Why AI Won't Replace Presentation Designers Anytime Soon

Written by: Adrienne Johnston

In recent years, there's been a lot speculation about the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in various industries, including graphic design. However, when it comes to presentation design, I believe AI is far from being able to replace human creativity and expertise. Here's why:

AI's Limitations in Understanding Complex Concepts

While AI technology has made significant strides, it still struggles to comprehend and interpret complex concepts in a meaningful and branded way. Presentation design often requires a deep understanding of the subject matter, target audience, and brand identity. AI lacks the human touch and intuition needed to create presentations that effectively communicate these nuances. Designers have the ability to infuse creativity, emotion, and strategic thinking into their work – elements that AI struggles to replicate.

Clients' Limited Understanding of Basic Tools

Many clients lack proficiency in even the most basic presentation design tools, let alone the complex commands required by AI-powered tools. The majority of clients seek a "done-for-you" approach, preferring to entrust the entire design process to professionals. They value the expertise and guidance provided by presentation designers in translating their ideas into visually compelling presentations. As long as clients continue to prefer this personalized approach, there will always be a demand for skilled presentation designers.

Lack of Compatibility with Microsoft 365

Another factor contributing to the resilience of presentation designers is the entrenched use of the Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, in corporate environments. Many clients are heavily reliant on these tools for their day-to-day operations and are accustomed to the familiarity and compatibility they offer. This stickiness makes it difficult for external AI tools to compete, especially with advanced features like Co-Pilot. While platforms such as Beautiful.ai and Canva offer impressive design capabilities, they often lack seamless integration with Excel data, making them less appealing to large corporations where data-driven presentations are commonplace. As presentation designers, our ability to work within the Microsoft Office ecosystem and provide solutions that seamlessly sync with Excel data is crucial for meeting the needs of our clients and sustaining our business success. Even Co-Pilot’s design’s are highly limited and don’t stack up to the design expectations that I know Microsoft has for their internal decks. 

Lack of Development on PowerPoint Designer

To that end, Microsoft has spent a lot of time developing Co-Pilot, but PowerPoint Designer has not had any significant upgrades in years. While to someone with no design experience, PowerPoint Designer may feel like a great option, to true designers and clients looking to make an impact, it’s a templated solution designed to solve a problem for the lowest common denominator. It’s really the perfect tool for people on a budget, like students and teachers, who are do-it-yourselfers. And they aren’t the market that’s hiring a presentation designer anyway.

AI as a Workflow Enhancement Tool

Rather than replacing presentation designers, in time AI can serve as a valuable tool to enhance their workflow. Designers can leverage AI-powered features to automate repetitive tasks, generate design inspiration, and streamline the production process. By integrating AI into their toolkit, designers can focus more on the creative aspects of their work, such as conceptualizing ideas, crafting compelling narratives, and refining visual aesthetics. Ultimately, AI will serve as a complement to, rather than a replacement for, human creativity and expertise. AI is definitely not a tool presentation designers should fear.


In conclusion, while AI continues to advance, it is unlikely to replace presentation designers in the near future. The unique combination of creativity, strategic thinking, and technical skill possessed by human designers remains irreplaceable. As the demand for visually captivating presentations continues to grow, so too will the need for talented designers who can bring ideas to life in a way that resonates with audiences.