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For a long time, the word art conjured up thoughts of painting, drawing, or sculpting. We associated this word with physical places like museums or physical acts like doodling on a notepad. And though art has always been subjective, we could all agree on one thing: art is made by artists.

Or so we thought... Nowadays, artists can work hand in hand with artificial intelligence to generate art. In fact, art has been one of the hottest topics within the AI realm throughout the last year. While the buzz has been both positive and negative, one thing appears certain: AI-generated art is here to stay.

So, why should you care? Sure, these tools aren’t perfect, but it's important to know what they’re capable of and how to use them because they just might be useful within your association. Whether it's jazzing up your event posters, creating eye-catching content for your social media, or simply bringing a spark of creativity to your everyday tasks, these platforms are here to revolutionize how we think about and create visuals.

In the AI-generated art space, three big names stand out: Midjourney, DALL-E 3, and Stable Diffusion. We're going to compare these three platforms, not through the lens of a tech guru, but from a practical, what does this mean for me and my association? perspective. Dive in with us to explore how the joint forces of humans and AI can add color and innovation to your association's canvas.

Platform Overviews


Midjourney has made waves with its unique flair and complex style. What sets Midjourney apart is its knack for detail and a certain dreamy quality in its images. It excels in creating artwork that's not just visually appealing but also deeply expressive. For association professionals, this means you can communicate the essence of your events, initiatives, or campaigns in a way that's both innovative and engaging. Whether you're looking to spruce up your newsletters or create standout graphics for your social media, Midjourney offers a palette of possibilities that's both easy to use and incredibly versatile.


Now, let's turn our attention to a platform that's been a buzzword in creative circles: DALL-E 3.

Developed by OpenAI, DALL-E 3 is like the wise wizard of AI art generation. It builds on the legacy of its predecessors by offering enhanced capabilities in generating high-resolution, detailed images from text descriptions. It’s known for its precision and the ability to add a touch of whimsy or hyper-realism, depending on what you need.

For association professionals, DALL-E 3 can be a game-changer in creating visually compelling content. Whether it's crafting images that resonate with your association's mission or generating creative visuals for your educational materials, DALL-E 3 brings a level of sophistication and customization that can elevate your visual storytelling. Its ability to understand and translate complex prompts into stunning visuals means you can have bespoke imagery that aligns perfectly with your association's brand and message.

In short, DALL-E 3 is like having an artist combined with a precision engineer, ready to transform your creative visions into reality.

Stable Diffusion

Last but not least in our AI art trio is Stable Diffusion. Picture this: you're working on a tight deadline to create a series of images for your association's new campaign or website. You need something quick, efficient, and still top-notch in quality. Enter Stable Diffusion.

Stable Diffusion stands out for its speed and ease of use. This tool is celebrated for its ability to quickly generate high-quality images that are both diverse and creative. Its streamlined process means you can produce a variety of visuals without needing extensive technical know-how.

For those in the association space, Stable Diffusion is especially appealing for its rapid output. Whether you’re creating visuals for a last-minute presentation, updating your website, or needing a series of images for social media posts, this platform can deliver quality results swiftly.

Let’s Compare

Choosing the right AI art tool for your association isn’t about the flashiest features. Focus more on which generator will work best for your specific needs. Let's compare MidJourney, DALL-E 3, and Stable Diffusion on some key aspects:

  • Quality of Generated Images
    • Midjourney: Known for its artistic flair, Midjourney creates images with a distinct, sometimes surreal quality. Because of this, we would say Midjourney is ideal for when you want your visuals to evoke emotions and tell a story.
    • DALL-E 3: Offers precision and a range of styles, from whimsical to hyper-realistic. This generator is perfect for when your content needs to strike a balance between creativity and realism.
    • Stable Diffusion: While it may not match the artistic uniqueness of Midjourney or the precision of DALL-E 3, it provides high-quality, diverse imagery quickly, which is great for tight deadlines.
  • User Interface and Accessibility
    • Midjourney: Might require a slight learning curve since the bulk of the creation process happens within the Discord app. This means that, to use Midjourney, you have to create a profile on Discord and set up your Midjourney channel. It’s safe to say the setup for Midjourney isn’t the most user-friendly.
    • DALL-E 3: User-friendly with a more intuitive interface, making it accessible even for those with minimal technical background. Dall-E 3 is accessible through Chat-GPT 4. The appeal here is that, even if you aren’t great at writing prompts, Chat GPT can edit what you’ve written to help the art generating system understand your ask more efficiently. Also, writing to Dall-E 3 is like having a conversation with a friend- no technical options to toggle on and off, all you have to do is tell it what you want.
    • Stable Diffusion: Praised for its simplicity and speed, it’s the go-to for quick, hassle-free image generation. Stable diffusion is also free and open-source so no need to worry about private companies reviewing anything you input.
  • Customization and Control
    • Midjourney: Offers significant control over the artistic process, allowing for more tailored outcomes; however, we have found prompting properly takes experience or a fair amount of trial and error.
    • DALL-E 3: Advanced algorithms provide a high degree of customization in terms of style and content, suitable for specific branding needs.
    • Stable Diffusion: While it offers less control than the others, its speed and efficiency make it ideal for straightforward tasks.
  • Speed and Efficiency
    • Midjourney: Produces intricate images but can take longer, especially for complex prompts.
    • DALL-E 3: Balances quality and speed effectively, making it a reliable choice for a variety of projects.
    • Stable Diffusion: Stands out for its rapid image generation, perfect for urgent tasks and high-volume demands.

As you can see, each platform has its strengths: Midjourney for artistic depth, DALL-E 3 for balanced versatility, and Stable Diffusion for speed and efficiency. Your choice will depend on what your association values most – emotional impact, detailed precision, or quick turnaround.

Using AI Generated Art for Your Association

These image generation tools are getting better by the day, and they each serve their purpose for different use cases. But what can they actually do for you and your association? We’ve got some ideas:

1. Event Promotion and Marketing

  • Create captivating posters and social media graphics for events.
  • Create a diverse range of visuals for marketing materials.
  • Churn out high-quality images in no time.

2. Member Engagement and Communication

  • Craft images that resonate with your members' interests and values, helping to deepen their connection to the association.
  • Create personalized visuals for newsletters, membership drives, or awareness campaigns, ensuring each piece of communication is both appealing and relevant.
  • Generate a series of images for social media or website updates, keeping your content fresh and engaging without being overwhelming.

3. Educational Materials and Presentations

  • Enhance educational content with creative and thought-provoking visuals, making learning materials more memorable and impactful.
  • Create accurate and engaging visuals for training materials or presentations.
  • Generate a variety of images for slide decks or online courses, saving time while maintaining a high standard of visual quality.

4. Fundraising and Campaigns

  • Create compelling imagery for fundraising campaigns, helping to convey the importance and impact of your association's work.
  • Tailor your campaign visuals to speak directly to your target audience.
  • Produce a wide range of visuals for different aspects of your campaign, from online ads to email banners.

AI art generators offer a spectrum of possibilities for associations. Whether you're aiming to captivate, educate, or engage, there's a tool here that can help elevate your visual communication to new heights, making your association's message not just seen, but felt and remembered.


As we've journeyed through the capabilities of Midjourney, DALL-E 3, and Stable Diffusion, one thing is clear: the world of AI-generated art is not just a playground for tech enthusiasts but a fertile ground for associations to cultivate their visual storytelling.

Each platform, with its unique strengths, offers a way to enrich your association's visual communication. Whether it's through the emotive artistry of Midjourney, the versatile precision of DALL-E 3, or the rapid efficiency of Stable Diffusion, these tools open up new horizons for creativity and engagement. And remember, these aren’t the only AI art generators out there. Many programs nowadays even have art generators embedded into their platform. For instance, Canva now has an image generator that can speed along your designing process. What matters most is that you’re embracing these tools and capitalizing on their capabilities.

We’d love to hear how you’re using these tools within your association. Let us know your thoughts and hear from other readers in the Sidecar Community.

Interested in learning more about AI and forward-thinking topics? Listen to the Sidecar Sync Podcast where we cover everything you need to know surrounding innovation for associations.

Johanna Gundlach
Post by Johanna Gundlach
November 22, 2023
Johanna Gundlach is Senior Advisor to the Sidecar team and the first employee of Blue Cypress. She is passionate about helping grow leaders in the association and not-for-profit space. Outside of her work with Sidecar, Johanna loves exploring the mountains with her dog Laci.