2023 Design Tools Survey – AI’s Impact

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The 2023 Design Tools Survey from UX Tools has introduced a new focus on how AI is being integrated into design workflows. This is obviously a topic of growing interest and relevance for designers just starting to explore AI. The survey reveals that a significant 65% of respondents are already using AI in their work, indicating a rapid adoption of AI tools in the design process. This is higher than I would have expected.

Interestingly, 13% of respondents haven’t used AI and aren’t interested in doing so, highlighting a divide in the design community regarding AI adoption. This is the group I’m worried about.

Among those who use AI assistants, a whopping 84% are utilizing ChatGPT, showcasing its popularity and accessibility. Other AI tools mentioned include generative tools like Midjourney and Firefly. This variety in AI tools used by designers reflects the evolving landscape of AI in design and the lack of a common vocabulary around these technologies.

This tells me that people are still using AI for image generation. But the tools that can do more, like DesignerGPT, are only getting better.

The survey also sheds light on designers’ confidence in understanding current AI tools, with a notable number of respondents feeling positive about their grasp of these technologies. However, 41 respondents who feel very confident about AI tools reported not using them in their work, suggesting that while familiarity with AI is growing, its practical application in design workflows is still being explored.

The survey’s findings on AI usage across different tool categories reveal that the highest usage is in UI Design, with only 12.2% usage, indicating that AI integration is still in its early stages in many design areas. For designers just beginning to experiment with AI, these insights provide a valuable perspective on how AI is being adopted and perceived in the design community.

Looking forward, 13% of respondents included AI when asked about tools they want to learn in the future.

To delve deeper into how AI is reshaping design workflows and to understand its potential impact on your work, I recommend checking out the full details of the survey on the UX Tools 2023 AI Survey page.

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Wondering what to do next? This Reddit page has an interesting discussion about what to do after UX design.

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Jim MacLeod

Jim MacLeod

Jim MacLeod was a graphic designer for more than a decade before pivoting to adjacent areas of focus such as marketing, digital experience, and branding. Knowing that AI is going to displace many graphic designers, Jim set up After Design to help designers prepare for this impending change. 

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