#IAFP, or how I illustrated the press with an AI

During the month of August, I decided to experiment the creation of images with a new tool: an “artificial intelligence” and to share this on my instagram account and on Twitter. You must have heard of them: Dall-e, Midjourney, Dreamstudio, Stable Diffusion, etc. these online tools allow you to create images by entering a sentence such as: ” A yellow plane flying under the sea with little dogs dancing on its wings in the style of van gogh “. These tools are quite uneven and what is fun is to see the surprise of the result.

As always with new digital tools, before jumping in headlong, I wonder what to do with them, in my own way, with an idea, a concept. As you know, I like news, the press, information (that’s why I created over 10 years ago now) and that’s why I proposed to these different AIs to create a visual corresponding to a press title.

Obviously, my idea is not to say that the illustration or the press photo is dead (some people think so but I find that all these forms of expression overlap, complement each other, sometimes help each other…), and on this project, my idea is to see how an AI interprets current topics with titles often based on puns, figures of speech, sometimes questions, etc. Sometimes the result is very realistic, sometimes very futuristic, sometimes a little missed too. It’s the game, but it offers a different reflection on the news which makes me think that the image generated sometimes says a lot more about the imagination that we have around the various political, economic, social subjects, etc. than the article itself.

To group all these images, I created the hashtag #IAFP (on Twitter and Instagram), such as the artificial intelligence of AFP, Agence France Presse(It’s a wink and a parody, don’t sue me huh ;-))

I therefore share this work of creation and research with you below.

The news of August seen by an AI (…and by a designer)

August 06, 2022 — “Under the pines of a forest massif in Charente-Maritime, the agents of the National Forestry Office daily track down tourists with dangerous behavior to prevent fires. »

IAFP or how I illustrated the press with an AI

August 06, 2022 — “Vitamins will be given to the beluga”

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August 06, 2022 — “World map of temperature anomalies recorded in July 2022”

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August 08, 2022 — “Climate: social networks urge celebrities to get off their private jets”

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August 07, 2022 — “Drought: as water restriction measures multiply, golf courses benefit from an exemption to water their grounds. »

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August 08, 2022 — “Colombia, with one of the richest biodiversity in the world according to the UN, lost 7,018 km2 of forest between 2018 and 2021.”

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August 08, 2022 — “Taiwan criticizes China for extending military exercises around the island”

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August 08, 2022 — “The border between the Gaza Strip and Israel reopened today, allowing the only power station in the enclave to restart, the day after a truce between the Islamic Jihad. »

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August 08, 2022 — “Drought in Kenya: in Purapul, the inhabitants survive thanks to the berries. »

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August 09, 2022 — “Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake has died aged 84. »

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August 09, 2022 — “French authorities are moving forward with a plan to return a beluga whale to the ocean after it sailed up the Seine towards Paris, putting its life in danger.”

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August 12, 2022 — “Hopeless: Chinese homebuyers are running out of patience with developers. »

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August 12, 2022 — “Germany, which fears a gas shortage, will lower the heating this winter in all public buildings with a thermostat that cannot exceed 19 degrees.”

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August 12, 2022 — “An unknown and highly toxic substance in the Oder, which flows through Poland and Germany, appears to be the cause of a massive fish kill. »

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August 13, 2022 — “About 40 women chanting ‘Bread, Work and Freedom’ marched past the Ministry of Education building in Kabul.”

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August 18, 2022 — “In Norway, 20,000 euros in donations collected to erect a statue in honor of the walrus Freya”

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August 18, 2022 — “In the midst of war, hundreds of men are digging deep underground to ensure Ukraine’s energy security.”

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August 19, 2022 — “A Russian spacewalk ended prematurely due to a battery problem on the suit”

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August 19, 2022 — “The war of the abyss: for its new playground, the French navy calls for aquatic drones capable of diving to 6000 meters”

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August 21, 2022 — “Environmental damage: Gérald Darmanin promises 3,000 green police stations”

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August 22, 2022 — “In Russia, Starbucks are reopening as Stars Coffee. »

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The process

To carry out this project, I simply followed the news closely and I translated certain titles into English to feed them to artificial intelligence (Mainly Midjourney and Dall-E). I then carried out a little graphic and typographical formatting to specify the title of the news, the date and that it is a news image produced by an AI.

The following ?

I will share this with you very soon, but in August, I also produced, in the same way, news visuals from the paper newspaper Liberation, from the Nouvel Obs and I made a small difference by recovering the latest Marie-Claire magazine and asking the AI ​​to generate the visuals of its (many) advertisements. The results of all this graphic research arouse my curiosity, also question me about the conceptual and graphic poverty despite an apparent visual richness. But hey, these are only tools that are often naive and act in the first degree, I have to keep pushing them to some of their limits 😉



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#IAFP, or how I illustrated the press with an AI


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