AI (Artificial Intelligence) has advanced significantly and now seems to touch every business, we recently asked a question regarding icons and their future in community forums on Reddit.
Here is the discussion :
Given that AI has taken the globe by storm and appears to be capable of anything a human can think of, I wonder if the icon industry can endure. I read a news release the other day that stated that Blockade Labs and Intel are working together to introduce the Diffusion Model, which would allow for the creation of 360-degree views and images. There must be a ton of AI programs on the market that can provide a wide range of icons at the moment for free. Now what about those who provide icons online? Is creating icons from scratch worth it?
A top Contributor from the community responded with a bit of confusion.
User: SVG Icons are just part and parcel of what I do day to day, for packaging, for a product launch campaign, for a website, etc.
I either make them myself or go on things like Freepik or Noun Project etc. AI, it’s a good foundation for someone to modify and tailor to suit their needs. What’s your stance, can you explain the premise of the question any better?
Another user responded:
For the most part, you are right – but if you are working with / creating a decent brand you should be expected to make a custom icon style and system.
For how long icon platforms will be in the industry?
Probably forever. To download an icon online probably has the same amount of clicks as doing a prompt and generating one via AI. And no doubt people will be generating batches of icons via AI and whacking them online to sell in bundles.