The New Normal? Settling for AI’s “Good Enough” in the Workplace 😒

Good enough for me

There is a popular meme making its way around the Internet where a designer dismisses the idea of losing their job to AI because it means clients would have to be able know what they want and then articulate it.

I thought the same thing at first. I’ve spent decades doing revisions on projects because I gave the client exactly what they asked for.

But then I built the After Design website and I paid attention to my thought process as I was working.

If you’ve ever designed and built something for yourself (and I’m sure you have), it’s a great feeling. You get to make every decision! You get to decide what’s important and what’s not. You know where you need to go the extra mile, and you know where you can cut corners. You call the shots.

The same applies to when someone else is building their own designs, or ads, or a website, or whatever. These are the people who will have you do four rounds of revisions because they’re paying for your time and expertise.

But when it’s their own time on the line, the phrase “good enough” will start to creep in. They’ll realize it’s not how they want to spend their time and suddenly “good enough” becomes justifiable because they’re saving money.

Not every boss/client is like this. But many are.

I dig into it a bit more in my most recent blog post.

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  • This case could set a precedent on how copyright law applies to AI-replicated designs.

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Employers Leveraging AI to Reduce Gen Z Work

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  • The shift to AI is changing the nature of Gen Z’s roles in the workplace, as automation takes over more routine tasks.
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New Resources for you

Changing careers can be very scary. I’ve slowly evolved my career over the years (and at one time I did a complete shift to product development, but then moved back to my comfort zone).

The unfortunate reality is that some designers will need to evolve their careers because the industry isn’t going to be able to support everyone.

In this LinkedIn post, I talk about how AI will disrupt many careers, but designers are uniquely qualified for this moment.

How can I help you?

If you want to learn more about what’s available, here are some links:

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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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