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Learning over a creative breakfast at Six

Published on Monday, 11th June 2018, contributed by Six

Did you know that Bristol was the first city in England to become part of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities? A UNESCO Learning City commits to promotes lifelong learning for all, through individual empowerment and social inclusion among other things. This knowledge, paired with ‘learning at work’ week which fell in May, meant that we just had to choose ‘learning’ as our most recent Creative Breakfast theme.

Our design team gathered as usual to each share something they’ve recently seen on this topic. It’s clear from what they found that for many of us now,  learning is first and foremost consumed in a digital way with several of the team choosing to talk about online platforms, AI and apps.

Take a look at what we discovered: 

Adobe Sensei

Middleweight designer Emily talked to us about Adobe Sensei, a programme which in its own words uses “artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to help you discover hidden opportunities, make tedious processes fast, and offer relevant experiences to every customer. Put simply, Adobe Sensei helps you work better, smarter, and faster.”

This all sounds great.. but what does it ACTUALLY do!? According to Adobe, Sensei understands image and video data a lot more than the programs we currently use. It automatically knows what’s in the foreground and background (making cutting out images a lot faster) and can mask out the background with the click of a button. It looks like it also develops the puppet warp and character animation tools, as well as linking in with Adobe stock to make image searching quicker and easier.

Sensei also analyses customer data and feedback. It then feeds this back into the design process to inform decisions, using data around what works and what doesn’t. Sounds very clever.

So there’s a lot of hype from Adobe around this, but at this stage, it’s a bit unclear as to what Sensei actually is. Is it a single app? Or is it a concept which will eventually reach all of existing apps and help them work better together?

The good news though, is that it’s not putting us designers out of the job (yet). ‘Adobe sensei brings advanced technology and deep learning to the table to help accelerate the creative process’ It just makes our job quicker, which is great, because it means we can work more efficiently.

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