The best genAI image generator is about to break free of its Discord jail

Midjourney bots on a pile of money

$200,000,000 annual revenue

14,800,000 users

40 employees

$0 from investors

These are the current Midjourney stats.

And it hasn’t hit web browsers yet!

How many people do you know that use Discord? Not many, right? According to Influencer Marketing Hub, Discord has just under 200m monthly active users globally. The average age of a Discord user is 16. They are predominantly younger due to the site’s initial growth in the gamer market. Because of its original focus on younger users, there is a barrier of entry for others. There are things that are unintuitive about the Discord user interface. But with many apps aimed at younger people, this is a feature, not a bug.

In case your sister Tracey is wondering, Midjourney can only be used through Discord. So one of the top platforms for generative AI imagery is limited to usage on a platform that relatively few people use on a global scale.

With Midjourney v6, it is expected to be available on web browsers. This means high-quality genAI imagery will soon be available to anyone with a web browser.

Other platforms are already available on the web, but expect a wave of press to announce this new availability. Which will lead to more people trying it out. Which leads to more and more genAI imagery.

And Midjourney is expecting to have 3D images, high-resolution videos, and even video games created within Midjourney in the next few years. Considering how quickly Midjourney has evolved over the past two years, there’s no reason to think it won’t be able to create these additional assets in the near future.

As crazy as it sounds, we’re currently in the stone age of generative AI.
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Gartner Hype Cycle for Generative AI, 2023

I was excited to dig into this report. But, it turns out that it’s not publicly available yet. As a Gartner subscriber, I can read the report, but I’ll hold off on discussing it until others have a chance to consume it.

Sorry. Maybe next week

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Jim MacLeod

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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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