The Evolution of Design: The Impact of AI: Present and Future - CTU Training Solutions

15 February 2023 12:00 - 13:30


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The Evolution of Design: The Impact of AI - Present and Future
AI is likely to impact all jobs, just to varying degrees. Specific tasks that to be performed related to jobs, skills required, wages, and hours will all likely be adjusted. There will inevitably be winners and losers from the adoption of AI. AI’s impact on design jobs will also likely depend on the relative focus of the designer. Some website builders use AI programs to create web designs for individual clients by learning about their tastes and contents. Automatic design services like this makes design widely accessible and may free designers from having to perform certain routine tasks, while allowing them to focus on work that will cater to high-end demands for designs to be done by humans through human interaction. The extend of present and future AI capabilities must be considered as a singular design experience to users as opposed to the shared experiences and ideas created by a team of designers.
The webinar will bring together a panel of corporate, academic, and related experts in our country to discuss AI and the future of design - how will design systems help us augment our creativity, relationships and humanity? The webinar will be attended by industry experts, academia, students, alumni, Government, and other interested parties. It will be a less formal, roundtable like discussion with a facilitator, and will last for approximately 90 minutes.

Meet the Host & Panelists

Meet Marlan Nefdt


Head of Programme for CAD

CTU Training Solutions

Hi my name is Marlan, I am an employee of CTU training solutions. I am currently the CAD Facilitator and HOP (Head of program) for CAD. I have 20yrs of industry experience, teaching and working with students has always been my passion. Part of my job description is to develop new material, this is the fun part of my job as I get to create new notes and project/exercises for the students. It is a great feeling of accomplishment, to see a student being challenged with content that you have developed. ‘So, when a learner graduates at the end of the year, you know that you have done something right’. BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD.

Meet Steyn Pretorius


Faculty Head: Design

CTU Training Solutions

Experienced Communications Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Lecturing, program/curriculum development and educational management. Holds a MA in Information Design focused in Graphic Design from University of Pretoria/Universiteit van Pretoria.

Meet Massimiliano Leone


Head of Digital Media and Design

International Training Centre of the ILO

Massimiliano Leone works as Head of Digital Media and Design at the International Training Centre of the ILO. He holds a Master’s degree in Multimedia and Audio-visual Communication from the University of Turin. Before joining ITCILO, he was heading the digital team at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to that, he worked in the areas of multimedia and social media for Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Meet Conan Green


Creative Director


Well, since you asked. I'm an experienced and awarded Executive Creative Director and Copywriter in the Advertising industry. My skills include Copywriting, Advertising, Digital Advertising, Creative Strategy, as well as Leadership and growing young leaders. I am a strong media and communication professional, with excellent agency-to-client communication and presentation skills. But enough about me, tell me about you?

Meet Lizette Spangenberg


Head of Design


Liz is passionate about human-centered design, research, and solving problems. She's currently busy with a PhD thesis in health humanities, the co-founder of DxZA, has summited Mt Kilimanjaro, and plays violin. She strives to create beautiful and intuitive experiences on any platform, and to help others learn and grow in the field of design.

Meet Alexander Oloo


Head of Design


Human. Engineer. Designer. Great at Product, Clojure, coaching and debugging. I'm currently Head of Design at Absa Bank. I lead a team of around 200 awesome humans. In the past I focused on the design, analysis, and optimization of apps on the web. Now my focus is building a world class design org and cultivating an environment where designers and process engineers can thrive. I've had the privilege of lecturing at the University of Pretoria for 4 years, working in 3 early stage startups, and being a marketing intern at Find A Great Nanny. As my way of giving back I mentor and train design interns as well as frontend development interns.

Meet Marcel Rossouw


Head of Design


I am an active design professional practicing in the digital design and communications industry for over 20 years, since 1999. My passion and focus lies in the application of human centred design to find, ignite and foster intrinsic approaches to digital transformation within large organisations, particularly in the areas of customer experience, product and service creation, and organisational innovation. I find purpose in building and enabling highly functional collaborative teams, contributing to value co-creation and facilitating lasting service experiences, that effect real impact, through integrated use of human centred design methodology, organisational innovation and effective application of the technologies at our disposal.

Meet Fatiema Johnson


Head of Design


I am a creative design specialist with a love for retail, e-commerce and brand development. I am exceptionally passionate about local business development and the future of technology and excited for all the possibilities that the e-commerce landscape in South Africa presents.

Meet Jacqueline Fouche




"I’m a hands-on, principal experience designer and design coach specialising in conceptual design for startups, design operations and department setup." I run my own experience design consultancy, Superfluid Experiences.

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