This “Designing with AI” workshop is under the Eighth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (DCC’18) (conference link:

Workshop date: July 30, 2018 (9:00-12:30)


Workshop Aim:

In the recent few years, artificial intelligence techniques, AI in short, have casted a profound impact on addressing challenging design issues. IBM’s AI platform Watson, for example, assisted fashion designers in designing a series of cognitive dresses in 2016 and 2017, reshaping the fashion design process. Alibaba’s AI design platform LuBan is capable of automatic graphic design, and designed 400million graphic banners during their 2017 Double-11 promotion days, approximately 8000 designs per second. With the more accessible AI tools and services, AI is becoming a new design material for designers who are not trained in computing and data science.

Designing with AI posts unique opportunities and challenges for designers. It should not only demand new design methods and procedures, but also reshaping the definitions of user experiences as the consequence of AI-engaged designs. This workshop intends to bring together academic researchers and industry experts to discuss the following issues, foster collaborations, and build networks.

  • The paradigms of designing with AI;
  • The issues of user experience (which should be quantifiable and computable for AI to learn);
  • The development of more accessible AI toolsfor designers;
  • The cases of AI-enabled designs;
  • Critiques and skepticism about the recent popularity of designing with AI; and

Other related topics.


Submission information:

Those wishing to participate are asked to submit a 300-word abstract describing their perspective on “AI+ design”. It is preferred to attach a paper (published or unpublished), working paper, position paper or poster, relating to the themes of the workshop and detailing their prior work in the area. Submissions should be emailed to by 27th May, and will be reviewed for relevance by the committee.

Workshop format:

This workshop provides an opportunity to engage AI researchers, HCI/UX researchers, designers and artists, as well as the industrial professionals relevant to this field. The format of the workshop is designed to encourage discussion and idea exchange. The accepted submissions will be posted online for all participants to review before the workshop.

In the first half of the workshop, 6-8 attendees will be selected by the organizers to give a 10-minute presentation, presenting their work process and ideas from their expertise. Short question periods will follow each talk. The second half of the workshop will be a collaborative brainstorming and discussion session focusing the workshop themes, exploring the new potentials of designing with AI.

Attendees at the workshop need to register either as an addition to the DCC’18 conference registration at a cost of $30, or if not registered for the conference at a cost of $60. Please go the DCC18 conference homepage and then to Registration to register.