Google’s Quick Draw & The Design Industry

This week I decided to try Google's A.I. game "Quick, Draw!" and I made a video to share my experience with you. In this article, I discuss my experience with both Google's Quick, Draw! and AutoDraw, and the potential impact this technology will have on the design industry.

Quick Draw 101

Simply put, Google’s Quick, Draw! is an A.I. game that guesses what you’re drawing, based on its “memory” of drawings of everyday objects from users that play the game. Quick, Draw! is built using machine learning. That means that game has the ability to learn new information, without any programming required. Take a look at the video below to watch me try out the game. I had so much fun!

Machine Learning Is The Future

Quick, Draw! is trained to recognize thousands of basic strokes that everyday objects are generally made up of. Therefore, the more drawings it receives from users, the more it can point out and recognize similar strokes that are used to draw the objects that are found in Google’s A.I. drawing game.

Now that we’re seeing this kind of A.I. technology integrated into basic everyday applications, such as drawing apps, it’s plausible to assume that in the future, it could have the ability to be creative and create original artwork and designs (and not just populate drawings from other artists) the larger its “memory” becomes. Watch the video below to learn more about how a web developer and machine learning researcher joined forces to create this artificial intelligence game.

Machine Learning In The Design Industry

After playing this game, it made me think about the role this kind of technology will have in the design industry. The effects of Google’s Quick, Draw! has already been realized in Google’s latest AutoDraw application. In the GIF below, you’ll see that based on the strokes that I’ve drawn, the app is able to populate various objects (in order of accuracy) that suggest the object I’m attempting to draw. This makes the act of drawing, for those of us who can’t (yours truly), much easier.

Google's AutoDraw
Drawing a basketball in Google’s AutoDraw

Right now, AutoDraw has certainly not reached its full potential. It can’t recognize a combination of objects or suggest entire visual scenes—only generic shapes and objects, individually. In the future, however, this kind of technology has the potential of not only making guesses but offering suggestions that could improve drawings of more experienced digital illustrators or for those that might not want to draw a generic look of say, a basketball. In the future, you can maybe even type what you would like the app to draw, like “a beach with five people playing in the sand”, and then it either automatically populates that scene, or suggest various scenes based on the request. Now that would be awesome! Take a look at the video below to see what AutoDraw is all about:

Conclusion

Overall, both Quick, Draw! and AutoDraw has potential to impact the design industry in a major way.  We’ll certainly see and use more creative A.I. technology in the future. Although this technology is still relatively new and basic, the potential for such technology in the future for the design industry is endless.

One thing that this kind of A.I. technology will need to work on is its ability to be creative and to come up with original designs and illustrations. Once that’s solved, who knows that A.I. technology will be capable of! In the meantime, if you’re an artist, feel free to donate your drawings to AutoDraw here.

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What are your thoughts on Google’s Quick, Draw! and AutoDraw? How do you think this technology will impact the design industry? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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