When looking at the historical evolution of the creative process – the reciprocal relationship between creativity and technology – there has always been a drive to automate, to modernize that very same process. Times when creativity and technology collaborate without boundaries are followed by times one of the two rejects the other without mercy. A continuum of innovation, revival and/or elimination. 
Brynjolfsson and McAffee point out in Race Against the Machine that machines are getting more human. Pattern recognition and complex communication are now manageable by computers. Will people still have any comparative advantage as we head deeper into the second half of the chessboard? Will computers be able to take over those very specifically ‘human’ skills a designer manages?

Why designers hate Powerpoint

When graphic designers started to work with creative software, back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, they experienced the intervention of a new kind of automation for the very first time. A simple…

Japan, nation in the shell

Japan has been used to the existence of robots and artificial intelligence in society for years. There is a long cultural legacy of humans dealing with robots, and vice versa, not only in the…

The automation of representation

The birth of photography has a great story of successive inventions and is evolving even now with the popularization of digital cameras and the availability of digital snapshots. It’s a long thread…

Margaret A. Boden – The ‘Lovelace’ questions

What is creativity? A professor of cognitive science, Margaret A. Boden, has written extensively about creativity. She is also one of the foremost thinkers in the field of Artificial Intelligence.…

Introduction to TAD, the automated designer

Researching how technological automation affects creative work is similar to exploring the reciprocal dynamics in the relationship between technology and creativity.……

The automation of creative labour

Designers need their tools, their techniques, processes, devices and applications to act on their creativity. Without these tools they would not be able to be creative. They could have ideas and…

Automation and design

What exactly is automation? Automation (Oxford Dictionary) “Automatic control of the manufacture of a product through a number of successive stages; the application of automatic control to any…

The Rise of the Creative Class

Creativity’s role in economic growth is well-documented by Richard Florida (2002) in his book The Rise of the Creative Class and How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday…

“Die stärkste Erkenntnis (die von der völligen Unfreiheit des menschlichen Willens) ist doch die ärmste an Erfolgen: denn sie hat immer den stärksten Gegner, die menschliche Eitelkeit.”

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) “Menschliches, Allzumenschliches