TZL Podcast: Kristin Kautz

Aug 24, 2023

Randy Wilburn

 AI and how it will impact the Design industry

"Every role and every person in your firm is going to be impacted by AI. It's not just for the marketing or IT department, it's pervasive throughout your organization.” 

- Kristin Kautz



In this episode of the TZL Podcast, we are joined by guest Kristin Kautz, an AI consultant, to discuss the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the design industry.

Kristin shares her expertise in implementing AI to improve efficiency and productivity in design workflows. She emphasizes the value of starting small and taking the first step in exploring AI tools. Reminding listeners that getting into the race is essential, Kristin encourages design professionals to begin their AI journey without hesitation.

The conversation highlights the importance of considering tasks that are both enjoyable and a pain in the neck, using AI to delegate or automate the former to allow more time for the latter. Kristin also speaks about the accessibility of AI and encourages design professionals to embrace it as a tool to enhance their role in shaping the built environment.

Finally, listeners are urged to seek help and guidance in implementing AI in their firms, with Kristin mentioning that Zweig Group offers consulting services and training seminars. 

Overall, this episode serves as a valuable roadmap for design professionals looking to leverage AI in their work, stressing the importance of taking the initial step and integrating AI into their workflows.


In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Realize the powerful influence of AI on reshaping the design industry.
  • Master techniques of assimilating AI into your operations for optimal functionality.
  • Uncover AI tools and resources designed to elevate the work of design experts.
  • Explore how AI can fuel your efficiency and simplify process management.
  • Grasp why it's crucial for design firms to pivot towards AI to maintain an industry edge.

All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.



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  • Check out Jam Idea Agency: Visit the website of Kristin Kautz's company, Jam Idea Agency, to learn more about their services and how they can help your design firm thrive.
  • Explore AI tools for your design firm: Start incorporating artificial intelligence into your workflow by exploring AI tools that can help improve efficiency and productivity. Look for tools that are SoC2 compliant for added data security.
  • Use Crisp for meeting notes: Try using Crisp, a tool recommended by Kristin, for taking meeting notes. It offers transcription capabilities and is SoC2 compliant for added data security.
  • Implement AI in your podcasting workflow: If you're a podcaster, consider using AI to streamline your workflow. Use AI platforms like Chat GPT to generate show notes, titles, and social media posts based on your podcast episodes, saving you time and effort.
  • Embrace AI in marketing: Incorporate AI tools into your marketing strategy to enhance your campaigns. Explore AI-powered platforms that can help with content creation, lead generation, data analysis, and more.
  • Try AI-powered design tools: Look for AI-powered design tools that can assist with tasks like drafting, modeling, and rendering. 

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Zweig Group, three times on the Inc. 500/5000 list, is the industry leader and premiere authority in AEC firm management and marketing, the go-to source for data and research, and the leading provider of customized learning and training. Zweig Group exists to help AEC firms succeed in a complicated and challenging marketplace through services that include: Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, Valuation, Executive Search, Board of Director Services, Ownership Transition, Marketing & Branding, and Business Development Training. The firm has offices in Dallas and Fayetteville, Arkansas.