For those of you reading this article because of the title, apologies for the click-bait. But wait! I promise I’m not exaggerating too much.
It’s no secret that the world is changing, and that with that comes the working world. In addition to being more global, more visual, and more allergen-free, most offices are starting to become more efficient, often at the cost of human jobs. Automation can make businesses run more smoothly, but can also mean that you’re at risk of being replaced by an algorithm.
So how do you make yourself irreplaceable?
One way to make your work stand out is to use high-quality images that help your illustrate your ideas.
Allow me to explain.
Artificial intelligence is essentially rooted in teaching robots to recognize patterns. We can program plenty of conditions and allow them to react to variance, but there are certain things that are harder to anticipate. The jobs that are the easiest to replace with a robot are the jobs that involve linear thinking (“if x, then y”). On the flip side, jobs that involve heavy amounts of creative thinking are the hardest to automate.
If we want to become irreplaceable, the “easiest” thing to do is incorporate creativity in our jobs.
Woah, woah, woah, you may be thinking. I’m not creative. What do you mean by ‘easy’?
Well, as we’ve shown in an earlier post, creativity is more in-reach than you think. That’s because we at Pickit believe that 1) everyone should have access to high-quality images for PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, etc. and 2) talented photographers should get compensated for their work. On these two principles, we’ve created a catalog of stock photography and presentation images that'll take your work to the next level.
Okay, but how does that make me more creative.
Easy. We humans naturally pick up on patterns, just like robots.
When you first look at a library of photos, it may be hard to know which photos work, and which don’t. But after repeated exposure, you can start to appreciate and discern visual images in a way that makes you an asset to a team. Even if visuals rarely come up in your job, exposing yourself to new artists, photographers, and musicians starts to open up new neural pathways that connect your right and left brain.
A few tips for how to think more creatively:
Draw connections between images you see/use and abstract themes.
Is your team working on a project involving trust? Other than people falling backwards into each others’ arms, which images conjure up the feeling of trust? Browse Pickit’s library for some inspiration. Thinking less literally and more thematically can help you come to creative conclusions faster and more easily.
Pay attention to the look and feel of things you use in everyday life.Does it annoy you that there’s no ‘Search’ bar on your iPhone? Are the desks in your office too low? Being aware of design in general can help you give input towards other kinds of design, whether product design or the typography on an advertisement.
Read the room to find out what works.
Are people gasping or chuckling when they see certain visuals in your slide deck? What kinds of websites put people at ease? By actively looking for patterns in people’s reactions, you can start predicting what makes for successful stock photos, and not.
We want you to succeed creatively in the workplace but we know it can be overwhelming to get started. By following these tips, you can start to add a human touch to your job, even if you have robots for colleagues.
Access free clipart images and authetic stock photography to illustrate your work with the Pickit app for PowerPoint, Excel & Word.
Who wrote this?
This was posted by Anneli L. Tostar, a Harvard-trained anthropologist and artist, originally from Portland, Oregon. She now lives in Stockholm and is studying urban planning and design. Anneli speaks five languages and understands none of them.