Graphic Designers


Will "Graphic Designers" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. However, our poll suggests a higher chance of automation: a 36% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Totally Safe

or 8% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

Median Annual Wage


or $22.90 hourly

People Employed


as of 2016

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Least likely

How this compares with other jobs: 161 out of 706

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How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

Job description

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

SOC Code: 27-1024

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Dr Philip Ely (Likely) says
The emergence of artificial intelligence engines in current design production tools is currently benefiting designer workflows. Purely visual designers in the future are likely to see more and more of their work (including design decision-making, origination and production) taken over by AI engines giving non-designers their work. The only saving grace for designers of the future will be that design as we know it will not be distinguished by 'craft' disciplines (e.g. graphic, digital, fashion) but along other lines - for example service designers or social designers. Designers will (hopefully) be taking on more strategic thinking roles, still requiring creativity and intuition but perhaps 'art directing' or 'design process planning' machines to solve human problems.
Sep 09, 2019 at 11:49 PM
Stephanie says
Humans sure love to have their process automated and then look on helplessly as they suddenly are out of jobs. Well, I have hope as I am a graphic designer extending my skillset beyond just plain design.
Sep 09, 2019 at 10:51 AM
Wary (Highly likely) says
Check out recent developments in neural networks. A large majority of graphic design done is low-level B2C or B2B communications - this can already be automated with designed templates and asset packages. It would be routine to create a ruleset to crank out different design packages with minor input - and thats before you get to any sort of 'artificial intelligence'. Feed a neural network a training set of Fortune 100 company logos in black and white, with words removed, and it can come up with similar abstract shapes that follow certain design ratios with ease.
Aug 16, 2019 at 05:49 PM
Jotta Fernandes (Highly likely) says
It's already happening.
Jul 08, 2019 at 02:45 PM
earthstorm (Small chance) says
it needs artistic sensitiveness and "knowing the sense of beauty" not only following some "Gestalt" or "Golden ratio" or Typographic rules
Jul 02, 2019 at 01:31 PM
Marinella (Small chance) says
We're starting to see automation in design where templates are readily available. Businesses such as Canva have created tools where non-designer folks would no longer need a graphic designer to do the work, but then again there are still designers at Canva designing these said templates, yet jobs are still being replaced.
Jun 27, 2019 at 01:05 AM
JN (Could go either way) says
That's life. There's no telling. I'm not going to panic though. I'm part of the 10% of the world talented enough to stay employed and in demand if I so wish.
Jun 12, 2019 at 11:55 PM
Anon says
Low chance because they might not be able to show creativity, but they can imitate it and combine different works to make something different.
Jun 03, 2019 at 07:49 AM
Davide Pugliese (Likely) says
As other says there are already some AI driven tools.

Graphic designing sometimes needs also stuff like cutting objects from pictures, etc, and now there are tools for this task as well.

There are are also tools that generate palette templates automatically.

This means that lots of the tasks that took a long time due to the fact that decisions were taken "emotionally", until that "Eureka" moment, now are taken by an algorithm that can generate in a short time span many of the color palettes or take other design decisions that would have taken probably a couple of days to us to get to them.
May 10, 2019 at 10:26 AM
tom (Highly likely) says
there are already commercial graphic design AI, they're not great, but they could come a long way in 20 years
Apr 29, 2019 at 10:41 AM
he he says
that comment was posted on my birthday, oi my guy im a graphic designer and have created games (55% cod)
Jun 18, 2019 at 09:21 AM
Kyle says
I foresee a situation in that cheaply produced designs and especially layouts can be done through automation, and they will be cheap. The same being produced by a skilled designer will be original, but much more expensive. Therefore, most designs will be produced with automation due to cost, and few will be the product of humans.

Both will exist, but automation will drive all but a few very talented and connected designers out of the business.
Apr 24, 2019 at 03:51 PM
Anthony M says
It's entirely possible thanks to the large amount of widely available data. (data being creative works of graphic design individuals). Machine learning algorithms can replicate works of art in a way that will satisfy clients.

Granted, I don't think it will replace 100% of graphic designers. More-so, I think it would be closer to around 50-60%, while the top 50-40% will retain their jobs.

Same thing can be said about programmers and software developers.
Apr 24, 2019 at 03:48 PM
David (No chance) says
A computer can't replace human creativity.
Apr 13, 2019 at 02:44 AM
BigBoi says
AI's have already started to make songs and also movie trailers. It's just a matter of time until they can start doing it on a large scale. Here's the link of the song:
Jun 17, 2019 at 08:55 AM
Luis Torres (No chance) says
It needs a lot of creativity and being original, something that robots are not really good at.
Apr 12, 2019 at 12:47 AM
John (Could go either way) says
I'm a graphic designer. Everything tends to look the same.
Apr 05, 2019 at 09:16 PM
Dana says
Subjective matters cannot be automated.
Apr 04, 2019 at 06:47 AM
Jonathan Ziegler says
The mainstay of designers, web sites, is largely automated. My other work, photo retouching, is already automating itself!
Mar 30, 2019 at 02:23 PM

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