reality is here, and things have never been better.
The debate on whether AI is good or bad has been around for decades, and just like every change faces criticism and resistance, AI also has been facing a lot of negative feedback.
Design is about personality.
Designing comes from the unique human ability to empathize with users and develop a creative output, which cannot be replicated by an “artificial intelligence”.
AI is great but it cannot do everything. AI cannot be original, and it cannot create. AI does not have its own feelings and thoughts, it is programmed to function in an automated way.
Designing, on the other hand, is not a skill that can be passed on or taught in a specific way. It is a process that one has to individually go through by evolving and adapting to their surroundings and situations.
It is largely based on various social, business, and technical interactions that get wrapped into a creative form. These different variables are used to create features which cater to the needs and requirements of users.
Hence, even with the tremendous leap in AI technology, the designer’s job is safe. The jobs that AI is targeting are the ones that involve legwork. AI can only refurbish old patterns and combine new ones, follow a systematic process and deliver. Designing being a creative profession operates on the level beyond
It is set to take on the jobs of blue-collar workers like that of drivers, consultants, secretaries, support specialists, or anything that is based on the repetitive work with a somewhat low learning curve. This can go a long way in focussing human energy and intelligence into more important tasks.
Many designers are also more than willing to integrate smart software and applications into their work. In fact, they are the ones honestly believing in the power of human-AI synergy.
How will AI benefit UI and UX?
We believe that the combination of AI and UI UX will result in wonders. It will be a collaborative effort and instead of a problem, it will give rise to a series of opportunities.
Here are some ways designers can use AI to their advantage:
- Training and Delegation of repetitive work
The work of image resizing,
Back in 2017, Airbnb announced a technology that would identify sketches and convert them into codes in real time.
This is a massive advancement in the design and AI integration space which is not only going to help designers in getting more time for brainstorming and making strategic decisions, but it is also something that will create wonderful output for the end client.
- Intuitive design system
Designing for websites and mobile applications requires a systematic process, where the creativity has to be amalgamated with business logic and consistency.
This is where AI can make a lasting imprint. As mentioned before, AI can learn patterns, rules and analyse data variables.
They can largely help humans (or designers, in this case) by handing over the meticulous tasks and relying on robotic precision instead of human memory and attention.
- Customization of UI
Another opportunity resides in the customization of UI based on the user.
2018 proved us that none of our data is safe. Social media has exposed our lives publicly and brands (or their robotic systems) are using this to their advantage.
AI is already looking at what the user likes, what struggles in the UX they face, what sort of colour palette, typography, font size or call to actions they most interact with, and change the design accordingly, on a per-user base.
With the help of AI, you may give the users a more human, intuitive and positive experience by reducing errors and frustration. The same app might be different from user to user.
The biggest example of this is Netflix- which displays a per-user based screen by analyzing user choices, the genres or actor they watch more often and recommends movies in that manner.
The future of AI and UI UX:
The machine learning technology has all of composition and colour matching skills like that of a human, but it cannot fully fulfil the product experience.
Since User Experience is gaining a lot of importance in the market, we can expect more emphasis on Experience Design in the near future- a strategy that deals with user personas, behaviour and understanding of user to bring them more value.
Therefore, various tools that support user interaction will be largely needed. Tools that support wireframes or UI mapping might transform or simply be eliminated over the course of time.
Designers will need to think about how to make the best use of AI-powered tools in empowering themselves by producing innovative designs rather than worry about being replaced by AI.
In conclusion, we could like to say that AI and UI UX are intertwined, and the AI technology will not (or cannot) replace the designers. It will automate repetitive tasks which will help designers to focus on what’s important (i.e. the design decisions etc.)
It will also help designers and brands in creating more personalized experiences for users.
Hence, to take advantage of the incoming AI revolution, designers need to polish their skills to a high degree of sophistication.
Designers need to add value to their profile (be a design consultant or strategist) and delegate bots all the boring tasks of the day which don’t need human intervention.
An AI apocalypse is not coming but a work revolution might be on its way.