AI is transforming processes in all kinds of industries, which inevitably means we’ll see more AI in branding and brand design. However, a lot of the discussion about the possibilities still feels abstract, leaving people wondering what practical uses the technology has for designers working on campaigns.

The most most visible face of AI at the moment tends to be generative tools like chatbots and AI image generators. But the team at digital innovation agency Rehab doesn’t see these as particularly useful for brands today in their most generic forms. Where Rehab thinks AI can play a role is in ideation and audience validation at the very beginning of the creative process. I spoke to founder Tim Rodgers and Head of Strategy Callum Gill to learn more about what this really looks like.